Invitation To Motus Sport Tourers Launch At Laguna Seca Raceway July 19-21.

Long time we didn’t hear about Motus, the small company from Alabama committed to building American high-performance V4 sport-touring motorcycles that combine heart-racing performance with uncompromising comfort. It’s been a long adventure from concept to prototype to testing/development to production machines. But Motus is almost there. The company states that initial production of their 2 models, the MST ($30,975) and MST-R ($36,975), in underway and that the official launch is set for July 19 to 21 at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (near both Salinas and Monterey), California.

Both bikes are powered by the MV4 and MV4-R Baby Block engines: 1650 cc (100″) liquid cooled cast aluminum 90° V4 w/ steel liners, Cam-in-the-block, 2 OHV, Automotive-style low mass, Low inertia roller rocker arms, Splayed lifters for maximum valvetrain stability, Aluminum cylinder heads. Crate V4’s ($10,220) will start shipping in August to those reserving them now. Below, the video invitation from Motus to the unveiling at Laguna Seca.

15 Responses to “Invitation To Motus Sport Tourers Launch At Laguna Seca Raceway July 19-21.”

  1. 1 Rodent Jul 17th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    I though the unveiling was a couple of years ago!

  2. 2 P. Hamilton Jul 17th, 2013 at 9:35 am

    It was the unveiling of the riding prototype. I understand it is now the unveiling of the production 2 models.

  3. 3 Terence Tory Jul 17th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I can’t understand the concept of a bike designed primarily around cheap car parts.It has way too many engineering variables and I imagine the first lucky buyers will be their mobile R&D squad.I think they should have incorporated many of the design features that it lacks,from Honda’s CX500 from decades ago.This bike has too many simple and primitive design features for no reason I can see apart from cost reduction to maximize profit.Why anybody would buy one of these over a proven mega-mile performers like a ST1300 or a GoldWing is beyond my understanding.

  4. 4 Lyle Landstrom Jul 17th, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Well they’re American made for one thing. And Goldwings and big barges not sport tourers. I’m not taking anything away from the Honda wing or the ST1300 but there is a market for mid-size sport tourers.

  5. 5 RJ Jul 17th, 2013 at 11:14 am

    The engine & chassis are both very cool. I am also very impressed with the amount of real world testing they have done. I cant see how they will compete in such a competitive market. They are not even close in price to the Japanese sport tourers, and anyone looking for something a little more exotic will most likely go for Ducati, Aprillia, MV Augusta, BMW, etc. I think they will need to pick up some investors, increase production to a level that will allow them to bring their price point down to a competitive price if they dont I am afraid we will see another American company fall by the wayside.

  6. 6 CafeSportyTC Jul 17th, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Terence, People would buy these for the same reason they would buy Buells, because its NOT a Honda, and they dont wan’t a harley, and its DIFFERENT! the concept is awesome especially since its half of a LS motor, it sounds fantastic, and the prototype definatly wasn’t a bad looking bike either. some people like primitive by the way… its no WLA, but its definately not the most advanced thing… how bout this , understand that others are going to have different opinions than yours, and maybe just maybe , your opinion wont look like your being a troll…

  7. 7 richard Jul 17th, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    It says “Both bikes are powered by the MV4 and MV4-R Baby Block engines: 650 cc (100″) liquid cooled cast aluminum 90° V4 w/ steel liners”.

    Am I missing something here? Is not 650cc about 40 cu. inches?

  8. 8 RJ Jul 17th, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    It is a miss print. 1650cc = 100ci

  9. 9 CafeSportyTC Jul 17th, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    is basically a miniturized LS V8 missing 4 cylinders… gorgeous , sounds sexy too

  10. 10 BobS Jul 17th, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Looks very cool. I hope enough rich guys buy them so they can increase production to the point of something I can afford later.

  11. 11 Terence Tory Jul 18th, 2013 at 12:16 am

    CafeSportyTC,saying that it’s a strange marketing idea to try to sell a motor design that would have been out of date and crude in 1978 is just the facts,not mere opinion.Buell was the last gasp of a new contemporary motorcycle brand ever being mass produced by American hands.The wrapping of this venture in the flag,um.(hears thunderclap and mild precipitation commences).I think this is just a bubble corp getting puffy before being sold to Hong Kong dentists or Indonesian bankers.If they were serious they would have designed a clean-sheet motor from the point of a pencil,not a price point with world car parts.

  12. 12 Bill Kniegge Jul 18th, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Their patience in an effort to make the bike “Right” from the very beginning… is very admirable. Apparently their work over the last year has really been on the production aspect of the bikes… as the prototypes were pretty well proven it seemed.
    With the industry in a real state of flux over the last 3 years… makes their accomplishments that much more amazing! Should be an exciting future for them.

  13. 13 Johnny B Jul 18th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    So Corvette Racing wins the 24 hrs of Le Mans 8 times in 13 years against Ferrari, Porsche, BMW, Ford, ETC and their 90 degree pushrod v is outdated tech? Motus uses the same engine architecture but their own parts it seems. I also noticed some interesting cantwd bumps on the valve covers which may mean that they are using splayed/canted valves NASCAR style. F yeah! Huge flow increase I bet. I don’t think even GM uses that in production yet. Go Motus!

  14. 14 Terence Tory Jul 19th, 2013 at 1:35 am

    Johnny B,Not obsolete in trucks and race cars it seems

  15. 15 cbarter Jul 19th, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Dammed cool. I look forward to seeing what the motor looks like in the bike though, …hopefully it will not be as charmless looking as 99% of other liquid cooled motors.

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