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    Motus Motorcycles

    What ever happened to the Motus ?...I used to get emails from them regularly, haven't heard from them in some time now.

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    They are still going at it. Here is a link to their January 2013 newsletter.
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    These are interesting bikes; I hope they make it.
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    They continue to move to release. They have expanded in an interesting way by offering a crate engine. An interesting way to diversify and hopefully keep costs and prices down for the bike.
    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

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    These are interesting bikes; I hope they make it.
    With an unproven machine, a far-flung dealer network, and an MSRP of between $30-36,000 they've got a helluva row to hoe.
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    One of the sales staff at HD & BMW of Louisville KY told me that the owner was considering adding Motus to their line


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    On a similar note; whatever happened to Big Dog motorcycles ? The website hasn't been updated since 2010. Motus fits a different niche, but its a niche with plenty of other good, less expensive options that have far better dealer networks, etc. Why would I want to spend $30000 to buy a motorcycle with a two year warranty when I can spend $15000-20000 and get a three year warranty, better dealer network, known track record, etc ?
    I don't see Motus succeeding.
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    Big Dog was foreclosed upon about 2 years ago. BDM Performance Products came out of the ashes. I think they are still in business. http://www.bdmperformanceproducts.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by marchyman View Post
    Big Dog was foreclosed upon about 2 years ago. BDM Performance Products came out of the ashes. I think they are still in business. http://www.bdmperformanceproducts.com/
    Looks like all they do is make parts and accessories to try to keep these things on the road.
    I did a day trip several years ago and one of the riders was on a Big Dog. We came to a 90 degree turn in the road and he really had to slow way down to get through it. On another day trip the same bike experienced an alternator failure. The guy was meticulous about the bike, but it was expensive junk.
    '03 R1150R, '03 F650GS, '97DR200SE,'78 Honda CT-90, '77Honda CT-90

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acejones View Post
    On a similar note; whatever happened to Big Dog motorcycles ? The website hasn't been updated since 2010. Motus fits a different niche, but its a niche with plenty of other good, less expensive options that have far better dealer networks, etc. Why would I want to spend $30000 to buy a motorcycle with a two year warranty when I can spend $15000-20000 and get a three year warranty, better dealer network, known track record, etc ?
    I don't see Motus succeeding.

    My first riding buddies and I said that about BMW when we were straddling Brit bikes and UJMs
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    If I had an extra $40,000 hanging around I think I would probably have the MST-R. Hey they even throw in a centerstand
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    Wow!! With a centerstand for only $35 to $40 large? What a deal!!

    Without a centerstand it woulda been a deal breaker.

    I do support the idea and goals of an American made motorcycle that isn't an archaic over-weight V-twin that is more fucntional as butt-jewelry than a real bike, as is the case in most other US bike brands other than HD and Victory. But, to price their bikes out of the very hands that stand the best chance to build the company market wise, makes it a very tough proposition to see success.

    Polaris was different because they were just starting to ride the popular V-twin wave. AND they had a fairly established dealer/service network, AND the financial backing of a large company very familiar with the recreational powersports market. Even so, it took Victory almost ten years to become solvent. Motus is setting some very high goals. But unless us sport-touring riders can actually buy their bikes versus making a choice for a MUCH less expensive BMW (hmm, that's interesting) from an established manufacturer with a small dealer network, I don't see a faint light glowing in their tunnel.

    Maybe Motus should partner with Harley? It would be a unique product not competing directly with anything in Harley's product line. The Buell was that product, but it was too close to a Harley in sharing the Sportster engine.

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    In the not distant future, we'll be sitting here wondering; "gee, whatever happened to Motus"?

    The answer will be: Well, that's too bad, but they tried to sell a bike that did nothing different for more than twice the price of existing bikes and their warranty was no better than what was already out there.
    '03 R1150R, '03 F650GS, '97DR200SE,'78 Honda CT-90, '77Honda CT-90

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    In the not distant future, we'll be sitting here wondering; "gee, whatever happened to Motus"?
    Mmmmm... I'm thinkin' their best shot might actually be their crate engine.

    1,650cc (100cu.in) / 165 hp (claimed) / torque (not stated) / $10,220

    If you consider that after-market 100-116 cu. in. "Harley" style V-twins range anywhere from $6-9,500 the Motus is much more versatile power plant (boat, aircraft, etc.).



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    Don't discount the people out there with $40,000 to spare . Motus may not be a volume producer but they could fill an elitist niche. They have a lot of quality equipment on those bikes along with a what looks like a well designed V-4 with 185 HP. They could get their foot in the door and produce a more moderately priced general consumer model.



    Unfortunately I don't have a spare $40,000. However I do have a great BMW.

    I'd love to see them succeed
    Anthony S.
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