yeah in the grand scheme motorcycles are going be "more reliable" than just about any other auto (car, truck, suv, van) just due to having a significantly less complex machinery, number of parts, wiring, etc. etc. there's just less stuff to break and when it does you can usually see it and notice it immediately. far easier to perform checks, i mean realistically how often do we inspect our car brakes? i look at my bike's rotors EVERY time i get on, why not?I've got two Harleys - a Sportster, and a Low Rider S. Guess which one is more fun to ride? I may look like a praying mantis screwing a pill bug when I'm on it, but the Sporty is a blast to ride. And the "HDs break down" thing is overblown. I've not had any problems out of mine, nor have my sons, and the three they've gone through.
most guys crap on harleys out of brand hate and haven't ever ridden one. i haven't; i got no hate i just accept it isn't my style. i've always been a japanese import guy when it comes to things that spin and rev.
and i have no idea how some of you old timers even ride those boobers man. you guys are sitting lower than me in my miata; i swear i'm almost as high on my ninja as i am in my '92 cheyenne truck. if you don't tuck, you are sitting pretty high on a "crotch rocket", it's like riding a short horse.
i had a former gf who a photographer at rot rally. she had some pictures.... LOL
i take old timers riding bobbers to old guys riding recumbent bicycles. easier to get up on than a tall road bike, but once you're down there you aren't seeing much so hopefully nothing gets in front of you lol. one you turn, you don't have much distance to "lean" compared to a high up road bike. you need wide open road.