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Motus V4 Baby Block Gets $10,220 Price Tag

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When American motorcycle upstart Motus Motorcycles first began its undertaking of the Motus MST sport-tourer, the company from Alabama made it clear that its 1,650cc engine would be the centerpiece of the bike’s design. Hoping to build off the tuner culture that developed around push-rod engines in the automotive world, Motus even went as far to say that the Katech-designed KMV4 engine (now without GDI) would be made available as a crate motor for hobbyists.

With the Motus MST nearly ready for public consumption, the American company is making good on its other promise, and has released pricing on its “baby block” engine. At a cool $10,220 of your hard-earned cash, the turnkey 165+ hp V4 motor can be yours (along with the engine’s ECU, ride-by-wire intake, engine harness, and fuse box). A pricy sum for the small peppy engine, pricing on the Motus Baby Block at least puts the $30,000+ price tag of the Motus MST in perspective.

Motus V4 Baby Block Features:







  • 1650cc (100ci), liquid cooled, cast aluminum 90° V4 w/ steel liners
  • Cam-in-the-block, 2 OHV
  • Splayed lifters for maximum valvetrain stability
  • Aluminum cylinder heads w/ splayed & canted valves for max. flow and combustion efficiency
  • Automotive-style low mass, low inertia roller rocker arms
  • Maintenance-free hydraulic roller lifters
  • 4340 forged steel I-beam connecting rods
  • 3-ring forged aluminum pistons with moly coating
  • Wet sump w/ integral pick-up, serviceable screen, magnetic drain plug
  • 4 bolt main bearing girdle for maximum strength and durability
  • Investment cast 4340 one-piece crank w/ automotive-style plain bearings
  • Gerotor oil pump, integrally cast internal water pump
  • CFD optimized, precision cast water jackets
  • Closed loop 250kBd multi-point fully sequential fuel injection
  • Ride-by-wire w/ electronic throttle control (ETC)
  • Cast individual runner manifold w/ 4 x 40mm contoured bore downdraft throttle bodies
  • 12 bolt bellhousing (9.5” bolt circle) for easy application adaptation
  • Spare bosses for alternate accessory drives and motor mounts

Source: Motus Motorcycles







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