It’s the kind of motorcycle best described by two words you won’t often read together: hooligan sport-tourer. It incorporates the comfortable seating position and body work of a sport-touring motorcycle but underneath that carbon fiber is a fire-breathing small-block V-4 that could put your operator’s license at risk. – Ray Peabody, Editor, December 2016
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Motus manufactures high-performance, American V4 sport-touring motorcycles that combine heart-racing performance with uncompromising comfort. Powered by the mighty V4 Baby Block engines, the MST's are a reinvention of the traditional sport-tourer. Comfortable American sportbikes with accommodations for touring. Motus represents uncompromising attention to detail and a commitment to building machines that offer motorcyclists the best possible riding experience.
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“…their engine is as impressive as any I’ve tried in 25 years of road testing, a modern day hot-rod version of that sports touring classic, the VFR. It’s that good”- John Westlake, Bike Magazine
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TwoWheelObsession on-board ride review. This reviewer did a great job detailing the features and ride quality of the MST…while riding! Ride starts at the 1:00 mark.
“It’s the most powerful streetbike you will ever ride, in a frame and weight configuration that fits bikes 1/2 its power. Think VMAX on steroids in a FZ09. No joke. Everything simply works – it’s refined and uses many automotive parts and features making it one of the most maintenance free bikes on the planet.”– TwoWheelObsession, June 2016
John C on his MSTR: New Hampshire to Seattle and back…with track days before and after! “Why a Motus? I wanted an exciting bike, fast, powerful, no-electronics, for sport-touring and maybe some track time.
Yup, I bought the right bike.
One of my nieces was getting married in Seattle and I, retired, was becoming a couch potato. So last March I bought a 2016 Motus MSTR from Adam RocketMoto in Nashua, NH, went to the gym for three months, then rode out to her wedding. Through Adam, co-owner of Rocket Moto Sport, I learned about Tony’s Track Days. They had two of these track days, one at NHMS before the wedding and one at Palmer Motorsports Park afterward. I went to both.
The wedding trip was an adventure. I took a northern route through Canada to Sault Ste Marie, MI, across to the Badlands, then to Seattle and the wedding. Then I spent a few days in Mukilteo (pronounced MUCKle TEEoh) visiting three airplane museums. From there I wandered between Idaho and Montana playing with twisty roads and mountain passes, finally working my way down to the Denver area to visit a friend and relax for a few days.
I chose not to keep track of times and miles, but I know I knocked off some easy 500 mile days, starting late and stopping early. I like riding out west where speed limits are higher, roads are more open, and traffic seems to be somewhere else. The Motus gets good to excellent mileage (40-50+ mpg) at small throttle, lower speed, and higher gear, which I used when I thought I was going to run out of gas. I got over 50 mpg at 85 mph with a tailwind, but low 20s when going 85 into a headwind or just having fun.
Always the bike was fun to ride. If you’re into attention, this is the bike for you. I met more people this trip than on any other. But to feel the suspension working, the smoothness of the brakes, the tires grabbing pavement, the effortless acceleration ….” – John C
The above is from John C’s ride notes/story sent to Motus after the trip, edited for length and clarity, shortened for this format.
Read below, friends. This is why we do what we do at Motus.
Bob H: Can the Motus handle a long road trip in remote conditions? Absolutely. Ohio to Alaska and back. I was stopped a lot by riders In Alaska who were not only aware of Motus but anxious to see one. I had one guy in Prince George, BC follow me to ask questions. I left with fresh rubber and the rear tire was shot after only 7000 miles. The chip sealed surface is really rough on tires and this is not just for Motus. I was able to get a Honda dealer on Great Falls, Montana to change out the rear. Great guys.
Fuel stops on the Alaska Highway and even more so on the Cassiar Highway are few and far between. The Motus has enough range to do it but frequently 87 octane was all you can get. The bike seemed to digest it well.
It’s 2016, and here we are standing inside a warehouse in Burbank, Ca, with what has to be one of the most impressive, and thoughtfully curated car collections in the entire world. Talking to a man who has interviewed presidents, and, well, just about every important person or celebrity in the last 30 years. Our heads are spinning. And then we realize he’s interviewed Kevin Bacon 23 times, so there’s that. Jay Leno is a connector, a living legend himself and, without a doubt, a professional interviewer. He’s pretty funny, too.
So why are we here? What’s so great about a handful of dreamers, who in the depth of a 2008 global economy meltdown decided to bootstrap a business plan together and lock themselves in a “woodshed” with a Tier 1 automotive engineering powerhouse (read:Pratt & Miller) for the next 3 years developing a new “American motorcycle”? After all, it’s fairly well established what an American motorcycle should look like, right? Who are WE to change that? All we did was ask ourselves, “why can’t America make a sportier motorcycle to compete with the rest of the world?” What’s so hard about that? People told us no one would buy it. Americans only want “nostalgia” Really? Buell had a pretty good run. And how do BMW, Triumph, Ducati, Yamaha, Honda, and every other non-American motorcycle for that matter sell their bikes in the U.S.? Who buys all THOSE bikes?
