MOTUS: New Sport Tourer to be built in Alabama

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

  1. GB

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    If engine "character" which is subjective is a plus, the bike's styling - also subjective - is a minus to my eyes.. The styling doesn't have a drool :tb factor to these subjective eyes, it doesn't make me think "i want it".. and if the headlights are what gives cars and bikes their "face", the KTM 950/990 headlights used on the Motus are kind of old and have been around for about 7 years... even on KTM's it's time for a face lift.. The back-end looks good, the front not so much..

    I've been on their mailing list from the outset and I look forward to what they end up doing.
  2. Moronic

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    Well there you go. I love the styling. Sport touring is all about finding beauty in the workaday, IMO, and it seems to me they've done a great job.

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    I was thinking the same thing about a belt drive. More efficient, lighter, quieter, lower maintenance etc.

    But the whole bike looks very interesting. If it really does weight 500lbs dry, it's a terrific achievment. The sort of useable torque available from a well aspirated 1600 should be very entertaining. I applaud their decision to go big-bore, low-rev, high-torque. That makes for fun and efficient, if done correctly. And it appears it's probably been done correctly.

    I think Zx14's, VFR1200's, FJR1300's and the big bore BMW's are neat bikes. But I'm not interested in riding 650-750 pounds of motorcycle like a sport bike.

    But comfortable, 500lbs and 160hp? :ear

    That could be pretty damn cool.

    :nod :deal :dg
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    The bike seems really intriguing from a technical standpoint, but it is obvious it is still an artisan project. The KTM headlight, the off-the-rack GIVI bags... it all says "garage job," which I guess it's what it still is.

    Also, the styling is really rather bland. I think they should have invested in the services of a good designer and looked for a way to give the bike a distinct character. Not necessarily wild and crazy, but something that immediately gave the brand some sort of identity. As it is, to the uninitiated the bike looks a bit pedestrian - this might or might not be a big problem depending a lot on the asking price.

    Hard not be impressed with the two guys that are building this, though... I hope they succeed big time! :D
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    As a point of order the curb weight of the ZX-14 is a claimed 566lbs....backed up by MotoUSA who weighed it at 563 fully fueled.

    ....and at a 160rwhp its sounds like the bike fits your desired specs pretty closely.

    http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/232/485/Motorcycle-Article/2008-Suzuki-Hayabusa-Comparison.aspx

    Now if they would just make it NOT ugly.
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    Yeah I was pretty surprised that it was that light myself. Its a physically big machine, but apparently Kawasaki did their homework.

    Its as close as you are going to get to super sport performance as you are going to get without buying a super-sport.
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  11. Lornce

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    I think the styling's pretty sophisticated. :nod

    Better looking than anything from BMW since they've been trying to convince us that Dave Robb is the asymetric second coming of shape. :puke1


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    What tires are featured on this bike?

    :dunno


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  13. JJGeo

    JJGeo Been here awhile

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    Those are the new Michelin Pilot Road 3s
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    I really think they saved a few dollars with their design team. This thing just isn't quite there. The front fairing looks bland and and forgettable, the exhaust routing is weird, the headlight is boring, the fairing/tank interface is ugly, as is the way the fairing cradles the motor.

    All that ugly, and on top, the put an abbreviated little front mudguard like they were trying to be cool.
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    Well, as usual, people have different perspectives. This moto/us looks good to me! Much better than many recent models from a variety of manufacturers. But, I prefer fairly subtle, balanced designs.
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    Styling's about the easiset thing in the world to criticise. Witness the keyboard commando experts around here.

    Hell For Leather an authority on motorcycle styling? :scratch


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  19. GB

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    Really? You can dish it out, but no one else is allowed... :lol3

    Style is subjective.. some like the looks, some don't. It just appears to some of us who want to like this bike that they put all their resources in the mechanicals but not much into styling.. and as we all know, when it comes to bikes, looks are important and are a key factor in the bike buying decision.
  20. Donster

    Donster No trick too cheap

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    I think it's stunning. The only thing it needs is ABS (somebody had to say it).