Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Motus Motorcycles, Pratt & Miller working on V4-engined sports tourers


Motus are working on the MST-01 and MST-R, V4-engined sports tourers

According to a press release from Motus Motorcycles, the fledgling US-based (in Birmingham, Alabama) company has tied up with Pratt & Miller Engineering for the development of their new motorcycles. Their first motorcycles – the Motus MST-01 and MST-R – will be V4-engined sports tourers, with high-tech bits like a chrome-molybdenum space frame and carbon composite bodywork.

According to Motus, the MST-01 will be a ‘next generation sport touring motorcycle engineered for performance, comfort, and range.’ In addition to the MST-01, there will also be a higher-spec MST-R, which we suppose might be the racier, sportier version but with the same engine and chassis.

A high-tech, American-engineered V4-powered sports tourer sounds like a good idea. There is, however, no word on when the actual bike will be revealed. The EICMA at Milan, this year? We’ll just have to wait and watch…

7 comments:

Thomas Stromberg said...

Sounds great. Who wants to bet they blow the opportunity to make inroads into the ST market by omitting ABS brakes?

Anonymous said...

I love to see new companies get into the market, but my question is this: Why do they need a complicated 4 cylinder engine when Buell can make a twin pump out 145 water cooled horses? Are they really going to produce MORE power than THAT? This ain't a race bike folks. Nobody tours at anything even close to 100 mph so what's the point?

Eric said...

Thats because buell DIDNT make a vtwin that puts out 145 bhp...Rotax did...the evoluiton of the Aprilia V60 Rotax really...

Anonymous said...

Guys, it's the age old compromise between horsepower and torque. You can't have both. Or at least not in the same RPM range. If you want relaxed touring, you design a motor with lots of bottom end torque. Hence the V-4.

Justin said...

Seems like Birmingham is becoming quite the Motorcycle spot. I visited Barbers and Iron Horse Helmets on my last trip. Maybe I can visit you on my nest.

Anonymous said...

Nobody tours at anything even close to 100 mph so what's the point?

Uh, wrong. Lotsa folks with STs of various flavors will see and exceed triple digits, frequently for many miles at a time. Unlike a sportbike, the only reasons not to run at high speeds for extended periods of time are safety and performance awards. Comfort is not a barrier to 3 hours straight above the ton. Even on a Honda ST (7.7g tank), fuel consumption will prevent such a feat.

Oddball said...

"Nobody tours at anything even close to 100 mph so what's the point?"

Like the above post stated many people run at the 100 mph on sport-touring motorcycles. Hell ST.N's slogan is Triple Digit Sightseeing.

I think this is a marvelous endeavor.