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Old 11-29-2011, 06:20 AM   #766
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"....it's not enough power until I can spin the tires in top gear at the end of the longest straight at over 200 mph."

If you are buying a $25,000 sport tourer, worrying about having to replace rear tires every 3,000 miles seems funny.

That's right up there with guys who buy Dodge Vipers and then complain because the tires cost $1,000 each and only last 5,000 miles. It's a Viper. Really?!?

The price of going fast is that you burn your consumables faster. It IS what it IS.

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On a related note, I am going to murder the first fat grey beard that puts a car tire on one of these.
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Old 11-29-2011, 06:22 AM   #767
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I'm really digging this bike, and believe Brian and Lee are onto something:
  • Very comfortable - upright, with plenty of leg room (close to the ergonomics of an FZ1, Lee shared), but with the addition of highly adjustable bars.
  • A large tank with good efficiency for significant range (they're shooting for 50 MPG, though Lee said they always set high benchmarks).
  • Big engine with good tune, for big torque.
  • Easy to maintain, modify and repair (hydraulic valves, can do modifications or a rebuild with the engine in the frame, and most components are not shrouded in plastic).
  • Inexpensive to maintain and repair - visit your local NAPA dealer for basics.
  • Two levels of bike, base and premium, with the ability to swap parts and customize - they'll have boxes to tick when you order the bike, specifying such things as high or low seat.
  • USA designed and made.
Yes! The only ding in my book is the chain, but i can live with that because all the points you list above.

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Old 11-29-2011, 07:08 AM   #768
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Is Motus expected to exhibit at the "International Motorcycle Show" as it makes it's way around the US?
Might be something to encourage me to attend, tired of seeing the same ol' hundred pirate gear vendors and street video vendors.
I suggested that on the Motus Facebook page, but IMS has a history of RAPING the vendors. I doubt Motus would make it on the whole tour unless they joined in a 'shared' stage like Piaggio is doing with 'Guzzi.
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Old 11-29-2011, 10:09 AM   #769
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"....it's not enough power until I can spin the tires in top gear at the end of the longest straight at over 200 mph."

If you are buying a $25,000 sport tourer, worrying about having to replace rear tires every 3,000 miles seems funny.

That's right up there with guys who buy Dodge Vipers and then complain because the tires cost $1,000 each and only last 5,000 miles. It's a Viper. Really?!?

The price of going fast is that you burn your consumables faster. It IS what it IS.

Cheers.
If I wanted go real fast I`d get an R1 or 1125r get sticky rubber and do track days and burn a set off in a weekend or two.
I still go pretty fast on the uly with wifey on board too, but its stunning how fast the tire wears. I`m not rich but do like sporty bikes that I can ride 2 up, this is on my radar but there is a bunch to choose from. I`ll keep riding the Uly till it breaks or something comes along that does things it does better,but that will be hard to beat as I got it at closeout prices that new bikes can`t come close to.
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Old 11-29-2011, 10:19 AM   #770
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If I wanted go real fast I`d get an R1 or 1125r get sticky rubber and do track days and burn a set off in a weekend or two.
I still go pretty fast on the uly with wifey on board too, but its stunning how fast the tire wears. I`m not rich but do like sporty bikes that I can ride 2 up, this is on my radar but there is a bunch to choose from. I`ll keep riding the Uly till it breaks or something comes along that does things it does better,but that will be hard to beat as I got it at closeout prices that new bikes can`t come close to.
Has anyone "Ully'ed" an 1125 yet?

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Old 11-29-2011, 03:44 PM   #771
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Hmmmm... 160hp and 122lbs.ft. of torque. Will a rear tire hold up to that much power for more than 4000 miles? My Uly xt is nowhere near that powerful and I only get 6000 miles out its rear. Does it have the ground clearance to use the tire to its edge? I`m interested but don`t want to be buying 3 tires a season, and how easy have they designed the rear wheel to come off? front wheel too for that matter? Center stand too! I miss having one on the Uly but have acquired front and rear stands for tire changes.
I've been running the Metzeler ME800 radials the past couple seasons. The rears last 10,000 for me, 2-up and "sport-touring". (You'll have to go down from a 180/55-17 to a 170/60-17 if you make the change. There is no ME880 larger than 170/60-17.)

Otherwise, pretty much every sport touring tire out there is going to last 4k to 8k, not matter what bike it's on...

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Old 12-01-2011, 10:06 AM   #772
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Has anyone "Ully'ed" an 1125 yet?

That would be an awesome bike but haven`t seen anyone pull it off yet. The 1125 platform is lighter than the XB platform so it would make for a machine lighter than the new big adventure bikes from everybody! EBR has racing on his brain for now so it`ll be a while!
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Old 12-17-2011, 11:35 AM   #773
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Sure is quiet in Motus land any new news?
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Old 12-17-2011, 01:19 PM   #774
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Sure is quiet in Motus land any new news?
Good question. I just looked on their Facebook page:

Motus Motorcycles Thanks for checkin back in.... Pricing coming soon, but we still have a bit more work to do in securing final production quotes, etc...thanks for patience. December 13 at 11:24am
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Old 12-17-2011, 08:06 PM   #775
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did this get posted.. You can hear the bike in this video, I don't know what I thought it would sound like but not like that maybe.
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Old 12-17-2011, 08:13 PM   #776
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I could see how traction control would be good. I wonder how much one of those direct injectors lasts/costs.
>>“I have no idea what the market for sport-touring bikes is,” he said, pointing out that since nobody else sells an American-built sport-tourer, “nobody knows what the market is,” and in any case, “we’re not trying to sell tens of thousands of bikes.” The business model is much smaller, around 200 units a year
http://www.motorcycledaily.com/2011/07/motus-in-person/
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Old 12-17-2011, 08:14 PM   #777
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This might sound strange, but I have to wonder about "crash-ability." In other words, how much damage would it sustain in a minor tip-over/crash?
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Old 12-17-2011, 08:18 PM   #778
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This might sound strange, but I have to wonder about "crash-ability." In other words, how much damage would it sustain in a minor tip-over/crash?

Can't be any worse than a BMW R model.

Man that bike looks sweet in white with those red valve covers.

Sounds absolutely BITCHIN too.
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Old 12-17-2011, 08:23 PM   #779
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Unfortunately, I'm in the useless category for a motorcycle manufacturer, as I can't see myself buying brand new, nor spending that much on a bike at this point in my life at all. So as much as I'd like to complain about this and that, since I'm not going to be amongst the first buyers, rather trying to pick it up used for a (hopefully) better deal, what can I say other than I hope lots of people with more money than me buy lots of these things to keep Motus in business, and selling as many bikes as they can build?
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Old 12-17-2011, 09:43 PM   #780
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Unfortunately, I'm in the useless category for a motorcycle manufacturer, as I can't see myself buying brand new, nor spending that much on a bike at this point in my life at all. So as much as I'd like to complain about this and that, since I'm not going to be amongst the first buyers, rather trying to pick it up used for a (hopefully) better deal, what can I say other than I hope lots of people with more money than me buy lots of these things to keep Motus in business, and selling as many bikes as they can build?
I am wondering if I should go ahead and bite the bullet on getting one of these brand new? Should have a great time riding it, be the envy of anyone who see me on it, and still be able to find a willing buyer for it when I want to sell it! At least the used $ amount I would be paying is on a new bike vs. a used bike.

Just gotta convince the CFO (wife) that this is a good idea.

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