The 4,413-mile test ride home.

Revzilla’s Common Tread contributor Loren DeShon bought a Motus. He (and his bride) flew in from the Pacific Northwest before riding 4413 miles home, then taking it to the track, then writing a FANTASTIC 2-part story about his experience.

Motus operandi, part 1: The path to moto temptation

Motus operandi, part 2: The 4,413-mile test ride home

The Motus is its own unique package of sound and fury, sophistication and fundamentalism, refinement and simplicity. Quality? Absolutely. The welds aren’t robotic hi-tech sequences of binary programming perfection but, rather, hard metallic evidence of a highly skilled human hand. Critical fasteners have torque specs on their heads. Wire runs are semi-rigid cased and lay perfectly. Component clocking and reference marks abound. You can see that thought goes through and through it.- Loren DeShon, Common Tread

 Photo by Gavin Powers

“Make mine Corvette Blue, please”

We work really hard here at Motus to ensure everything we build is the same without sacrificing character. Consistent, refined, small-batch quality. Uniformity.

But, every now and then a customer comes along and twists our throttle arm to make an exception to the rule.  And, as a designer, I sometimes refrain from putting certain blues so close to red.  Funny story, our current factory blue color is named “Super Blue” as a tribute to the Man of Steel himself.  It came out of another custom order and our first thought when we saw it was “red undies on blue tights”. Yes, I just referred to our valve covers as Superman’s undies.

This particular customer ordered his 2018 MSTR through Motus of Tampa Bay and requested the factory custom paint option in Corvette Admiral Blue. The result is simply stunning.

Think you can handle a ride on a Motus? Go to our new test ride sign up form and reserve a spot now!

And of course, red and blue work pretty well together here:

Chicago Daily Herald Reviews MST

In last Sunday’s edition of the Daily Herald, Ken “Hawkeye” Glassman wrote about his test ride on a Motus MST hosted by MCC in Villa Park.

I was looking forward to getting on this Motus more than any other motorcycle I’ve reviewed in years.

The power is simply ballistic, and left me wondering if it runs on gas or plutonium.

Read the entire story here:
Bike Review

Test ride a Motus, win a SCHUBERTH!

Spring is here, so if you’ve had your eye on a Motus, now’s the time to test ride the world’s fastest production pushrod motorcycle and have a chance to win one of the best helmets available.
  • Participating dealers only. Authorized Motus Dealers here or email info@motusmotorcycles.com
  • After your test ride, dealer will post a brief video review tagging @motusmotorcycles to enter you. Or, shoot your own video and tag Motus. 
  • No limit to number of entries, so re-post on your social media for more chances to win. The best video with the most reach wins!
  • Helmet/color/graphics subject to availability and size. 
  • Winner selected 4/28/18.

Fuller Moto does it AGAIN!

Bryan Fuller is, simply put, a blast to work with. Crazily skilled with metal fab (he literally wrote the book on it), Fuller is also a visionary with a keen sense of what’s cool- or will be cool once he’s finished with it.

Fuller doesn’t take himself too seriously, but he orchestrates a team of master craftsmen at Fuller Moto through some outrageous builds seen here.

So, we were glad he decided to drop the American V4 in a Campagna T-Rex and give the vehicle a little facelift. Brief video below, what a riot to drive!

What do YOU want to do with an American V4?

Photos by Steve West’s Silver Piston Photography.

Here’s a brief video with some shakedown footage….

Fuller Motus in CityBike

Raw and refined at the same time, like a serious troublemaker in a bespoke suit. “American muscle” is mostly a lie in 2017, the bullshit blathering of done-runoutta-tricks marketers, the equivalent of playground braggarts, now grown, clinging to a once-glorious past. But American muscle is alive and well with Motus, even if it comes well-dressed and civilized from the factory.

-Surj Gish, CityBike, Aug ’17  

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Guy walks into a dealer and orders a custom Motus…


Sometimes it’s not enough to own one of the fastest motorcycles made in America, you’ve got to get it factory-built to your spec, too.

