MOTUS: New Sport Tourer built in Alabama

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Reverend12, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    With today's technology, you'd think spec-ing some proprietary lids would be do-able for a machine costing $30k-$40k.
  2. X1Glider

    X1Glider Been here awhile

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    I do agree with this.
  3. X1Glider

    X1Glider Been here awhile

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    No disrespect to the C14, but I would prefer the ZX14 over it for ST duty. It outhandles a Busa. I've ridden them both and highway mpgs at 80 mph is outstanding IMO for as potent as it is.

    Will it outcorner a Motus? Only a few people really know at this time.
  4. single

    single Been here awhile

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    I just read about the Motus story and I'm thoroughly impressed. They not only built their own motorcycle, they built a highly complex unique big displacement V4 engine to go with it. Say what you want about the price but bringing a brand new vehicle to market as a brand new company focused on motor vehicles is no easy task, especially in today's heavily price sensitive market (the replies to this thread proving that out).

    A lot of comments here are really quite depressing. There are far too many people here criticizing the people behind this company for pouring their blood sweat and tears into this project to follow their dreams and actually build something. There are a depressing amount of people out there who are quick to put others down for accomplishing something while they themselves accomplish nothing at all.

    To those who have valid criticisms of the bike and honest and sincere suggestions for Motus I'm sure the company is following the thread closely and I know for small companies like this they will listen to EVERYTHING. To those whose only feedback to this thread has been useless criticism of the people who built this bike, enjoy being an angry keyboard jockey know it all, but I really hope you have aspirations higher then that.

    Cheers Motus, I am now following your future a little more closely. :freaky
  5. soupknotzee

    soupknotzee Been here awhile

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    Amen :nod

  6. Tom-Nor

    Tom-Nor Wannabe Adventurer

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    ZX14,K1300S and Haybusa is sportstourers :-D
  7. kirb

    kirb should be out riding

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    You could not have hit the nail more centered on the head. These guys wanted a comfortable, day-long, US built, sport touring bike. They threw in all the bits they thought were missing from the market and went on a tour promoting the running protos. They were very aggresive with the roll-out plan and are in the final stages of getting the fed thumbs up.

    There did everything right, to this point as far as I can tell. Hired the right engineering companies, sourced the right parts, and seem to be pulling it off.

    It's easy to be the downer here. Even if the nay-sayers are proven wrong you will hear them here with 'yea, but this is all the stuff that sucks...'. Why bother? The bike isn't your cup-o-venom? don't like the business model? Don't like the bags or the lack of heat shields on the pipes (really?). Maybe bitching about HD is more your speed.

    They are a US startup with a goal and the balls to pull it off. This country could use more of that and a lot less bitching.
  8. ktrout01

    ktrout01 Been here awhile

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    It's a great looking bike. Being a big fan of the old Honda V's and Guzzis, I love the looks of the motor ! If I could sneak $30K out of the checkbook, I would. I better set a hammock up in the garage loft because I'd be living there for a while when she finds out.

    It's great to see a US start up. I just hope that our small business hostile, federal government doesn't make it impossible for them to make it to production.
  9. sturgeon

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    I can hardly wait for the 'I told'ja so' thread, no matter which way this goes. Hell, I'm rootin' for them to succeed and I ain't even Murrican. :lol3
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    Preach it. I'm looking forward to seeing them on the road.

    Cakeater
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    Last time I looked at a map you were. :deal
  12. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    Lol....yes, we all need a bike which can beat a ZX14 in a top speed race on a public road course. I guess because we all need to end up dead or in jail??? (Or both? :evil )

    I can't wait to check out a Motus - I wanted to see them when they came through Bonneville, but wasn't able to find out when they would be there in time to make it.

    It's so boring to read all these "experts" talk about this or that, and not just be excited for the bike. What an amazing accomplishment! :freaky

    And, I totally agree, the bike really does look great! I love that I can replace a scratched bag easily, and I LOVE the pushrod engine - I'm so sick of adjusting valves! (BMW & KTM owner :D )

    I'm in the market for a Motus, I'm not rich, but I love to ride and understand what the bike is and appreciate it for that.

    Now, Motus.....how's about you get off your duffs and build me my new bike! :evil. :freaky
  13. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    ^^^yes.



    I think it's time for the someone to repost a video of the exhaust sound again.
  14. Tim_Tom

    Tim_Tom Long timer

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    How about a video of the bike being ridden? Turn up the volume, it's a sweeet sound. Especially around 0.55 seconds in!


    <iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3DByGC5AlY0?feature=player_detailpage" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" width="640"></iframe>


    Given the choice between a bagged ZX14 and the Motus, I would take the Motus every damn time. I'm hoping they do great and sell boat loads of bikes.
  15. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    I'd love to see it out on a track with a Ninja 1000, Multistrada 1200, ZX-14, hell any random sampling of bikes.

    On the same day with the same rider, get some objective lap times. The bike magazines do this pretty frequently, I think there are plenty of people following this thread who would be interested.

    That is, if the Motus is ever widely available. :hide
  16. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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    I'm reading that they are selling the engines.

    I'm not sure if this means they are selling them off, or are willing to sell engines for other uses as well as in the MOTUS.
  19. PhilB

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    The latter. You can order a crate engine for about $10K, for whatever project you want to use it for. It's an additional revenue stream, which makes sense to me.

    PhilB
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    Almost everybody has been saying something to that effect, without even having ridden it. I never said I have anything against the bike itself, but I would not say how great it is until after I had ridden it. And I don't really care anything about marketing. The big problem I have is the price, which is absolutely absurd. It's like buying a Rolex when a Timex will work just fine. Except that it does not have the wow factor of a Rolex. Judged purely on it's functionality as a motorcycle, there is no way it can be worth that much. Bikes like the ST1300, C1400, and FJR1300 will do at least as well, probably better. and at less than 2/3 the cost, maybe a lot less. And they are proven, have guaranteed support, especially parts availability. Theirs nothing exclusive about them, but I don't see that as a bad thing for that type of motorcycle. So what makes the Motus worth so much more? Would you take that thing out and ride it in the rain, which means mud, even on pavement? But the biggest problem is when they sell a couple thousand bikes, then go belly up. My local powersports dealer, the biggest in my area, lost a fortune when they decided to become an EH dealer. They had a HUGE EH electric sign put up, added on an addition to the showroom, and ordered about 20 bikes. The last few set there for years after the company went kaboom, they finally sold them at about half price to collectors. I don't know why a collector would want a symbol of a failed company but some people will collect anything. The people who bought them to ride found themselves with one off bikes with no support. The big sign came down, and that dealer no longer worked on them or sold parts for them. They became the Yugo of motorcycles, just a lot more expensive. Hopefully if this happens to Motus, most of the buyers will be wealthy enough to absorb the loss.


    If they make it, great. Not that I can afford one, but then I can't afford a 1200GS either. I can barely afford a KLR. But if I were going to buy such a bike, it would probably be a KLR. It's cheap, can do almost everything a GS can, and a few things a GS can't. If you crash it, it will do a lot less damage than crashing a GS will.

    If you really want to impress someone, get a big block Boss Hoss. They cost about the same as a Motus, are proven reliable, support is available, and the WOWWWW!! factor is definitely there. You can still get one for the same price as a new Indian, and they are not a copy of something.

    Whatever Motus is going to do, or not do, I wish they would get on with it. If they ever do make it to market, it will have taken so long that most people will have forgotten about them, or just plain no longer care. When most people want something they want it now, and there are plenty of great bikes out there that you can actually buy now.