MOTUS: New Sport Tourer to be built in Alabama

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

  1. joexr

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    Buell's built bikes before , Motus STILL hasn't.:lol3 So who want's to be the self financed , field tester/guinea pig? NOT ME!
  2. BHW

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    That stripped down version in the story....WOW!
  3. ScottDill

    ScottDill TANSTAAFL

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    two words.....Erik Buell :deal
  4. skortch

    skortch mmm... curvy

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    The 1190RX has it's foundation in the 1125R, the M2 Barracuda prototype, the 1190RS and a few years of racing the 1190RR. Look at side-by-side photos of the 2014 1190RX and the 2008 1125R - the frame, swingarm, "tank"/airbox cover, and engine are very similar.

    The Motus is a clean sheet design, new frame, engine, etc. (Except maybe the headlight and saddle bags...:D)

    Speaking of Buell, I wonder how much the old RR 1000 Battletwin would cost today, adjusted for inflation? I remember it being really expensive for a 1200 Sportster engine.
  5. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    The RR 1000 had a XR 1000 twin carb motor not a 1200 Sportster motor.
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    skortch mmm... curvy

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    Oops, my bad. Still, it was a pre-existing engine.
  7. Murgatroid

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    The Buell RS1200 Westwind (which does have a stock 1200 Sportster engine) was $14795 in 1992. In today's dollars that is about $24.7K based on CPI calculators on the web.

    -steve
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    I stop by this thread every few months to see if they've actually produced a production bike yet. Just seeing the posts on this page has answered the question, not yet.

    Seems like it's been so long that any new technology they promised is now old. V-4? If that's all they've got going for themselves, they might as well quit now.

    Now if someone wanted to revive the Britton........ I couldn't afford one no doubt, but I'd love to see them (and hear them) on the street.:clap
  9. 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.
  10. Mobiker

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

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

    Paul
  12. 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.
  13. 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
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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
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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
  17. joexr

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    If they ever sell anything their service should be amazing.:lol3
  18. 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.
  19. JSharp

    JSharp Been here awhile

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  20. 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.