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

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…/2018/01/cb_2017-08.pdf

The Motus Story – Part Five: Further

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

#001 being locked away in Barber’s “vault” forever

In early October 2014, Motus co-founders Lee Conn and Brian Case once more steered a Motus van onto the beautiful, twisty parkway leading to the world famous Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. With one special MSTR strapped in the back, there was definitely a sense of déjà vu. Over the past six years, making this drive to the Barber Museum represented a series of high notes in the musical score of Motus history: introducing the original concept, unveiling the first prototypes, testing on the famous racetrack, and revealing the pre-production bikes at America’s largest vintage festival. All landmark moments in a journey from sketchpad to showroom floor for the Motus MST and MSTR.

Presenting #001 to Mr. Barber

Handing the key to the first production Motus, serial number 001, to Mr. Barber and rolling the bike into its place in motorcycle history, the struggles and sacrifices of the last six years briefly seemed to melt away. With an operational factory in downtown Birmingham, in the original historic building that once housed the Barber museum, the original vision was now reality: building and selling America’s first V4-powered sportbikes.

The joy of production, every week our bikes find new homes

Fast forward to Fall of 2017, having completed its third model year of MST production, Motus is shipping 2018’s to dealers around the US and, soon, around the globe. Each machine is meticulously built with humble pride, each is hand signed by the team. Each aluminum casting is poured by an expert foundryman, each frame is welded by a master craftsman, every panel is hand laid, every engine is blueprinted, hand assembled and tested.

Testing a naked prototype

New models are being developed, new markets are being explored and continuing to scale up is a new challenge. One that is being met with typical Motus grit and determination. Custom bike builders are embracing the platform and American V4® engines are shipped all over the world to power off-road vehicles, boats, and cars, too.

Owners gather at the 2017 Barber Vintage Festival

The greatest satisfaction for all the team at Motus is the feedback from the growing family of MST riders out riding and creating a vibrant community, making new friends and sharing satisfying adventures. As the family grows, everyone at Motus would like to extend a heartfelt welcome to the brand, the adventure, and the journey while looking forward to meeting and riding with you soon. To schedule your Motus test ride, visit To interact with Motus owners and other friends, join the Motus Owners Group here.

Part 1: Validation here
Part 2: Awakening here
Part 3: Emergence here
Part 4: Growing Pains here


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



The Motus Story – Part Three: Emergence

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

Against the backdrop of MotoGP machines on full throttle, Motus co-founders Brian Case and Lee Conn would once again talk themselves hoarse as they met thousands of race fans at Laguna Seca in July of 2011. Over the course of the three-day event, they told the story of this new and radical American V4 sport-touring machine time and again. It displaces 1650cc. It has push rods. It makes around 180 horsepower and 125 ft.lbs. of torque. It’s built in America. Pricing and availability are…TBD.

While the questions or the story didn’t change, a profile emerged of the most interested inquirers. Serious motorcycle aficionados, most with multiple machines, usually with a European leaning, and all of them extremely excited to see and hear the Motus run.

The MST-01 unveiling at the Barber Motorsports Museum

Unveiling two prototypes some weeks earlier at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum to a close group of press, peers, and industry professionals, Motus’ small team put the enormity of what lay ahead briefly out of mind. Wives, children, and parents who had all sacrificed much over the previous years were able to bask in the glow of this herculean achievement. Lee was almost overcome by emotion during his speech as, from the podium, he could see such earth changing machines as the Britten V1000, the Pierce Four and others. Brian was just as overwhelmed, as he sat on the machine answering a barrage of questions about his design.

As with every ridgeline conquered at Motus, the celebrations soon turned to a manic ride, this time to Bike Week at Daytona to show the prototypes to a motorcycle crowd who knew almost nothing of their existence. The Daytona reveal was just as much a part of the ongoing testing—a chance to meet the world’s press and thousands of riders. With the prototypes fully loaded with data logging equipment, Pratt & Miller sent a team for support, and everyone moved into a big house on the beach for a week. From motorcycle legends like former World Superbike Champion Scott Russell, to domestic and foreign magazine editors stopping by for informal visits, the pace, as usual, was frenetic. The bikes were ridden to the racetrack, Main Street and beyond and engineers were downloading and analyzing data.

