As a Motus Motorcycles franchised dealer, we at Martin Motorsports watched with great interest last week as the Motus team rode pre-production examples of the MST and MST-R sport tourers across the country from their Alabama headquarters to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. There, they presented the bikes to the press and public at the Red Bull US Grand Prix and from everything we can tell they looked and performed absolutely great.We’re really excited in anticipation of receiving our first unit sometime this fall (please, oh please!) By the way, if you want to learn a whole lot more about Motus Motorcycles, check them out at http://motusmotorcycles.com/ Or just enjoy these pics!
Many know the basic story of Motus’ quest to create high-performance, American V4 sport-touring motorcycles that combine heart-racing performance with uncompromising comfort. Powered by the mighty MV4 and MV4-R Baby Block engines, the MST’s are a reinvention of the traditional sport-tourer. They’re comfortable American sportbikes with accommodations for touring.
Several little “snippets” of information that many might not know contribute to a great Motus “back story.” Like these. Did you know that……..
- A substantial portion of the initial development of the Motus MST and MST-R bikes, and that unique 1650cc V-4 “Baby Block” motor, were done under the eyes of Pratt & Miller Engineering as well as noted engine developer Katech. Concerned that a pushrod, 2-valve motor in a trellis frame might be a little outdated? We don’t think you should worry – didya know that Pratt & Miller and Katech represent much of the technical might behind the all-conquering Corvette Racing Team – 7 time winner at the 24 Hours of LeMans and ,most recently, victors in The American LeMans Series just a week ago at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Ontario.
- Motus President Lee Conn comes by his sense of adventure and willingness to take risks legitimately. His father, Sidney Conn, once flew a balloon over the North Pole and was also an integral part of the Cooked Goose Racing team that set several land Speed Records at the Bonneville Salt Flats on Moto Guzzis (pushrod vee engines – see a pattern?) High performance is clearly in the Conn gene pool!
- Motus co-founder and design chief Brian Case spent part of his professional lifetime as the production designer at boutique bike builder Confederate Motorcycles. There he was responsible for transforming Confederate’s “over the top” 2007 custom, the Wraith from a brilliant concept by creator J.T. Nesbitt into a production motorcycle .
Motus – It’s a fascinating bike and it’s a fascinating group of people. We’re really looking forward to laying our hands on a production bike and meeting more of the people who have brought this groundbreaking new brand to life.