MOTUS: New Sport Tourer to be built in Alabama

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

  1. Tripped1

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    A mid-20 MSRP would be (relatively) resonable, if somewhat of a leap for a new and untested manufacturer.

    $30 crosses a line where Panigale tri starts looking better and better, and its a MUCH safer bet that I will be able to be gouged for parts 7 years down the road....vice having to have things fabricated.

    Its just too much. For any bike really, but particularly a company with no history.
  2. zDollar Bill

    zDollar Bill Eat, Sleep, Ride, Repeat

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    With the windshield down I think it is pretty close to the same riding style as the Motus.
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    I bought a nice '99VFR with less than 5k miles last year, 2700.oo. Have a friend that bought a '03VFR 2400.oo.
    One of the best sounding bikes for the money. How many more can I buy? Why check the valves anymore with these prices I can throw it aside for my parts bike and buy another.
  3. kirb

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    ST1300- 702lbs wet (heavy, real heavy)
    VFR1200- 588 lbs dry (uncomfotable, no bags, short range)
    Motus- 530 lbs wet
    THAT'S why.

    I was all in for up to $25k, but $30k is just beyond sane for this motorcycle.
  4. Moronic

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    Sure, but who in their right mind would be choosing between a Motus and a Panigale tri on the basis of price? :confused
  5. apessino

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    Sure, but a Ducati Multistrada 1200 is 480 lbs. wet and with a full tank, ABS, traction control, electronic suspension - it handles like a superbike and goes like a bat out of hell. :evil

    You can get a loaded S, put a full system on it (save another 15lbs or so and get a sound that will give you permaboner), have ever more top spec components than the MTS R (not to mention much higher tech all around) and still spend $15k less...
  6. DAKEZ

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    Don't bring them down with pesky details.
  7. ducatisarge

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    I was able to check out the Motus in the flesh a few weeks ago in Indy. They were showing it off at a local BMW/Triumph/Victory/Polaris shop which I think is now on the Motus dealer list. The bike itself is pretty neat and I wish them the best, but I can't see the value in it compared to less expensive, better spec'd bikes. I wanted it to have all the [what's becoming] standard tech on bikes these days such as ABS, Traction Control, etc. The biggest thing they keep pushing is 'Merica and the engine, but that's just not going to sell in this segment I'm afraid. Also at 6'+ the thing sat super low, like original naked SV650 low; I think even with a taller seat, it'll be cramped for those of long limb.

    I did get a crappy iPhone video of it running though...
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/l7ejVlHZaEw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  8. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    This offering is DOA. Anyone who thinks otherwise is deluded.
  9. Dave.0

    Dave.0 Been here awhile

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  10. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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  11. kirb

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    The specs I read has the Multistrada at the same wet weight as the motus. The bikes do offer similar features (longer range, good seat height, etc) and it is the only viable option for a decent Motus comparison as long as you ignore valve adjustments and typically high maint. cost. Since Motus will be selling at similar dealers I would suspect similar labor costs, but less required maint. Parts cost are still an unknown at this point. At this price level it is somewhat of a moot point.

    Nothing else comes close.
  12. OldPete

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    After the first adj, Duc valve adjustments are every 15k miles iirc.

    Thanks for the video of it running. The guy on it with the backward ball cap says it all.
    Wonder if he has $37k for a bike.:wink:
  13. ganze

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    after all this, I think if they offered a stripped down naked bike with decent but not statospheric spec for less, that it would be a little more likely to get traction in the market from all the tinkerers that just love the idea of the bike.

    a naked hooligan styled bike is not synonymous with high tech offerings so lack of traction control isn't that much of a market loss. It would also be similar to other high end custom bikes that also do not have high tech as a major selling point.

    After all this I still say they will make it. Stuff cost what it costs and I am sure they can't lose money on every motorcycle they sell to garner a segment of the market like Honda or some other big company might be able to do (I heard they did that back in the day with the rc51, but that's an urban myth.) They have to make their investors happy, and they think they can at this price point. They don't want to go under either.

    if I remember, Ducati's used to be priced way above the competition back in the 80's and 90's, but my memory could be faded. And their product was to my young eyes inferior because it didn't have the highest hp or quickest 1/4 mile. How dumb I was to think that highest this and fastest that was the marker of a great bike....idiot young me. Anyway now they are almost competitively priced but it works because of the brand and quality they offer.

    Give em a chance, it's their necks that are on the line and they have to decide what they think is best with their risky start-up. Start-ups most often fail: and it's especially hard to get a us based manufacturing company off the ground. This price point shows one of the reasons why it's hard.
  14. apessino

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    Not if the MTS is really 530 wet. :D The Multi is the lightest bike in its class and by a good margin - the 480 lbs. with a full 5.3 gallon tank is real, the bike is only 420 lbs. dry, fully loaded with all the options.
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    the Multistrada 1200 valve adjustments are at 15,000 mile intervals. My valves were in spec at 15,000 and required no adjustment. The other service (oil change) is at 7500 mile intervals.

    The backward cap is a nice touch, way to get in touch with the target demographic :huh
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    That's actually Lee Conn, the president of the company. Nice guy to chat with...
  17. DAKEZ

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  18. ducatisarge

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    not sure if the thwack is because you disagree or if you think Motus is in the wrong, but this is a road bike and I'm firm believer that this stuff should be on there. I'd rather have it and not need it than need it and end up in a ditch...especially for 30 large!
  19. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    The thing is supposed to be a sport-touring bike, and commanding a premium price in a segment that has bikes with tremendous electronics packages is going to be an uphill battle.

    The market segment they are hitting is demanding it, your personal feelings on the subject notwithstanding, DAKEZ. Not to mention we're all sick of you shitting on any thread with those three letters in it.
  20. DAKEZ

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    That's right only your personal feelings matter... right? Here, have some ice-cream.
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    FYI I was referring to the traction control. I have always been on board with having ABS on a Sport-Touring bike. :deal