MOTUS: New Sport Tourer built in Alabama

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

  1. limeymike

    limeymike Who Me?

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    The release of the Motus has been handled very poorly, the product was not close to being ready when they went 100% on the hype. The buying public is now over it, moved on and the only curiosity at the moment is will they ever sell a single motorcycle? That is assuming they ever produce one to put up for sale. This has Henderson written all over it, remember those, RIP Motus.
  2. Mobiker

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    Henderson actually sold some bikes. If the Hanlon Bros hadn't been such douches it might have survived.
  3. Roadscum

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    Sometimes ya gotta hype it up to arouse the investors and raise funds to pay for development.

    Paul
  4. 10/10ths

    10/10ths Road Trip Fool

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    Have any of you folks actually tried to mass produce a vehicle for public sale in this country?

    The regs you have to meet are insane. Just developing a fuel injection system from scratch is an enormous undertaking.

    There is a reason so many vehicle companies go bankrupt. This is a very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, hard thing to do.

    As a sport-touring rider, the idea of a very powerful, soulful sounding, over 200 mile tank range, chain driven, upright seating position, flat foot-able sport touring bike is extremely appealing.

    Look at the latest Chevy Camaro, they showed it to the public in the first Transformers movie almost two years before they went on sale.

    We have already seen the 2015 Ford Mustang and it won't go on sale until October.

    Cut Motus some slack, this stuff is NOT easy and it takes a massive amount of money to get a production line started.

    I sat on a Motus in Houston during their tour, and it is THE perfect motorcycle design for the riding I do. I really want these guys to succeed. The big killer for me is that I don't think they will have the resources to develop an ABS system and I really want ABS on my long distance bike. That's a big reason why I traded in my V-Strom for the 2011 Suzuki GSX1250FA last month.

    Enjoy the ride.
  5. Roadscum

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    I agree with you 10/10th. I'm afraid that when it comes to market it will not have the technology that most ST riders expect, ABS, TC, Cruise Control, electronically adjustable suspension, etc....

    Paul
  6. markjenn

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    I think we're all cutting Motus a fair amount of slack. Nobody is saying what they're doing is easy and for the most part, we're all cheering for them. But they're massively over-promising and under-delivering right now. That's what most of us are criticizing them for - basically lying through their teeth about when they're going to deliver bikes. Maybe that's what they feel they need to do to keep the wolves away from the door, but this sort of thing eventually bites and bites hard.

    - Mark
  7. Mobiker

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    Or if not lying then demonstrating that THEY didn't/don't understand the complexities involved with launching a new motorcorp.
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    And if this is the case, this doesn't bode well that the initial bikes will be well-sorted.

    - Mark
  9. joexr

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    If they ever sell anything their service should be amazing.:lol3
  10. Mobiker

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    Yup. My thoughts exactly. I wish them well, but they seem to have underestimated the task at hand. Several times.
  11. JSharp

    JSharp Been here awhile

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    fify
  12. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    These fuckers are trying to produce 200 machines. They are exempt from almost every regulation required of a "real" manufacturer like Harley, or Honda, or BMW, etc...

    At this point, I'm not sure they're even trying to put bikes on the road. They've probably gotten enough feedback to know that they don't have enough buyers at their asking price, and will be moving on to putting the engine into quads and carts and mini race cars.
  13. ScottDill

    ScottDill TANSTAAFL

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    I too am starting to doubt this bike will ever actually come to market. In fact, I will be surprised now if it does.
  14. bk brkr baker

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    The Motus guys aren't building the engine, they're having it built for them.So, unless they have the engine sent to them to re-sale ,I don't see how they can make money from the engine.
    As far as putting it in quads,carts and mini race cars, unless they do the work , how will they make money from that ?
    Building a bike from scratch is a big endevour and they are a small concern. I hope someday to see the bike come to market. But, I'm not holding my breath, I'm not the target anyway.
    I'd like to see the motor used. It seems like a nice powerplant, great sound and adequet power for a smaller vehicle. I think it would look lovely sticking out between the front wheels of a Morgan style tadpole trike.
  15. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

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    Morgan three wheeler engine needs to be air cooled, don't need no stinking radiator.
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    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Uh, that's a radator behind this V-Twin Matchless. Are you saying this is wrong ? Don't think so , in the day they were built air-cooled and water cooled V-twins and in some models inline 4s.

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  17. Colorado_Rider

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    I agree with some recent posts about the difficulty of releasing a bike in the US. Blame the EPA/DOT/what-the-hell-ever-association for not allowing this bike's release, not Motus. I mean, God-forbid an American motorcycle company get off the ground and succeed for fuck's sake :huh
  18. JerryH

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    No comment about the Motus, but the Morgan is beautiful. I don't see why it would need to be liquid cooled with the v-twin turned sideways right out front.
  19. Moronic

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    Can't help but admit that the serially blown deadlines with little explanation give me an uncomfortable inkling about what sort of after-sales service you'd get.

    Doesn't mean they won't lift their game, but it's not a good look.

    On whether they have missed the bus: reading that ride piece posted this month at motorcycle.com (and linked a couple of pages back) suggests it might be unusual enough to carve out its own niche whenever they get around to delivering them.

    That sort of big-flywheel feel isn't very common these days in that sort of bike and may well put off a lot of potential purchasers. But as Bayly observes, it will distinguish the Motus from its rivals.

    The other comment that - sort of - surprised me was Bayly's specifying the ready-to-ride weight at 580lbs (263kg). IIRC, that's about 70lbs heavier than the designers have claimed in the past, and right up there with light-heavyweights such as BMW's K1300GT and Honda's VFR1200. Was Bayly misinformed? Or is this reality seeping slowly through hype?

    Edit: hadn't seen this appear on their web page. Looks nice.

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  20. Bar None

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    Yep, I am still saying that the Morgan don't need no stinking radiator. Why complicate things?