2012 Motorcycle of the Year | Best Dreambike

Motus MST-R
The American Dream

Lee Conn and Brian Case dream in colors: red, white and blue! The co-founders of Alabama based motorcycle start-up Motus have long dreamed of building a high-end, American made sportbike. Now, finally, they’re ready to sell their dream to you. Available this fall for $36,975, the Motus MST-R sport-tourer is built with all-American DNA, including a pushrod-equipped KMV4 engine that looks and sounds exactly like a miniature version of the iconic Chevy V8. This hot-rod inspired, 165-horsepower “baby-block” engine is mounted in a steel-trellis frame outfitted with the best running gear Öhlins, Brembo and O.Z. have to offer, helping the Motus accelerate, turn and stop like a much smaller machine. Upright ergonomics, a substantial fairing and optional hard luggage make the MST-R ready for any ride you can dream up. It’s been a minute since we’ve seen an all-new American motorcycle. It’s been even longer since we’ve seen one that’s not a cruiser. For many of us, Motus is a dream come true.

Alternative Take

Brough Superior SS100
Who doesn’t dream of being Lawrence of Arabia, “doing the ton” down a dusty road on an impossibly beautiful Brough Superior SS100? That dream is a small step closer to reality now that reborn Brough Superior is manufacturing new SS100s, based on the original design. With a $250,000 price tag, however, this dream doesn’t come cheap!

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Wow, you must have pondered this year's choices for all of two minutes, to come up with two completely  irrelevant bike for 2012 MOTY. One that has nothing to do with this century, much less this year. Oh, wait, they both harken back to 20th century technology and design. thanks for making yourselves irrelevant.
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