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Old 03-04-2011, 05:14 PM   #121
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If the claim of 500lbs is for real, that's a remarkable achievement with a bike packing that kind of performance and comfort amenities.

Tres impressive.




Any word on a price?

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Old 03-04-2011, 06:02 PM   #122
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If the claim of 500lbs is for real, that's a remarkable achievement with a bike packing that kind of performance and comfort amenities.

Tres impressive.




Any word on a price?

I noticed that too and was also impressed but I remain highly skeptical about the weight. I suspect a production model will be around 550 lbs wet.
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Old 03-04-2011, 08:39 PM   #123
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I noticed that too and was also impressed but I remain highly skeptical about the weight. I suspect a production model will be around 550 lbs wet.
550 wet for a 160 horse sport tourer isn't bad....at all. My Speed Triple is 495 or so wet with a LOT less power.
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Old 03-04-2011, 08:47 PM   #124
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550 wet for a 160 horse sport tourer isn't bad....at all. My Speed Triple is 495 or so wet with a LOT less power.

Indeed. I was not complaining! My VFR is about 530 wet and only makes 100 at the crank. I can't imagine not much more weight but 60 more HP but also three times the torque!!!!!
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Old 03-04-2011, 09:33 PM   #125
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PLEEEEEEASE Motus.... make a naked standard version...

American made, ridiculous torque and that sound....
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Old 03-05-2011, 01:00 AM   #126
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They are, it's called the MST-R.

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The MST-01 is the base model, with standard 43-millimeter Marzocchi fork and Hayes brakes. The R model features premium running gear, including an Ohlins fork and top-of-the-line Brembo brakes. Both come standard with direct fuel injection, a feature that bolsters performance and fuel efficiency — still relatively new in automobiles and a motorcycle-industry first from Motus.
Looks remarkably like the MGS-01



Here's the Guzzi:


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Old 03-05-2011, 01:29 AM   #127
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The front looks a little odd, but everything else ticks the boxes. I hope they succeed.
520lbs wet according to the NYT.

http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011...merican-style/
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Old 03-05-2011, 04:38 AM   #128
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I hope they succeed as well, looks good, massive torque/horsepower and American made

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Old 03-05-2011, 06:17 AM   #129
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If it's affordable, I'd buy one.
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Old 03-05-2011, 06:30 AM   #130
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I like it as long as the wet weight figure doesn't creep up and become a dry one.

Like it!

edit: i like it with the exception of those hideous anodized fork tubes
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Old 03-05-2011, 07:11 AM   #131
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Based on the NYT article it looks to be very expensive, with a very limited dealer network. I'm betting 30k +.

Shame, because it looks awesome on paper and in person, with a slight exception for the front end. But for the money I'm thinking it would cost, I'm out.
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Old 03-05-2011, 07:31 AM   #132
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Based on the NYT article it looks to be very expensive, with a very limited dealer network. I'm betting 30k +.

Shame, because it looks awesome on paper and in person, with a slight exception for the front end. But for the money I'm thinking it would cost, I'm out.



I read the article and thought exactly the same thing. Trellis frame? Carbon fiber fairings? Ohlins and Brembo on the high end bike? Lots of newly developed tooling and design to pay for with a fairly non-existent network? Ugh. I'm hoping for a miracle but I doubt it.
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Old 03-05-2011, 08:36 AM   #133
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They say the business plan is to sell hundreds of bikes a year, not thousands, according to the NYT article.

Surely the price would have to be in the $50K plus range for them even to bother.

I do like the concept, tho.

The question will be whether they're so much better than, say, a new BMW K16 six or a Multistrada 1200 as to be justifiable at more than twice the price.

If they get the suspension riding really well ex-factory, if the motor has some real character and rideability, if the fuel consumption is exceptionally low and the fuel range exceptionally long, if the rider posture, seat comfort and airflow dynamics are outstanding, and if the motor and cycle parts are unusually durable and trouble-free, then they have a chance.

Tall order. Good luck to them.
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Old 03-05-2011, 09:00 AM   #134
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Agreed. My heart sank when i saw the "100's, not 1000's" quote.

We can hope though..
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Old 03-05-2011, 10:22 AM   #135
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Motus Retail Prices......

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Agreed. My heart sank when i saw the "100's, not 1000's" quote.

We can hope though..
Don't modern short-run production methods give hope that Motus can produce '100's' rather than '1000's' at reasonable retail prices? Motus isn't trying to build Bimotas but rather simple machines based on proven tech. I'm thinking base price under 20K. Bruce
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