MOTUS: New Sport Tourer to be built in Alabama

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

  1. funhouse

    funhouse Overdue

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    The Pratt n' Miller/Katech connection is what hooked me... initially thought the Motus engine was half a Z06.....snapped out of that thought when I did the math.....Z06's are all seven liters and the Motus V4 is a quarter of that size, so the new V4 has to be all new...great idea since they can incorporate all they've learned while whipping EuroAss at LeMans, etc......I'm watching....Bruce
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  2. McJamie

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    Betcha it's Chinese. Believe it when i see it.
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  3. JohnDavid

    JohnDavid Been here awhile

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    :lurk I'm subscribing.





    I would buy one.
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  4. Berto

    Berto Inherently Floridian

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    I bet we don't see a production bike for at least 3 to 5 years and if we do it will probably cost 25k+
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  5. GB

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    If this bike comes to market, it'll be interesting to see how they market it, which will be critical in its success. Launching a brand new brand from scratch will take time to build up the name recognition, a reputation, a dealer network, and they may not last long enough to accomplish it. If they team up with BRP/Can-Am, or Polaris/Victory, they have an instant dealership network and they won't really be competing with what Victory has to offer. :lurk

    One thing I had previously read is that the engine will not require valve adjustments which is great.. pushrods and all. .
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  6. Anorak

    Anorak Woolf Barnato

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    The GM LS series of engines it is roughly based on use hydraulic roller lifters even in the CTS-v and Corvette Z-1. I don't see any reason to change that in this application. The ZR-1 revs to 7k rpm. The GL1800 stops at 6k rpm. Pushrods allow the engine to be more compact and reduce the complexity.
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  7. earthroamer

    earthroamer Stuck in Pindadesh

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    I would love to see an American manufacturer build a world-class motorcycle, especially a sport-tourer with Corvette pedigree:evil. Not something that I would ever buy, my age and financial situation prevents me from dreaming of such bikes. But it would be great to see this. With the demise of Buell, things look pretty grim right now.

    I'm cheering for you, Motus. Prove everyone wrong.
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  8. GB

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    I'll put up with a chain drive if it means no valve adjustment and no throttle body sync's. Although I don't see why they don't go with a belt, it would practically be a very low maintenance bike. Change the oil, brake and coolant fluids..

    Let's hope it comes to market.. :lurk
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  9. Paulvt1

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    Nice looking engine. Anybody know anything about them?
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  10. funhouse

    funhouse Overdue

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    there's a developed thread down the list.......
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  11. Paulvt1

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    Ta. Will go looking.
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  12. Paulvt1

    Paulvt1 Long timer

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    Mods. Please combine my thread to this one. Thanks.
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  13. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Mmmmmmm...90* V-4...that thing is going to sound bitchin.
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  14. schwartzkm

    schwartzkm Adventurer

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    I'm with you on this. I would pay more for a US-built bike if it suited my riding needs. I could care less if it has a gazzilion HP and a gazzilion ft/lbs of torque, either. If it has good ergonomics, the claimed 500lb weight qouted earlier in this thread, and makes around 100HP/80+ft/lb of torque i'd be happy to support them.

    too bad I just purchased a street-triple :evil so they might have to wait a few years before I can justify a new bike purchase.
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  15. schwartzkm

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    If they start making fun of moonpies and RC cola I might just have to get ugly! :D

    (I lived in Ozark, AL for 4 years while my dad was stationed at Ft Rucker. Loved living in Alabama, btw.)
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    I'm going to need a moment to myself.

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  18. algarete

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    I read on motorcyclist that they were going after BMW and that it was going to be marketed towards hihger income buyers.
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  19. JStory

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    That engine might also be really nice in a super-lightweight sports car like a Lotus(Caterham) Super 7.
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  20. eakins

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    unless the transmission has seperate oil than motor, that's a tough fill to get oil into the motor.
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