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Guy Procter  says:

First verdicts on 161bhp Motus V4 sports-tourer

New American V4 sports-tourer the Motus MST-01 has completed the first leg of a multi-thousand-mile public development ride. The joyously coarse-sounding pushrod-actuated, direct-injected engine is the star of the soundtrack in this newly released video recap, which also features soundbites from the first journalists to ride the bike. Although to call them independent might be pushing it (both are 'friends' of...

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Lightning Boy


Mar 07

Posts: 82

Breath of fresh air!

What a change from all the gizmo laden Japanese nonsense. Looks and sounds like it should be able to whoop the VFR12 in almost every respect. Shame about the chain but hey, I'm very pleased to see a new manufacturer make a "real" motorbike. Good effort boys.

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Sep 06

Posts: 12

Tremus says:


Looks like a 1960's Ford Transit engine to me, lets see; 1700cc, pushrod V-4, blow me it is a Transit.  I think I'd rather have a Tranny than a bike weighing 240Kg.

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Aug 10

Posts: 310

tockie says:


Baffles me as well mate. When you can hear the exhaust note it sounds glorious.

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Jul 04

Posts: 4

derekgfrench says:

Chain drive?

Chain drive? How quaint. I can understand racers using chains, but a long distance tourer? No thank you.

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Jun 08

Posts: 20

Tribal-Wolf says:

Hmmm it looks and sounds good but a chain??? I loved my Triumph Trophy 1200 but it was the chain that annoyed me about it. Tourers should not have a chain, it's just nuts. Did I mention it shouldn't have a chain?

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Jun 09

Posts: 10

carlthornton says:

Sound like another Flat usa twin .

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Aug 02

Posts: 20

mattofasto says:

Looks nice to me

Big relaxed engine, decent fairing, big panniers and good handling - looks like a great real-world sports tourer. 240kg is OK for this type of bike. Never understand the obsession with shafts - I rarely use the clutch for upshifts and I adjust my chain maybe once every 1500 miles on my Sprint GT -it takes less than 5 minutes. A chain's no big deal honestly.

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Aug 09

Posts: 56

gavinfdavies says:

looks good, sounds good

I must admit, I love the idea of the motus engine. Most common bike engines' characteristics are dictated by a) displacement, and b) purpose. Ideally in an engine you want power, as linerly and as soon as possible, you don't want to wait until 12,000rpm plus to get it. But by restricting road bikes to race class inspired capacity limits, we end up with rev hungry monsters. But if you can keep power low down, internal frictional losses are reduced, and the feel of the power is reduced.

So I say follow motus' ideas - forget pre-set capacity limits, and aim for feel, power, and efficiency.

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Richard T


Aug 07

Posts: 33

Richard T says:

I'd try one

Some of you guys need to remove your sports bike blinkers?

Sounds good to me (if that's its real sound?), but will it get past the Euro noise gestapo?

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