But, if we had a nickel for every time someone said “paint that frame red”… Well okay then! Finally, a customer came along who wanted a very special Motus MSTR all to himself, one that no body else had. He wanted a “red” frame. Being the flexible guys that we are, we pulled a standard frame out of production, had it stripped and powdercoated in PPG textured matte red, and this one-of-one factory custom MSTR was underway.

Hand-painted red accents line the BST carbon wheels and jet-black carbon fiber body work.




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Open letter to Motus dealers and friends:

The Motus dealer network is now 35 and growing. This past weekend’s events at the 13th annual Barber Vintage Festival and 5th annual Motus Block Party + Homecoming proved to be the greatest yet, and if there was one take away from the entire weekend, it’s the overwhelming feeling of gratefulness I have for our dedicated staff and customers.

After 9 years of sweat, I can’t adequately describe to you what the feeling was like for Lee and I to have led 17 customers for 5 or 6 laps (I lost count) around our hometown track at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday. What a treat! For a brief moment I felt like we were leading an army! Ok, small army, but the feeling was big! Somewhere after about the second lap, I looked back and all I saw were Moti as far back as I could see. While I was equally impressed with the skills of the Goldwing-dragging Sheriff out front, I couldn’t stop thinking “this dude really needs to get out of my way!” coupled with, “Lee might bail me out if I got arrested”. Well, cooler heads prevailed that day and we still had a blast.

So at this point, what does Motus stand for? It’s always been about motion, sure. Moving forward, inspiring a movement and so on. But it’s come to define the very characters within our small group. Motus is a state of mind around here. It’s for the mad ones, risk takers, pioneers, thrill seekers, people who continually set the bar higher for themselves and others.  Motus is on the road less traveled for sure and we have no regrets.

The MST has become the machine that defines us as a brand. It’s our flagship.

The MST is sporty, nimble, comfortable and sensible, mixed with that brutal, raucous, fire-breathing beast of an engine that is the American V4. More of a walk softly but carry a big stick design approach. Now in our 4th model year of production, the new 2018’s being delivered are so well refined, they’re the best we’ve ever made. We continue to refine our flagship MST as the machine that ignited this brand.

But, what’s next? Excellent question, I’m glad you asked! By now, some of you may have seen some images this past week of what can only be described at this point as “the naked Motus”. This is, in fact, a factory effort to explore the possibility and gauge the response for a future model to compliment our flagship MST line. You may get questions such as “when?” and “how much?” While it’s too early to share those details, I can assure you that if and when we do it, it will be radical, and it will stand apart from any other American production bike ever made. Motus has bared it all. We’ve pulled our clothes off and we’ve got nothing to hide. Now let’s ride!

-Brian Case

 

Motus Meets Lamborghini Aventador

Here’s ANOTHER spectacular build from Motus Custom Ops, featuring a one of a kind factory-custom PPG tri-coat Lamborghini paint over a full carbon fiber body kit. The deep metallic-pearl yellow compliments the carefully selected raw carbon areas which adds another level of stunning beauty to the overall Motus design.

The stock 180hp American V4 MSTR wasn’t enough for this customer, who chose to order his new ride with a very specific custom paint direct from the design department at the factory in Birmingham, Alabama.

The MSTR comes equipped with carbon fiber BST – BlackStoneTek wheels, carbon fiber Akrapovic Exhaust SystemBremboÖhlins USAPirelliMoto Angel GT’s, Rizoma handlebars, Sargent Cycle Products seat, National Cycle windscreen and a LOT more.

Hand welded chromoly chassis, hand welded stainless steel headers, GIVI luggage, center stand, cruise control, LCD/TFT display. Congrats to Kurt O and Wide World Powersports – Different Horse Customs in Wayne, NJ!

 

 

Motus of New England goes racing.

Rob Swartz of Motus of New England is well known in the “go fast”world. As purveyor of Rob’s Dyno Services in Massachusetts, riders looking to optimize engine performance send Rob their motorcycles from all over the country.

