MOTUS: New Sport Tourer to be built in Alabama

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

  1. DesmoDog

    DesmoDog Desmo's my dog

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    I was wondering the same thing. Other than this forum, in fact other than this thread, I haven't heard boo about them...
  2. Dirty bike

    Dirty bike Eval Innovations Inc

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    NY Times

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    Claiming to be ready for production

    2011 when they seem to have had only the prototypes

    July 2012 - Staff of THREE, but lots of dreams

    Cycle World - Oct '12
    Motorcyclist - Oct '12
    Hot Rod - Sept '11
    All About Bikes - June '11
    Motorcyclist - June '11
    Cycle World - June '11
    Rider - June '11
    Auto Week - April '11

    And on and on. HERE

    They keep talking about doing it, maybe they should STFU and actually make some bikes.

    Been watching these guys since '10 and nothing yet. As I said before, last year their 'dealers' were promoting them as a real deal that was coming out and would be on the showroom in '12. Now they don't even have the word 'Motus" on their web sites in many cases.
  3. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    That's not much hype.
  4. chadhargis

    chadhargis Too tall for sportbikes

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    Rest assured folks...Motus has every intent to test the bike in the real world.

    Test riders have been arranged and endurance testing will begin in around April.

    That's all for now... :deal
  5. Dirty bike

    Dirty bike Eval Innovations Inc

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  6. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    It's kind of over the top for vaporware, though... :lol3
  7. viajero

    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    If they're only about to begin endurance testing, I can't see any bikes being available until this time next year, at best.
  8. Jim K.

    Jim K. Long timer

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    If I read that blurb from Birmingham correctly, Motus has a staff of three,as of July '12, with plans to expand to 15. At least, that's what they told the city of Birmingham to get a $75,000 rent subsidy on their new digs. A "projected" staff of 15 does not sound like they are planning on a very big production run.15 guys can only turn out so many bikes per week, even if they work like Thai 13 year olds.
  9. Croak

    Croak Been here awhile

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    Thing is, it's just assembly and fluids, I doubt there's anything actually manufactured at the B'ham location. The frame and motor/trans are coming out of plants in Michigan and are likely already mated and pre-wired before they're shipped to Alabama (and probably run-tested there as well). If there is run-testing done in Michigan, there's a good chance the suspension, chain, tires, dash package, and basic controls go on there as well.

    So really, all the Motus employees might need to do is mount the bodywork and lighting, tidy up the looms, mount the brakes, slap on the VIN plates, do QC inspection, and crate 'em up for shipping to dealers.
  10. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Bump.

    So what's happening in Daytona?

    :ear
  11. Bar None

    Bar None Long timer

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    Three employees? :rofl
  12. X1Glider

    X1Glider Been here awhile

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    Some trmendously wild assumptions, don't you think?
  13. Croak

    Croak Been here awhile

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    Not really, 15 people in an office park in Alabama tells you a lot about their logistics chain.

    We already know Katech is going to be doing the heavy lifting for the motor assembly, and Pratt & Miller are doing the gearbox, frame, and even the bodywork fabrication:

    And:

    http://prattmiller.com/engineering/case_studies/cs_motus.html
  14. hankgs

    hankgs Long timer

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    I can't believe you guys are STILL talking/dreaming/making assumptions about a motorcycle that doesn't exist for public consumption....
  15. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Bump... :deal :lol3
  16. pmelby

    pmelby Home Brew Adventurer

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    Katech built the prototype V4s, it appears that these folks have refined the motor for production:
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    ....it helps to read the whole thread:deal

    cheers,
    melby
  17. FR700

    FR700 Banned

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  18. Kafn8td

    Kafn8td Been here awhile

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    That's a piece of art.
  19. DAKEZ

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    It's an engine. Other than the fact that it is new and clean it resembles every other v push rod piston engine of the last 50+ years. Not sure how you see it as "art" :dunno
  20. Gadget Girl

    Gadget Girl Been here awhile

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    :hmmmmm Really? Umm, for starters I see the offset valves.... Did you read the list to the right of the pic? Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe that the other pushrod engines have those features. That's why they're showing it off as a new concept. Because it IS. :dunno Why else would a HotRod magazine extol its virtues? And that was even before the upgrades.