MOTUS: New Sport Tourer to be built in Alabama

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

  1. Moronic

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    Good analogy, Gadget Boy, but is it so clear styling killed the 1200ST?

    I liked the concept when it came out, and for my needs it would have been a much better fit than the Monster I bought instead.

    But here in Oz it was just about as costly as the RT by the time you added bags; had no electronic cruise even as an option, even though the RT had it std here on an identical motor; seemed to have a peculiar, half-committed ride position with the 'bars too low and the 'pegs too high and far forward; had a narrow seat with sharp edges - again a half-committed cross between sport and touring; had small, oval dials on a cluster borrowed from the GS; had mirrors bolted to the handlebars where they affect steering, rather than on the fairing; and finally fuel capacity at about 20 litres meant range was okay but nothing special.

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    I can see why people like them now, but I'm not convinced styling was the main sticking point for sales at the time.

    Or to put it another way, with optional cruise, better instruments, a natural rider posture, really good seating and a few more litres in the tank, plus dropping a few pounds perhaps, they might still be stealing sales from RTs. :D

    Quote from a review of the day:

    And from another review:

  2. DAKEZ

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    Are there any pictures of the Motus without those BUTT UGLY GIVI bags? :brow
  3. Croak

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  4. CBR-ELEVENTY-TEN

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    I love the engine, chassis, riding position and concept. I just can't get over the looks. I know beauty lies in the eye of the beholder but I really think they've got the styling wrong. To me, it looks dated, like a Triumph Trophy. I think they've done something really special with the engine etc. but they've missed an opportunity to do likewise with the looks. They could have been really brave and attempted to redefine what's already out there and lead from the front.
  5. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    Maybe not? :evil

    Now we're getting somewhere.

    Couple of years ago some of us watched painfully as the finest handling bike ever brought to market was quashed because the buying public thought their ass looked better on a more visible brand.

    Unfortunately, market pressure doesn't determine or even reflect the virtue of a well considered design.
  6. Marvin_ADV

    Marvin_ADV Been here awhile

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    Just curious, which bike are you referring to?
  7. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    It hasn't been a problem for 9 million GSXR's.
  8. Grainbelt

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  10. Revan

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    Yup...:nod

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    Hell For Leather has posted a vid of Motus at Bike Week.

    I don't know about anyone else.....but, man, I think that engine sounds awesome.

    http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2011/03/video-riding-the-motus-mst-01-at-daytona/

    <iframe title="YouTube video player" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0UxLXjjGH4U" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="390" width="640"></iframe>



    Revan.
  11. Hank.SD

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    Uh yes, it sounds amazing. Any mention of when pricing will be finalized and published?
  12. DirtyOldMan

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    I don't mind the looks of it, form follows function and at a considerable distance in my view. But then again I own 2 of what are arguably the homeliest motorcycles ever built. :rofl
    I hope it's a good bike.
    I hope they make it.
    We need more stuff made in USA :clap
  13. Revan

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    Personally, I haven't seen any solid info on the pricing....which does worry me a little.
    To me, it means that they might be having trouble calculating decent production costs and/or they are holding off so as to generate a 'buzz' over the bike before dropping the bombshell as to how expensive it is going to be.

    If the price is over 20k, then it will be out of my price range.....but I'm one of those people who tends to buy bikes that fall into the motorcycle pricing "sweet spot" (around 9-12k for new bikes). Anything over 13k (after a trade-in), and I have more and more trouble justifying the purchase....especially when a bike gets into a new-car-pricing territory......but I'm just practical/frugal like that.

    Revan.
  14. capriccio

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    I hope they improve the sound with some good cans. Sound does count.
  15. Starwarrior

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    Well, the "stock" exhaust is made by Two Brothers, so 3rd parties are already onboard there. Did you hear the video of it on the dyno? I think it sounds awesome and probably doesn't need anything else. Video recordings don't always do exhaust sounds justice.
  16. basque

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  17. kirb

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    The naked one in the video looks like the touring unit without any bodywork (same headlight, same everything).
  18. Hoosier919

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    I agree 100%. Anything approaching new car pricing is real hard to justify living in this climate. If I lived somewhere I could ride year round then maybe it would be easier. This bike does sound cool as can be though.
  19. Revan

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    Definitely!! If I moved back to FL (where I'm from) or somewhere out west, I would find it easier to spend the cash on a more expensive bike because I know that I would get more out of it riding it all year round.
    Revan.
  20. jmlmjmjm

    jmlmjmjm Been here awhile

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    Regarding the sound....

    Any of you think it will sound like that after the EPA certification are dreaming.

    V-4 cadence will give it some character but it will be quiet. Just like all other OEM bikes.