Bear Motive 6 Review

Bear Motive 6

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out of 6 user reviews


  • Balance and comfort
  • Ease of cam adjustment
  • Impressive speed


  • pricey


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The 2013 Bear Motive 6 is a bow that should raise a lot of eye brows this year. The engineers at bear are continuing to make strides from year to year and have not failed once again. They keep getting closer to the upper high end archery market and have made strides, however, don't seem to yet have the reputation of very top manufacturers. Bear puts lots of emphasis on consumer input and the company seems to really care how their customer's feel. Speed is written all over this bow and it's balance and feel is amazing for the power it packs.


The Motive 6 is available with color options including Realtree APG, Shadow Series (black), Realtree APG Snow/Black, Red/Black, and Green/Black. The camo colors look flat in finish and the red and black finishes appear to be somewhat glossy in finish. They all seem to be durable without any flaking or chipping complaints at this time. Additional color options for 2013 gives consumers more good looking choices.


This bow sports an all new riser and design that measures 32" axel to axel. It is 3.25" shorter than the Anarchy and it weighs about .2 lbs. more. It has a completely different design and shape from the Anarchy that is wider with smoother edges. It sports dual offset string suppressers that are integrated into the riser. The riser also has a stainless steel stabilizer bushing.The Motive 6 has Max Pre-Load Quad Limbs that provide lots of power without stacking up during the draw. These limbs are connected to the riser with Zero Tolerance Limb Pockets. They provide an interference fit between the limb, the boot, and the pocket to eliminate any movement of the limb in the pocket. These limb pockets play a large role in preventing any vibration. The riser/limb combination creates a 6" brace height. It is a very comfortable bow to shoot especially for as fast as it is. It seems to be a little more suited for hunting with its shorter ATA than the Anarchy with an even better feel.


There two options for the grip on this bow. The custom options include the over mold rubber grip or the panel grip that is underneath it. The rubber grip feels nice in the hand and has the large Bear trademark emblem that is a good look. It has a thicker feel than the panels and is warmer on the hand during cold hunting days. The bow feels steady in your hand with torque nearly unnoticeable.

String Suppressers

Bear's unique look of dual string suppressors remains on the Motive 6. The dual adjustable string suppressors enable the bow to be whisper quiet and they eliminate virtually all hand shock and vibration by countering the string. The adjustment lets you custom tailor your shooting style. The suppressors have a large and thick foot style rubber boot that softens the string contact with them.

Eccentric System

The Bear Motive 6 is equipped with their new flagship Bear Synchronized Hybrid Cam System. The new H13 dual cams have a rotating module to make all adjustments without a bow press or any other modules. This makes changing the draw length extremely easy and convenient. It is adjustable in .5" increments from 25.5" to 30". The H13 cams produce a smooth draw without a giant hump that most speed bows have. It has 75% let off and comes in 50, 60, and 70 lb. max weights. The speed is impressive and seems to live up to at least it's IBO of 350 fps. The velocity of the Motive 6 is one of its best attributes.

Draw Cycle / Shoot Ability

The draw on this bow is smooth especially for the speed it produces. The lack of a large rollover is nice. It balances out just right in your hand and it holds dead still at the shot. The back wall feels good and not too spongy due to its rock solid feel. It creates a valley that is comfortable enough to not feel like it is always wanting to creep forward. A stabilizer would help with balance on this bow like it would help most others, but it is already pretty quiet. Vibration is reduced greatly with the dual string suppressors. Bear is still using its 4x4 Roller Guard system and it does create even more smoothness on the draw.

Silencing Package

For a bow with this kind of speed it is pleasantly quiet. There are virtually no vibrations, shock, or noise. The dual adjustable string suppressors make it pretty silent. There is nothing added to the string for silencing, to slow it down, and it doesn't seem to need anything.


BowBear Motive 6Bear Anarchy
Version 20142014
PictureBear Motive 6Bear Anarchy
Brace Height6 "7.25 "
AtA Length32 "35.5 "
Draw Length25.5 " - 30 "26.5 " - 31.5 "
Draw Weight40 lbs - 70 lbs40 lbs - 70 lbs
IBO Speed350 fps330 fps
Weight4.0 lbs4.0 lbs
Let-Off75% 75%
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As impressive as the Bear Anarchy was last year the Motive 6 is even more so. It is probably their most desired bow of 2013. It is 3.25" shorter than the Anarchy, but still has an IBO of 20 fps faster although it is .2 lbs. heavier. It is also more maneuverable with its shorter length. The two bows have the same MSRP of $899.99. They do seem a little pricey and it is thought by some that it may still be too high for Bear. The company does not yet have the top of the line reputation when compared to some of the other manufacturers in the business at the same price range or lower.

