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 www.motusmotorcycles.com 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