MOTUS: New Sport Tourer to be built in Alabama

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

  1. scrannel

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    Not sure what your point is: "Idiots with too much money will buy anything different to be cool?" You're right. But I make plenty money and would far rather spend it converting a V-Rod into a real bike than buying a Motus. I wish them no ill will and hope they pull it off. But hey, I could change my mind and buy one someday.
  2. Rick G

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    Not every person with money is an idiot. Some are just over the top motorheads just like most on this forum but with more money to buy more toys for their garage. I wish I was in that postion. But to say you would be an idtiot to buy one well that is just plain wrong. That would be like saying every guy that buys a $35,000 + Harley CVO Screaming Eagle is an idiot.

    OK, that didn't help my point at all, did it? LOL But the same can be said of those who bought that $72,000 v4 Ducati several years back or the guys who bought the limited editions HP bikes from BMW or any other high dollar limited edition bike.

    The fact remains, the Motus for better or worse is going to be a very cool bike with awesome sport tour performance at a price that is still realisticlly in the reach of many enthusiasts. We are talking $35 grand not $100 grand!

    I just don't get the bashing. Wheter or not the Motus appeals to you, as a die hard motoryclist, you should be happy that an American Co is giving it a go.

    Rick G
  3. scrannel

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    Heh, heh... I get what you're saying and it isn't me who's saying "only people with money are stupid enough to buy something just because it's expensive." What I AM saying, however, is that my K1200R is a fantastic, fast bike that came with ESA, ABS, and all kinds of stuff for 1/2 the Motus price out the door. No bashing intended. I hope they pull it off. But at the moment, I don't get it. That's all.
  4. LoneTraveler

    LoneTraveler Captain Zoomtastic

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    I'm guessing that the general consensus is that this company is probably not going to survive long. Their product is too expensive, making it into a niche within a niche market. They have almost no support, no reputation, and no clear development plan for future expansion.

    I wish them luck, but to be honest, I think they're fuckin' crazy for asking that kind of money. Given the choice of bikes on the market, money no object, would any of you inmates here actually buy this thing?
  5. Rick G

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    I really like sport tourers as a concept and miss my departed ST3 and if I was in that financial position to pay $35 grand cash for a bike and there was a dealer nearby, then yes, I would consider buying one. If you compare what they are doing with Confederate, who is also putting out some very expensive limited edition bikes of a different flavor, then the Motus is a bargain! It is all how you look at it.

    I agree with Srannel that the K12RS or Concourse 14 or VFR1200 and others can perform as well for far less cash. Have we all forgotten why we lust after cool bikes? And the Motus is one cool bike and I can't wait to hear one run with the snarling V4.

    Their marketing plan from what I have read does not require stupid numbers to be successful. They seem to be moving forward at a reasonable pace and are not rushing to market. They have good talent and are farming out to quality shops what they can't do themselves. They are doing their homework and I think their bike will be recieved well by the press.

    I am not even sure why I am defending them so much as I probably will never own one. I just think it is great that an American company is doing this, starting a new motorcycle brand and building it right here in the USA. I just can't understand why everyone is bashing them and not rooting for them. Maybe those who can't afford one are pissed. Well get over it! I can't afford a new Posrsche or even a new Corvette but I certainly don't want them to fail!

    I will get off my high horse right now.

    Rick G
  6. nachtflug

    nachtflug infidel

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    you've obviously ridden one you tell us.
  7. Fundamental

    Fundamental Been here awhile

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    Exactly. They have a cost structure (hopefully) in place that allows them to sell low numbers and keep afloat. I could buy one, but would wait until year 2-3 and some birthing pains are worked out
  8. Incredulous

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    If I was a wealthy individual, yes, absolutely I would buy this bike...cheaper than a 'Vette.
  9. Rhino-1

    Rhino-1 Been here awhile

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    Yes. And it would live next to my New Norton and A Bimota Desi...

    There is a lot of pessimism and negativity on this board (maybe everywhere?) regarding a new, American motorbike company. Any wonder that Excelsior and Buell went down in flames?

    I very much want EBR to succeed so that I might be in a position to buy a new American sportbike. I'd never heard of Motus until I stumbled across this post, but it looks awesome to me. I'd hit it. :D
  10. Bueller

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    And remember, somewhere out there are a bunch of people saying how stupid it is to buy a K1200R when you could buy a Hayabusa or BKing for thousands less. Subsequently those buyers are blasted by the group who thinks they get all of the goodies in a new old stock giveaway Bandit. And on it goes, until you get to the KLR buyer, who not coincidentally is judged to be a fool by the USED KLR buyer :lol3

    The MOTUS is too expensive for ME. But that doesn't mean it's too expensive. It's only too expensive if they can't sell enough to stay in business. I wish them well, as all of motorcycling will benefit in the long run. And if they thrive, I'd be willing to be that sweet V-4 might show up in something a bit more affordable in due time.
  11. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    :rofl
  12. nachtflug

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    now there's a novel idea. :rolleyes

    how about a dual sport Valkyrie while you're at it!
  13. nachtflug

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    aw gee who did I miss...
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    EetsOK Been here awhile

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    Really depressing to hear that the Motus is going to be even more money. Although still better value than a new Indian though.


    Well at least it is an original design.

    Whatever happened to MotoCzysz?
  15. Rick G

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    IIRC they are into electric bikes now. I think they just set a new average speed record of just over 100 mph at the Isle of Man.

    Rick G
  16. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Me neither. It's pathetic, really. If you want one and can afford it, go buy it. If not, don't. :dunno

    Plenty of folks on this website who have dropped over 30K on BMW motorcycles when all the farkles and other shit is added up. Plenty more folks with the disposable income to buy the Motus. Apparently, though, it's more fun to sit in your chair and bitch about it over the forum than it is to go buy one. I wonder how many of the people who said "if I were rich, I'd buy one," actually WOULD buy one if they had the money. :deal
  17. limeymike

    limeymike Who Me?

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    This must be the longest thread for a company where production hasn't started yet. Any date set when they will begin making the damn things?
  18. davevv

    davevv One more old rider

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    Probably even less than the group who said that "If the XR1200 was available in the U.S., I would buy one" back when it was released as a Europe only model. Then Harley made it available here, evolved it into the even better XR1200X, and still nobody buys them here. Those kind of statements are easy to make on the internet where there's no obligation to follow through attached to it.
  19. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    The flag waving in this thread is ridiculous. If you want to wax patriotic about American innovation, start a thread about Zero or Brammo, and the availability of realistically practical electric motorcycles.

    Motus isn't doing anything fundamentally different, other than limited production and a high price tag. :dunno
  20. Rhino-1

    Rhino-1 Been here awhile

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    And yor point is? Does it have to be fundamentally different in order for it to be acceptable as an American sportbike? Is a ZX10R fundamentally different than a GSXR1000? An SR1000? Does it matter much?

    And just what is so wrong about "flag waving" and wanting a real American alternative?

    I have a few oddball bikes, to be sure, and none of them were cheap. I might be ready for a real ST soon. I like BMW's and the new Connie in that role. The Motus is super intriguing...