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.
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
A filthy, but very capable and comfortable 2017 Motus MST after a hyper-tour.
A new series of stories from the pen of moto-adventurer Neale Bayly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Check out Alan Cathcart’s first impressions of the supercharged, V4 Baby Block-powered, Bonneville-bound masterpiece- the Bienville Legacy by Bienville Studios in January 2014’s Cycle News. About 90% done, The Legacy has to be one of the most innovative, interesting and finely crafted machines built in a long time.
There are few stories of dedication, innovation and pure genius that inspire us like the story of John Britten. The Battle of the Twins at Daytona in 1991 definitely ranks as one of the top motorsports events that we’d love to have witnessed. We’d hate to guess how many hours we’ve spent staring at and thinking about the V1000 in the Barber Motorsports Museum.
Here is the full length movie One Man’s Dream – The Britten Bike Story. Definitely worth watching for anybody fascinated by the incredible power of human determination, extraordinary talent, and near supernatural skill.
I recently had a conversation, okay, argument with a friend about a certain wildly popular American V8 racing series. He kept on and on about circuit racing and how “just” turning left was boring and somehow less challenging than other forms of racing. OK, we loooove circuit and road racing and NASCAR and NHRA and F1 and LeMans…etc. But, after a quick airing of this video (with the appropriate commentary added…ahem), I think he’ll shelve the “going left is boring” argument….
Last week, Speed Demon pushed their record for the world’s fastest piston engine car to 451.933 mph and set a new record for C/BFS at 437.183. That’s fast. The old record was 390.
There is just something so moving to us about the pursuit of ever increasing speeds. We race on our feet, we race on horses, we race soap box derby cars with our dad’s, we race motorcycles, jet cars, snow mobiles, snow boards, lawn mowers….it is a central theme of human nature (well, maybe not the lawnmowers).
Anyway, hats off to Ron Main and George Poteet. On the salt, there is little bluster, ego, or over commercialized drama. The measure of a man’s/or woman’s success is simply- how fast didya go?
Who will be the first girl or guy to be faster than anyone else ever on a Motus or a Baby Block powered vehicle….?