You have to admire the audacity of Lee Conn and Brian Case for wanting to develop their own American-made sport-tourer. The biggest hurdle to developing any new motorbike is coming up with an engine to power it. While boutique brands such as Bimota and Arch use off-the-shelf powerplants, Motus chose to go their own way by using half a small-block Chevy V-8 in the form of a Pratt & Miller-developed V-4 motor displacing 1650cc. In the Motus MST, it’s claimed to produce 165 hp at its crankshaft and 123 lb-ft of torque. The higher-end MST-R ups the horsepower to a purported 180.

2012 Motus MST Preview

With  its 5.5-gallon tank full of fuel and Givi saddlebags fitted, Motus says the Alabama-built MST-R scales in at 585 pounds. The base MST retails for $30,975, while the MST-R adds an Öhlins shock, carbon bodywork, high-end Brembos, BST carbon wheels and an extra 20 hp for an additional $6,000. Sure, $36,975 ain’t cheap, but where else are you going to find a sport-touring motorcycle powered by a V-8 motor chopped in half?

2016 Motus MST and MST-R Review

  • faztang

    Where is Motus? MST MSRP: $30,975, MSTR MSRP $36,975

    • DickRuble

      Motus is in a different top 10; the most expensive joke.

      • TheMarvelous1310

        I could understand if the bike sucked, but the MSTs are almost universally respected as a great bike. Yeah it’s expensive, but every single part is specifically designed for the bike, even the screws and adhesives. Do you complain about the Ronin 47 or the Arch or the Confederate Hellcat? Premium bikes for premium money.

        • c w

          Perhaps I am alone, but I don’t consider the MST unduly expensive given that is a truly fresh, original design. Will I be buying one? No. If I was in the position to consider I high-buck bike, I would be giving MST a call.

          I feel like, for the same bike, the “custom” bike builders would be charging upwards of $50K.

          • TheMarvelous1310

            That’s fair, but I feel like if Buell had made it it would have been under 20 grand.

            Of course, if Buell made it it probably wouldn’t have been good looking or comfortable…

          • c w

            With HD’s economy of scale, one would think Buell could produce it for less. However, I wonder how the R&D costs between the two motors would compare…aside from the unlikelihood of the V4 budget getting approval from the Parent Company.

            I think a better question might be how much would the MST be if Can-Am or Polaris built it.

          • TheMarvelous1310

            If Can-Am built it, it would have reliability issues. If it was Polaris, it would have been a cruiser.


        How do you figure that DR? Because you don’t own one? Because you have never swung a leg over one much less actually rode one? Looks like the Motus is in some good company. In fact in this list it looks like a bargain. Or do you just want to shit on Motus just because?
        I do question some of these as actually being called “production” bikes. What qualified building more than one?

    • Kevin Duke

      Hmm, forgot about that one! An edit is in the works.

  • Starmag

    Just a quick note to Keanu: that Hesketh is a LOT cooler than the feet forward cruiser you and you buddy are making. Everybody and their brother does feet forward V twin customs. Just an opinion.

    From my lowly point of view, Confederate appears to have lost their minds. What do I know though? They’re making it work.

    • TheMarvelous1310

      The Arch was specifically designed to handle just as good if not better with forward controls as it does with mids, that’s the whole point of its existence. Think of it as a more exclusive xDiavel.

      Yes, there are plenty of hardcore riders who prefer cruiser ergos, deal with it.

      • Starmag

        Maybe you missed this-” Just an opinion.” You haven’t changed it. Race bikes are obviously designed specifically for fine handling and ground clearance. There are none with forward controls for a reason.

        • TheMarvelous1310

          I think legendary racer Dan Gurney could dispute that.

          • Starmag

            Sure he can, when he wins his first race on it. Given it’s wobbly performance on a demo lap on a track by itself, you’ll excuse me if I don’t hold my breath waiting for that to happen. Ol’ Dan must not have thought that much of it himself- he put it up for sale in 2014.


    • Russell Hammer

      I get bagged on for riding a Honda CTX700n. It’s fun and comfortable. Looks about like a $78,000 Arch at 5% the cost.

  • Jon Jones

    I rather have a fleet of nice used bikes than spend a fortune on one.

  • Douglas

    Not to be nitpicky, but the dealbreaker for me on the Suter is lack of a centerstand and no CD player.

    • DickRuble

      MO staff won’t test it on the account that it lacks cruise control.

      • Douglas

        Well, yeah, that, and self-cnxl turn signals….maybe a small rack, too…..

    • Tinwoods

      A CD player? Is this 1997 or 2017? “Nitpicky” is too kind.

      • Douglas

        Tell ya what, I’ll split the difference with ya…….2007. I still have lotsa CD’s….they still work. In fact, I still have a bunch of cassettes that I’ve made over the yrs (as far back as ’72….the whole original “Switched On Bach” & “The Well-tempered Synthesizer”, before Walter Carlos turned into Wendy) that still sound good….and besides, I wuz bein’ sarcastically cute/ironic. So there.

        • Mark

          what, no 8-track?

          • Douglas

            Well, understand, that in their day, 8 tracks were the best thing since…..night baseball.


    40K for a 2 cylinder you really want my answer!!! Nice show bike thats it.

  • frod

    No mention of the Midual Type 1? Limited but still a production run, reported to start at around $185,000…

  • TheMarvelous1310
    • Martin Padilla

      looks nice but only worth about 20,000

      • TheMarvelous1310

        Oh, come on. It’s 100 percent handmade, with a longitudinally mounted parallel twin making 187 horsepower to the wheel! It’s worth at least $60,000 in today’s market.

  • spiff

    Looking at the bottom of the list I think while expensive they are doable. So take the Norton and Ducati. Which would you rather have. I would want the Norton.

  • Sean

    Anyone know if they’re stillmaking Vyrus bikes?
    I recall those being quite expensive.


    The most expensive motorcycle in the world is the one that is owned but never ridden.

  • JerryMander

    I can get 2 very nice Japanese bikes and a very nice Certified Pre Owned toyota for the price of that Augusta and still have some money left for insurance

  • Allen Nelson

    If I won the lottery today I wouldn’t buy any of them….! Pure and simple however I would buy a MOTUS in a heart beat.. YEA….!!!

  • Gary Taylor

    No Ducati 1299 Superleggera? £73K?

  • Tim

    no Superleggera?

  • wolzybk

    I think the BMW and the Motus are the only ones on this list that could make a reasonable claim to be worth the money they cost. (And indeed, I am seriously looking at buying a Motus.)

    All of the sportbikes are at a point of diminishing returns, where making any actual improvements is prohibitively expensive, and could only be considered worthwhile if you are actually racing it competitively. Other than that, it’s a lot of money for “benchracing rights”.

    The cruisers and customs, you’re paying for exclusivity, not for anything the bike can actually do much better than many much cheaper alternatives.

  • David Philpott

    MOTUS, FTW! I’ll take that in a heartbeat, thanks.

  • Gene Nagy

    An E bike with a honking big gas tank? Is that like a trunk?

  • Don Schwabe

    How is a guy like Keanu Reeves able to afford a bike like that? I mean like whens the last time you ever saw him a decent movie?

  • Danny Mathey


  • Bluthar

    my 2004 yammy FZ1 cost 8 thousand and it’s very nice.

  • 19pacman59

    I’ll have to pick the K1600GTL, a bike that I would ride every day… But the RC213V-S would be nice in my living room…:)

  • Brian Cordell

    Make mine a Motus!