Jay Leno Rides the Motus V4 Motorcycle

The Birmingham-built MSTR featured on Jay Leno’s Garage.

Jay Leno and Motus
Jay Leno talking with Motus founders Lee Conn and Brian Case in Leno's famous Big Dog Garage.©Motorcyclist

Motus is an American motorcycle manufacturer based in Birmingham, Alabama that is starting to reach the big time. Now the maker of America's exclusive brand of sport­touring motorcycles and proprietary V4 engines has recently been featured on the Emmy­-winning Jay Leno's Garage series hosted by Jay Leno, former host of The Tonight Show. Click on the video below to view the episode:

Motus founders Lee Conn and Brian Case were invited to Jay Leno's Big Dog Garage earlier this month to tell Jay the story of how a small group of entrepreneurs set out in 2008 to make a motorcycle unlike any other. Born out of a recession and developed with some of America's most sophisticated engineering partners, Motus began shipping the world's fastest production pushrod motorcycles to its network of US dealers in 2015. Motus also supplies its turn­key American V4® Baby Block powertrain to other builders and OEMs around the world for marine, off­road, and other powersports applications.

The Motus V4 engine
The Motus V4 is in a very general sense half a Chevy V8. CLICK HERE for our review of the Motus MSTR with a sidebar on the Birmingham Baby Block.©Motorcyclist

“Jay is without a doubt a very knowledgeable and down­-to­-earth gearhead. He applauded our effort, particularly with developing our own engine,” said Case, design director for Motus. “He’s a huge fan of our V4 engine and has known about Motus for awhile.”

The Motus MSTR
The Motus MSTR©Motorcyclist

“Jay has a deep understanding of the rich history of American motorcycles and he helped us take a step back and appreciate where Motus fits into that lineage,” said Lee Conn, president of Motus. “This type of exposure is really important as we expand our dealer network and continue to spread our name and message out into the public eye”.

The episode featuring Motus will give viewers the chance to see what Jay thinks about the engine and motorcycle, including on­board commentary during his ride. “It was pretty surreal to be chasing Jay Leno through the LA canyons, all on motorcycles that we developed from scratch,” said Case.

Jay Leno, Rock Store, Mulholland
Jay Leno aboard the Motus filming a segment for his show along the famous Mulholland Highway. SoCal riders are accustomed to seeing Leno riding something interesting on The Snake, and he's a regular at the nearby Rock Store.©Motorcyclist

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