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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    That's surprising... and interesting that he'd say "likely". It's got to be getting a little late in the game to not have that ironed out. Though I suppose for limited production there's a bit more leeway in timing. And I'm hearing that small manufacturers don't have to meet tier 2 emissions so that simplifies things a bit too.
  2. FlyingFinn

    FlyingFinn Long timer

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    Two Brothers makes just about the worst quality after-market "mufflers", I REALLY hope Motus is not going to use that junk. Either much better quality stuff from 2-Bros or another supplier altogether. I'd hope for the latter.

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  3. Suncoast

    Suncoast Been here awhile

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    :rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl Ya gotta be careful here this place is full of experts in everything!!!
  4. DesmoDog

    DesmoDog Desmo's my dog

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    Yeah, well, I'm pretty sure Snoopy only ever flew a biplane (Sopwith Camel, no?), so at least I got that part right. I think. :shog

    I'm almost afraid to ask... but what happened with the Albatros D.IV?
  5. DynaSport

    DynaSport Been here awhile

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    Well, that was at last year's biketoberfest, so it has been a year since then.
  6. Hank.SD

    Hank.SD Jet Measurer

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    In typical German fashion it had final drive failures and was immediately pulled from the market.
  7. Tropical Bird

    Tropical Bird From the front line

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    Fuck me, there are some real armchair experts in this thread!

    :rofl

    The bike looks great, sounds horn and has 1st class running gear.

    AND it is made in the US.

    If you can't afford it, well don't buy the fucking thing.

    Not hard, really.

    :norton

    So easy to criticise.....
  8. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    From the consumers perspective, it really is that simple. From a manufacturers perspective, if it's priced to high for too many people, they won't sell enough, and that's not good for business.
  9. GB

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    It depends on what their business model is.. If they have a capacity to build only 200 bikes a year at $25K to $30,000 per bike, and sell them all, then that's good for their business plan, keeping a certain mystique that it's an exclusive bike that few can afford and fewer still can own.. that seems to work as a business model for some products. Maybe it will work for this one.
  10. kirb

    kirb should be out riding

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    It also keeps your overhead low. Hand build from parts sourced from suppliers and charge more per unit. The cost per unit is higher, but you can sell everything you build and don't have to invest in a large mfg environment. You can ebb and flow with sales and not have a large stock of bikes sitting on the showroom floor waiting for discounts to move.

    It does take longer to recover your R&D, but gives you far less exposure to costs in large capital eating shops. Labor, the most costly item of all, is kept low and allows you to source very talented people.

    The videos taken along the first tour explained the exact business model. They are going to be exclusive bikes that are not 'old rich guy only' priced. I think they are filling a market hole that could easily see some progress. I'm still in.
  11. kirb

    kirb should be out riding

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    Depends on what your 'business' model is as well as your ROI goals are. For some, that exact business model works fine. Define your production goal, determine the price that will move product and not create long wait lists, sell every unit you can. Repeat.

    I think that target price to do the above is $25k base, $30k optioned out. I'd love to see those numbers $5k lower for myself to have a realistic chance of owning one.
  12. pbarmy

    pbarmy Long timer

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    Saw it,sat on it and heard it at Barber.Very cool bike,maybe someday....:dealThey refused to give ANY pricing info.
  13. Minimike

    Minimike Been here awhile

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    I got to sit on one of the prototypes yesterday. I was impressed, Cherie couldn't understand my excitement though. I want one really bad. My inseam is only 29"; but, the seat design was perfect for me. No problem flat footing it.

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  14. kirb

    kirb should be out riding

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    Thanks for that pic...hard to find a good side pic 2 up. Gives me some idea of room. lean angle, leg room, etc. I hope to get hands on with that bike soon.
  15. merc16

    merc16 Been here awhile

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    Hey, that's the same one I sat one ! Well, probably. :lol3
  16. scooterspirit

    scooterspirit Ilovekitty

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    Wow, that looks really comfortable and roomy. But could we get a picture of your wife in front and you in back?
  17. cccbarkbuster

    cccbarkbuster Been here awhile

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    Hmmmm... 160hp and 122lbs.ft. of torque. Will a rear tire hold up to that much power for more than 4000 miles? My Uly xt is nowhere near that powerful and I only get 6000 miles out its rear. Does it have the ground clearance to use the tire to its edge? I`m interested but don`t want to be buying 3 tires a season, and how easy have they designed the rear wheel to come off? front wheel too for that matter? Center stand too! I miss having one on the Uly but have acquired front and rear stands for tire changes. :freaky
  18. GB

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    It's the end of the year... and that's when it was said prices would be revealed... has anyone heard anything yet?
  19. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    I'm not expecting to hear anything until the springtime bike announcements in January-March.
  20. 10/10ths

    10/10ths Road Trip Fool

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    ......I sat on them in Houston and as a short legged guy, it was a real eye opening experience. I could flat foot both feet. I have only been able to do that on Harleys. To be able to do that on this bad-ass sport touring machine was a revelation.

    I want one of these very, very, badly.