Founders’ maiden voyage on prototypes at Daytona Beach
Motus prototype launch team in Daytona

Everywhere the prototypes were seen and heard, the reaction was uplifting and energetic. It seemed like the whole country was learning about and cheering the scrappy company from Birmingham making history with their dreams. The prototypes performed flawlessly, and leaving Daytona on a high, none of the guys could have foreseen that they would one day face a serious hurdle because of this initial success.

Daytona Bike Week became Laguna Seca for MotoGP, and with another Motus house filled with journalists, photographers and friends, it soon became a staging point for the biggest test to date. With dealers signing on and customers making deposits, they decided to ride back to Alabama visiting dealerships along the way. Not only would it be a great opportunity to spend time with people, it would give invaluable test data for their return to the “woodshed” for further development during the upcoming year.

The enthusiastic reception to the prototypes continued from Alice’s Restaurant in NorCal to dealerships in Texas, Colorado, Tennessee and Georgia. They rode through scorching deserts, crossed high mountain passes in the Rockies, and ended up running hard and fast through the low swamplands to the west of their Birmingham home. They pulled all nighters to make sunrise at the Bonneville Salt Flats, put in an 1100-mile day, and burned the candle at both ends—as well as in the middle.

Left Fay Myers in Denver at 3pm Thursday, arrived at Bumpus H-D in Tennessee at 3pm Friday for a promotional event. Pic was taken somewhere in Kansas.

For Brian and Lee and the growing team at Motus, they had proved the motorcycle world was ready for a comfortable American sportbike powered by a big push-rod, hot-rod inspired engine. Now, the trick was to finish testing and work toward production.

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


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

No comment.

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 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 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.

The Motus Story – Part Two: Awakening

A new series of stories from the pen of moto-adventurer Neale Bayly.

Moments before the sheet dropped on a new American motorcycle

Pulling off the highway and onto the grounds of the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, is something of a sacred experience to tens of thousands of motorcyclists who make the annual pilgrimage. A physical home to the often-spiritual experience we know as “motorcycling,” Barber is where the deeds of the world’s manufacturers and racers are preserved in pristine recognition of their achievements.

Motus co-founders Brian Case and Lee Conn pulled into Barber in early spring of 2011 in a van with the name of their motorcycle company on the side, and their first prototype in the back under a sheet waiting to be unveiled to the world. For them it was surreal.
Just a few short years before, Brian found himself between design jobs and Lee had recently sold a business started 12 years earlier.

Disillusioned with V-twins dominating boutique two-wheel culture at that time, Brian spent a few months riding, sketching and thinking about what the future of American motorcycles could be. As avid riders who liked to go far and fast, where was the American sport-touring machine? At one time, fast and luxurious American 4-cylinder motorcycles ruled our roads, but the US hadn’t built a 4-cylinder bike since WWII, and mainstream design had progressed very little since then. How had American sports cars come so far, but American motorcycles were still big, nostalgic cruisers?

The beginning of Motus: V4-powered American sport-tourer

By the spring of 2008, when America was in the midst of the Great Recession, Brian and Lee reached their decision to build America’s first V4 powered sport-touring motorcycle. They named the company, rented space in downtown Birmingham and went to work. While it might have seemed like the worst of times to design and build high performance motorcycles, the opposite was true. And as counter-intuitive as it seemed to some, it was the perfect time to partner with world class companies willing to tackle such a project— Motus was born.

Early foam mockup showing longitudinal V4 and “rib cage” exhaust

As Lee went to work on the business side, Brian furiously sketched, sculpted and digitized his vision of a comfortable American sportbike. Every decision was filtered through his three guiding ideals: Performance, Comfort and Range.

Clay mockup was laser-scanned and turned into prototype molds

When the designs were done, Brian packed up the clay model and went to live in Michigan for many months while Pratt & Miller Engineering brought the MST-01 prototypes to life. With over twenty-five years as an exclusive racing partner to General Motors, it was Pratt & Miller’s endurance racing pedigree that Motus wanted to bring to their motorcycles. History is littered with motorcycle companies that built bikes around available motors—only a very few have ever undertaken the added challenge of designing and producing their own engine. So, when on one frigid Michigan day in early 2010 the first Motus motorcycle roared to life and Brian took it on its maiden run along snow lined streets, it might seem surprising that it barely brought a high-five. Never mind, there was not time for celebration.

