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Old July 7th, 2011   #1
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MOTUS announces its Sport Tour America dates and routes
Motus Motorcycles has announced their American Sport Tour dates in July—the first leg of their 'American Sport Tour' which will take their new V4 Sport Tourer on a 'show-off tour' from Birmingham Alabama to California (Laguna Seca MotoGP) and back.

Here is a link to their Facebook page/map showing some of the stops along the way . . .
http://www.facebook.com/motusmotorcy...app_2309869772

They are scheduled to come here, through Dallas at RPM Cycle, next Wednesday the 13th, 11am–1pm . . .
http://www.motusmotorcycles.com/PDF/...cle_Dallas.pdf

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Old July 7th, 2011   #2
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They will be at Laguna Seca during the MotoGP this month, gonna have to check it out while I'm there.
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Too bad they have nothing in the North East.
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I still think this bike is going to be priced out of reach of mere mortals.
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Still no announced prices? Waiting for the economy to pick up again...?
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Just got back from the MOTUS bike tour showing at RPM Cycles in Dallas.

They had two prototypes: One in the parking lot that was the 'rider' on their tour, and a second on the show floor.

The prototype 'rider' bike had all sorts of data acquisition equipment hung all over it to record everything from chassis info to engine and engine management info.
The prototype inside on the show floor was setup with the bags and top-box, definitely a more 'polished' for show bike.
It sat just a couple of bikes down from a new Triumph Sprint ST, which with its more complete fairings looked larger than the Motus.


The bike was quite small—much smaller then the Honda ST1300. Looked to be more the size and dimensions of a Ducati ST3/ST4. Much more on the 'sport' end of sport-touring.
Certainly not what Mama would want to ride on the back of for a long tour, what with the short sporty chassis and 530 lb. wet weight.

Over-all this SPORT-tourer seemed well thought out for a one-up ride. The V-4 engine looked smaller than the ST's, shorter any way, since it does not have overhead cams (push rods w/hydraulic lifters).
Also the transmission is where they make the 90 turn to the chain-drive. Transmission is a cassette style that is separate from the engine oil/crankcase, so that the 'cassette' can be easily removed.
Has a nice sound/growl through the Two Brothers exhaust—not too loud though.
The alternator sits atop the tranny, and is a conventional 'automotive' style 750 watt, also easy to service.
Brembo brakes and fully adjustable Ohlins suspension front and rear. Rear will have a remote adjuster on production bikes, just not on this prototype yet.
No ABS or electronic traction controls—not even planned for production models.
Handle bars are adjustable.
Seat is made by Seargent, fairing/windshield is minimal—three size wind-screens will be available (made by National Screens).

Heat was not an issue. Could put my hands on the frame next to the (hot) engine, even could touch the valve covers with a light-weight glove.
The lack of full fairing allows total air movement without heat getting trapped where you sit.

Motus people said the engine tune is for torque—turns 2500 rpm at 65 mph.

Over-all my lunch time proved to be a very interesting and enjoyable time.
Hope the people at Motus do well. If I had the means to, ahem, acquire more bikes, this one would certainly be unique.
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