10 Most Reliable Motorcycles

10 most reliable motorcycles

10 Most Reliable Motorcycles

Some motorcycles just keep running no matter what. While all bikes need proper maintenance to last, these bikes have a reputation for enduring longer than comparable models. You will notice similar qualities among the bikes featured on this list. They have engines that feature high-quality builds and technology that doesn’t malfunction. For many of these bikes, there are multiple generations that span decades. This is a testament to how popular the bikes are among riding enthusiasts. Consider one of these reliable motorcycles on the market for your next bike purchase.

Updated March 2023: Motorcycle manufacturers constantly update and upgrade their production processes and technologies. As a result, there are more and more reliable motorcycles available in the market. And because we strive to keep our readers well-informed, this article will be updated from time to time to reflect new information.

Kawasaki Ninja 650

Now more than ever, you can enjoy the adrenaline-pumping thrills that the Kawasaki Ninja 650 can deliver. It comes with a 649cc engine that gives you plenty of power while also keeping the bike light enough to stay agile. Kawasaki knows the Ninja lineup is its flagship. With that in mind, their engineers build these machines to be as reliable as possible. The metal components are durable enough to withstand high heat and revs. The alloys used get fabricated with long-term use in mind. Bikes with 20,000 miles fall into the high mileage category, but with proper care, Ninja 650s can easily last 75,000 miles.

Honda Rebel 500

New and experienced riders love the Honda Rebel 500 because it is light and fun to ride. However, what really sells riders on the Rebel is that famous Honda reliability. The middleweight engine keeps things simple with fewer electronic features than comparable bikes on the market. The simple yet high-quality build reduces the risk of something going wrong while increasing the engine’s durability. To top it all off, the price is surprisingly affordable for what you get. The biggest problem owners have, is some minor corrosion on a couple of the components. Honda also offers new bike owners a variety of protection plans to ensure proper long-term care.

Triumph Street Twin 900

Long gone are the days when Triumphs were leaking oil all over your driveway. Yet somehow, that reputation precedes them to this day. We hate to say it, but there was a time when that reputation was warranted. And some of the older riders may still hold a bit of grudge. And that perhaps explains why the bad reputation continues to this day, as the word of mouth stretches between generations. But we’re here to put that old tale to bed. These aren’t your grandfather’s Triumphs, as they share no components with the bikes from the 60s and 70s. They’re built in modern facilities, with cutting edge technology and stringent quality control. The current, liquid cooled, 900-cc engine is as bulletproof as it gets.


The team at BMW worked hard to change the reputation of their motorcycles as well. The result is a motorcycle lineup that features reliable, top-performing motorcycles. The engine in the R NineT is sturdy and strong. The compact design of the frame holds everything securely in place. In addition, while other motorcycle companies struggle with adding innovative technology to their bikes, BMW has mastered it. Motorcycles consistently come loaded with all the latest bells and whistles. Pair this with the high-performance engine built with precision, and you have a bike that can’t be beaten.

Ducati Monster

You don’t normally think of Italian motorcycles as being reliable. But when it comes to combining stylistic design and performance, Ducati is the expert. Underneath those perfectly crafted lines and drool-worthy style of the Monster is an air-cooled L-Twin engine. Unlike mass-produced robot assembly line motorcycles, each Monster is hand-built. While this can leave room for error, it also ensures each bike gets exacting attention with every bolt turn. But the key to getting maximum reliability with your Monster is that routine, preventative maintenance. It is also important to note that the modifications and customization you do on your Ducati Monster can impact the bike’s reliability.

Yamaha V-Star 250

The V-Star is a bike that comes loaded with Japanese engineering. The first V-Stars hit the pavement in 1983 but was then discontinued in 1996. Thankfully, Yamaha brought the V-Star name back in 2018 after Star Motorcycles, their cruiser subsidiary effectively failed. Owners of the V-Star can ride confidently, knowing their motorcycle was built to last. Assuming you take proper care of your bike, you, too, will have many years of faithful service from your V-Star motorcycle.

Suzuki V-Strom 650

The Suzuki V-Strom 650 is a bike that is meant for adventure. The large ABS brakes, sturdy construction, and smooth engine make it the perfect bike for riding many miles. Practicality is the name of the game with the V-Strom 650. It may not be the most eye-catching or sexiest bike on the road, but it is one of the most reliable. Because the 650 is the smaller model in the V-Strom lineup, it keeps things simple for beginners. This simplicity also works in the bike’s favor for durability and reliability. The no-frills build means there are fewer components to give out or malfunction.

Honda CRF 300L

If you want a virtually indestructible beginner bike, then consider the Honda CRF300L. These small but mighty dual sport bikes deliver plenty of thrills on and off the road. It’s not the best possible long haul vehicle, but it will surely be one of the most reliable for your weekend getaway. Responsible riding and consistent maintenance will ensure you have a bike that lasts for years to come. Because Honda built the bike with adventure in mind, its construction is rugged enough for any terrain you decide to traverse.

Yamaha Bolt

The Yamaha Bolt is the bike you ride when you want a Harley-Davidson without having to deal with all the rattling bits falling off at a stoplight. It offers the same comfortable riding position, but you get a lot more for your money. As one of the major Japanese motorcycle manufacturers, Yamaha has a reputation for building engines that last. With the Bolt, you can open the throttle on the highway and ride for hours.

Because the Bolt is a commuter bike, it has the practicality and reliability that you would expect from this motorcycle category. And as Harley seems to be winding down production of the previous version of the Sportster, this is quickly becoming the perfect replacement for those seeking a more raw riding experience, without the pitfalls of unreliability.

Suzuki SV650

Though rumors continue to persist that Suzuki will soon be sunsetting everyone’s favorite beginner bike, our best friend, the SV650 still has plenty left to give. What makes the Suzuki SV650 stand out is its class-leading engine. It is a liquid-cooled 649cc V-twin engine that is surprisingly efficient. The bike is lightweight, putting minimal strain on the engine as you make your way through traffic.

This ease of power helps the engine to last longer and experience fewer breakdowns. The Suzuki SV650 can easily last over 85,000 miles, making it the perfect bike for someone who logs long hours in the saddle. If you want your SV650 to last, be sure to do regular checks on the valves, oil changes, and keep the air filter clean.

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