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Sep 3rd 2018, 04:17 PM   #1
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  Feb 2016

Goodbye, Motus.

Seems as if Motus has ceased operations. It was/is a unique, but very expensive (around $30K) bike that has a great V4 motor. Sorry to see this occur, but they might find other investors, I hope.

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Motus Motorcycles Ceases Operations

Motus Motorcycles founders Lee Conn and Brian Case announced on the Motus Owners Group Facebook page that, “After an amazing ten year ride, Motus is forced to shut down operations, effective immediately.” The post goes on to state that the company’s investors unexpectedly pulled the rug out, informing Motus management that they will not provide “sufficient capital to maintain operations and grow the business” (which sounds like a business-speak way of saying that they will only provide funding to keep the remaining factory assets together until a decision is made on their future). This was right before Motus was rumored to be unveiling a new streetfighter-style model for 2019 based upon the company’s trademark longitudinally mounted single-cam/pushrod V-4 engine.

Created in 2008 by Case and Conn in Birmingham, Alabama, as a sort of American antithesis to the boutique V-twin choppers and cruisers that were popular at the time, Motus’ V4 was designed with help from Pratt & Miller Engineering, General Motors’ endurance racing partner for 25 years. Cranking out more than 180 hp with 127 ft/lb of torque, the company’s two current models—the MST and MST-R—boast top-shelf components that reflect the bikes’ hand-built (about 300 per year) origins. The two sport-touring models garnered numerous kudos from the motorcycling media, and had an enthusiastic cult following. But with the sport-touring genre soon morphing into the adventure tour segment, and the lack of a real promotional campaign that reached all the consumers that mattered, the sales apparently flattened out enough to concern the Motus backers.

Here’s hoping that the company finds a buyer to keep the American V4 in the market. It would be a shame to lose yet another American sportbike manufacturer.
Sep 3rd 2018, 04:20 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
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  2012 Versys...'83 BMW R80 RT...Suzuki GS 450t
yeah a sad day for sure...wonderful bikes...I would've loved to have seen their new models for 2019...
Sep 3rd 2018, 05:02 PM   #3
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  Feb 2016
  Gig Harbor

At The Ridge:

Edited by alienbogey on Sep 3rd 2018 at 05:04 PM
Sep 3rd 2018, 08:49 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Travelling around the NW

  Triumph Bonnezilla
I hear Harley is trying to branch out into the "bikes that don't suck" market. If they can manage not to treat these guys like they did Buell, it might be a good pickup.
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Sep 4th 2018, 10:53 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016

  An Ape and a Husky
Sad news indeed. HD was the first maker that popped into my mind too. I think HD could keep Motus as it is while selling them out of their show rooms and hanging their hat on an American made, mini-small block, engine design.
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