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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.
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.
Comments Off on Ohio to Alaska and back.July 29th, 2016 @ 4:07PM
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.
Comments Off on Jay Leno’s Garage – VideoMay 25th, 2016 @ 3:05PM
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!
Comments Off on Demo Rides TampaMay 16th, 2016 @ 2:05PM
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!
Comments Off on My First “Motus Moment”May 11th, 2016 @ 5:05PM
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.
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
Comments Off on Cycle World rides the Motus.January 21st, 2016 @ 4:01PM
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
Click here or on the image to read the full article.
Comments Off on CityBike rides the MotusJanuary 7th, 2016 @ 12:01PM
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.
Comments Off on Financing a MotusJanuary 7th, 2016 @ 12:01PM
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
Comments Off on Factory Demo Rides AvailableJanuary 7th, 2016 @ 11:01AM
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.
What do you want to do with an American V4?
Comments Off on AmericanV4.com launchedAugust 18th, 2015 @ 5:08PM
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.
Comments Off on American Motorcyclist features MotusMay 13th, 2015 @ 4:05PM
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.
Comments Off on Approved: California Air Resources BoardApril 21st, 2015 @ 5:04PM
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
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
Comments Off on “Sir” Alan Cathcart rides the MST & MSTR.March 25th, 2015 @ 11:03AM
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.
Comments Off on Motorcyclist: MST | FIRST RIDE VIDEOMarch 25th, 2015 @ 10:03AM
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!
Comments Off on Bienville Legacy.September 4th, 2014 @ 10:09PM
Now in its 100th year as a high speed proving ground for the fastest vehicles on earth, the Bonneville Salt Flats are an elusive, magical place where people go to measure what they’ve done against generations of others before them. We are extremely proud to announce that Motus set the two fastest land speed records for any American production motorcycle. With top speeds approaching 169mph and records of 163.982 and 165.813 respectively, company founders Brian Case and Lee Conn also demonstrated that Motus manufactures the fastest production pushrod motorcycles in the world. Oh, and when we were done racing, we bolted the mirrors and license plates back on and rode 1900 miles home to Alabama. But, that’s a story for another day…
The Motus MSTR motorcycles raced were in stock, unmodified condition (with the exceptions of removing mirrors, turn signals and license plates) and were entered in 1650cc P-PP (Production Pushrod) and 1650 P-PG (Production Pushrod Gas) classes. The 4200 ft. altitude and high friction salt surface “steal” about 25-30mph from speeds expected on pavement at sea level and the records are an average of 2 runs (“down” and “return”) that must take place the same day.
Aug 21, 2014- Salt Lake City – altitude 4400ft, MSTR putting down 158rwhp 114 lbft torque. Next stop, Bonneville. Exciting for us at Motus to finally get to this point, with a very refined machine. Countless hours of engineering, testing, and production planning. Pure determination here at Motus, throttle wide open. Special thanks to Scott Horner of Heads up Performance and Dave Lindsay of Lindsay Machine Racing, LLC for the dyno time/expertise.
Comments Off on Preparation.July 28th, 2014 @ 3:07PM
I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life…if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be. – Roald Dahl
Comments Off on Bonneville Speed Trials, August 2014.July 24th, 2014 @ 10:07AM