Perfect Usage

The Motive 6 is a great bow with many uses. Although hunting would probably be its niche it could also be used for top shooters and 3D competition. The comfort and speed that it possesses makes it useful in more than one area. For some individuals it may be a little too short for target or 3D competition, however, it all depends on the shooter, their size, and individual preference.


This may be the best overall compound bow ever made by Bear. The Hybrid Cam System is another step in the right direction for engineers. The dual cam bow has awesome speed and it is also extremely easy adjust through the draw length range without the use of a bow press. The Motive 6 is well balanced and it is comfortable to shoot. The newly designed riser has a unique look yet it sports Bear's dual string suppressors that they have been known for. The bow will fit many different sized shooters and hunters with multiple weights available along with its draw length range. Many have been very impressed with the Bear/Trophy Ridge customer service that has been reported to be extremely helpful. The Bear Motive 6 is an impressive bow for those who are able to spend the money.

User Reviews

  • 6 reviews
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Best Bear bow I've ever shot!

Version: 2013 Bear Motive 6


Pros: Comfortable, quite and vibration free. A smooth draw to a crisp solid back stop.

Cons: Price

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I own several models of bows (bow fanatic), PSE, Bowtech, Mathews and Bear...This Motive 6 is one of the BEST bows I've ever shot! I was skeptical at first but after shooting a dozen arrows out of the Motive at our local shop, I had to have one! I now own the Motive 6 (70#) in snow camo and love it! A smooth draw to a crisp and solid back stop. It's quiet and dead in the hand with absolutely no vibration! I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a speed bow with deadly accuracy!!! Can't wait to tag a spring black bear!!!

Shot 15 different high end bows, this one had everything I wanted in a new bow.

Version: 2013 Bear Motive 6


Pros: Everything. Flat out this bow does it all. Quiet. Fast. Light. ACCURATE!!! Mine is set @ 65#, 28-1/2" draw, shooting 419 grain Easton axis-340 spine and chrono'd @ 308fps. HHA optimizer w/ a 4x lens, and a trophy ridge revolution drop-away rest.

Cons: ......still searching.... hmmmm, cant find one bad thing.... ok, how about, MORE PEOPLE AREN'T SHOOTIN THIS BOW!!

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Listen, if you want an extremely smooth, fast, accurate out the box (with obvious set up needed), this is it. There are a lot of high end bows that just don't have what Bear is producing. Even the guys at the 3-D shoots I hit all summer have taken notice. I've upgraded to an HHA optimizer single pin, .010"dia., w/ a 4x lens that helps me group 6 arrows in a 2-3" circle at 50yds., and since my 3-D scores jumped over 70 pts. average.

One of the best flagship high end bows that I have shot.

Version: 2014 Bear Motive 6


Pros: Fit and finish is flawless. Very smooth on the draw with very little hump in the cycle. Extremely smooth and quiet at the shot. Draw length modules are easily changed without a press. Smoking fast and actually hits IBO rating.

Cons: The bow fits me perfectly and is what I have been looking for so I really do not have any complaints with this bow.

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I shot the Bear Motive 6 along with several flagship bows from Mathews, Hoyt, PSE, and Prime before making my choice. I compared everything from fit and finish, shot noise, shot vibration, draw cycle, back wall, speed, grip, customer support/warranty, and least of all the price. The Bear Motive 6 may not have been the best in every category but overall it topped the other bows that I compared it to hands down. After purchasing the bow I set it up with all of my favorite accessories and I shot it through the chronograph and here are the true numbers that I was getting. Bow set at 60# draw weight, 28" draw length, 390 grain Easton Bow-Fire arrow, total string accessory weight of 49 grains and it shot 281 feet per second. I will not cut down other bow manufacturers because they all were excellent bows but for me the Bear Motive 6 was the best.

