Motus is set to debut the production versions of its American-made sport-touring motorcycles at this weekend’s Red Bull US Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca two years after debuting its prototypes there.
Two years after riding one-off prototypes to Laguna Seca for a public debut, Motus Motorcycles co-founder Lee Conn announced the company is returning to Laguna again this year to reveal the company’s production models as it edges closer to bringing its American-made, V4-powered sport-tourer to market. With availability projected for fall 2013, Motus is inviting everyone to come visit them July 19-21 for the Red Bull US Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The company also launched a new website and interactive blog to celebrate the impending launch of the 2014 MST and MST-R. Here’s a copy of their first post and a link to the updated Motus website.
The Motus is coming. It’s been a long adventure from concept to prototype to testing/development to production machines – but we are almost there. As we work to finish testing of the newest American motorcycles — the MST and MST-R — we’ve pulled down our old site and created this blog to let you see behind the scenes in the final stages of development. We’ll talk about the people behind Motus, our design philosophy, upcoming events, technical specs and maybe even some of our favorite rides. In the coming weeks, we’ll unveil the production motorcycles and the new American V4, launch our new website and begin rolling motorcycles out to our dealers across the country. We invite you to come back often and join the conversation.
Here’s a rundown of Motus’ V4 Baby Block Engine:
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
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)