You know, I spend some time on the other boards here asking questions, verifying live data from the tracks I ride on, from my friends on other brand bikes...(because I want to buy a new 06 something) and I have to say that Yamaha
has and will most likely continue to have the most reliable, least maintenance, least catastrohic failures in their engines compared to the Hondas and the Suzukis.
The funny thing is on those boards is this - they try to convince me of the following:
1. there are bad apples in every bunch....or the lemon factor applies - but not on every owners bike - "certainly not mine - it is the best" sorry your is a POS!
2. More maintenance of certain parts that are not suppose to break is the better way - so it is better to spend more time being a mechanic than a rider - 4strokes are made to be more maintenance (which is the case compared to 2smokes - and I agree)
3. "I have so much money invested in my bike that it is bullet proof"...until the one day that it detonates - then it is real costly to repair
4.Any other excuse, justification and ilogical explanation for why their brand is the best...the mags vote it bike of the year..or whatever...
Now I am not implying that the Yamaha
is the best bike out there - as I have had my share of issues....which I have shared over the years on this and the WR side.........
But what I will tell you is this - I always was a Honda
rider - and Honda has a great product...expecially to todays standards - I have been riding since I was 6 - I am now 43
But after owning 5 4stroke Yam's since 1999 (coming out of 2smoke land) - I have found that in my case of racing sometimes every week as well as weekend warrior riding for fun that I have not had any motor failures, no valve failures, no cam tensioner or cam chain failures, no transmission failures, and no electronic failures. So maybe I am lucky that I never "bought that lemon" some others have experienced. I ride my bikes hard but not to the point the rev limiters are maxed out for any extended periods of time. I change the oil religiously. I maintain the the bike as per the suggested manufacturer recommendations. Now I probably just jinxed myself !!! (as at anyime murphys law comes into place)
I think that every bike today for 06 is a possible great bike - but if you base time and experience on possible reliability and problems there is no doubt that Yamaha is completely ahead of everyone else in this dept...with the changes in the frame, the new motor, the SSS forks the Yamaha will be a great bike - but beware that every 1st year production bike does have a chance of some kind of problem that always gets fixed the 2nd year - I believe Yam will have the least of this - but that is a guess...and when I buy my 06...I will let everyone here know what the good, the bad and the ugly is..........