MOTUS: New Sport Tourer to be built in Alabama

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

  1. xcgates

    xcgates Whaaa?

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    I have an ST3, and the pipe routing looks to be about the same, and with my logger-heeled boots, I sometimes will just barely touch the part of the exhaust that just expands from the pipe to the muffler. Have never had any problems with my feet getting hot.

    Now the tank, and the front of the seat getting hot from the vertical cylinder, well... all I have to say is that in 90*+ temps and slow traffic... OH DEAR LORD DON'T LET ME END UP WITH ROASTED NUTS!!!!:eek1


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  2. olie

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    Everyone else like the bike very much so. Personally, although I liked it but not enough to buy one. BTW, those 2 prototypes are ... prototypes. The final product will be better detailed obviously. Click link for more pics...

    http://www.apriliaforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=229806&page=3

    It reminded me, the Futura/Sprint ST/ST3 bikes. As I ride long distances 2up with wife, the layout is not appealing to me, especially the pillion and rear luggage. Also, being 6'-3 260# and wife 5'-8, passenger room seemed to be an issue although I had enough room when solo.

    If I were to buy a SPORT-touring bike, I would take the K12S, VFR12, ZX-14 or Busa. A few weeks ago I tried the VFR12 but my aging wristes voted down in less than 30 minutes. The fit and the finishing on the VFR is the best I have ever seen.

    So far I have a great combination, C14 with a Tuono although the Tuono eventually will be replaced with a friendlier knee bike.
  3. xcgates

    xcgates Whaaa?

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    What specifically do you not like about the pillion and rear luggage? (I ride an ST3, so am a bit curious about the categorization)
  4. olie

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    The rear trunk needs to be mounted in a cantilever braket up in the air. Not that much different than a Futura or a Sprint ST. My wife will not ride without a secured trunk as a backrest. The rear seat seems short (length) for 2up with taller/heavier people.

    It took a lot of work to make my C14 comfortable to my wife, from C10 pegs with extenders, a Sargent seat, repositioning of the Shad trunk including re-drlling of the mounting metal plate, etc. Meanwhile my previous touring bike, CapoNord, had ZERO mods for the pillion other than the OEM trunk. The Capo is still the gold standard for my wife.
  5. Crow

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    I had a great time speaking with President and Co-founder Lee Conn, on a variety of subjects surrounding the motorcycle.

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  6. merc16

    merc16 Been here awhile

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    Wow!
  7. beeper

    beeper Badger tickler

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    Loving the pics, thanks!

    This is a bike I could sit and stare at in the garage for hours, when I'm not riding it of course. :wink:

    I really hope they are a success and I can get the chance to own one.
  8. JALnSC

    JALnSC Long timer

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    Something I cant figure out, Every one is talking about how this bike will be to expensive and such with a price tag of 18-22k. I work with guys who have more than that tied up in Gold wings, Harley, and Big Dogs. We are not going to even mention the guys spending 30k on a bass boat they might use 5 times a year.
    Yes it is a neat bike, it might cost some money but as I see it if you want it get it. It is too much for you dont get it. save money and buy something else but enjoy the bike for what it is.
    I saw a guy ride by me in a Lotus yesterday and that was a damm neat car, I hope he enjoys it.
    I hope I see some Motus's over the next few years. In a year or two i might even have one. and it will be a daily driver
  9. xcgates

    xcgates Whaaa?

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    Part of the problem are those who have never bought a new vehicle (me) and have no stomach to spend the $$$$ on a new vehicle.

    However we do nothing to stimulate sales numbers, as we wait for used models to show up.

    I'll put it this way, I have never spent more than $9k on a vehicle (4 vehicles). My daily ride for two years cost $1k. Never taken a loan out for one, in other words, my economic considerations with a vehicle are not typical of an average American. (Nor of a typical person in many other countries, I suspect.)
  10. richarddacat

    richarddacat best jelly roll in town

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    +1

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  11. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    I feel the same way but you have to realize we are absolutely in the minority for thinking this way.


    I think people are going to be hesitant to spend that kind of money on a bike nobody knows anything about. Also, a lot of people are going to look at the price tag and say "for that I can have an XYZ so I might as well get one of those instead."

    That said, I really, really, really hope this company is successful. It's pure American genius and spirit which is something I haven't seen out of a company in a LONG time. Also, I just don't understand why the only American motorcycles available have to be all cruisers.
  12. JALnSC

    JALnSC Long timer

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    Don't get me wrong, the two bikes I have now i picked up for 2500 each and have put about a grand in the two of them to get them 100%, well let's say 95%. the plastics are not perfect and I have zip ties holding parts of the xr together. I have never had a car under 5 years old but I could see myself getting this.
    I still wonder how the st would look without some of the plastic. V 4 and everything.
  13. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Leaking oil or is that road grime?
  14. Crow

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    Seemed to be some minor weeping with road grime. I took the shot to show that grime, the Motus logo, and the oil filter placement. See the oil filter? Grab, twist, replace.

    They're riding the two bikes most of the way between destinations, testing these prototypes in real conditions. They have data loggers and are sending information back to the engineers. The engineers give advice on changes to make, and parts are swapped between the bikes. Sometimes mechanics fly out to a destination with different parts to test. They're collecting an incredible amount of information, and really working out all of the details.
  15. Crow

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    I'm really digging this bike, and believe Brian and Lee are onto something:
    • Very comfortable - upright, with plenty of leg room (close to the ergonomics of an FZ1, Lee shared), but with the addition of highly adjustable bars.
    • A large tank with good efficiency for significant range (they're shooting for 50 MPG, though Lee said they always set high benchmarks).
    • Big engine with good tune, for big torque.
    • Easy to maintain, modify and repair (hydraulic valves, can do modifications or a rebuild with the engine in the frame, and most components are not shrouded in plastic).
    • Inexpensive to maintain and repair - visit your local NAPA dealer for basics.
    • Two levels of bike, base and premium, with the ability to swap parts and customize - they'll have boxes to tick when you order the bike, specifying such things as high or low seat.
    • USA designed and made.
  16. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Likely Lost.

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    Sadly, it BETTTER be cheaper than a Diavel Carbon, or it won't make the top of my short list.
  17. xcgates

    xcgates Whaaa?

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    All things that are some of the big things I look for in a bike. I particularly like the "not shrouded in plastic" part, adjustable ergos, and a decent range per tank. (I tend to be less concerned about MPG than Mile Per Tank)
  18. Minimike

    Minimike Been here awhile

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    Get the bugs worked out and I'm on board. This will be my next new bike purchase. I'm ready to buy American now!
  19. scooterspirit

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    What did you find most interesting that he said?

    I want one, I just like it!
  20. azcagiva

    azcagiva new orange flavor

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    The thing I got from this bike is it should be stupid reliable. They are using designs that are already proven in the auto world. The thing is designed to run on 87 octane. It has car type babbit bearings, so should be able to do 100,000 miles easy. The hydraulic valves mean you are going to change oil, tires and a chain(sprockets) every once in a while. The only weak link I see is the transmission. The engine makes lots of torque and they will need some miles to prove the design of the trans. It is looking good so far.

    I think this is a great bike and I hope to maybe own one someday.

    -John