When Rob inquired about becoming MA’s first Motus dealer, we were thrilled to get him on board. Especially after we determined that we are kindred spirits in many ways.

Case in point: the first MSTR shipped to Motus of New England is titled to Rob as his personal bike. With less than 50 miles on the odometer, Rob safety wired the bike and rode it the 450 miles from Gardner, MA to Loring Air Force Base in Maine. Contending with high winds and snow flurries, Rob was able to get a couple of good passes in to set two land speed records in 1650 P-PP/4 classes.

Rob is an obsessive performance freak, so we would expect to see a lot more from Motus of New England Racing in the future.

We strongly recommend removing luggage before setting speed records, Rob only did so after reaching 150mph. 

Impressive for just a few passes on a brand new bike. 

 

MOTORCYCLIST: Hurricane ‘Merica

Click the image or here for the full article.

Like a Patek Philippe chronograph in a world awash with plastic Casios, the MST is built to be passed along to your heirs in fine running order. Rangy, wellfinished, comfortable, and swift, the Motus MST won’t override the impulses emanating from your helmet. It will communicate those directly to the pavement, mediated solely by your skills. 

If you’re ready for that, Motus is building you a bike right now. 

-Jack Lewis, Motorcyclist, Jul/Aug ’17

 

 

Iron Butt Saddle Sore 1000/Bun Burner 1500 done!

We recently met Mr. Michael Kneebone, president of the Iron Butt Association, a community of serious long distance riders who sanction long rides including the 11-day, 11,000+ mile Iron Butt Rally™. Michael challenged us to be first to officially knock out one of their sanctioned rides on an Motus. Let’s just say he didn’t have to twist my arm very hard.

The Motus is built to “Go far, Go fast”, so the first chance I got, I grabbed the key to a demo MST and set out to tackle the Saddle Sore 1000 (1000 miles in 24 hours). The first 1000 miles passed pretty quickly, so I decided to push on and go for the Bun Burner 1500 (1500 miles in 36 hours), too.

I’m more of a twisty roads rider, but have to admit it was fun gathering the receipts and documenting the adventure using the IBA’s process. The Motus is so comfortable and stable at highway speeds, plus it has unholy passing power, so it just eats up miles with almost no effort. – Lee Conn

Stats:

6/10/17: Saddle Sore 1000 attempt (documentation submitted to IBA, not certified yet). 5:28am-8:13pm (14 hrs, 43 min) , 1061 total miles, avg speed 78mph.

6/11/17: Bun Burner 1500 (documentation submitted to IBA, not certified yet). 8:57am-4:20pm (7hrs, 23 min), 481 total miles, avg speed 77mph.

Total: 1548 miles in 22 hours and 6 minutes.

This nice family certified the SS1000 in Fosters, AL

Google Timeline for 6/10/17

Google Timeline for 6/11/17

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A filthy, but very capable and comfortable 2017 Motus MST after a hyper-tour. 

Burn Rubber This Summer Sales Incentive

Feel good riding the wheels off your new MST or MSTR this summer because Motus will provide your first replacement set of Pirelli Angel GT tires FREE!

Burn Rubber This Summer sales incentive is good for new Motus motorcycles sold between 6/9/17 and 7/15/17. Terms are as follows:

  • Motus will ship one set of Angel Pirelli GTs to the dealership of initial purchase upon request to info@motusmotorcycles.com. Simply provide your name, address, phone number, email, VIN, and dealer’s name.
  • To qualify, warranty registration/proof of purchase must be submitted to Motus by 7/15/17.
  • Incentive covers tires only, end user responsible for all install and shop fees.
  • Incentive not exchangeable for cash, alternate tire brands or tire sizes.
  • Valid at participating dealers only.
  • Reach out to a dealer here or email info@motusmotorcycles.com with additional questions.
  • Offer applies to new motorcycle sales only. Demo bikes (or any stock motorcycles sold with over 500 miles) or used motorcycles do not apply.

