News Flash! - New U.S. Motorcycle Company Building V4 Sport Touring Bike!
A brand new motorcycle company, right here in the U.S., has been operating under wraps for the past year and, with their permission, it's now time to let all of you in on a very big breaking story, Motus American Motorcycles is well along in their development of an all new next-generation, sport-touring motorcycle with a proprietary V4 powertrain. Partners Lee Conn and Brian Case began one year ago, to design and manufacture a motorcycle, the type of motorcycle Brian wanted for himself but, he found, did not exist. This is a clean sheet design, fresh and new, not an old name brought back for another try.
"Motus is developing a next-generation, sport-touring motorcycle with a proprietary V4 powertrain. Engine and chassis prototyping are currently underway with highly respected, automotive engineering partners. The design calls for a comfortable, lightweight machine that blends American muscle performance with proven range-extending technology. Motus believes there has never been a better time to bring something truly unexpected to the motorsports world."
Brian Case, a contributor to The Kneeslider, is someone many of you already know. He is the ex-Confederate designer who played a large part in the development of the Wraith and his partner, Lee Conn, is a successful Birmingham businessman who, before selling it, grew his last venture into one of the largest durable medical equipment dealers in the state. They've combined their efforts to start Motus at a time when many companies are hunkering down, which, as it turns out, is the best possible time to begin.
When companies and manufacturers are doing their best to retain the highly trained and expert designers and engineers they have on staff, they are willing to take on smaller projects they might not find room for in a booming economy. The now available expertise meshes perfectly with the needs of a new company like Motus and projects can now be completed for far less than would have been the case in better times.
Engineers working on this project are from some VERY big names in the automotive industry and you can be sure, Motus will be manufacturing an extremely high quality machine. Current projections are for annual production of 450 units. Some manufacturing partners will be able to utilize capabilities that would otherwise lie idle, a true, win-win partnership.
I've been writing about how it's Time to Start a New Motorcycle Company and asking What Recession? Just Do It! Motus is doing it. They're not thinking about it or wishing times were better, ... they're doing it!
Some of you may have noticed the story in the latest Cycle World magazine about a possible Harley Davidson Nova project resurrection, well, while H-D is now rumored to be working on their V4, a small startup in Alabama has been quietly developing, in Brian's words, "a next-generation American V4 face-melter." Gotta love it.
More announcements will be coming soon, ... stay tuned.