The last time Motus Motorcycles graced the pages of A&R it was August 10th of last year — yes, I actually went back thru the pages to check that date. Since that time, the American motorcycle startup has been busy getting its sport-tourer finalized and ready for production. Launching the Motus MST prototype at the 2011 Daytona Bike Week, Motus Motorcycles will be returning to the Floridian biking event this year to announce its production plans, pricing, and availability of its American made motorcycle.
While we’ll have to wait to hear from Motus for its official plans, we expect to hear something along the line of a production run of under 300 units, with pricing in the $30,000+ range. Certainly exclusive, it remains to be seen if Motus can sell such an expensive sport-tourer without the gadgets and gizmos that normally accompany that market segment. Featuring the gasoline direct injection (GDI) 1,645cc KMV4 engine, the Motus MST will make over 160 hp from the power plant, which is also being sold as a crate motor.
I’ll have to keep prodding Lee for a chance to swing a leg over the MST, but the bike is expected to put the “sport” in the term sport-touring. There is a lot about this project that remains to be seen, but you have to give the whole Motus crew a heck of a lot credit for trying to start something during the worst economy since the Great Depression. Expect to see more details on the Motus MST in the coming weeks.
Up-Close with the Motus MST Prototypes at Alice’s Restaurant:
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