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This one has kind of caught my eye. I personally have no experience with these. They do seem pretty pricey, but something about it has me wanting to check it out. Now, as a new company the service and parts may be in short supply.I would like to see a few opinions. Good or bad.
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They had a good write up in Motorcycle Mag(?)
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They sound cool.

But 30-36k for a motorcycle?? Not me.

You'd have to drive to another state to get warranty service, it looks like, and you'd be dependent on that company for any parts you'd need. If it uses common oil and air filters and spark plugs and that sort of thing, and you can wrench on your own bike, that might be do-able.
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Love the look, love the concept, just need to come down to earth a bit and I bet they would be a hit!
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The parts is what concerns me the most. I can do most of my own wrenching but the availability of the parts concern me. I did say pricey. My other concern is that as a new company, how reliable would the service from the manufacture be?
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When did the first actual production vehicle for sale come out? I did some quick reading and they said it was a 2011 concept, and it was introduced here in Daytona. I think 2014 maybe? But when did they start offering them full-on for sale, I wonder.

I don't know about how ready they are to supply parts, but you could always do a test of sorts: Think of about 5 parts that should be available for almost any newer bike and call your local dealer and ask them if they have them in stock, can they get them, how long, and how expensive? Kind of get a real world idea before you consider buying one.

I'd ask for an ignition switch, wheel bearings, kickstand spring, replacement fender, fuel gauge sending unit, fuel filter, those kinds of common items.
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A local dealer brought one to Bike Night here this past summer. He told me that as far as he knew, it was the only one in New Jersey.
Nice looking bike. Seemed to be well made.
But that price is more than I paid for my HOUSE!
No thanks.

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They sound cool.

But 30-36k for a motorcycle?? Not me.

You'd have to drive to another state to get warranty service, it looks like, and you'd be dependent on that company for any parts you'd need. If it uses common oil and air filters and spark plugs and that sort of thing, and you can wrench on your own bike, that might be do-able.
Is it okay for Harley to cost that much or more?



Prices for bikes are ridiculous. Even my Indian was over priced. But that's the real world now. Crazy prices that you could buy a car with the same amount.

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I wouldn't pay that for a Harley either. No freakin' way!

(Although you do get a motorcycle with many more features, the world's best dealer network, and that has a company behind it that's somewhat already established. )
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They would have to throw in a bunch of teeshirts for that price. Black of course.
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When I bought my First Goldwing in 1997, it cost more than a basic model Honda Accord, same as my 2018 GW as it was also more expensive than a basic Honda Accord???? Why??? It doesn't make sense to me as an Accord, even a stripped one has room for a family and tons of great stuff that comes standard, like A/c, cruise, CD player, etc.

Everything is expensive and VEHICLE prices for anything but those being built for the "Underfunded wage earner crowd," where entry prices are fairly low, has forced most buyers to use extend financing options up to 7-8-9 years, most with no down payment and fairly low interest rates, allowing the Dealers to actually sell their way overpriced stuff. Most will buy if the payment is low enough. It doesn't matter if they duration is for a long time but just if the payment is low!

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Not my personal style of bike, but I suppose the BMW folks might try em out if they were tired of their rides.

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I wouldn't pay that for a Harley either. No freakin' way!

(Although you do get a motorcycle with many more features, the world's best dealer network, and that has a company behind it that's somewhat already established. )
That is kind of the whole issue. It appears the dealer network is absent. If I were to go this way, it would the last bike I would ever buy. I am setting up for retirement. As intriguing as this bike is to me, without the parts and manufacture support it wont happen. Just a slim hope that someone here knew more. I made a call and the lead time on some of the parts are unacceptable for me. (Thanks for the suggestion Eye) So Thanks for the opinions guys.
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They would have to throw in a bunch of teeshirts for that price. Black of course.
For 40k they'd have to throw in a few members of the Swedish Bikini Team to wear those shirts around the house too, as well as a new garage, a wet bar for the patio, and a few bar stools and shot glasses.
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I would be very happy with just the bikini team. I have the garage, bar and patio. They might even keep my mind off of bikes for a while anyway.
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A new small Nissan is $10,000.
But I do like the Motus. The weight was reasonable as well.
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Maybe they could take a 'chop saw,' and make a 2 cylinder MOTUS, that would cost less and place the 2 cylinders as far forward as possible!

The Swedish bikini Team would just make me realize how old I really am

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I'd sure like to see Motus to buy Victory. That would give them a great V-twin but also would give Motus a brand recognition. Then reduce the Victory line to just a few models. Remove the Vision and start with the Cross Country and get away from the starship theme. But Polaris won't sell and Motus can't afford to buy even if they would. I just don't think Motus will survive with their current line-up and pricing. Polaris just may have help them but time will tell.

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I'd sure like to see Motus to buy Victory. That would give them a great V-twin ...
Motus is of note mostly because there is finally a north-American motorcycle maker realizing that the age of big-bore, air cooled V-twins is over. Their only chance of success lies in the wide acceptance of that philosophy by the domestic motorcycle market; which is why getting what's left of Victory would be peeing in the soup. I wish them well. Heck, not everybody has to work for his money, so as long as there are those buying BMW's, there might well be some fraction of that crowd ready to buy a Motus.
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Motus is of note mostly because there is finally a north-American motorcycle maker realizing that the age of big-bore, air cooled V-twins is over. Their only chance of success lies in the wide acceptance of that philosophy by the domestic motorcycle market...
So they don't stand a snowball's chance in Hell?
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Well, "wide acceptance" could have been an overstatement.

But how many BMW's are sold per annum here? How many Honda VFR 1200F's? (Are these even sold by Honda in the US - that would the bike among those that I know that is probably the closest to Motus). How many units Motus has to sell per annum to keep in business? Motus will not be a commuter bike; how critical is the local dealer network? After all, people buy Guzzi's. What is the premium that a domestic buyer (one among those that would buy a large sport-touring BMW or Honda VFR 1200F) would be prepared to pay to ride a US built motorcycle? Numbers, numbers...

I would give Motus about 50% chance of 5-year survival, better than I would give Indian...
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So they don't stand a snowball's chance in Hell?
As much as I am intrigued by the bike, I think that is where it is going. I was hoping other would see a brighter future for the company. I personally think they are going the right direction for a good american made sport tourer. As a company, not so much
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