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    They recently got floor financing backing, a necessity at that price level, which will help dealerships wanting to sign on.

    I know nothing of their balance sheets but first production runs will sure put a stretch on anything but robust financing.

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    I hope Motus will find enough buyers to be viable. The bike is as beautiful as any ducati in my eyes. It has roughly double the displacement of a Honda VFR, but only a 10 - 15 lb. weight penalty. Combine that with top notch suspension and brakes and I suspect it will be the sportiest sport-tourer in production. Along those lines, the chain drive allows for less unsprung weight, wider tires without getting too bulky at the swing arm and easy final drive ratio changes if you feel inclined to do so.

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    While I too hope they survive I am more than a little curious how Honda may respond to the Motus release. Rumors on the street have them replacing the ST1300 in 2014. The ST has a base price of $18K a five speed and weighs about 730lbs. The Motous has far more S than t. Might Honda take their sT and turn it into a St?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rxcrider View Post
    The bike is as beautiful as any ducati in my eyes.
    I can get you an appointment with a good optometrist.

    Mika: Before we start thinking about what bikes other manufacturers might respond with, let's see an independent road test by one of the major mags. And let the tester not be Alan Cathcart - he's never a met a motorcycle he didn't like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    I can get you an appointment with a good optometrist.
    How about if I add, "currently in production"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    I can get you an appointment with a good optometrist.

    Mika: Before we start thinking about what bikes other manufacturers might respond with, let's see an independent road test by one of the major mags. And let the tester not be Alan Cathcart - he's never a met a motorcycle he didn't like.
    The Alan Cathcart in me nicest looking bike is the bike I am riding on any given ride.

    Motorcycle tests by any author will be too late to the dance. Motus, Honda with its 700 series, BMW's F800GT are just the first shots at riders looking for lighter weight or physically smaller sportier touring machines. From Day 1 the Motus struck me as much closer to the ST Honda shoulda/coulda built to define that class.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mika View Post
    Motus, Honda with its 700 series, BMW's F800GT are just the first shots at riders looking for lighter weight or physically smaller sportier touring machines.
    The difference is the Motus is in the same weight class with double the displacement and cyclinders. I can't justify the price for one, but I want to ride one and maybe someday buy a used one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rxcrider View Post
    The difference is the Motus is in the same weight class with double the displacement and cyclinders. I can't justify the price for one, but I want to ride one and maybe someday buy a used one.
    +1 That would be good
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    I sat on a Motus motorcycle at Daytona last year, it fit me like a glove.
    all I need now to own one is to win the LOTTO

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    I understand and agree. I would love to ride one. Even if I won the LOTTO I would probably wait for a used one. There are just to many bikes to buy, ride sell or collect to buy them new.
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    I think we all agree that we certainly wouldn't mind "trying one on for size" and seeing what happens when we stretch the throttle cables.

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    ... seeing what happens when we stretch the throttle cables.
    Ain't gonna happen ... the Motus is fly by wire.


    1650cc liquid-cooled V4, 165 HP
    6-Speed, dual-overdrive
    Electronic Fuel Injection
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    720w alternator
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    Brembo calipers
    Forged aluminum wheels w/ wave rotors
    Powerlet port
    Removable side cases by Givi
    Premium seat by Sargent
    20,000 mi XW-ring chain by RK
    Hybrid rear sprocket w/ lifetime warranty
    Centerstand
    2 year warranty unlimited mileage
    Manufacturer's suggested retail price $30,975
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    A few thought's in that area:

    When ;I win the LOTTO, I will never again " OWN " anything that moves or requires paint.

    I plan to live in unimaginable luxury, and let "those" people clean up after me.
    A $40k motorcycle ?
    Humph , why not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lmo1131 View Post
    Ain't gonna happen ... the Motus is fly by wire.
    (In my best Mo Howard of the Three Stooges voice)

    "Oh, a wise guy, eh?"


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    (In my best Mo Howard of the Three Stooges voice)
    N'yuk, n'yuk, n'yuk.... .. ..
    "It is what you discover, after you know it all, that counts." _ John Wooden

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