Progress on Motus Motorcycles

It’s been a while since there’s been any real news of substance about Motus Motorcycles, but the Feb 2010 issue of motorcyclist has a feature article (PDF) on the new sport-tourer, that reveals some of the specs of the new machine.

The MST-01 sport tourer is expected to weigh 545 lbs–substantially less than the current generation FJR or Connie, and will be powered by a 90° V -4 with an expected output of 140HP at 7,800 RPM and 120 lb-ft of torque at 4,500RPM.  That torque figure seems…high.  Tire-shreddingly so.  That power will be channeled through a 6-speed gearbox to a chain final drive…and that last bit is where they lose me.  It’s 2010.  I’m not gonna spend my Saturdays lubing a chain like some kind of animal.

The MST-01 will have integrated luggage, including an interestingly-designed two-position trunk.  The price point for this is supposed to be competitive with a fully-equipped BMW K1300GT, so let’s call it $25k out the door.

Working prototypes are supposed to be hitting the test track later this year, with 2011 production models available as early as this December.