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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Mission accomplished.

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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.

Here is a link to a Dropbox with high res images and this team poster from Bonneville.

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. 

Bonneville Speed Trials, August 2014.

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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

 

Meet Motus’ Senior Test Rider, Bruce Edmiston

Meet Motus’ Senior Test Rider, Bruce Edmiston. This guy has ridden just about every bike out there over a 22+ year career and is now in charge of a rigorous mileage accumulation program at Motus. Here, Bruce discusses his feelings about riding the 2014 Motus MST and MSTR. No script, no rehearsal- we just put him in front of a camera as he came in for lunch after a 150 mile ride on a cold, rainy Alabama day in March 2014. 

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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National Corvette Museum Exhibit- Two Wheel Speed.

It was a huge honor for us to loan an MST prototype and V4 Baby Block prototype to the National Corvette Museum for their 1st motorycyle exhibit Two Wheel Speed. Here is a link to an article about the exhibit was a huge success. It is no secret that we are Corvette nuts here at Motus, so it was humbling to be in such good company among the cars and other interesting motorcycles. Big thanks to the incredible staff and leadership at the National Corvette Museum. If you haven’t been there yet, put it on the bucket list.

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Motus featured in Cycle World’s “On The Menu”.

Grab the February edition of Cycle World and check out Mark Hoyer’s article “Sport-Touring On The Menu” where he highlights the Motus MST in reviewing several sport-tourers on the lighter, smaller end of the spectrum. The MST tips in above the quoted 500 lbs, but not by much.

“…our ride on a prototype was promising, and the engine sound was amazing. Ready-to-ride weight is said to be 500 pounds, which, with the ponies on tap, means the Motus should go like hell.”- Mark Hoyer, Cycle World, 2/14

 

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