it is a 'nice' view, but the reality is not matching it. i did not have personally any problems yet, but I see from other threads that bikes are facing many issues. also, in general, BWM is not producing reliable bikes. people spend lots of time in the garage fixing things. they are much inferior to Japanese bikes, even though aesthetically looking great, and more comfortable. in the past, when BMW produced more simple bikes, they were unbreakable. but since they introduced all that sophisticated electronics, it is not longer the case. same with Ducati bikes. I met one person who had to go back to the Ducati dealer, because his bike broke down just 1h after he got the bike (Multistrada)!
Kris you confuse me. You dismiss Alan’s view and indicate that the bike is inferior to Japanese bikes even though you have not had any problems with your BMW. I assume reading your response your argument is based on reading some threads here on the site and that there are some issues with the bike. I would be willing to suggest that there are a fair number of people that join forums of any kind looking for answers to problems they have with a specific product. I wonder how many threads exist on the forums of Japanese manufactured bikes that focus on talking about issues or concerns?
You basically conclude that the majority of the issues with BMW and Ducati bikes are related to the introduction of those “sophisticated electronics”? I guessing you are part of the “old school” when it comes to adapting to change. You also say that when BMW’s were simpler they were unbreakable. Makes sense I guess if you follow the principle of less is best, but where’s your evidence showing the stats that older BMW’s or any other bikes for that matter are better than the 310.
Let’s remember that when BMW produced more simpler bikes, forums like this didn’t even exist. Let’s also remember that with the share number of these affordable BMW’s now on the road and continuing to grow it will likely result in more issues reported on forums.
Are you also suggesting that all Ducati bikes are not reliable because of one guy you know broke down one hour after he road away from the dealership? What about all of the other folks that didn’t break down?
Like you I have not had any problems with my BMW even with all of those sophisticated electronics. If you are willing to make such a definitive conclusion on Ducati bikes on one example, I’m wondering if you took your bike example and my experience with our BMW’s why might conclude that BMW’s are reliable.
I personally have no real hard facts or statistics to say if the “new” BMW’s are more reliable than the older generation. But I personally don’t dismiss other members views with my own view. Especially when my argument is founded on my own reality. Which we all know can be distorted based on one individual’s life experiences.