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« on: September 03, 2013, 01:11:53 PM »
- COLOR: White/Grey All colors do vary somewhat from the picture shown.
- INNER CORE: Halogen
- COVERSTOCK: Fusion Pearl Reactive
- FINISH: 2000 Grit Sand / Power Gel® Polish
- RG: 15#-2.55
- RG DIFFERENTIAL: 15#- .037
- A few tiny pit holes in the cover stock of the ball are normal
- BALL REACTION: Continuous backend reaction


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Re: Tribal
« Reply #16 on: October 19, 2013, 02:47:12 PM »
Rev Rate: 420

Axis Tilt: 20

Axis Rotation: 45

Ball Speed: 17

PAP Measurements: 4 1/8

Layout: 4 x 4 1/2 (no weight hole)

Description: Fusion Pearl Reactive coverstock + Halogen core = Tribal. Out of box the Tribal sits at 2000 polished. The FPR cover proved successful with the Primal Rage so needless to say I was very pleased to see the party kept going with the make of the Tribal, if your primal rage becomes “too much” ball this is where the Tribal comes in as its purpose is to complement the Primal Rage. The engine being the Halogen light bulb core provides a 2.55 rg which gets the ball down lane accompanied by a .037 differential, the Tribal retains energy for a barbarous backend on light oil conditions.

Reaction: My Tribal is longer than my Primal Rage and eight boards weaker in the backend which is what I expected when I saw the dna blueprint of the ball, this ball is very similar to the primal rage in terms of barbarous continuation. Out of box the Tribal will provide you with Motiv’s version of skid/flip, what I mean by that is when the ball encounters friction it’s not going to make an uncontrollable move. To further experiment I also took the polish off of the Tribal leaving the cover at 2000 and the ending result was that the length remained the same but the ball reaction two boards earlier. If you were a fan of the redballrage but you want to go smaller the Tribal is where you want to go.

Conditions THS (40 feet): I’ve used the Tribal out of box at 2000 polished as well as 2000 abralon without polish. The ball motion I got out of it was clean and long as the ball didn’t read until the end of the pattern. Once it found what it was looking for it made a controllable flip off the pattern. Standing in the same area as I would with my Primal Rage at 25 targeting 15 the tribal gave me a predictable skid flip motion I’ve never had before, when it encounters the friction the ball didn’t grab instead it just ignored it and made its continuous move. The polish gives the Tribal a smooth transition off the pattern. At 2000 with no polish I was able to stand in the same area that I mentioned above but this I could see the ball grab the friction and hard controllable flip off the pattern, I could see the ball go through the reaction stages without the polish.

Atlanta Pattern (38 feet): I had no difficulty at all throwing the Tribal on this pattern. The pattern played to my strength allowing me to play inside standing 20 targeting 15, as the pattern transition I gravitated left standing 25 while still targeting 15. The friction was never a problem for the Tribal, as it increased the further left I gravitated and was able to enjoy its angular ball motion.

Summary: The Tribal is a great complement to the Primal Rage when it becomes too much ball for the condition; The Tribal in my bag is best suited for medium to light medium conditions. I did use this ball on a heavier house shot pattern and the success was moderate but I was also using the ball outside of its realm, the Tribal isn’t built for heavy oil but that’s where the Cruel Intent comes into play. On the mediums and below this ball will shine and dominate.


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Re: Tribal
« Reply #17 on: October 22, 2013, 10:54:33 AM »
It is new ball time! Introducing the MOTIV Tribal, the Tribal features the awesome Fusion Pearl cover stock which is featured on the Primal Rage (#redball) but with the new Halogen core, and a lower price point! With a bad ass black/red Neo Mark logo and a beautiful silver pearl look, the Tribal will be some fresh ink to your bowling bag.

I have drilled two Tribals so far. I decided to try some different layouts with this release. The first Tribal I drilled was 45 x 4.75 x 70 the pin ends up under my bridge with a weight hole 2” down my VAL. This has become my benchmark ball to gander what the lanes are giving me. This layout gives me the right shape when the lanes are fresh. The second Tribal I drilled is 55 x 5 x 30 which places the pin over my ring finger pretty high above the grips. This ball is awesome when the lanes begin to break down or on shorter house patterns with hooking backends. The Halogen core is very smooth and predictable, or can be angular due to the Fusion Pearl coverstock depending on layout.

In comparison to the other bowling balls in the MOTIV line, this ball is going to get A LOT of play for me. It is clean through the front part of the lane and more angular down lane than every ball besides the Primal Rage. Calling the Tribal a Thrash Frenzy on steroids is an understatement!

