After the rush of introducing the Motus MST, Lee and Brian wanted everyone to get a better look at the bike they've built. During the intro last week, Lee used the term "comfortable sportbike" to describe the Motus, something that would appeal to someone who has moved beyond the desire for the ultimate hard edged track weapon, and instead, wants to ride in relative comfort while still having the power and handling of the KMV4 engine and the highly engineered frame and suspension, a combination appropriate to a motorcycle of this caliber.
Motus is entering an existing market segment with the MST and premium MST-R motorcycles. They are comfortable sportbikes designed for high performance touring with a uniquely American engine. Performance. Comfort. Range.
“When we started designing the ultimate, modern American street bike, we realized quickly that we needed a purpose built engine. We didn’t focus on maximum horsepower; we focused on heightening the rider experience at all speeds. To us, that means a lot of torque over a wide RPM range, low vibes, high efficiency and bulletproof durability. Enter the KMV4, a liquid cooled, 1650cc V4 with gasoline direct injection.”- Brian Case
Who is the target?
The MST concept will likely appeal to several groups. There is one group of sportbike riders who want an exciting riding experience, but also want to travel longer distances more comfortably. Then, there is another group of American motorcycle enthusiasts that may see a hot-rod sport tourer as an alternative to the Euro and Japanese analogues.
“We hope the MST series will appeal to several kinds of riders. Some sportbike riders are looking for more comfort without sacrificing performance. Some cruiser riders want better performance and would love to find an American alternative”- Brian Case
Where and when will they be available?
Motus motorcycles will be distributed and serviced through high quality dealerships that understand service and customer satisfaction and are receptive to new, desirable brands.
Production- development is ongoing and we will set an initial production date when we’ve completed durability testing, likely as a 2012 model
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“We are so proud to show the world the MST series,” said Motus president, Lee Conn. “We poured our hearts and souls into these motorcycles and hope that it shows in terms of the quality and character of the machines. The MST’s are exhilarating to ride- a very powerful experience unlike any other motorcycle I’ve ever ridden. There is usable power everywhere in rev-range, excellent feedback from the road, very responsive to inputs and….the sound of the KMV4 still gives me goose bumps every time one cranks,” said Conn.
The MST prototypes, including the base model MST and the premium MST-R, are scheduled to go into production in late 2011 but will complete extensive testing and refinement first. Along with a team of engineers, co-founders Lee Conn and Brian Case are personally riding the MST’s on an “American Sport Tour” around the US to make sure the pre-production machines are of the quality and durability they demand.
“There is just no better way to make sure the MST’s meet our standards of durability, comfort, and performance than to personally ride the machines and iterate them as we identify issues. Along the way, we are meeting with friends, supporters and high quality dealers that have inquired about carrying Motus in their area,” said Brian Case, vice president and director of design.
“We decided early on that no corners would be cut with the MST series. Motus is about precision, quality and attention to detail rather than speed to production,” said Brian Case, vice president and director of design. “We are more focused on building great bikes than rushing to meet artificial deadlines,” said Case. “Rather than hype the brand with computer renderings of a bike we hadn’t even built yet, we engineered the bikes to be functional and actually work first, and then show the world what we have done so far.”