Prototype complete and ready for unveiling

Returning to Birmingham to reveal the prototypes at the Barber Museum before beginning a hellish three years of testing and tuning, no one on the growing team skipped a beat. Over the years, they had visited the Barber Museum often. Brian analyzed technology, shapes and styles while Lee studied the various companies. Both felt they were standing on the shoulders of the motorcycle giants who had come before them—especially when the sheets were pulled off the prototypes in the museum under the watchful gaze of the history of motorcycling itself.

Mr. Barber had been a huge inspiration, and in many ways, they had patterned the Motus corporate culture after his insistence on excellence, grace and attention to detail, powered with a gentle urgency. It was clear no one could have picked a finer place than Birmingham, Alabama, to bring such an ambitious motorcycle dream to reality.

Prototype unveiling at Barber Motorsports Museum in 2011

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. 


The Motus Story – Part One: Validation

A new series of stories from the pen of moto-adventurer Neale Bayly.

Record-setting machines leaving a trail of salt from UT to AL.

As night fell on the Rocky Mountains close to two miles high into the cold, crisp air, two motorcycle riders pulled into a gas station for coffee and a fill up. Dressed in light summer gear, the pair, close to freezing and exhausted, took stock of the situation. With only 100 miles to a hot shower and comfortable bed in Denver, they decided that instead of calling it quits, they would push through the night, with the last of the adrenaline from the previous days’ adventure on the famous Bonneville Salt flats still coursing through their veins.

To the untrained eye, two slightly-built guys approaching forty years of age had ridden a pair of modern sport-touring motorcycles into a gas station and quickly left. A motorcycle aficionado though would have seen the founders of Motus Motorcycles, Brian Case and Lee Conn, riding motorcycles they had conceived, produced, and brought to market. Two motorcycles that had just taken production land speed records at Bonneville.

Somewhere in Missouri about 19 hours in on a 30+ hour ride.

Still covered in salt, with the ink of their achievement not even dry in the history books, the story they could have spun to the press was one of the two heroes riding hard and fast for 2,000 miles in 33 hours to show the durability and comfort of their record-breaking machines. The simple truth was that they missed their families and just wanted to be home as fast as they could.

The decision to race at Bonneville was pre-ordained long before Motus was born. Brian grew up with salt and gasoline in his veins as a ten-year-old boy attending the famous races with his motorcycle-riding father. Lee also watched his father set unlikely land speed records on Moto Guzzis. Graduating from the school of “Grit and Determination,” it wasn’t enough to spend six years bringing their dream of building the first American V4 sport-touring motorcycle to market. They wanted to prove themselves on the salt, so it was just a matter of time before they went in search of that often-elusive timing slip.

MSTRs staged for for tech inspection and engine teardown to verify displacement. 

As the Motus crew prepared for Bonneville, the mission was clear. Take two MSTRs from the demo fleet, and with some preparation similar to what you need to ride at a track day, unload them, race them, and come home with a record. Lee and Brian would each enter a bike in a separate Production class so they could compete for their own record. The motorcycle gods were clearly pleased, after all it was the 100th anniversary of the famous time trials: within a few difficult runs on the tricky salt, both bikes set records in their respective classes. Brian took 1650cc P-PG at 163.982 mph and Lee came in at 1650cc P-PP at 165.813 mph with top speeds of almost 170 mph.

The van caught fire due to an unfortunately placed alternator. Mercedes had not considered customers driving through 10″ of salt water. Master tech Matt Bright hopped on an MST and rode to Salt Lake City to pick up the replacement. 

Back in Birmingham, Alabama, Lee and Brian put the record-breaking motorcycles back in the test fleet, hung the race posters on the wall, put the plaques on the shelf, then quickly rolled up their sleeves and got back to work. The new sport-touring motorcycle they had designed was able to go to Bonneville, claim land speed records, be ridden home, and slip back into the demo fleet as if it had never been gone. A production Motus later topped 175 mph in a standing mile on asphalt, but the point had been made. Both bikes had the durability, reliability, and massive power from the big-bang V4 to deal with the wet salt, and the stability and comfort to run long distances at speed on their cross-country ride home. All proven in one mad adventure. The Motus MSTR.

Motus V4 Factory Racing went 2/2 in its first event. 

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.


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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.


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


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.










Industry Veteran John Alexander Joins Team Motus




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:; email:; like: Facebook; or call: 205-208-9966.


For more information, please contact Robert Ohnich, (205) 208-9966 ext 101,

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


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

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