MOTUS: New Sport Tourer to be built in Alabama

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

  1. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    I better tell my wife to hurry up and finish that NP degree... :augie
  2. Hammerspur

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  3. GB

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    If their output of 200 bikes a year is all they want to put out, it's a pretty clever strategy, as this gives the bike a certain rarity and a mystique which will attract the well heeled and keeps the wanna be's salivating. It's human nature to desire the unattainable and has worked well as a marketing strategy for other products...

    So Mr. DeepPockets will have a bike that no one else in his circle of riding buddies has... he'll be the center of attention from working stiff admirers... and he'll also have a pretty cool bike... win win for everyone!

    :lurk
  4. 10/10ths

    10/10ths Road Trip Fool

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    ...So, if Honda can't sell the amazing VFR1200 when discounted to $12,995.........................:hmmmmm



    And I want a Motus--BAD!!!!!!

    I sat on one in Houston and it is an amazing combination of perfect riding position, flat footing ride height for short folks, epic engine, noise, poise, pose and goes.

    I hope they make it, but.......DA-AMN! It's gonna be tough.
  5. GB

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    Good point... I've seen it as low as $9995 for the VFR1200... if the ergos weren't so sporty (for me), I'd jump on one.

    We'll see how this one turns out.. its cachet is that engine, its American pedigree and its exclusivity. 200 bikes a year isn't a lot to sell and sell-out and be considered a success. Time will tell.
  6. choppahead

    choppahead Been here awhile

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    From what I see, I think it's awesome. I hope they are a success.

    I'm gonna wait until they bring out the 'Neanderthal' model though. Flat black and apes with that motor!!!! :wings









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  7. Foot dragger

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    Boxer lust,the engine that is the epitome of slow and gradual would be the boxer. The Motus sounds as intended,like a small V-8 taking off,pretty neat I think.
  8. Moronic

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    Well, Honda probably has sold a couple of hundred ...

    Honda's usually brilliant production engineering seems to have been let down by its designers: not enough people want a very heavy, shaft driven sport bike with bags.

    If Motus meets its sales target, it will be because a couple of hundred people are prepared to pay almost anything for the Motus design: a relatively light, and very low-maintenance, chain-driven touring bike that steers.
  9. 10/10ths

    10/10ths Road Trip Fool

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    ......I think I'd sell a kidney for that Motus. She really impressed me when I sat on her. The bike, that is.
  10. kirb

    kirb should be out riding

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    VFR has bags? I had a hard time finding photos with them, but it seems they cost $2300!

    The VFR is a bad bike to compare. It's heavy, lousy range, no bags included (and expensive), and too sporty for ST duties (for me)
  11. Hammerspur

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    Kinda' doubt the perception the video gives would translate riding it.
    The RC30 is a legend, but they really don't sound so hot at all... 180 crank VFR's sound alot better!
    http://vfrworld.com/forums/general-vfr-discussions/36756-360-vs-180-why-says-who.html#post336286
    To the non-tone-deaf methinks the Motus does as well...
    ST's are f-in' tanks, and look it too.
    Apples n' oranges for sure.
  12. Yankee Dog

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    That is one thing I really liked about the MOTUS. During my admittedly short sit, the egos seemed very relaxed. Less so that than the Triumph Trophy 1200 and current Sprint GT. Really not that much more aggressive than the Beemer 1150RT. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
  13. univibe88

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    Totally agree the comparison to the Triumph Sprint GT. The Motus has waaaaayyyy better ergos.
  14. gymply

    gymply Been here awhile

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    Just went to their website. It now has this blurb under the FAQ:

    "We will announce final pricing, options, and full production specifications for the MST as we wrap up development and testing. We are working with key suppliers to keep the MSRP affordable for a wide range of riders. Please stay tuned and thank you for your patience."

    Guess we will be waiting longer than the end of the year until they let the pricing cat out of the bag.
  15. Gordon Bennett

    Gordon Bennett At least I tried

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  16. kirb

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    From a Motus update email...No pricing yet, but more info on options.

    2011 is a wrap, onwards to 2012!

    Motus is an expression of human will. The will to build bad-ass motorcycles in the most unlikely of times. The will to help America retain her place as a premier manufacturing country by crafting machines with character and quality. The will to fight to make sure our best days lay ahead.

