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A lot of the time the reliability is based on older models that are not the same as the new ones. For example the BMW bikes being reliable are based on the old air cooled designs. The new ones (oil and water heads) have teething problems but people believe that because the old one was reliable the new one must be as well. Brands change through time so what once was isn't always the case and brands that were not so great can turn things around and become better.