Gil M’s Factory Custom MSTR

Check out this one from the Motus Custom Shop and Hourglass Cycles in Atlanta. Congrats to Gil (that lucky dog!)…it’s stunning! Gil optioned his 2017 MSTR with trick PPG paint/lingerie exposing carbon fiber in all the right places, full Öhlins USA suspension, BST – BlackStoneTek carbon fiber rims, Pirelli Moto Angel GT’s, carbon fiber Akrapovic Exhaust System, Brembo monoblocks, HeliBars, Sargent Cycle Products, heated grips, Clearwater Lights, triple Powerlet Products, full LCD/TFT color display with cruise control, 180 hp American V4 and on and on and on….

FullerMotus custom awarded at “The Quail”

John Bennett and his son, Jackson, accept the Industry Award at the 9th Annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering. 

May 4, 2017, Carmel by the Sea, California- Fuller Moto’s custom MSTR received the Industry Award at the prestigious “Quail”. The 9th annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering celebrates the past, present and future of motorcycling. The Industry Award is presented to a ground-breaking and thought provoking motorcycle created and built by industry professionals to the highest standards. This award is selected by a prestigious Judging Committee and can be from any category on the field they believe best fits this description.

The “FullerMotus” was commissioned by John Bennett, a long time Motus rider looking to customize his 2015 MSTR.  Bryan Fuller and his team in Atlanta were retained to build the “ultimate streetfighter”, so they stripped away everything not absolutely necessary and lightened the bike by over 100 lbs. While still retaining about 80% original factory content, the bike posted impressive performance numbers without engine modifications (156 hp, 115 ft lbs to the wheel) and has a sound like no other.

Congrats to owner John Bennett and Byran Fuller of Fuller Moto!

What do you want to do with YOUR Motus?

Click the image below for dyno video. 

 

Motus welcomes industry veteran as SE Sales Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Motus welcomes Donnie Hill as SE Sales Manager

Birmingham, Alabama, April 28, 2017 – Motus Motorcycles has hired industry veteran Donnie Hill has Southeast Sales Manager. Motus is growing its product line and distribution network and Mr. Hill brings considerable dealer development experience to support the expansion.

“We are proud to announce that Donnie Hill has joined Team Motus as Southeast Sales Manager. Donnie brings significant strategic insight and tactical experience earned over twenty successful years in the industry,” said Motus CEO Lee Conn.

Mr. Hill has enjoyed an impressive career in dealer development at a large OE as well as extensive experience at every level of individual dealerships. As the second of four regional managers Motus is hiring, Donnie will oversee business development in the Southeast US from Florida to North Carolina to Texas. In addition to new dealer acquisition, Donnie will continue to develop the current network of Authorized Motus dealers.

“I am so honored to join Team Motus. I’ve been blown away by the engineering, passion and thought behind the brand and, having seen some of what is to come next, I am excited to be a part of the growth going forward,” Donnie Hill, Motus Southeast Sales Manager.

Authorized Motus dealers are generally multi-line, premium motorcycle stores with Motus factory trained staff offering financing, test rides, customer trade-ins, etc. The opportunity to represent Motus is simple and very appealing for the right dealers. Motus is actively seeking dealers in certain open markets.

About Motus
Motus manufactures comfortable sportbikes designed to excel in performance, comfort and range. All Motus motorcycles – the MST and more premium MSTR – are powered by mighty V4 Baby Block® engines, combining high performance with low maintenance and a unique character that expresses the evolving heritage of the American motoring experience. Founded in 2008, Motus Motorcycles is a trademark of Birmingham Motorcycle Company, LLC. For more info about Motus, please visit: motusmotorcycles.com; email: info@motusmotorcycles.com; like: Facebook; or call: 205-208-9966.

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For more information, please contact Robert Ohnich, (205) 208-9966 ext 101, rohnich@motusmotorcycles.com

Motus Overview and FAQ’s

Motus builds America’s only V4-powered sportbike, designed to excel in performance, comfort and range. After riding one, we think you’ll agree they are among the most satisfying motorcycles available. Each Motus is built to heirloom quality, using the finest materials and components in the world.

