2012 Motus MST-R | First Ride

America's sport-tourer

By Alan Cathcart, Photography by Kevin Wing

tech Spec

EVOLUTION
An all-new, American-made sport-tourer powered by a Chevy-inspired "Baby-Block" V4.

RIVALS
BMW K1300S, Honda VFR1200F, Kawasaki Concours14, Triumph Sprint ST, Yamaha FJR1300

TECH

Price na
Engine type l-c 90-deg. V4
Valve train OHV, 8v
Displacement 1645cc
Bore x stroke 86.5 x 70.0mm
Compression 11.5:1
Fuel system Direct EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 6-speed
Claimed horsepower 161 bhp @ 7800 rpm
Claimed torque 122 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm
Frame Steel-trellis
Front suspension Ohlins 43mm fork with adjustable spring preload, high/low-speed compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension Ohlins shock with adjustable spring preload, high/low-speed compression and rebound damping
Front brake Dual Brembo four-piston calipers, 320mm discs
Rear brake Brembo two-piston caliper, 200mm disc
Front tire 120/70ZR-17 Michelin Pilot Road 2
Rear tire 190/55ZR-17 Michelin Pilot Road 2
Rake/trail 26.0˚/4.0 in.
Seat height 31.0/32.0 in.
Wheelbase 58.0 in.
Fuel capacity 6.0 gal.
Claimed curb weight 526 lbs.
Color White, silver
Available Summer 2012
Warranty na
Contact Birmingham Motorcycle Co., LLC
1500 First Ave. N. # R115
Birmingham, AL 35203
205.314.3410
www.motusmotorcycles.com

VERDICT: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

An exceptionally sporty sport-tourer with a strong, soulful, uniquely American character.

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