    Since first revealing prototypes in March, we’ve been steadily testing, refining, and promoting the MST’s all over the US in preparation for a mid-2012 production launch. So far, so good. Three prominent journalists have written favorably about their test rides and provided useful feedback to our engineers. See interviews below and here of Alan Cathcart and Blake Connor after riding the MST and MST-R.

    Everything learned from this process is being built into a 3rd generation of MST’s that have a number of improvements and new features not yet revealed. Then, we will complete final testing/certification and begin shipping to dealers as soon as possible.

    Pricing, accessories, and availability.
    Parts quotes are being finalized now based on the estimated 2012/2013 production volume. We will release MSRP’s soon and we thank you for your patience. The MST will come standard with an excellent feature set and based on customer and dealer requests, units will ship with optional accessories such as heated grips/saddle, sport or tour style windscreens, extra Powerlet ports, upgraded wheels/brakes/suspension. Motorcycles and aftermarket engines will be sold through authorized dealers and will be shipped on a “first come-first served” basis, based on the reservations being made by dealers and customers now. We have signed some of the best dealers in the country, but are still looking for representation in a number of markets. Please tell your favorite dealer if you are interested in a Motus!

  17. Dilligaf0220

    Dilligaf0220 Miserablist

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    Yeah......but are they coming to Canada?
















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  18. Hammerspur

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    2011 is a wrap, onwards to 2012!

    Motus is an expression of human will. The will to build bad-ass motorcycles in the most unlikely of times. The will to help America retain her place as a premier manufacturing country by crafting machines with character and quality. The will to fight to make sure our best days lay ahead.
    Since first revealing prototypes in March, we’ve been steadily testing, refining, and promoting the MST’s all over the US in preparation for a mid-2012 production launch. So far, so good. Three prominent journalists have written favorably about their test rides and provided useful feedback to our engineers. See interviews with Alan Cathcart and Blake Connor after riding the MST and MST-R.


    Everything learned from this process is being built into a 3rd generation of MST’s that have a number of improvements and new features not yet revealed. Then, we will complete final testing/certification and begin shipping to dealers as soon as possible.

    Pricing, accessories, and availability.
    Parts quotes are being finalized now based on the estimated 2012/2013 production volume. We will release MSRP’s soon and we thank you for your patience. The MST will come standard with an excellent feature set and based on customer and dealer requests, units will ship with optional accessories such as heated grips/saddle, sport or tour style windscreens, extra Powerlet ports, upgraded wheels/brakes/suspension. Motorcycles and aftermarket engines will be sold through authorized dealers and will be shipped on a “first come-first served” basis, based on the reservations being made by dealers and customers now. We have signed some of the best dealers in the country, but are still looking for representation in a number of markets. Please tell your favorite dealer if you are interested in a Motus!


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    Dealers- we will be at the 2012 Dealernews International Powersports Dealer Expo the Indiana Convention Center (February 17th-19th)


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  19. 10/10ths

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    .....need to step back and take a deep breath.

    Come on!!!!

    Do you have ANY idea how long it takes to develop a brand new motorcycle, get a distribution system of dealerships in place, produce spare parts, warranty, have trained technicians to service them, etc., etc., etc.???????

    It is a mind numbing, government paperwork avalanche, billion dollar money hole!!!!!!!!!

    You people need to stop with the "$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$??????" posts already.

    Gee Whiz, the Motus people are busting their asses to produce this bike. It takes a HUGE amount of time, effort, and money.

    You should see what the car companies have to do to change from 17 inch wheels to 20 inch wheels on a vehicle, it is a nightmare. You have no idea how many hoops the Motus folks have to jump through to get this enterprise off the ground. It is an enormous undertaking.

    Look at Fisker electric cars, they got about $700 million from the government to build and sell electric cars and they have not built one car yet. There is not a single Fisker on the road.

    So, cut the Motus gang some slack.

    If you need a sport touring bike now, go buy one. When the Motus hits the ground, sell your bike and buy the new Motus. Jeeeeeesh!!!!!!

    :baldy
  20. Moronic

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    Well, for my part, it's not so much that I'm aching to buy one tomorrow.

    More a matter of measuring promises against deliveries ... :twitch

    or, a bit kinder, predictions against what comes to pass.

    And considerable curiosity. :lurk