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….

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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. 

 

The Motus Story – Part 4: Growing Pains

Insights: a new series from the pen of moto-adventurer Neale Bayly.

MST-01 test mules looked good, but were far from production ready. 

In the autumn of 2012, the last thing anyone at the fledgling Motus Motorcycles expected was to be, in part, victims of some initial success. Motorcyclists and media had applauded the two MST-01 prototypes from Florida to California and the industry was abuzz about first American V4 sport-touring motorcycle. The questions quickly centered on “How much?” and “When can I get mine?” and Motus co-founders Lee Conn and Brian Case were often seen as being coy when asked about pricing and availability. Truth was, they had no idea yet.

Every waking minute for the past three years had been spent building and testing prototypes. The mission at Motus was clear from the start to build the most exquisite machines possible and never, ever cut corners.  But, given the magnitude of the project and the small size of the team, the they found themselves with more questions than answers and the chorus of media, anxious customers and bankers was growing louder.

Suspension and chassis testing at Barber with Pratt&Miller and Öhlins.

Until Motus put big “PROTOTYPE” stickers on the bikes, dealers and buyers perceived they were ready for production. Designing and sourcing hundreds of proprietary components was challenging and time consuming. Once, when sourcing 300 sidestand cut-out switches, the manufacturer replied with a quote for 300 thousand. The sheer enormity of building a new American motorcycle company from scratch was completely lost on the public, but was happening feverishly behind the scenes at Motus.

Tough decisions were in store as first slow steps turned into a jog. Leading the technical teams, Brian added cruise control and a ride-by-wire electronic fuel injection, but aborted gasoline direct injection. He added a full-color LCD/TFT display and selected production colors. Sargent made final seat shape revisions.

Replacing the GDI system with a 3D printed port fuel intake prototype. 

The aluminum foundry and engine assembly facility were initially in Texas, but after a serious “lights-out” fire at a machine shop and repeated slowdowns at the foundry, the production casting was moved to Indiana and all engine assembly was brought in house to Motus HQ in Birmingham.

Challenges:  this CNC caught fire while milling an engine block mold.  

While Brian worked tirelessly on refining details of hundreds of mechanical components, he simultaneously oversaw production line setup. Lee was pulling double shifts on everything from marketing to part sourcing as he took deposits from customers, signed up dealers and worked with investors. By 2012, Motus boasted just four employees and durability tests were performed by seasoned industry veterans as ongoing upgrades and refinements continued all year. And throughout these long, hard days the same questions kept coming and the answers to them were getting harder to fend off.

Many, many months of testing and development.

The lengthy certification process to get EPA and CARB certificates isn’t a sexy media story. Neither is the story of tens of thousands of durability miles or that some certain part is being revised for greater reliability or that a machine shop caught fire. Journalists were eager to test the production motorcycles. Dealers were looking for pricing and customers a due date.

By the fall of 2013, Brian, Lee and their staff once more took the historic drive to Barber with their motorcycles. This time it was to display five production intent bikes at the Vintage Festival, so the world could see, hear and ride a finished Motus. Behind closed doors, they held their collective breath as they waited for the certificates of approval to arrive.

Part 1: Validation here
Part 2: Awakening here
Part 3: Emergence here

 

 

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

 

 

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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Midwest Motorcyclist Rides the MSTR

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

http://midwestmotorcyclist.homestead.com/december_16_issue.pdf

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Bike Magazine rides the MST

“…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

Click here or the image for the full article.

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Two Wheel Obsession on-board ride review.

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

MV4-ZR Crate Engine Kit

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.

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Case’s bonkers custom MSTR- Lone Star 2

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?

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Motorcyclist: MST | FIRST RIDE VIDEO

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.

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Bienville Legacy.

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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!

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Preparation.

10559907_716367361732651_7064529694040635749_n 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. 

V4-Powered RCR Monoposto revealed.

The V4 Baby Block is versatile for a range of applications needing a small, high performance engine from motorcycles to small cars to industrial applications to…anything else you can imagine. Here’s a little video of a really fun build, the V4-powered RCR Monoposto. Built in around a month by Fran Hall and his team at RCR, the V4 is mated to a T5 transmission with a simple adapter plate. Here’s a link to an article on the Monoposto.

What do you want to do with your American V4? 

Prices starting around $9000, the V4 is now available for shipment.

 

Enovation Controls’ Show Bike

Check out Enovation Controls‘ customized MST, revealed for the first time at the 2014 CONEXPO- CON/AGG show in Las Vegas. This show is HUGE  and the promotional graphics were a great way to attract attention and show off some new technologies offered by Enovation Controls. Great company, great folks.

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