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Motus Unveils Production Models at Laguna Seca



Motus used the U.S. Grand Prix at Laguna Seca as a venue to debut its 2014 MST and MSTR production models, which Motus claims will be available to customers through its growing dealer network beginning this Fall.

The unique 1,650 V-4 engine produces 160 HP and 125 foot/pounds of torque in the MST model (expected to retail for $30,975), while the MSTR gets 180 HP and slightly lower peak torque (price unknown at this point).

These are not your father’s sport tourers. Each model has six speeds and a high end Ohlins NIX adjustable front fork. Even the cheaper model has forged aluminum OZ wheels (the MSTR has carbon wheels). Additional specifications are detailed in the press release below. Dealer location can be found on the company web site.

The 2014 Motus Sportbikes and MV4 Engine Debut at the US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca -Motus MST series of comfortable American sportbikes begin initial production Monterey, CA (7/23/2013) – Motus, makers of the only American V4 sportbikes, revealed the much-anticipated 2014 Motus MST production motorcycles in Monterey, CA at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca July 19-21. Two years after first showing prototypes at Laguna Seca, Motus returned with production motorcycles and a growing dealer network.

The Motus MST and MSTR are built for comfort on longer rides, but also have another side. Powered by the mighty MV4 Baby Block engine, the MSTs feature lightweight, responsive chassis and race-spec components to thrill even the most experienced riders on twisty mountain roads or coastal highways.

“As street riders, we wanted the Motus to offer an unparalleled experience from 20-90 mph, where we do almost all our riding. With a quick sprocket change, the MSTs are geared for 204 mph top speed, but the focus has been on making massive torque in a usable street range, from 2500 rpm to 7500 rpm,” said Brian Case, co-founder and Director of Design for Motus. “We also built in a sensible riding position, adjustable windscreen and controls, luggage, and other accommodations for longer rides.”


Motus has a growing network of 16 high-quality dealers from Seattle to Miami with the goal of adding additional shops in Southern California, the Midwest and the Northeast. Commercial and retail financing is in place, motorcycle insurance is commonly available, and the MSTs offer a competitive 2-year, unlimited mileage warranty. 2014 MSTs and MSTRs will begin shipping this fall to dealers and customers reserving them now.

“While we are a small, growing company, our products offer a unique and compelling experience for riders and dealers. For riders, the Motus is a premium high performance sportbike with an incredible amount of character and value. For dealers, Motus makes a great addition to other premium lines as it does not compete with mass produced motorcycles and brings in new customers looking for something that did not exist until now,” said Lee Conn, co-founder and company president.

To schedule a test ride, call your closest Motus dealer and request a slot for a very limited number of factory sponsored demo rides this fall and winter. All Motus dealers are accepting reservations on their limited allocation of 2014 MSTs now.


1650cc liquid-cooled V4, 160 bhp, 125 ft. lbs.
6-Speed, dual-overdrive
Electronic Fuel Injection
Electronic throttle control
TFT color LCD Instrument Panel
720w alternator
Ohlins NIX adjustable front suspension
Progressive mono-shock rear suspension w/remote preload adjuster
Brembo calipers
Forged aluminum OZ wheels
Powerlet port
Removable side cases
Premium Motus seat by Sargent
20,000 mi XW-ring chain by RK
Hybrid rear sprocket w/lifetime warranty
Adjustable windscreen
Adjustable handlebars
2 year warranty unlimited mileage
MSRP $30,975

30 L top case w/rear deck
Mid and full tour windscreen
Dual rear Powerlet port
Heated seat
Heated grips
Premium Motus low seat by Sargent

1650cc liquid-cooled V4, 180 bhp, 120 ft.lbs.
6-Speed, dual-overdrive
Electronic Fuel Injection
Electronic throttle control
TFT color LCD Instrument Panel
720w alternator
Ohlins NIX adjustable front suspension
Ohlins TTX mono-shock rear suspension w/remote preload adjuster
Brembo M4 monoblock calipers
BST carbon fiber wheels
3 Powerlet ports
Removable side cases
Premium Motus seat by Sargent
20,000 mi XW-ring chain by RK
Hybrid rear sprocket w/lifetime warranty
Adjustable windscreen
Adjustable handlebars
2 year warranty unlimited mileage

30 L top case w/rear deck
Mid and full tour windscreen
Heated seat
Heated grips
Premium low seat by Sargent



  1. Todd says:

    Doesn’t the “conni” already have the zx-14 engine? Just detuned?

