We told you about Alabama-based Motus Motorcycles’ exciting MST sport-tourer last July (I even got to ride on one), but there were still some questions unanswered: how much and when and where can I buy one? Motus has some pre-production bikes on display at Daytona this year, and has announced standard equipment, pricing, options and a list of new dealers for the 2013 models.
The bikes will go into production this fall, and Motus is taking reservations from a limited number of customers. They can choose from two models, the $30,975MST or higher-spec $36,975 MST-R, and both bikes are well-equipped. The MST gets a fully adjustable Öhlins front fork and Progressive Suspension rear shock, Brembo brake calipers, Givi side cases, a Sargent seat, centerstand, 720-watt alternator and the incredible Pratt and Miller 1650cc liquid-cooled pushrod V-Four rated at 165 horsepower and 122 foot-pounds of torque. Other items of interest: built-in Powerlet accesory plugs, ride-by-wire throttle, dual-overdrive transmission (not explained in Motus’ press materials but I assume that means both fifth and sixth gears are overdriven, which makes sense with such a torquey engine) and to address the concerns of driveshaft fans, an XW-ring chain rated to 20,000 miles and a “hybrid” rear sprocket with a lifetime warranty.
The MST-R, priced at (gulp!) $36,975 adds race-quality Öhlins components front and back, forged monobloc Brembo calipers, forged OZ wheels and an upgraded powerplant that makes 185 hp, in case 165 hp is too weak for you. Accessories include a Givi topcase, different windscreens, and heated grips and seat. Colors for both bikes are limited to white or black.
Motus also released an initial list of dealers (see list below), mostly in Southern states. There was no information about a California model, but I imagine the MST’s specs will have the California Air Resources Board on their highest state of bureaucratic nit-pickiness. Still, with fuel-injection and sophisticated engine-management systems, expect it to be street legal in all 50 states eventually—we’ll keep you posted.
So here’s the question for you: is $31,000-plus too much to pay for what sounds like the sport-tourer American riders have been requesting for many years? That’s a $10,000 premium over BMW’s six-cylinder K1600GT (which makes similar power but is 170 pounds heavier), but I would posit that you’re getting three bikes for the price of 1.5 K1600GTs—a track-capable sportbike (Motus President Lee Conn claims he can lap his home track at Barber Motorsports Complex on an MST at about the same times as his Honda CBR600), a fuel-sipping (50 mpg was the goal—we don’t know if that’s been achieved), nimble commuter and a continent-crossing mega-sports-tourer. It’s also handmade in the USA and sounds kick-ass. We’re looking forward to riding one and expect that to happen this summer, so stay tuned.
LIST OF DEALERS
AF1 Racing, 304 East Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX, 78701, 512-482-8377 www.af1racing.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Battley Cycles, 7830 Airpark Road, Gaithersburg, MD, 20879, 301-948-4581 www.battley.com, email@example.com
Cruisin’ 66, 1310 S Glenstone Avenue, Springfield, MO, 65804, 417-891-9998 www.cruisin66cycles.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Moto Corse Performance, 11227 NE 9th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, 954-522-8047 www.motocorseperformance.com, Contact@EuropeanMotorsportsInc.com
Motus Louisville, 1700 Arthur Street, Louisville, KY 40208, 502-634-1340 www.harleydavidsonlouisville.com, questions@MotusLouisville.com
Redline Performance Motorsports, 7331 George Washington Memorial Parkway, Yorktown, VA, 23692, 757-989-5000 www.redlinemotors.com, email@example.com
Riders Hill, 3003 Morrison Moore Parkway E, Dahlonega, GA, 30533, 706-864-7777
RPM Cycles, 13700 N. Stemmons Freeway, Farmers Branch, TX, 75234, 972-620-3883 www.rpmcycletx.com, firstname.lastname@example.org