Motus Lands West Coast Dealerships

05/29/2012 @ 3:15 pm, by Jensen Beeler18 COMMENTS

When Motus released the final details on its inaugural 2013 Motus MST motorcycle, we were shocked to see that the Alabama company did not have any dealerships lined up for west of The Rockies (surely the bigger shock felt by others was the $30,000+ price tag). Well that has changed now according to Motus, which has signed up four West Coast dealerships, one in California, one in Washington, and two in Nevada. Sorry folks, the price is still the same though.

Not knowing the dealerships in Washington and Nevada, we have to say the choice of dealers in California is a bit interesting, as California Speed-Sports in Livermore has gotten the nod from Motus to service the Golden State. Not exactly convenient to one of the largest motorcycling markets in California, you would be hard pressed to find anyone in the region who would refer to Livermore as “East Bay” as the press materials imply, as Livermore is a good hour’s drive from San Francisco and well inland.

Still, a dealership in Livermore is better than no California dealer at all, though Southern Californians will still have to suffer with the lack of a SoCal dealer (and despite Las Vegas being close in proximity, importing a motorcycle from Nevada to California is not worth the headache). Such are the growing pains of a motorcycle upstart, which perhaps sheds some light on some of the more creative distribution plans we saw tried in the electric motorcycle sector.

Considering the demographic of rider that Motus is initially going after, we imagine the kind of people who drop thirty-large on a motorcycle won’t mind a little heartache in getting their exclusive hands on a Motus MST or Motus MST-R. Hopefully in time though, we will see Motus represented by more shops along the West Coast of the United States.

Source: Motus

  • johnc

    motus… isn;t that latin for “costs the most”?

  • chrome

    Livermore is totally East Bay

  • Bah.

  • Mike

    Where is the WA dealership? Can you give us Seattle readers a town?

  • Gawd, that thing is drop-dead sexy. May I have a tissue, please? I need to wipe the drool off of my chin.

  • Earl Shives

    “East Bay” is Pig-Latin for “Beast”

  • Chrome

    Earl, you simultaneously make me laugh (cause that was awesome), and ashamed because I grew up in livermore and never thought of that.

    Earl wins at Internet today.

  • ZeitgeistXiii

    Lots of whining about the price. I really do not see what for. Mass produced bikes are now in the low to mid 20s like a BMW K1600GTL, 23k for a Goldwing, 20k for a ST1300. For a little bit more you get something different and unique. everybody talks about buying American and all that but few realize what a task it is to start up a company from the ground up. We have “Walmarted” ourselves in to the lowest common denominator of price is king, quality and uniqueness are lip service.

  • Franxou

    Apart from exotism, you won’t get more than on a ST1300, Goldwing or K1600GTL, in fact you get a lot less!
    Those pre-cited bikes are fully-dressed all tourers, complete with equipment ranging from ajustable windshield, heating grips, probably heating seats too, bags, radio, I’m pretty sure you get a GPS in some of those.
    With a motus, you get a nice bike, seems like a sport-touring one and I don’t know what will come with it. I’d be tempted to compare it to, say, Yamaha FJR, Triumph Sprint, for technology’s sake let’s add a Honda VFR. All of these bikes are at least $10000 less and should offer a similar experience and similar equipment from stock, the VFR even has a V4 too.
    There is a lot to whine about the price, it’s probably a great bike bu next to no one will be able to shell out the price of two motorcycles in order to buy only one.

  • Mike

    +1 ZeitgeistXiii

  • ZeitgeistXiii


    All these bikes are also down 10 to 30Hp on the Motus roughly, also factor in servicing and all the other things.This bike you can service yourself for the most part its easy to work on and reach things from what I have seen.

    Do I need a GPS, radio and CB on my bike? Nope, I have a phone that does all that and syncs with my system in my helmet. Most now will still work as a GPS and music even without cell signal. Heated grips easy enough sure, but when was the last time your butt got cold? Wearing appropriate gear negates most of those things. You will feel Gerbings heated vest and chaps under your leathers or Aerowhatever more than sitting on a seat and trying to heat a bunch of padding. If your riding that long and hard your in it so deep your going to buy the stuff anyway.

    But to get 160HP reliably out of a K1600 BMW would require more than the difference in these two bikes. So give me the HP up front keep the nanny systems for the cars and leave the riding to the riders. Is this bike for everyone nope no bike is. We ride what we ride because we like them that is 90% of the decision in biking. This has been proven in just about every study of buying habits in motorcycles.

  • Damo


    I am with Franxou on this one. This bike doesn’t offer a whole lot other than exclusivity and I highly doubt that an extremely small production run bike will be any easier to work on than a production bike, I know which one the parts will be easier to find on. (And I do all my own work personally)

    Just to point something else out, if you want a fast and comfortable bike for under $17k buy a KTM RC8R. It has fully adjustable seat heat, foot pegs and bars right out of the gate, will absolutely smoke the Motus in any type of sport riding scenario AND it is almost as comfortable as VFR1200.

    I am glad there is an American company trying to innovate, but I think they are barking up the wrong tree.

  • chrome

    I think anyone can talk a big game about wanting to bring manufacturing back to the US, and not ship jobs overseas, and made in the USA, etc. But when it comes down to putting our money where our mouths are, we find out quickly that we dont care if it was made in the USA or not. In that sense, a niche bike does make some sense because its a niche of people who are willing to fork out for “made in the USA.”

    I also think that trying to justify the cost on a tangible value proposition scale is a losing game because as has been mentioned so many times before, you can get more farkles at half the price. In my view, it misses the point. Why would anyone buy an Electra Glide when they can buy a Goldwing or a K16GTL for ~$5-10k less? In terms of a bulleted list of features, the HD gets stomped. And yet, many are still purchased. Why? There is something else that tips the value scale besides the tangible features. Those who don’t connect with whatever that is like to proclaim that the Motus is too expensive for what you get (a valid conclusion given the value calculus they perform in their own minds). Then there are people like me who can listen to a rational agrument about features and relative value and be totally gone daydreaming about riding that beautiful machine.

  • Gritboy

    Nice bike, but hence why it’s just another exotic motorcycle few can afford, or justify, since dealerships/service are too sparse for it to be your everyday ride.

  • Stacius

    Mike, the Seattle dealership is HENSHAW, out in Auburn.

    A place they wanted to charge me $4000 for a five year old ZRX with 17k on the clock.

    Ah well.

  • Well put chrome.

  • ZeitgeistXiii

    Bump Chrome:)

  • Richard Gozinya

    It’s not in my price range, or a type of bike that particularly interests me, but for those ragging on it over features, maybe you should look them up first. Further, not all hardcore touring riders care about a ton of features. Some of the most hardcore go touring on bikes like the R1200R, V11 LeMans, Harley SuperGlide, and even ancient bikes from the ’70s. Bikes that are decidedly not packed with features. I’m guessing there’s going to be plenty of takers for this bike, enough to justify manufacturing it in the first place. As for its direct competition, how many of them have 165 hp, 120 ft/lbs of torque, and come in at 530 lbs wet? This is a bike for people who want crazy power, great handling, and enough comfort to be able to go for 10 hour stretches, wherever that may take them. Not for people who want CBs, floorboards, bluetooth, hifi stereos, reclining backrests and air conditioning.