  2. I am among those hoping that Motus succeeds. Tough odds given the price point, as there are so many great bikes in this segment at 1/2 to 2/3 the money. However, I applaud the effort and hope that another unique option survives..

  3. Craig Jackman says:

    Sport Touring is already a small niche of the niche market that is motorcycling. At $30k they are overpricing BMW that has an established customer base and established parts and dealer network. I don’t think that they have a prayer of a chance. At best they might be like Confederate building 100 bikes a year and being a tax right off for a passionate investor. Too bad … it’s a good looking bike with some sound thinking behind it.

  4. Randy says:

    Lets see, about 2X the horsepower of my Sprint RS, better comfort, much better suspension, looks better, sounds better (YES, it does). Practically custom made. At 3X the RS new price but 12 years on. I think this is pretty valid.

    At 540 wet I’m not as interested in it as I would be say ten years ago, but that’s a personal preference, not an opinion of what a uber-bike should be.

    • BlackCayman says:

      Randy – what bike are you interested in then if 540 wet weight for an ST is too much???

  5. DenMan838 says:

    We’ve been waiting for more than a year, and they give us a $30K motorcycle? Come on. Get real. PREDICTION: Sales will be lackluster, at best. Dealer “network” will not be realized. MOTUS vanishes in less than five years. The bikes will be seen occasionally and riders will admire them and wistfully discuss how yet another American motorcycle company tried and failed to become successful, because they just didn’t bother to do their homework. Harley and Ducati can get away with having $30K+ priced bikes in their lineup because those bikes account for a miniscule percentage of their overall sales. The only way i see MOTUS approaching anything close to success is by bringing out a de-contented “Dyna” version of the bike, priced at $20K. Then, maybe…

  6. DucDoug says:

    Sigh…where do we start? $30K for a: “Growing” dealer network? Fixed, cheesy rear steel bag mounts? Cheap looking turn signals, looking like they are stuck onto the fairing as an afterthought? Chain drive on a $30K+ touring bike? Nice try, but I’ll pass, as I’m sure many other serious riders will…

  7. Gronde says:

    204 mph with that windshield? Hahahahahah…

  8. MontanaRider says:

    Too bad these NASCAR fanatics had to build this around pushrods (half a Chevy V8′ in their own words). These were obsolete when Chevy introduced the small block in the early 50’s. 30-40k for spindly rods pushing against hammers, no way. Harley is shackled to their 100 years od pushing the same formula. Motus has no heritage.

      • Jeremy in TX says:

        Push rods are to Corvettes what desmodromics are to Ducati. There is more marketing in those choices than engineering relevance, I’d wager, and there are good reasons (I would assume) no other manufacturers are using these designs. That said, GM and Ducati prove that those relics can be employed with undeniable effectiveness. Plus, it solves some packing problems for both brands.

        Are pushrods obsolete? I’d say they are past 7500 rpms. Other than that they work just fine except to perpetuate the stigma that Motus is embracing yesteryear engine technology, not unlike the now defunct Buell Motorcycle Company.

        I can certainly understand Motus’s decision to incorporate some moto-Americana into the formula to help establish their flavor, and I don’t think pushrods will put off the sport touring customers Motus is trying to attract the way it put off the sportbike customers Buell was trying to attract.

      • MontanaRider says:

        I don’t think that 72HP per liter for one of the “highest tech”production examples is modern output.

      • Colorider says:

        GM uses pushrod engines because the engine height is much lower than an overhead cam as well as the center of gravity being lower too. All one has to do is look at the latest “obsolete” pushrod LT1 that manages 30 mpg (I think that is EPA estimate) while delivering 450 hp and 450 ft lb torque and this is the base engine. I am assuming Motus is using pushrods for the same reason, lower CG. I would think they could have gotten even more HP out of the engine if they wanted to, especially for that atmospheric price.

