Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Motus MST first view

You could be forgiven for having never heard of Motus. But the American manufacturer, based in Birmingham, Alabama, has been busy developing the MST, its take on what a sports touring motorcycle should be like.

The first images of the brand new bike have just been released - and it’s certainly not a bad looking thing, especially when compared to competitors such as the Honda VFR1200F.

A unique feature is the direct injection V4 engine, known as the KMV4. With a capacity of 1,645 cc (100 cubic inches) and an aluminium block and cylinder heads, the targeted outputs are 161 bhp (120 kW / 163 PS) and 165 Nm (122 lb/ft) of torque.

Curiously though, given its country of origin and the class of bike, drive will be via a chain rather than a shaft or belt. Together with fully adjustable suspension front and rear, that points towards a focus on the sports element of the sports touring mix. Nevertheless, a surprise is that anti-lock brakes don’t appear on the MST’s provisional spec sheet.

When Motus starts production later this year, a premium MST-R version will also be offered in addition the base model. There’s no word yet on price levels.

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