With the exception of some Chinese brands, my experience is that today’s motorcycles are as reliable as they have ever been. Looking across the brands I don’t think you will see anything that resembles Lucas electronics or an AMF Harley. There will always be brands and years or models that are better or worse but overall we are pretty blessed. But if we could ask my grandpa about motorcycles he rode he would chuckle at the idea that anything we have today is unreliable or maintenance heavy. I think it is relative and our perspective may be slightly skewed based off our modern experience.