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Motus MST
Motus MST

New American sport-tourer powered by a V-8

Photos by Motus and Neale

Their story has the American written all over it. Late one in 2007, Brian Case and Lee motorcycle buddies turned partners, were chatting drinks when the conversation to their ideal motorcycle. “We did the sketch method and asked would be the coolest motorcycle?’” says.

What ended up on napkin had all the makings for a sport-touring the duo wasn’t expecting. In fact, didn’t know what to Both are diehard motorcycle who have owned everything sportbikes to cruisers, import and but realized their ideal didn’t exist yet.

had a chance to speak with and get an in-depth look at the men, the and ultimately, the machine that is the MST.

And that’s when the idea them. Armed with more than their spirit, a background in aircraft (Conn) and product development who co-designed the Confederate Wraith), the duo set out to “the ultimate, modern street bike,” and thus was born.

Pure Americana

when designing a new motorcycle, the question centers around the “When it came to the engine we to one place: Motor City.” they met with multiple partners, Conn and Case they struck gold Katech Inc. the same that prepares the engines for Motors’ racing program. and Case had some specific they wanted met in regards to the Chief among them was outright horsepower in the name of a spread of torque.

When it comes to torque, configurations are renowned for just But the two upstarts weren’t satisfied any of the current offerings from manufacturers, and here again desire to be uniquely American to the forefront. They decided to their own engine, and this is Katech’s expertise came in

The solution is a 1645cc (100ci), V4 (internally dubbed the KMV4) basically a LS7 V8 (the same in the Corvette) cut in half. Rest the engine design is all original and is a derivative of the Chevy mill.

elements of the classic American V8 however. Its overhead valves are met pushrods, which are metered a chain-driven camshaft. Hydraulic keep maintenance simple.

and … measure 86.5mm x and compression ratio is set at 11.5:1. Why the engine in a world of dual cams? “Modern engines are so now that riders can’t them,” Conn says, engine allows the shadetree to feel confident they can fix that isn’t right.”

That doesn’t mean the KMV4 is completely low-tech. The of gasoline direct injection the mill into the 21st a first for a (potentially) production As the name implies, GDI digitally highly atomized fuel into the cylinders (much diesel engines) as opposed to spraying fuel into the ports, as seen on virtually other fuel-injected motorcycle.

engine is mated to Motus’ own six-speed transmission, with drive, geared to ensure the spins as slowly as possible at speeds for optimum fuel Power claims hover the 160 horsepower mark at the crank, torque expected around 120

The Motown connection doesn’t end When it came to chassis the dynamic duo of Conn and Case a partnership with another name in motorsports: Pratt Known for their numerous racing accomplishments including in the Rolex Grand-Am series, and six Le Mans 24-hour victories, were naturally drawn to chassis expertise, despite lack of two-wheeled credentials.

With a specific set of parameters in the team took its time finite element analysis and prototyping processes to determine a chromoly trellis frame be the best option to achieve the desired, yet maintain a certain of flex to give the rider a for the road. “We spent eight developing the chassis before cutting a piece of metal,” said. The KMV4 engine is longitudinally in the frame and acts as a member, giving it a Moto-Guzzi-esque

Speaking of handling, the MST will equipped with 43mm forks that are fully Fork supplier for the standard MST is yet to be but the higher-spec MST-R model is to wear Ohlins suspension and rear. The standard rear supplier is also yet to be finalized, but full adjustability.

Stopping comes from dual floating rotors up front, by four-piston, radially mounted As of press time, Hayes provide the calipers for the standard expect Brembo units for the R A standard two-pot caliper rear braking duties.

is all transferred to the ground via Michelin Road 3 tires on 17×3.5-inch 17×6.0-inch rear wheels. All the MST is predicted to weight 500 pounds, on-par with similar rigs.

The Future Ahead

The MST looks it has the ingredients to challenge for top sport-touring against some of the most names in the industry. From the Conn and Case centered the and execution of the MST around three performance, comfort, and range. wanted a motorcycle with performance that wouldn’t chiropractic assistance afterwards, and economy that limits the of gas stops.

Motus MST
Motus MST

With the KMV4 more upright ergos, and a tank, they believe accomplished just that.

So who the MST appeal to? “We think it will two types of riders,” Conn after admitting to being types. There’s the sportbike who is getting older and can’t like a gymnast anymore, but wants performance and range, and there’s the cruiser rider who can to the V4 engine because “it looks the one in my truck.”

After speaking Conn at length, it’s he and Case have poured heart and soul into project, but the glaring question Why now? Especially in these times?

“We don’t think there’s a time,” Conn explained, a clear sense of patriotism in his “If [the American] people get off their … there be any manufacturing left in this

We are witnessing the opening chapters in the story. There are still roads ahead, especially a true production version is yet to be Numerous testing miles to be logged to make sure all the meet certain standards.

At the of the weekend’s racing and festivities in Conn and Case are personally to ride the two existing prototypes the country, meeting with dealers, media and the public, to put the to the test. They’ll be followed the way by a team of engineers from Miller to chart the progress and any possible mishaps.

“The is to ride them until break, fix it, and ride it ‘till break again. By that they’ll stop breaking.”

speaking, the MST and MST-R are slated for in late 2011 as 2012 but certain things like suppliers and, more passing quality control can push back that

“We only have one chance to get right. We’re not going to cut and screw it up. If that means production, so be it.”

Pricing is yet to be but as it’s a niche bike in small volumes, expect a tag that reflects that. again, volume will on the number of dealers interested, and in turn could help costs.

One thing’s for sure: Lee and Brian Case are determined to Motus into another of the American dream.

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