So, that became our plan. And in 2011, we pulled the sheet off of what we considered to be a completely different direction for American motorcycles. The prototype was so believable, magazines put it on covers claiming “it’s here!” But, it wasn’t here. We had to produce the thing after all, which took an appropriate amount of time to engineer an entire powertrain and motorcycle, certify it and set up a production line. Never the less, we persevered. We struck a chord with a small group of enthusiasts early on, and have been shipping production bikes all over the country ever since the middle of 2015. I love it when a plan comes together.
Where to next? V-twin cruisers are America’s heritage, there’s no doubt about that. They are the mainstream. They sell in droves from $10k to $40k and are probably not going anywhere for a while. As for the rest of the motorcycling population, Motus is working hard for you. We make a sport-tourer, they start at $30k, and people are buying them as fast as we can make them. But, that’s not where this “crazy” plan ends. We have only just crossed the starting line. Now we ask, what’s standing in our way of becoming the next Triumph or BMW here in America? Is it adding more models, more dealers or more features to appeal to a wider market? All of the above? Well, I suspect those with deep pockets, the big OEMs, they know the answer to this. Maybe with a little attention, we may find that answer knocking on our door.
In the meantime, we continue to grow. We are becoming the motor company we dreamed we could be. We will continue to put every ounce of energy into cranking out the most visceral American motorcycle we can make, with the kind of hand-built, heirloom quality that can transcend time and last forever.
Demo Rides at Motus of Tampa Bay Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5. If you want to ride America’s only V4 sportbike from Motus Motorcycles before purchasing one, this is for you. Get in touch with Jason at 813-926-9937 before all the slots are gone!
Last weekend a Motus owner took his MSTR out to the ECTA Ohio Mile to see what it could do, and he came home with five records on his first five passes.
MPS/PG-1650/4 – 175.09 MPH (open record)
MPS/PF-1650/4 – 174.01 MPH (old record 131.19)
M/PG-1650/4 – 172.87 MPH (old record 147.34)
P/PP-1650/4 – 170.39 MPH (old record 142.36)
M/PF-1650/4 – 166.17 MPH (old record 150.05)
“…the bike is very stable at 175.” ~Mike B.
On Thu, May 12, 2016 at 9:41 AM, Steve Sxxxxx <email@example.com> wrote:
Hello, Great to see you again at Hamlin Cycles – hopefully the ride home was uneventful. I’m writing to share my first “Motus Moment” with you. Earlier this week after work Tom and I went for a ride to the Saville Dam in western Connecticut. It’s always great to spend some quality time riding with Tom. We do this ride several times a year – it’s a beautiful area and only about a 2 hour round trip so we can be home before it gets dark. You’ve seen Tom’s Suzuki GSX-S1000 – he loves the tight stuff and he generally rides more aggressively than I do.
On the way back, we took a different route that included a stretch with some nice twisties that we’ve ridden several times before when I was riding my K1600. When I ride stretches of road like this, I’m generally so focused on the road and where I’m going that I don’t pay any attention to the tach/speedometer. I’ll never set any speed records on these stretches (nor am I trying to) – I just ride within my abilities at a safe, brisk pace and have a good time. As we rode through this stretch of twisties, I did catch Tom’s headlights in my mirrors a couple of times and wondered to myself why he was hanging back quite a bit farther than usual. I love stretches of road like this so I had a big grin on my face the whole time. On the way home, we stopped for a burger and I asked him about it.
Me: “How come you were hanging so far back in the twisties?”
Tom: “You scared the heck out of me Dad.”
Me: “What do you mean, why would you be scared?”
Tom: “I’ve never seen you ride a motorcycle through corners like that.”
Me: “It was just a brisk pace – we’ve done that same stretch of road before when I was riding my K1600. I wasn’t doing anything crazy.”
Tom: “Dad, when we hit 85 through a couple of the corners, I became worried so I backed off.”
Me: “What are you talking about? We weren’t doing anywhere near 85 – maybe 60 or 65 tops.”
Tom (very serious): “Dad, no BS, you were doing 85 when I backed off…”
I thought about what Tom had shared with me for a minute and had my first real “Motus Moment”. I’m not a “street racer” by any stretch and I know the Motus isn’t going to win any MotoGP races but I felt absolutely connected with the Motus through that stretch of road. As I looked through the corners, the bike just tracked exactly where I wanted it to go and felt very stable. No surprises, no wallowing – just rock solid and I never felt like I was over my head or on the ragged edge. Did I mention I had a big grin on my face the whole time?
Hope all is well!
Position: Motorcycle Assembly Technician
Function: Will perform assembly of the Motus MST series motorcycles
Industry Type: Automotive/Powersports/Manufacturing
Employment Type: Full time
Job Location: Birmingham, AL
Motus is seeking a qualified, self-motivated individual to assemble new production motorcycles. The individual will be responsible for multiple aspects of the motorcycle final assembly, from suspension systems, brakes and electrical systems, to engines and fuel systems. This is an exciting opportunity for a disciplined, professional candidate to be a part of a brand new American motorcycle manufacturer, making America’s only V4 sport bike.