Here is a link to my Tribal in action:


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Re: Tribal
« Reply #18 on: November 02, 2013, 10:49:23 PM »
Here’s the scenario, you’re deep into a qualifying round of a tournament and the Primal Rage has been the bread and butter of the day. Unfortunately, with any long tournament those lanes can become a bit toasty and angularity of your shot has the reach the point of questionable carry and borderline uncontrollable. You find yourself in a bit of a predicament; you enjoy the roll of that Primal Rage but the risk increases with each shot thrown, what do you do?
It’s simple, get yourself some Ink!!!
Introducing the MOTIV Tribal!
The Tribal is the best of both worlds when looking for aggressive angles, continuation but with a lengthy skid-flip reaction suitable for those lighter to middle oil patterns. With the praise and proven Fusion Pearl Reactive cover stock found on, you guessed it, #RedBall, Primal Rage. This cover stock is wrapped around the all new Light Bulb shape, the Halogen Core allowing it to get further down the lane but retain its energy for power backend motion.
Of the 3 leagues that I bowl in weekly, two of these leagues are rolled on a broken down second shift shot. My first set out of the box with this ball in my hand consist of a 300 and the flexibility to play any line with all the comfort in the world. This ball has quickly become a great complement to my Primal Rage; it offers the perfect 1-2 punch in the form of versatility. Several weeks ago, I found myself in a situation where I was forced to play a minor angle outside of the 10 board in hopes to carry. Any shot that was thrown inside of 10 at layout would either not face up or would result in weak to flat 7 pins as I am left handed. The best solution left to me was to play a lay down spot of 8 and break-point at 5 to 6 at about 40 feet. The Tribal proved to be more than up for the task with the right amount of long to make it down lane without reading the friction too early, but also retains its energy to offer the continuation that carry does not go out the window.

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Re: Tribal
« Reply #19 on: November 09, 2013, 01:04:26 PM »



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Re: Tribal
« Reply #20 on: December 30, 2013, 10:06:55 PM »
I have been rolling the Tribal for a few weeks now and the only reason I got it was that I needed a ball that would get down the lane a little farther and not burn up mid lane.  This ball has done it for me, it is so smooth and such a arc like reaction on the back end.  It does not snap or over turn for me, it makes a move on the back end, but it isn't so violent that I go through the nose and leave 4 counts if I get slow.  I was looking for something that I may need to straighten up with or slow down and swing and not I have a ball that I can do both with while not sacrificing carry.  Pick one up it is an amazing piece.

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Re: Tribal
« Reply #21 on: January 08, 2014, 04:28:35 PM »
The Tribal™ has it all – skid-flip performance and an aggressive look.  Crafted for light to medium oil, the polished pearl Tribal™ is long, incredibly angular, and crazy continuous.   This is a savage weapon.

The Tribal™ features a new generation light bulb core – the Halogen™.  It provides a 2.55 RG to push the ball reaction down lane and a moderate .037 differential to retain energy for an explosive backend on light to medium oil conditions.

The cover stock on the Tribal™ is Fusion™ Pearl Reactive, which was first used on the Primal Rage™.  This technology is very special because it produces both an incredibly angular motion and devastating continuation.  The pearl Tribal™ is tuned with a highly polished finish to provide the length needed and retain energy on higher friction conditions
The tribal has been a great addition to my arsenal.  I drilled my Tribal 60 X 4 1/2 X 40 and I must say that its quickly becoming one of my favorite balls.  My Tribal is super clean through the front part of lane with perhaps the most angular motion in the backend that I have personally ever seen from Motiv.  This ball has become my "Go TO" ball once the lanes transition or break down.  The Tribal only gives me issues if I try and throw it on fresh longer oil conditions.  However, I normally start with one of the three (Primal Scream, Cruel Intent, or Primal Rage) and then ball down as needed to the Tribal.  One of my favorite things about the Tribal is the pin carry.  No matter how straight or deep the angle, the Tribal finds away to maximize pin carry.  I love the fact that I can chase most patterns deeper or inside and never sacrifice pin carry. I shot 778 outta the box with this beast. This is another must have in your bad from MOTIV.  Order yours today and Get MOTIVated!!!!

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Re: Tribal
« Reply #22 on: January 29, 2014, 02:53:59 PM »

Pin Length: 3-4

Starting Top Weight: 2.55

Ball Weight: 16


Layout: 55x4.75x40


Rev Rate: 425

Ball Speed: 16-17 mph

PAP/Track: 5 1/4 over and 1/4 up


Type: (Matte, Polish, Sanded): Box


Length: 41

Volume: Medium

Type (THS, Sport Pattern etc): THS


On a scale of 1-10 (1=low, 10=high)

Length: 8

Back End: 8

Overall Hook: 8

Midlane Read: 6

Breakpoint Shape: Hard Arc


Likes: This ball is a fantastic compliment to the Primal Rage.  It is about 3 feet longer in reaction time and makes just as good a move as the Primal. When the Primal becomes too much off the spot, the Tribal is the go to without really having to move from where you are.   The Tribal makes just as good a move off the spot and hits just as hard.  It is very quickly becoming my favorite ball.  I hardly ever lose carry when I have to move in with it as the lanes dry out.  It keeps reading the lane as smooth as ever and never loses hitting power.  This ball is a must have in the bag with the Primal Rage as a 1-2 punch!

Great Job MOTIV!!!   This ball has MOTIV-ated everyone around me and looks appealing on the shelf as well.

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