In previous write ups on the Motus, we’ve mentioned how this little pushrod KMV4 engine has all the makings of becoming a real favorite of garage hot rodders who see lots of potential in the little beast. It’s built to take advantage of well known techniques for getting perfomance far beyond what comes from the factory. Looks like Hot Rod magazine is noticing, too, because in the September issue, they have an article about the engine that looks no different than something they would write when reporting on the powerplant in the latest Corvette.
I remember a discussion with Brian Case when he mentioned their test mule. I had never seen a photo, but in the article in Hot Rod, there it was. Katech pulled the 40 hp VW engine from an old dune buggy and replaced it with the 160 hp KMV4. Nothing like your basic engine swap to boost performance!
This points out an advantage Motus has that some other new bike makers might lack, they have a market for crate engines and as they’ve indicated, there’s a lot of interest in the engine for applications of all types. I’ll be really curious to see what builders do with it.