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Job Description – Motorcycle Assembly Technician3
Every now and then a motorcycle comes along that, after the first few ham-fisted miles of riding, you just have to park on the side of the road, get off, and take a newly earned respectful look at. The Motus MST is one of those bikes– Cycle World, March 2016
When I first heard about the Motus, I wanted to hate it. It was probably another loud, high-priced, large displacement, macho trophy that could surely be outperformed by an SV650. But the MST and MSTR turned out to be better than I could ever have imagined, making this review oddly hard to write.- Sam Devine, CityBike, February 2016
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Financing a Motus. We are proud to offer low rates and up to 84 month financing. The application is simple and are generally approved within hours. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s get started today.
Factory tours and demo rides. With advance notice, we love to tour guests through Motus HQ. And for those serious about purchasing an MST or MSTR, we now offer Factory Demo Rides. Standard caveats apply (weather, availability, qualification). Motusmotorcycles.com/testride
Introducing The MV4-ZR Crate Engine Kit
Motus® and Pratt & Miller Engineering re-power the XP1000
Motus and Pratt & Miller Engineering are testing a turn-key engine swap kit with 64% more power than the Polaris® ProStar® 1000 HO and 25% more than the ProStar® Turbo.*
MV4-ZR crate engine swap kits will be installed by factory trained American V4® dealers/installers. Pricing and availability TBD. Press kit here.
Check out and share AmericanV4.com, a new website celebrating the mighty V4 Baby Block® engine and the interesting places it is starting to pop up. There is also an accompanying American V4 Facebook page with more videos and pictures of Motus V4 based projects.
If you aren’t already a member, please join AMA today. Along with great benefits like Roadside Assistance, the AMA’s lobbying efforts help protect our rights as motorcyclists. Plus, they ship a great magazine that highlights riders and motorcycle nuts like us. Thanks, American Motorcylist! Click here or below for the article.
April 30, 2015 (Sacramento, CA)- Motus Motorcycles has been issued an Executive Order by the California Environmental Agency’s Air Resources Board (CARB) certifying all 2015 Motus motorcycles as compliant with California emissions standards. Motus is now street legal in all 50 states.
“Thanks to the Air Resources Board for certifying the 2015 Motus MST and MSTR as compliant with California’s strict emissions standards. Motus’ line of comfortable American sportbikes are perfect for California’s roads and we look forward to rolling out the MSTs in the Golden State.”– Jim Ray, Motus V4 Program Manager.
By day, Design Director Brian Case is tasked with building sensible, street legal bikes. So, when he snuck a 2015 MSTR out the back door and was left to his own diabolical devices, we suspected the gloves were off. Boy, were we right. Check out Case’s supercharged musclebike, Lone Star 2.
I started with a stock MSTR, stripped away as much as I could, then added a supercharger and a 4-2-1 tri-Y stainless exhaust.– Brian Case
Features: 1650cc V4R Baby Block, supercharged, factory accessory 9.5:1 pistons, titanium valves, titanium fasteners, 4-2-1 tri-Y stainless steel exhaust headers, Akrapovic titanium GP slip-on muffler, Öhlins suspension, Brembo monoblocs, one-off 7-spoke BST carbon fiber wheels, Pirelli Angel GT tires. Estimated 230bhp.
There’s an article and short video on MotorcyclistOnline here.
What do you want to do with your American V4?
It’s always fun riding with “Sir” Alan Cathcart, and this time was no exception. Alan is a proper gentleman- until he dons his signature Union Jack helmet and Kushitani gear- then things get….spirited. His full ride report can be found by clicking the image below. Thanks Rider Magazine!
Sometimes the lilting burble from the twin exhausts makes the Motus MV4 engine sound like half-a-Chevy V8, other times there’s a fruitier crack more like twin twins, as in double Ducatis-but first, last and always it’s totally distinctive, and extremely entertaining when heard from the hot seat. –Alan Cathcart, Rider, May 2015
Motorcyclist Editor In Chief Marc Cook traveled to the Motus factory in Birmingham, Alabama to take a special ride on the MST. Click play to view the First Ride. Also included are interviews with Motus President, Lee Conn and Co-Founder/Design Director Brian Case.
There aren’t many people around with the vision, talent, skills and perseverance of JT Nesbitt. Working out of his Bienville Studios in New Orleans, JT is a designer and master craftsman who hand builds exquisite, fascinating vehicles with little to no regard for convention. For this build, commissioned by an interesing non-profit called ADMCi, JT supercharged the American V4 for three bikes called the Bienville Legacies. Too many innovations to cover in this short post, but in person, they are simply stunning and have a sound like the gates of Hell actually opening.
Here’s another of JT’s pieces, the Magnolia Special- a coach built, CNG powered roadster that took JT four years. Again, the details and workmanship are stunning, the vision and grit to get it done are inspiring. JT and a buddy drove it non-stop from Manhattan to LA on three fill-ups. Our kinda guy!