• Mar 6th 2011 at 5:55PM
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Motus has officially unveiled the company's first products at Pratt & Miller's Michigan facility. The venue was chosen because of Pratt & Miller's role in engineering the bike's frame. Not interesting enough for you? Eyeball the bike's heart, then: a V4, scale version of the pushrod V8 that powers the Corvette Racing C6.R.

Motus says that the engine is good for 160 horsepower and an unknown amount of torque, at least for the moment. That figure is good 20 horsepower more than what Motus originally anticipated out of the design, so a proportionate jump in twist isn't necessarily out of the question. Thanks to its design, the Motus V4 weighs just 130 pounds and measures 18 inches across at its widest point. We could think of all sorts of unseemly uses for such a contraption.

According to Hell for Leather, the MST-01 and MST-R are designed to be a counterpoint to the traditional American-designed motorcycle, offering plenty of comfort and a well-sorted suspension wrapped up in a 500-pound package. Head over to Hell for Leather for a closer look, as well as a video of the bikes' unveil.

[Source: Hell for Leather | Image: Hel l for Leather]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      That looks pretty decent. Well done.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "The venue was chosen because of Pratt & Miller's role in engineering the bike's frame."

      Pratt and Miller designed the engine, not the frame. They build engines for the C6R Corvette endurance racers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Katech builds the engine for the bike and for the cars. Pratt&Miller build the frames.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Jay has got it right.

        ...Also, Pratt & Miller builds the whole of the C6.R, as well as run the race team, and the engineering work for the race cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      well this is going to be a hot ride with the exhaust pipes so close to your boots...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I see nothing wrong with the placement of the exhaust or the rear sets.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can I has a Motus in my Lotus?!?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like it. Not much else to say.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If your gonna use an engine as a centerpiece of your design, at least make it interesting to look at. Vincent,Honda CBX,Duc 900ss etc. come to mind. Emotional,passionate,iconic designs. I could see that engine in a zero turn Dixie Chopper mower. It's that industrial to me. Having said that,its great that a startup is happening in these times. Good luck.
      • 4 Years Ago
      According to the article at Hell for Leather, it's making 122 lb/ft of torque, so the jump was not proportional (they originally predicted 120 lb/ft). Still. I'm digging this bike. It's got usable power and looks good. If it's as comfortable as they make it out to be (and if the price isn't crazy stupid), I'd seriously look at this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's not the first time they chopped up a Chevy V8 to make a motorcycle engine.


      • 4 Years Ago
      I agree with Coredump- excited about the bike not being a cruiser. Not everyone wants a cruiser, the pushrod design makes great sense here, making the engine light and compact. Anyone have any idea on pricing. The new Bimmer GT starts at a little over 20K, this would be a nice alternative if not too outrageous. It takes guts to start a clean sheet bike and engine business in the current - I wish them success.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think I read in another article that one of the guys from Motus said it would be "less than $30k."
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't know what I'm more excited about. The possibilities of what you could do with the engine or the fact a US bike company is making non-cruiser bikes. Either way I'm excited.
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