Motus means physical motion or movement, but can also mean a movement of people. For us, it’s Moto-US…Motus. 

Specs, FAQs, videos and articles below. Motus Owners Group here

The 2017 MST comes beautifully outfitted with the 165hp American V4 with cruise control, hand built chromoly space frame, hand laid composite and carbon fiber panels, Öhlins NIX forks, Brembo brakes, Galfer braided lines, wave rotors and Braking master cylinders, Akrapovic titanium mufflers, Sargent seat, HeliBars, OZ Racing forged aluminum rims, high color LCD/TFT display, billet triple clamps, GIVI luggage, center stand and a ton more. It weighs 590 lbs with 40 lbs fuel and 30 lbs of luggage. 5.5 gallon tank, 215-250 mile range. 2 year unlimited mileage warranty (extendable up to 6 years). Full MST specs here. The MST is $30,975.

The 2017 MSTR is the fastest production pushrod motorcycle in the world and holds the fastest land speed records of any American production motorcycle. 180hp American V4 with cruise control, hand built chromoly space frame, hand laid carbon fiber panels, BST carbon fiber wheels, Öhlins NIX forks and TTX monoshock, Brembo monoblock brakes, Galfer braided lines, wave rotors and Brembo RCS master cylinders, Akrapovic carbon fiber mufflers, Sargent seat, Rizoma sport bars, high color LCD/TFT display, billet triple clamps, GIVI luggage, center stand and a ton more. It weighs 580 lbs with 40 lbs fuel and 30 lbs of luggage. 5.5 gallon tank, 215-250 mile range. 2 year, unlimited mileage warranty (extendable up to 6 years). Full MSTR specs here. The MSTR is $36,975.

Motus Dealers. There are currently 31 high-caliber US dealers with more coming on-board all the time. All Motus dealers offer test rides, can arrange financing, take trades, and have factory trained techs.

Seat Height. Seat height is 31″ but the narrow front of the seat will allow a 30″ inseam to “flat foot”. A low seat is also offered.

Financing. Retail financing with great rates up to 84 months is available at all Motus dealers.

Warranty. 24 months, unlimited mileage with an extended warranty up to 6 years available.

Servicing a Motus. Any reputable motorcycle dealer can service a Motus. The motorcycles are simple to maintain, metric, and require no special tools.

Videos:

Motus on Jay Leno’s Garage

Motus in Motion

Motus: Race to the Starting Line

Cycle World Ride Review Part 1

Cycle World Ride Review Part 2

MOTORCYCLIST Ride Review

Two Wheel Obsession on-board ride review

Articles:

Motorcyclist review, Jul/Aug ’17

Rider magazine ride report

Motorcyclist magazine ride report

Ultimate Motorcycling ride report

Naked Motus by Fuller Moto debuts at Jekyll Island

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This past weekend we traveled to Jekyll Island, GA for Caffeine & Octane at the Beach. We got to hang with friends and watch one very happy customer take delivery of his custom Motus built by Fuller Moto. If you wanted to know what’s under all those Sport-touring clothes, this is it. A 470-lb, 180 hp naked monster-slayer. Bryan Fuller and his team did an amazing job, as they do with all their projects.

The Pirelli/Motus sponsored ride on Friday led by Cristy Lee of “All Girls Garage” had a great turnout. Joining us were old friends and new, including Kevin Byrd of “Two Guys Garage”, Bryan Fuller, 11-time drag racing champion #62 Rickey Gadson, Stefan & Alan of Revival Cycles, and Peter Jones of Cycle World.

The Victory and Pontiac Effect.

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The Victory and Pontiac Effect

“This Motus rides like a dream, but will they be around in 5 years?”

We hear that a lot. And, it’s a fair question. Customers buying a Victory in 2016 or a Pontiac in 2007 probably didn’t consider their purchase risky from those brands. But, why not?

