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Motus Announces Production Plans, Pricing for 2013 MST and MST-R

2013 Motus MST and MST-R

Press Release
March 16, 2012
Filed under Other Motorycle Reviews, Sport + Sport Touring Motorcycle Reviews, Top Stories

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After a year of extensive testing and development, Motus Motorcycles announced at Daytona Bike Week its 2012 production plans, including pricing, accessories, specifications, availability and an initial list of dealers.

The 2011/2012 American Sport Tour led Motus through the laboratory, around racetracks, across the country and back to Daytona for Bike Week. Both the MST and MST-R have been ridden from Alabama to California, up its coast and over its mountains, across the desert, through the Bonneville Salt Flats, over the Colorado Rockies, past purple mountains, and between fields of corn, cows and amber waves of grain. In addition to the Big West leg of the Sport Tour, the MSTs also traveled to the Northeast from Birmingham to Boston and eventually covered a total of 29 states during a year of real-world dynamic testing. Motus is now preparing for fall 2012 production of the initial 2013 model year of Motus.

Motus is displaying the MST and MST-R motorcycles during Bike Week at Daytona Ducati, BMW Triumph, March 15-17, and representatives will be on hand to answer questions and take reservations for a limited number of 2013 MSTs.

The MST and the premium MST-R are said to be comfortable sportbikes designed for long-range canyon carving, solo or two-up. They were designed to be exhilarating, charismatic machines powered by mighty V4 Baby Block engines and both are offered with various accessories and upgrade options.

2013 Motus MST

2013 Motus MST

The 2013 Motus MST will be available in Speed Silver Metallic and Flame Red Metallic, and priced at $30,975 (includes 2-year, unlimited-mile warranty) with the following standard equipment:

  • V4 Baby Block engine, 1650cc, liquid cooled, 165 horsepower (claimed)
  • 6-Speed, dual-overdrive
  • Electronic fuel injection
  • Electronic throttle control
  • 720w alternator
  • Öhlins R&T adjustable front suspension
  • Progressive mono-shock rear suspension with remote preload adjuster
  • Brembo calipers
  • Aluminum wheels with wave rotors
  • Powerlet port
  • Michelin tires
  • Removable side cases by Givi
  • Premium Sargent seat
  • 20,000-mile XW-ring chain by RK
  • Hybrid rear sprocket with lifetime warranty
  • Centerstand

Optional equipment includes:

  • 30-liter top case by Givi
  • Adjustable windscreen
  • Adjustable handlebars
  • Dual rear Powerlet port
  • Heated seat
  • Heated grips
  • Premium low seat by Sargent
  • Rear storage rack
  • Touring windscreen
2013 Motus MST-R

2013 Motus MST-R

The 2013 Motus MST-R will be available in Strong White and Carbon Black, and priced at $36,975 (includes 2-year, unlimited-mile warranty) with the following standard equipment:

  • V4R Baby Block engine, 1650cc, liquid cooled, 185 horsepower (claimed)
  • 6-Speed, dual-overdrive
  • Electronic fuel injection
  • Electronic throttle control
  • 720w alternator
  • Öhlins R&T NIX adjustable front suspension
  • Öhlins TTX mono-shock rear suspension with remote preload adjuster
  • Brembo M4 monoblock calipers
  • Forged OZ aluminum wheels with wave rotors
  • 3 Powerlet ports
  • Michelin tires
  • Removable side cases by Givi
  • Premium Sargent seat
  • 20,000 mile XW-ring chain by RK
  • Hybrid rear sprocket with lifetime warranty
  • Centerstand

Optional equipment includes:

  • 30-liter top case by Givi
  • Adjustable windscreen
  • Adjustable handlebars
  • BST carbon fiber wheels
  • Heated seat
  • Heated grips
  • Premium low seat by Sargent
  • Rear storage rack
  • Touring windscreen

For the initial list of dealers and more information, visit motusmotorcycles.com.

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11 Responses to “Motus Announces Production Plans, Pricing for 2013 MST and MST-R”

  1. Hector Caroselli on March 27th, 2012 1:48 pm

    The Motus looks great. What were they thinking when they priced this thing? $30K or $36K for this, or any, motorcycle. That’s crazy.

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  2. larry on March 28th, 2012 4:53 pm

    It looks like a great bike but only deep pockets can slap down 30 k for a novelty. I mean BMW is putting out an unbelievable bike in the K1600GT
    which is more than comparable for 27K. If they want to sell a few hundred ok but for the average puke 25K on a touring bike is the max, get it down to to 21 and 25k and after the engine shows as bulletproof I might consider one.

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  3. Warprints on April 2nd, 2012 11:30 am

    Keep in mind that this is really a relatively customary business plan to raise capital and defray production costs – do a high end bike at a ridiculous price that you believe enough people will buy to net a good profit to start production of the lesser models. I’m not gonna drop $30K+ on what should be a $15K bike, but the usual suspects will. I’ll wait until the proletariat model come out.

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  4. John Lassiter on April 2nd, 2012 9:18 pm

    Come on. Over $30K???? Here’s another motorcycle manufacturer that will close down in two or three years. Cut the price in half then they will sell.
    Unf—ing real.
    My FJR at 50k hasn’t had a mechanical issue yet. Lots of rubber though!!

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  5. Chris on April 3rd, 2012 12:51 am

    $31k – $37k and no shaft drive? Touring bike? One for Jay Leno’s garage maybe.

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  6. Kuba Moran on April 15th, 2012 9:55 am

    Been following this from the early publications. Intrigued too.
    Have to join the field regarding the pricing… Been riding BMWs for years – a proven brand! Like some here mentioned, they provide great, dependable bikes.
    Looks like these guys aim for the “toy collectors”.
    Good luck!

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  7. Luis Gomez on April 27th, 2012 2:49 pm

    No gear indicator, plus the economy is so good why not 40K?

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  8. Jerry Schull on April 28th, 2012 9:25 am

    The Motus looks like a nice bike, but the pricing for an unproven design and manufacturer is absurd. Their marketing department really didn’t do any viable research.

    Just look at the comparable Japanese bikes, the Concours 14, the FJR1300 or the ST1300, they are all roughly 1/2 the price and they are proven products from a proven manufacturer.

    Secondly, they need to learn from the Koreans and the Japanese. The UNPROVEN vehicles originally undercut Detroit by thousands of dollars. Now having established a quality that is at best matched by Detroit, they have raised their prices. Economics 101.

    If they want to sell this bike I would suggest they do so for more like 12K for the stripped down model and maybe 15K for the maxed out one. At least until they establish a quality benchmark for the product. Otherwise their entry into the market will be short lived.

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    Luis Gomez Reply:

    Great view point!

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  9. William Zaspel on October 19th, 2012 3:08 pm

    I’d buy it, if I had the money. I think the price is high, appropriate, but it will put off many potential customers. But I’ll buy it, when I win the lottery…

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  10. Rapid Ray on December 9th, 2012 9:24 am

    I think there are a lot of mature riders who have attained a certain status in life who would love to own a bike like this. Me too. I think it will sell and the Co. will be around for quite a while.

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