MOTUS: New Sport Tourer to be built in Alabama

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

  1. 10/10ths

    10/10ths Road Trip Fool

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    ..what i like is that the "R" will get BST Carbon Fiber wheels, another 20hp, and the full Ohlins suspension.:clap
  2. Hog Rider

    Hog Rider The Professor

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    I do not see anything that points to that bike not being ready to go this spring :lol3

    Plus they announced a Pennsylvania dealer is less than 4 hours away from me.
  3. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    How long before a clever kit car manufacurer adapts this motor to a front wheel drive transaxle for a modernized Morgan style reverse trike ?
    Or or or .........
  4. Krasniewski

    Krasniewski I don't ride much.

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    Another slide right... too bad. I wonder if there will be any updates about the upcoming EBR models by then. Either way, I really gotta test ride on one of these things.
  5. GI_JO_NATHAN

    GI_JO_NATHAN Long timer

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    Cross post from Pensacola riders thread.
    Sweet! Maybe I'll get to see one when I visit home next fall.
  6. Contevita

    Contevita Cigar Adventurer

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    I was just at the Pensacola BMW dealer this past Thursday and there was no mention of them picking up the Motus line. I'm so thrilled there's going to be a dealer near me. I'm going to have to inquire about a test ride too.
  7. JStory

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    I'm thinking it would be a great engine for a Caterham 7.

  8. ddddd

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    I have not read through all 130 plus pages of this thread so please excuse me if I'm making a stupid statement thats already been covered but I'm a little confused over the excitement of this new engine, we surly realise that the existing Vmax already has a slightly larger capacity V4 in a considerably more advanced design producing quite a lot more horsepower whilst still producing the same torque and my guess is that it is probably also a lighter engine gearbox unit than the Motus as well.
    If on the other hand people are excited to see a large capacity V4 in a sports tourer then I agree entirely
    In general I'm curious as to how people compare the V4 in the Motus to the V4 in the Vmax
  9. GI_JO_NATHAN

    GI_JO_NATHAN Long timer

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    Pretty sure it's mostly the whole, American Made thing..
  10. GI_JO_NATHAN

    GI_JO_NATHAN Long timer

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    Supposedly they are/or already acquired a larger building. And are going to be a Husky dealer as well.
  11. Blakebird

    Blakebird r-u-n-n-o-f-t

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    Makes sense...BMW owns Husqvarna and many of the Husqvarna bikes are based on engines previously used in BMW's.
  12. Croak

    Croak Been here awhile

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    Thing is, you should be able to ride more than 80-100 miles on the Motus before stopping for fuel. Add to that long range hard panniers and more provisions for farkles.

    It should also handle quite a bit better and be significantly lighter.

    The fact that it's a "simple" pushrod motor should make service less costly and less frequent.

    Also, chain drive, which some of us still prefer over shafts.

    I could see it being able to replace both my bikes (a hooligan and a sport-tourer). There's a lot to like about the Motus concept for a lot of riders. Other than the price. And if you think about how many riders DO own both a "fun" bike and a touring rig (and buy new), if this one bike could replace two, you could possibly convince yourself it's not a bad deal.
  13. Rick West

    Rick West Function not Farkles

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    Now all Motus has to do is convince buyers that ABS is not important. ABS seems to be a big deal these days. :deal
  14. whisperquiet

    whisperquiet Been here awhile

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    Worroll Been here awhile

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    I see great potential and sales for the 'baby block'.
  16. kirb

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    Using V-max as a baseline- the Motus should handle WAY better, not feel like a brick, lighter, has actual range, comfortable for that range. Not sure how the v-max is considerably more advanced as it is based on 1985 cycle tech and not all that changed since that day. There are 'advancements' in engine tech since the pushrod days, but that doesn't mean the engine is low tech for the Motus.

    The Vmax HP numbers are shy of the targets Motus has published by a lot, so I'm not sure about the 'a lot more horsepower' part.
    I doubt the v-max mill is lighter than the Motus by much, but time will tell.
    530 wet weight and 6 gal of fuel for the Motus, 630 wet weight, 4 gal of fuel for the v-max.
    The v-max motor in a sports tour? That would be interesting, but I think the current I4 FJR is where Yamaha will stay.
  17. DAKEZ

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    :rolleyes Convince you maybe.


    Having ABS as an option on the Motus for those who plan to ride in all weather conditions seems a reasonable request when you consider the premium price tag.
  18. Worroll

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    The new Vmax is 174 hp... motus is claiming 160(?) and we'll see what that number turns into after it in emissions certified. The chasis in non-comparable, but I think the point was that powerful V4's already exist. And the VFR1200 is supposed to be over 160 as well.
  19. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    which is sorta the point of the MOTUS, no?

    The MTS could get by on much less power and still be the performance king of the current sport-touring niche because it will have light weight and good handling in its corner.
  20. Worroll

    Worroll Been here awhile

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    It is the point of the motus, but, he person who mentioned the vmax was talking about the motor itself, but was countered by comparisons of the entire bike. I was just pointing out the person was just talking about the V4 not the bikes.

    I am excited to see the motus in some shout-outs. Motus vs ZX14 vs VFR1200 vs Ninja 1000 vs Tiger Sport 1050 (if it comes stateside) vs BMW whatever... it would be interesting to see how it actually stacks up. I'm still betting a ZX14 with risers and the same Givi luggage bolted on, and a aftermarket seat would beat out the motus by most real world measures.