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2014 Motus MST Production Model to Debut at Laguna Seca during US Grand Prix
After two years of testing and development, Motus Motorcycles is finally ready to introduce the production version of its MST V4-powered sport-tourer. The Alabama startup will reveal the 2014 Motus MST July 19 at Laguna Seca during the U.S. Grand Prix MotoGP weekend.
Motus first unveiled a prototype version of the MST at Daytona Bike Week in 2011. The Motus team than started a cross-country tour of the MST to show off the motorcycle while also gathering real-world test data for the final production model. The tour ended at Laguna Seca, for the 2011 edition of the U.S. Grand Prix, making this year’s race a good setting for the production model.
Details are sparse at the moment, so we’ll have to wait for the end of the week to see what’s changed with the MST since we saw the prototype in 2011. The MST is powered by a 1650cc V4 “baby block” engine derived from the LS7 V8 Corvette engine, though the company had decided against going with its originally-planned Gasoline Direct Injection technology.
Based on the teaser video below, the production model still has the tubular chromoly trellis frame and swingarm. The video also reveals a carbon fiber fuel tank, though that may be reserved for the higher-spec MST-R version.
We’ll have more information July 19 when the covers come off the 2014 Motus MST.
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