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Motus is dead.
« on: September 01, 2018, 07:05:34 AM »



To all Motus customers, dealers, staff, suppliers, friends,

After an amazing ten year ride, Motus is forced to shut down operations, effective immediately.

This week, Motus' financial backers unexpectedly informed management that they will not provide sufficient capital to maintain operations and grow the business. We were surprised and disappointed, especially because we have been working so hard preparing an October 2018 product launch into a new and exciting segment as well as new features on the MST series. This is very unfortunate timing and we will work to quickly find a new path forward for Motus Motorcycles and our American V4 powertrain division.

We are very grateful to Team Motus, truly the finest group of professionals and people, who have each dedicated so much of their hearts and soul to Motus. We are also thankful to our dealers and the many customers and supporters who have cheered us on and put gas in our tanks along the way.

For Motus owners, hang on to those motorcycles. As you already know, they are heirlooms, unlike any other motorcycles ever built.

Very sincerely,

Lee Conn and Brian Case, founders

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Re: Motus is dead.
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2018, 09:17:27 AM »
I wanna say "Wow...", but even from the beginning I wondered how many people would want one AND can afford one.
Now I wonder how many were interested but waiting for a shaft drive.
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Re: Motus is dead.
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2018, 09:30:48 AM »
A semi-local guy bought one.  It was kind of neat watching the build unfold as it happened on Facebook.

I'm surprised they lasted this long.  They seemed a lot like the "custom chopper" craze from 15 yearss ago but with a MUCH smaller audience.  They had the motor (which may end up in something else down the road) but the rest was mainly just bolt on parts.

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Re: Motus is dead.
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2018, 09:41:08 AM »
It's hard to survive when you produce about 75 bikes in 10 years of existence.  Just ask OCC.

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Re: Motus is dead.
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2018, 10:46:53 AM »
I sooo wanted a naked streetfighter or power cruiser with the same motor/frame.  But it had to be $20k!
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Re: Motus is dead.
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2018, 11:27:08 AM »
It's not easy receipting the R&D going into the wonderful motor.  I'd love to have ridden one.  Darn shame to see them need to close down.
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Re: Motus is dead.
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2018, 07:09:05 AM »
Well hell.  I really hope they can pick up funding somewhere. Their dealer network was just starting to grow.

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Re: Motus is dead.
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2018, 09:27:55 AM »
Damm shame, small time , niche manufacturer tho, so it was bound to happen.
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Re: Motus is dead.
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2018, 12:54:21 PM »
Possibly the finest of modern bike manufacturers. Shame.
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Re: Motus is dead.
« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2018, 05:40:08 PM »
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Re: Motus is dead.
« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2018, 09:39:09 PM »
thanx
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Re: Motus is dead.
« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2018, 09:39:03 AM »
How did they not build a naked street fighter and a power cruiser (VMax-like) before pulling the plug?

Please Polaris, pick up the pieces of this powerplant!
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Re: Motus is dead.
« Reply #14 on: October 11, 2018, 11:00:13 AM »
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Custom built Motus streetfighter by Fuller Moto in Atlanta, GA. Wet weight 435lb. Stock motor with drag pipes. 156rwhp/114lbft. This is what any Motus MSTR will sound like with drag pipes. Custom tail section, aluminum bodywork, twin LED headlight, hand painted & pinstriped, custom blue carbon fiber wheels, Victory Octane taillight.
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