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Old 04-28-2011, 10:29 AM   #391
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DI is awesome. Should be fun to see..

But 47 mpg is miles per Canadian imperial gallons, no? Canadian gallons = 1.2 US gallons if I recall... Still really good mpg.
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Old 04-28-2011, 11:28 AM   #392
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Originally Posted by Cakeeater View Post
DI is awesome. Should be fun to see..

But 47 mpg is miles per Canadian imperial gallons, no? Canadian gallons = 1.2 US gallons if I recall... Still really good mpg.
Imperial mpg yes and I agree it's still really good mileage, sure beats the 18-20 I used to get with my Frontier. And to be honest we're not seeing 47 very often as we live on a mountain and work in the valley so our commute is 25kms up and down 3000' on a twisty mountain road where we're seeing 40mpg, but on trips in the valley at a steady cruise we're definitely getting 47.
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Old 04-28-2011, 02:10 PM   #393
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We just bought a new Sonata, the 2.0l Direct Injected Turbo. I'm a convert, 274HP from a 2l 4 cyl that gets 47mpg, and it hauls ass. Zero turbo lag, it just pulls strongly from idle to redline, wife loves it. If the Motus is anything like this, which I suspect it is, it will be a blast of a bike to ride and will get great mileage to boot. They are way ahead of the competition on this.
My brother bought one last year. His comments about the engine basically echo yours, except he said there was something goofy about the drive-by-wire throttle calibration -- his is a 6 speed manual trans and he says there is a lag after the shift into 2nd gear during hard acceleration. Most likely it's a traction control/emissions/throttle thing not related to the engine.

I think direct injection is incredibly cool tech and hope to see it widespread fast because it has huge benefits.
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Old 04-28-2011, 05:25 PM   #394
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I emailed Motus with a dealer recommendation (it was mentioned in the news letter this week) and got a personal reply back from them, complete with a nice picture. Damn I hope this bike is (relatively) affordable!
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Old 04-29-2011, 06:22 AM   #395
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Old 04-29-2011, 06:29 AM   #396
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Price dependant, this might just be my new favourite bike.

Way cooler than my current 2 favs (MTS1200 and SMT990)
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Old 04-30-2011, 04:38 AM   #397
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This bike is on the top of my short list.
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Old 04-30-2011, 08:18 AM   #398
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Being a Canadian I just have to figure out how I'll be able to import it, or some how buy it and license it in the US. If they make it in small enough numbers maybe I can import it as a "custom".
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Old 04-30-2011, 09:59 AM   #399
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i hope someone like me that is 6'9" will be comfortable on it.
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Old 04-30-2011, 06:54 PM   #400
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i hope someone like me that is 6'9" will be comfortable on it.
I would guess the list of bikes you are comfortable on is pretty short.
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:17 AM   #401
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MCN Review and critiques

Sorry, I don't normally read the British MCN, but out here at the place that I'm at, one of the available things to read is MCN.

Anyway, last month they featured Motus prominently 2 weeks in a row. The second week was full of critiques, as well as a response from the President of Motus. They were talking about things common to European bikes, like ABS, TC and cirticizing the engine size and fuel economy (GDI won't work, it's too big, why use pushrods, the V4 is oriented the wrong way, etc., etc.)

Honestly, it was interesting because it was kind of like reading a British Tabloid about motorcycles. But there was still a lot of info.

More to the point, they speculated the price would be around 16,000 GBP. Which if it were a direct translation, would be somewhere in the neighborhood of $25K USD. But it's not a direct translation, there's importing fees and a bunch of stuff I'm not knowledgeable about. Plus, there are a lot of bikes sold in GB that are more than twice of what they cost in the US. In fact, there were a lot of bikes listed for sale in the classified section of MCN that were retailing for close to what they would cost in USD in the states.

Anyway, I thought it was interesting. $16K for the MST would be foolishly good, but very unlikely.
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Old 05-14-2011, 11:18 PM   #402
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Spread on the Motus in Motorcyclist

June issue of Motorcyclist, which I've received digitally, has a piece on the Motus from Aaron Frank, who appears to have examined and sat on the bike at the Pratt and Miller engineering works. If he's ridden it, he's not saying.

Piece has some info I'd not seen before:

- The windscreen will be adjustable electrically.

- The headlamp is indeed sourced from KTM.

- Leg room is generous and designer Brian Case is quoted on the ergos being "almost identical to Yamaha's FZ-1".

(Pic from the ergonomics simulator.)

- Price hoped to be within reach of "motivated" enthusiasts, which Frank interprets as "presumably well south of $30K for the base model."

- Engine redline will be 8K.

- Claimed engine weight is 130lbs.

For comparison, BMW claims its new K1600 six-cylinder engine weighs a mere 102.6kg, which is 226lbs. However, BMW must be including the weight of the in-unit clutch and gearbox, whereas Motus could not be.

An interesting piece on the Motus engine at The Kneeslider from June last year says the Motus design team was aiming for 200lbs for the engine with gearbox, and looked to be "easily" on target.
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Old 05-30-2011, 09:34 AM   #403
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Maybe they could buy the Kiosk that Highland was gonna use to sell their bikes. Put them in NAPA stores, Bam instant dealer network and parts wharehouse.
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Old 05-30-2011, 12:52 PM   #404
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This company definitely has my interest.

I like the ideology and mission of the company...let alone the bike itself and the motor.

I wish them success.
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Old 06-24-2011, 01:52 PM   #405
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Nice Bike....

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