Recently, we reported about the production versions of the Motus MST making its long-awaited appearance at Laguna Seca MotoGP. But that’s not the only bit of news coming from the Motus camp. The company will also start selling crate engines of the V4 “Baby Block” used inside their sport-touring motorcycle. The LS1, and now LS7, V8 […]
2013 Motus MST and MST-R Ready to Go – But Without GDI
A year after publicly unveiling its all-new American made sport touring models at Daytona Bike Week, Motus Motorcycles announced production plans and pricing for the 2013 Motus MST and MST-R. Perhaps the biggest news however is Motus has opted to use fuel injection for the MST and MST-R instead of its originally planned gasoline direct injection system.
The motorcycle industry-first implementation of GDI technology was one of the biggest attention-grabbing details about the MST so its exclusion is a bit of a surprise. Even without GDI, the MST’s KMV4 engine is still impressive. Developed by Katech, the 1,650cc 90-degree V4 engine is essentially a four-cylinder version of the Chevrolet Corvette‘s V8 engine. Motus claims an output of 165 hp for the MST and 185 hp for the MST-R.
In an interview with Asphalt and Rubber, Motus Co-Founder Lee Conn said the GDI technology worked as advertised but there was not enough industry support for the technology. Essentially, if the GDI system needed maintenance or tuning, there aren’t enough people around who can do the job. Price is likely a factor as well with even the base model MST starting at $30,975 with port fuel injection.
The base model Motus MST is equipped with a six-speed transmission, adjustable Ohlins fork, pre-load adjustable rear shock, Brembo brakes, cast aluminum wheels and removable Givi side cases. The MST-R adds a Ohlins TTX rear shock, Brembo monoblock calipers, forged aluminum wheels, and an extra 20hp. Both models come with a two-year unlimited mileage warranty.
Optional equipment for both models include a 30 liter Givi top case, adjustable windscreen, touring screen, adjustable handlebars, heated seat and grips, a Sargent premium low seat and a rear storage rack. The MST-R is also available with BST carbon fiber wheels.
The 2013 Motus MST will be offered in Speed Silver Metallic or Flame Red Metallic for $30,975 while the 2013 Motus MST-R will be available in Strong White or Carbon Black for $36,975.
Production is set to begin in the fall