      • Kim says:

        Let me see, Push-rods are old tech and OHC is new? News flash! Fiat and Peugeot used OHC engines in 1913. That would be 100 years ago. The fact is OHC is used on production cars as a gee whiz factor. The advantages of OHC is to lighten the valve train so as to make possible extremely high RPM so horse power can be extracted from small displacement engines. The problem is few of the average production engines rev over 7000 RPM and usually 6500. This engine turns 8000 RPM so where is the OHC advantage? Truth is, the 10,000 plus RPM of the Hayabusa and the like are not accessible by your average rider and are only used by stupid hotshots and professionals. The Motus V4 engine is both usable on the street and engineered precisely for what type of riding will be done on it. Some advantages of push rod engines over OHC are, smaller dimensions, lighter, lower center of gravity, less rotating mass, loads of torque, and it looks sweet. (totally subjective I know) Compare this 530 pound bike to a 710 pound Honda ST 1300 V4. Motus’ 160 hp, Honda 117 hp. Oh and just try to change the final drive ratio on the Honda. Easy if you own a real sophisticated machine shop. Now change the Motus’ final drive ratio. Change a sprocket and you are off. This bike is made for the rider. The price is out there but Ive seen custom choppers go for $40,000 and they don’t even have rear suspension! They are not really engineered, they are just built of heavy steel to offset any deficiencies with the lack of engineering.

    • stinkywheels says:

      The high tech stuff still doesn’t always get better gas mileage, or get easier to work on. I’ve got some high tech pain in the asses in the garage & one in the shop now. My old Buells are the lowest maintenance bikes in the garage, the high tech Buell is in the shop with electrical issues. My RC51 has to have a fairing dismantled to add oil.

  9. rg50g says:

    Amusing…. OK, people build these things because they can. No worries there. Now, has anyone done any market research, benchmarked their product against established comptetitors, worked out their critical mass for production to meet targets in the business plan, etc.? I look at this bike, read the price, look at my 2008 K1200gt in the garage (bought used for $11K), and wonder what these people are smoking. I see a lot of offerings like this and wonder what is going on. Buell came the closest to a ‘real’ manufacturing entity, they just didn’t have the financial mass and ‘made in America’ and their ‘features’ didn’t resonate with the mass market regardless of how enlightened the engineering may have been. Then there’s that other sportbike with a Harley engine in it, and god knows how many other works of passion and monomaniacal commitment to an ideal presented to the public as viable products that will stand the test of time. And jesus wept…

  10. GS1100GK says:

    Wow! Major lust for an MSTR! I cannot wait to see a road test of a production model. Need to put my banker on speed dial. 🙂

  11. Ralph says:

    A bike for the other 1%ers.

  12. Chris says:

    R has 20 more HP but 5 fewer foot/pounds? Hmmmm …

    • todd says:

      Pay no attention to the torque behind the curtain. The R may have slightly lower PEAK torque but it holds it a couple thousand RPM longer giving you more power. If you put a tad smaller sprocket on the back of the R then you will get more acceleration at the same road speeds as the MST.

    • MGNorge says:

      Remember that published power and torque figures are maximums at maybe a spot or two along their curves. They say nothing of the curves they are on.

  13. stinkywheels says:

    There’s a market for the well heeled.I wish they listed real weight.Both Ducati and Harley have bikes in this range. Harley can’t match the weight or power, Ducati gave up this market with the end of the ST. I hope it works and I can do the used bike thing or win the lottery and be one of the proud few to own an American dream.

  14. Halfbaked says:

    For what this thing costs I could buy blah blah blah blah…

  15. todd says:

    I just sat on the blue one tonight. Very nice bike. They also have a very impressive sound with the mufflers removed!

  16. Simon says:

    …bring me the money.

  17. Ziggy says:

    If Suzuki Bandit and ay ol’ Guzzi had a bastard child, this is exactly what it would look like…

  18. Cowpieapex says:

    Some serious engineering has gone into this concept. I will definitely be waiting for the used market to deliver one to me. I remember thinking the same thing about the early $16k Buells.
    I’m going outside now to ride mine, go American!

    • Dung'o pile says:

      Where is this ‘serious engineering’? CRUDE is all I see.
      Is this the best the Yanks could do? I’m hugely disappointed.

  19. Provologna says:

    If I had a spare $40K I’d buy one. The riding position, much like Honda’s ST1100, makes much more sense than the dearth of leg room and comfort on most sport tourers.

    • ApriliaRST says:

      If you had that spare $40K, you’d have nearly $10K change to pick up a dozen used Honda Rebels to go with it.

  20. jpj says:

    Take the Kawasaki ZX-14 motor and put it into the “Connie”. Very easy upgrade for the manufacture, then spend the $15k you didn’t spend on the Motus for travel expense. I like the Motus but it’s delivery might be a little over the top for us average riders. Premium bike unlike no other, I will admit.

  21. mechanicuss says:

    in a few years no one will remember them. Fun prototype exercise, though.