Motus, what are you're thoughts?
Pros:Motus, what are you're thoughts?
Chain is fine for a purely sport bike where you are home every night. I think it is a bad choice for a touring bike: sport, adventure or luxury. I don't want to lose space to a can of chain lube and have the hassle of cleaning and lubing the chain every few days. That is a deal breaker for me. I have already owned my lifetime quota of chain drive bikes! I would try belt, but prefer a well-designed shaft drive.It is chain drive. Would have been a natural for a shaft with the longitudinal crank. They must have run out of time and money for design / tooling. I would love to ride one but my knees would hurt!
If you don't like the looks overall, then it isn't well done aesthetically.Hey Scouter -
Not sure if you've seen one in person yet, but Gulf Coast had one. Web site says they still do (New 2015 Other Motus MST Motorcycles in South Houston, TX). I think I saw an MST-R there at the beginning of the year. All I can say is: very well done aesthetically (regardless of whether you like the looks overall), sounds badass, very pricey.
Hope all is well.
It does appear they have sweated the details well for an initial launch motorcycle. And aesthetics are very personal so many may find the Motus style appealing. Time will tell.True. I like the MST-R, but maybe "really nice attention to detail" is more accurate vs. "well done aesthetically". :nerd:
I was reading my recently arrived September issue of MCN and what do I see in Kerr's column but a couple of Motus "pictures." He did a few photoshop tweaks to its styling. He seems to like the bike and wants it to succeed, but says "the bike lacks visual excitement." A tactful way to say it is ugly. His tweaks help, but not much. Staying within the current design limits what can be done. I think the exaggerated engine tilt needs to be reduced and the pipes completely rethought.If you don't like the looks overall, then it isn't well done aesthetically.
I think it is ugly due to just a few design misses. The pipes that don't exit perpendicular to the head/valve cover is a big one to my eye. The funny looking front-end is another. Maybe they should hire Glynn Kerr on their next design cycle. It has a lot of potential, but falls short currently.
Looks like a killer engine, but needs a bike to match.
Yes, the price will be an issue. Then again, BMW and Harley also are priced beyond all reason yet sell well. I just don't think the V-4 alone will carry the day at the $30K price point. The Motus lacks the heritage of Harley and the technology and features of BMW, yet sells at the same price point. I hope they succeed, but doubt they will. I would hope that someone like Polaris would take advantage of that and keep the basic platform alive.
They sell the Motus at a dealer an hour away from me.. My buddy who is close friends with the owner said they make you give a credit card to test drive the bike. If you damage it you pay for the repairs. Isn't that what dealers have insurance for. He also he said you get a very extensive grilling to determine if you are a real buyer rather than someone who just wants to say they rode one. Has anyone ever heard of this kind of treatment before from a dealer.
Don't get why we don't see more belt driven ST's out there. If HD can do it w/ an 850lb machine w/ lots of low end torque, why not use them in lighter ST's? I loved it on the '13 F800GT--clean, quiet, no maintenance, can't be beat for efficiency power delivery to the rear wheel, and removes weight. The GT had a 24K recommended change interval but it is common for people to take them out to 36 to 48K before it was clear it should be replaced. I think HD does at least 50K. One interesting attribute w/ belt is it's very hard to ever have a hard lockup--teeth will shear off the belt but can't have a hard lock up. Not sure if shafts can ever lock up.Chain is fine for a purely sport bike where you are home every night. I think it is a bad choice for a touring bike: sport, adventure or luxury. I don't want to lose space to a can of chain lube and have the hassle of cleaning and lubing the chain every few days. That is a deal breaker for me. I have already owned my lifetime quota of chain drive bikes! I would try belt, but prefer a well-designed shaft drive.
And I didn't see cruise control mentioned. Another deal breaker for me.