As entrepreneurs/patriots/motorcycle nuts, we are saddened by the demise of Victory Motorcycles, but not surprised. Polaris is an incredible American company making the best business decisions for shareholders, as they should. Maybe similar to decisions General Motors made with Pontiac.

Conceived in Polaris’ boardrooms to grab some of the (then growing) v-twin market, Victory remained target fixated as demand for heavy cruisers shrank by half. At the same time, the European brands grew like wildfire by offering appealing bikes in other segments- and there was no American competition. While Victory marketing showed intriguing sportbike concepts under the fuzzy brand promise of an “inextinguishable passion for American performance”, Victory dealers only offered 800 pound/90hp cruisers.

So, what does any of this have to do with Motus? The Motus customer seeks a comfortable American sportbike and values attention to detail, premium quality, and character. For riders with a Motus already in their garage, the test ride sealed the deal. As long as we remain laser focused on providing an incredible customer experience, we will continue to grow and launch additional models in segments that complement our brand promise.

With Victory gone, some great motorcycle dealers are starting to look for alternative lines to represent. We hope that Motus – with our V4-powered, comfortable American sportbikes – will make sense for them and their customers.

Motorcyclists gladly accept more risk than “regular” people as we pursue the magic that is only experienced on two wheels. Every week, riders join the growing Motus family and we are deeply grateful they share our vision.

-Brian Case and Lee Conn, co-founders

Facebook: @motusmotorcycles @ridemotus @AmericanV4

Instagram: @motus_motorcycles

Web: www.motusmotorcycles.com

Mike M’s Carbon Footprint.

Here’s a little photo album of a custom MSTR built for composites expert, Mike M. After inspecting the quality of the unpainted carbon fiber on every Motus MSTR, Mike wanted his Motus to tell the whole story in a unique way. We were happy to oblige.

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Industry Veteran John Alexander Joins Team Motus

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Motus welcomes industry veteran John Alexander as NE Sales Manager

Birmingham, Alabama, December 27, 2016 – Motus Motorcycles has hired industry veteran John Alexander as Northeast Sales Manager. Motus is growing its product line and distribution network and Mr. Alexander brings considerable dealer development experience to support the expansion.

“We are so proud to announce that John Alexander has joined Motus as Northeast Sales Manager. John brings an incredible amount of strategic and tactical experience earned over twenty five successful years in the industry,” said Motus Vice President Brian Case.

Mr. Alexander has enjoyed an impressive career in dealer development at Bombardier Recreational Products, Triumph Motorcycles, and Husqvarna Motorcycles. As the first of four regional managers Motus is hiring, John will oversee business development in the Northeast US from Maine to Virginia to Michigan. In addition to new dealer acquisition, John will continue to develop the current network of Authorized Motus dealers.

“I couldn’t be more excited about joining Motus as we grow from both product and dealer growth perspectives. The three-year plans are amazing and I have never seen a more capable, passionate group of riders and entrepreneurs. Team Motus has achieved an incredible amount so far, but we are just getting started,” John Alexander, Motus Northeast Sales Manager.

Authorized Motus dealers are generally multi-line, premium motorcycle stores with Motus factory trained staff offering financing, test rides, customer trade-ins, etc. The Motus opportunity is simple and very appealing for the right dealers and Motus is actively seeking dealers in certain markets.

About Motus
Motus manufactures comfortable sportbikes designed to excel in performance, comfort and range. All Motus motorcycles – the MST and more premium MSTR – are powered by mighty V4 Baby Block® engines, combining high performance with low maintenance and a unique character that expresses the evolving heritage of the American motoring experience. Founded in 2008, Motus Motorcycles is a trademark of Birmingham Motorcycle Company, LLC. For more info about Motus, please visit: motusmotorcycles.com; email: info@motusmotorcycles.com; like: Facebook; or call: 205-208-9966.

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For more information, please contact Robert Ohnich, (205) 208-9966 ext 101, rohnich@motusmotorcycles.com