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!