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.

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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?

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