Easy pulling fast bow

Version: 2014 Bear Motive 6


Pros: Draw cycle, not cam specific, speed

Cons: None really

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Ok, I have been shooting compound for over 20 years and finally tried a bow with less than a 7" brace height. The Motive 6 is a very impressive bow for the speed you get. Almost zero hand shock, one of the quietest bows I have ever shot, and fast. Usually with a "speed" bow you get twang, vibration, stiff draw cycle, and noise...not with the Motive 6. Unfortunately the bow just wasn't 100% for me. When I was shooting it at the shop it was mind blowing. If I only needed it for under 50yds then I would have no complaints but for some reason it did not like going past that 50yd mark for me. Now, I have 3 other bows at the house as well, Mathews SBXT, Mathews Creed XS, and a Bear Carnage, all of which I can easily take out to 80+ yds. No matter what I just couldn't get consistent groups past 50 with this bow. I really hated that because I loved everything about it! The Bear Carnage replaced my Motive 6. I usually do all of my own tuning and bow work but with the Motive I had my local pro set it up so that way if anything was wrong I couldn't blame the bow! That's why it is very important to always let the bow choose you. Shoot as many as you can and pick the one that suits you and your needs. All in all the Motive 6 is a beast and is by far one very nice bow but I think that the 6" BH really magnifies any issues in form and technique so that is why I can't fault the bow for the inconsistency! I am no pro so forgiveness in a bow is my best friend!

All you could ever want in a hunting compound!!!

Version: 2014 Bear Motive 6


Pros: FAST!!!! Balanced, virtually torque-free. Dead in the hand and quiet!

Cons: Its not really a con but the valley is shallow. When creeping forward to let the bow down from full draw it really wants to take off. Other than that it is "flawless".

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I primarily purchased this bow as a back up brand new for only $450.00. What a deal! But I have quickly come to realize that this bow is nobody's backup! There is nothing to dislike about this bow. I have owned this bow for two years now and I am still amazed at its performance. At 70lbs with a 28 1/2 inch draw I am shooting 366+ grain arrows at 320-325 fps. I am amazed. I also own a Bowtech Invasion (another great bow BTW)and I find my groups a little tighter with the Motive 6, but not by much. I am confident taking shots out to 50 yards without hesitation. I have shot the Agenda 6 and 7, I still prefer the raw power and price of the Motive 6.

The Motive 6 is affordable, light, quiet, and has blistering speed.

Version: 2013 Bear Motive 6


Pros: Speed bow - 29 inch 70 lbs draw shooting 395 grains 315+ fps Light - at 4 lbs easy to carry for miles Affordable - No company is putting out mind-blowing technology. For a bow 2-3 yrs old, this is still comparable to all the flagships to-date.

Cons: Not as aesthetically appealing as the nearer Bear bows. Market is flooded with new bows every year - the Motive is lost in the mix. H13 Cam - String-stops wear on the serving

Full review:

When looking to replace my old 2001 Bowtech I spent weeks researching and shooting flagship bows from a number of companies. A couple of guys I hunt with shoot Hoyt and Mathews - and I wanted something different. The Bear Motive 6 was the perfect answer to what I was looking for. The ATA and weight were comparable to Hoyt and Mathews, but the IBO left them in the dust. When I went to the shop to have it setup, the tech was pleasantly surprised at the speeds I was getting through the chronograph fully setup (325+ at 365 and 315+ at 395). I In the field the bow has been flawless. The draw cycle is smooth with a solid back wall. My only concern with the back wall is the string stops - they are rubber and tend to wear on the serving. With the bow being 4 lbs I am able to comfortably carry my bow for miles without issue. I have a heavier sight (Sure Loc Lethal Weapon w/Retina Lock) and a 9 inch Trophy Ridge stabilizer, and even with the additional weight the bow is easy to travel with. I've hunted the last two seasons with the bow without any deer jumping the string/shot, all 4 of my harvests have been pass-throughs (furthest being at 36 yards). The kinetic energy produced by this bow is astounding. I have shot two does that walked (not run) less than 20 yards and just fell over. Bear manufactures great bows every year. The H13 Hybrid Cam is (in my opinion) one of the best on the market. I believe if it wasn't for their commercial sales in Dick's, Grander Mountain, etc., and a stronger marketing campaign of their boutique bows, they would always be near the top of the list of "elite" bows. If you're on the fence on whether you should go with Bear, it's a solid choice that you wont regret making.

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