I have owned and played the Motif for over a year now. I, too, wanted a smaller, robust "take along" guitar with 650mm scale length, and minimum 42.5 mm. string spacing at the nut, with a tone reminiscent of the early 1900's parlours. The Motif fits that bill and, in those respects it has not disappointed.
The tone is a bit boxy in the base, very loud, (belies the small size,) sweet trebles, but not as tonally nuanced compared to expensive guitars. Here it also fits what I expected from hearing romantic era transcriptions played on vintage nylon strung parlours. The action set up is good, easy to play with medium tension strings. I did upgrade the tuning machines.
Although smaller in size, it is just as heavy as full size guitar, due to laminated woods in back and side and the truss rod. When packed in it's TRIC case, it is in effect full size. The TRIC case uses a custom reduced size liner to fit the Motif, but there is also a smaller hard case available.
When comparing to fractional size guitars and requintos models of similar price, I found these scaled down guitars also came through as a bit boxy in tone, not as loud as the Motif, and suffered from having too narrow necks. Their shorter scale lengths are nice, to a point, but the body shapes are not as aesthetic as the parlour shape that I was looking for. I also felt that sticking to the 650mm. scale would create less confusion for me.
Then, I proceeded to add to my confusion, a year later, by also purchasing a Cordoba Mini which I pack in baritone ukulele hard case. Now, that is a really compact and light "take along!" The tuning is the same as requintos, (as capo on fifth fret,) but I also use regular strings of light tension in terz tuning, (as capo on third fret.) If conventional tuning is preferred, one has to use extra high tension strings. There are string sets available which are designed to keep the fractional sized bodies tuned to standard EADGBE.
If you want the Cordoba Requintos, then there should be no problem finding strings to keep at standard E, if that is your wish.
Neil Douglas 2001 (German Spruce / German Maple)
Neil Douglas 1992 (Engelmann Spruce / Brazilian Rosewood)
La Patrie Motif
Cordoba Mini M