MOTUS: New Sport Tourer to be built in Alabama

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

  1. kwb377

    kwb377 Non-Professional Rider On A Not-So-Closed Course

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    I think it's a nice concept and a good looking bike. And I hope it does well because it's a local company. If I had the income level to afford one, I'd buy one in a heartbeat...if only just to be an internet forum "hero" and start a "MOTUS, Who's Got One?" thread. But I don't, and I doubt it's going exponentially outperform my current sport-tourer to justify the price difference to me, which is a...wait for it...





















    ...ZX14 with Givi bags. :D


    ETA: I do think they should have done the bags differently. If not having Givi design a MOTUS specific bag, at least spec some proprietary lids to give them a unique and OEM (not mail order) look.
  2. 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.
  3. X1Glider

    X1Glider Been here awhile

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    I do agree with this.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. soupknotzee

    soupknotzee Been here awhile

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    Amen :nod

  7. Tom-Nor

    Tom-Nor Wannabe Adventurer

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    ZX14,K1300S and Haybusa is sportstourers :-D
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. sturgeon

    sturgeon Been here awhile

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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
  11. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Been here awhile

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    Preach it. I'm looking forward to seeing them on the road.

    Cakeater
  12. DAKEZ

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    Last time I looked at a map you were. :deal
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. Tim_Tom

    Tim_Tom Been here awhile

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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.
  16. 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
  17. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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  19. RaY YreKa

    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.
  20. 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