2010 Triumph Bonneville
This has been a stressful experience
This motorcycle has been one problem after another.
The head gasket started weeping at 4000 miles. I had it replaced at 6k under warranty. I had the same gasket replaced 4 more times in 20,000 miles. Each dealer said it's nothing to worry about. It turns out it was. The valve train was getting out of spec because of improper oil pressure. I had to get a forensic oil analysis done to get the manufacturer to act. I finally got the cam cover replaced under warranty, but they managed to push the problem just beyond the window for a lemon law claim.
Then at 23000k I had the 24k service done a little early. I get it back from the dealer and it sounded like a rickety old sewing machine. I brought it back and they told me the bike was supposed to sound like that. Well the problem metastasized. I ended up having to get a forensic analysis of the oil and oil filter done to get them to even look into why it didn't sound right. When they finally tore it apart, the bearings were failing, the piston rings were shot, and the valve stems were coming apart. The engine is now getting rebuilt under warranty, but only just. The problem arose with 14 days left of my 24 month warranty. I had to drag them kicking and screaming to get anything done. If I had taken their word and not gotten the oil and filter analyzed, I would have had an engine blow out just past warranty.
The bike is fun to drive and good in the corners. It gets great gas mileage, and I always get a lot comments about the cool factor. If only it was reliable.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 4th September, 2013