Motus Motorcycles Unveils The MST Series American Tourer Bike

A new American motorcycle company designing a modern tourer bike is an event worth all your attention. Even more when this company invested 3 years or research and development to equip its model with a brand new engine, the first tgasoline direct injected V4 engine. With its new model in 2 version (MST & Premium MST-R), Motus is entering an existing market segment of comfortable sport bikes designed for high performance touring but with a uniquely American engine. Designed by Motus, engine was built by Pratt & Miller Engineering in New Hudson, Michigan,  one of the world’s most sophisticated engineering firms. The Motus MST’s were revealed last Thursday March 10th in Daytona during the Progressive International Motorcycle Show. I was present, had the opportunity to climb on it, heard it run but didn’t have yet the opportunity to ride it. So, here what I was told.

Brian Case, Vice President and Design Director. “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. We hope the MST series will appeal to several kinds of riders. Some sport bike riders are looking for more comfort without sacrificing performance. Some cruiser riders want better performance and would love to find an American alternative”

Lee Conn, President. “We didn’t set out to make a sport tourer, initially. It wasn’t until after the dust settled from brainstorming about our ultimate dreambike that we realized the concept had all the ingredients of what is generally known as a sport tourer. Then, we polled hundreds of riders to determine the optimal feature set for things like fuel capacity targets, number of electrical outlets, suspension preferences, etc. That process helped us get to know the target customers a lot better.”- Lee Conn

Regarding the engine, gasoline direct injection is a proven technology where fuel is digitally atomized at extremely high pressures and injected directly into the combustion chamber, as opposed to conventional port fuel injection where fuel is applied in the intake ports. Through the use of highly advanced engine management systems, fuel delivery can be precisely optimized for increased power with better fuel economy and reduced emissions. The highly atomized fuel also cools the air-fuel mixture, allowing increased compression for better power and efficiency. Direct injected engines can increase power and torque by up to 10%, while reducing emissions as much as 25% during cold starts when most harmful exhaust emissions are typically created.

Production- development of the MST is ongoing and an initial production date will be set after durability testing, likely as a 2012 model. Motus motorcycles will be distributed and serviced through high quality dealerships. No definitive price is announced but I was told that the MST and the Premium MST-R should be offered at a price affordable to a wide range of bikers.

19 Responses to “Motus Motorcycles Unveils The MST Series American Tourer Bike”

  1. 1 John E Adams Mar 15th, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Love the design and engine – if it performs as planned looks like a big winner over here -;0)

  2. 2 burnout Mar 15th, 2011 at 10:56 am

    W O W ! fredp what do you think? peace

  3. 3 Mar 15th, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    That is a beautiful piece of work, an American company, really? Wow. and in this economy. Cyril tell us more when you can.

  4. 4 Fausto Mar 15th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    That motor looks really cool!

  5. 5 Lyle Mar 15th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    That’s what America needs is a good domestic made sport tourer. Something considerably different than Harley (and I like Harleys.)

    Hopefully the ergonics are suitable for the average middle aged rider.

  6. 6 Barry Brown Mar 15th, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I will buy one. It looks exactly like what I am looking for.

  7. 7 fredp Mar 15th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Well burnout, glad to see an American Sporttourer.
    Like the Ducati styled rims, trellis style frame, radial brakes, rotors, engine looks interesting.
    Design wise, I’d like to see the pipes covered with side fairing, but keep the carbon fiber style heads exposed. A cool sounding engine with a bit of mystery drives “fans” crazy!
    Windshield looks like an afterthought. I’m trying to get more pixs, ’cause it looks like they have some type of air collector around the headlamp.
    Might have added a little more color to the bike to matchup/offset the fork legs.

    BUT, I’d love to put a knee down in a corner on it!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. 8 1550tc Mar 16th, 2011 at 12:13 am

    This is an excellent idea for a new twist on an old idea! A pushrod V4…Baby Boss Hoss in S/T clothes!

    Nice videos on their site………….good segment to be in as these sport tourers are the best around bikes

  9. 9 Brian Mar 16th, 2011 at 7:45 am

    The bike looks great and I wish the Motus team the best of luck. Regardless of whether they succeed or fail, these people are a perfect example of why America is so great. American entrepreneurs are willing to take huge risks to try and make their dreams come true knowing full well that the odds are stacked against them.
    Ride on!

  10. 10 Heavy Metal Mar 16th, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Looking forward to seeing more of it. Looks like it was well thought out. Made in the USA, I’ll take one.

  11. 11 Mark Shubin Mar 16th, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Motus needs to hire me for long distance test riding! Motus, are you reading this?

  12. 12 jim h Mar 16th, 2011 at 9:39 am


  13. 13 cwglide Mar 16th, 2011 at 11:02 am

    WOW, at last a true American sport tourer. I am impressed by the motor, and the design. 6 gallon tank, nice! Can you imagine if Motus licensed this motor for other small engine applications such as water craft, etc… I see alot of potential with Motus, American made!

  14. 14 Rinke Mar 17th, 2011 at 3:34 am

    The bike looks great especially the engine. On top of that the sound is stunning.
    Congratulations to Lee and his team.

  15. 15 Wiz Mar 17th, 2011 at 5:29 am

    Who says we have lost our edge! Look at this, Damn, makes me proud to be an AMERICAN!! Way to go Guys! It’s what makes this country Great!! Wiz

  16. 16 Dogmeat Dog Mar 18th, 2011 at 7:36 am

    I am not impressed…..too much plastic/fiberglas, and looks like something a teeny-bopper would hop on, NOT something the older crowd would run out & buy, for sure!

  17. 17 maroco Mar 18th, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Incredible bike special the engine, like too see one of this in a full custom.

  18. 18 Dick Roberts Mar 21st, 2011 at 6:31 am


    How much???

  19. 19 Get It Right Apr 19th, 2011 at 4:17 am

    The engine was designed and built by Katech Engine Development in Clinton Township, Michigan………………. Not by Motus and Pratt & Miller Engineering………………………..

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