MOTUS MST/MST-R made in the USA

Discussion in 'General Discussion / News / Information' started by KZ, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. KZ

    KZ Ol'Timer

    There's a new American bike on the road in the USA, it's been in development for quite some time, maybe you've heard of it already. Not in production yet, there is not much detailed information, no exact hp or weight figures or price. But there's what you can see and hear - an American-made Katech pushrod V4 engine with 1650cc. Lots of carbon fiber parts. There are two models, the faired MST and the naked MST-R.
    American riders are very excited about a new bike made in the US and I can only congratulate the company for undertaking this project in this economical climate and getting this far.

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  2. KZ

    KZ Ol'Timer

    On their website I found the following information: the MST has a wheelbase of 1,743 mm, a 787 mm seat height and weighs 550lbs wet. The 1645cc OHV push rod engine (I guess 2 valves per cylinder) puts out 122 lb-ft at 4,500 rpm and 161hp at 7,800 rpm with a 8,000 rpm redline. The engine is supposed to be "the first direct injected motorcycle engine".
    There's no telling yet how this bike will handle and how reliable it will be.
    Anybody care to comment?
  3. oldbloke

    oldbloke Ol'Timer

    Well as an ex-guzzi owner, I certainly approve of the layout...but why on earth line the engine up that way and then not use shaft drive? Was it to keep it simple or keep cost down? Somehow I think it'll be a niche machine....
  4. KZ

    KZ Ol'Timer

    "Somehow I think it'll be a niche machine.... "
    I can't really imagine ANY mass-produced bike by the Americans...
    They wrote on their site that they chose a chain because "'s a sport-tourer with emphasis on sport. It has chain drive as does just about every sport bike." The V-Max comes to mind...
    Also an interesting choice of a transmission, not in line with the crank.
    Guzzi and BMW (old K-series) chose a dry clutch with a seperate transmisson in line with the crank.
    The touring version seems like a ST1300 on steroids. The big question is if it has the refinement of a Japanese-made bike - and how much it will cost!
    Guess Americans will buy it just because it's Made In USA, no matter what price.
  5. monsterman

    monsterman Ol'Timer

    I like it and it sounds awsome on the dyno
  6. KZ

    KZ Ol'Timer

    There are videos on their site; it sure doesn't sound like a ST1300!

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