As far as looks go, I can’t complain. I’m not too sure about the front fairing, but the rest of the machine looks solid. I don’t think anyone really creams their jeans for the look of a sport tourer, though. The point of such a bike is performance and feel. And from what I’ve read so far it’s got that, along with an impressively tech-friendly dash.
There are some problems, though. First and foremost is the fact that the price ranges from $30,000 to $37,000, which is at least $10,000 more than I would expect to pay for such a bike. I mean, a BMW K1600 GT starts at $21,500. A Honda VFR, of which the Motus most reminds me, starts at $17,000.
|Who will buy these?|
And it’s hard to guess where the extra money for the Motus is being spent. Those “cheaper” bikes produced by Honda and BMW (which also come with the advantages of tested reliability and extensive dealership networks) come with things like anti-lock brakes, traction control and cruise control. The Motus does not –– not even as an option. I find it hard to fathom that a company would build a modern sport tourer without ABS.
By the standards of the three biggest American motorcycle manufacturers (i.e., Harley-Davidson, Victory and Indian), the Motus is relatively advanced (a), but by the standards of the machines against which it would likely compete Motus is far behind the curve. Also, for me personally, that front fairing is just too ugly. It makes the bike look several decades out of date.
So, I find myself feeling just a little bit sad when I think about Motus. I want so much for them to do well, and I would love to have an MST or MSTR to roar around on. Give me one and I’ll thank you profusely. But there’s no way I’d spend my money on one. And I can’t help but wonder who would.
(a) Performance-wise. Technologically, however, all three offer models with anti-lock brakes.