High-res studio photos of the Motus MST-01

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Last week we unveiled the Motus MST-01, then Michael Uhlarik talked about its design and we ran a video of the two guys behind the company discussing the sport tourer’s significance. Now, we’ve got the first high-rest studio photos showing off America’s new performance bike in its full glory. As for numbers, how does 161bhp and 121lb/ft from the LS7.R-derived V4 sound?


  • NickK

    1. I like the engine.

    2. I never thought of myself as one who cares about styling too much, but these pictures prove otherwise. Just can’t get into it. Thing looks antiquated right out of the box. A full decade behind. Should have come out more like it’s concept drawing.

    3. Since this thing is going to go for about 30grand, points one and two are moot.

    Edit: Just scanned some previous motus posts. Clearly I am not alone. Also: That seat – GAWD! Only it’s 300lb mother could love.

  • Hans Petter

    Oh dear…

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/1962_cb77_restore/ Scott Pargett

    I’d love to see that thing stripped down.

  • Filippo

    Nekkid, please. How about a stripped down street fighter – urban cafe racer – first. That way you can show of that stunning engine and frame combo. ST bike later…

  • Roman

    Wet weight: 550 lbs. Pretty good by modern sport-touring standards, but I was hoping something around 500 lbs, like my VFR800. Looks much better in black, unsurprisingly.

  • Beale

    They lost a lot of the design cues from concept to execution. The headers don’t have the forward sweep and it really suffers by not having the chin fairing with the headers disappearing into it. Gorgeous frame and motor, though.

  • jon

    Dont think it looks that bad Wes. Agree the engine should get more focus and the one thing I’d change which would be the angle of the pipes as they exit the engine. At the moment they seem to pointdown/forward. If they could sweep back without affecting the riders legs it would look alot better imho. Also end can is a bit cackhanded?? Better closer in like the Triumph Speed triple low boy

    • slowestGSXRever

      I really don’t think it looks that bad either. I can only say that the seat looks dumb, that’s it.

      • jon

        Agree seat isn’t the greatest after looking at some of th naked shots which is why I guess they’re hiding it with the panniers ;)

  • Tim

    I like it. Not enough to spend $30k on it, though. While the seat isn’t attractive, it would be after a 500 mile day, I’d bet.

  • HammSammich

    It definitely looks better in black and that engine is really exciting. Unfortunately, I’m not going to be in the market for a $30k bike for a long time though.

    Incidentally, it looked to me like the fork rake was pretty laid back but according to Motus it’s at 26 degrees, which I think is actually pretty low for this segment (I think that among sport touring bikes only the Triumph Sprint GT has a lower angle).

  • brian

    121 ft. lbs. makes up for a whole bunch of ugly, and the lack of electronics is a plus in my book. This is my next bike.

  • Ray

    It seems like a clunky prototype, but not as bad as Michael Uhlarik seems to think. I like that’s its design is built around the rider; the void integrated in the gas tank and fairing suggests the human form: the knee that belongs there, and that seems new and unprecedented, other than streamliners. So the design is missing something: the rider, and seems to beg for a human presence. Rest of it is derivative, but the above seems a good concept to build a visual identity from.

    It’s filling the void left by Buell, who likewise, was not so committed to styling. It’s more the bastard child of a Guzzi and a KTM. Lots better than the design concept, which looked like the safety cycle the AMA publicized as the supposed proposal of the insurance industry in the 80s…

  • RSassi

    I totally agree now with the criticisms of its design aesthetic. It’s a shame that once again we have a quality American bred machine encased in a blatant disregard for attractive meaningful compelling styling and design.

    It’s almost the Star Wars prequel to the contemporary competitive product, from a perspective of aesthetics. Very American, unfortunately.

  • DoctorNine

    I love the way that the seat has a rise in front to keep you from riding up onto the tank, and has a nice pocket for all day comfort.

  • Ducky

    Everyone talks about the fairing, and there’s that. But I think what bugs me is the tubing for the rearsets, swingarm and the exhaust. It looks really busy and unfinished. The exhausts actually don’t look that great… No mandrel bending and what looks to be not-great welding. The “trellis” exposed frame subsection also has a weird kink in it (it doesn’t look like it allows easier access to anything and yet it barely clears the cylinder head at the same time).

    The fairing really looks like a modernized piece of a Honda C70 passport- functional, not exactly beautiful (though I dig the headlight). I like the seat and tank though. When you look at the small details like the exposed wiring, tubing, lack of detailing on the carbon fibre valve covers, the cheap mirrors, the way the pannier bags sort of just tack on the back… it does look really rushed. Then again, maybe they’ll change these right before actual production.

  • Johndo

    Looks way better then expected. Sure it might need some getting used to, like any design that stands out a bit from the rest.

  • http://bloodfalcons.blogspot.com motoguru

    The front end is definitely a bit Versys-esque, but the side profile and rear angle shots look damn good.

  • http://theprojectbeta.com/ andehans

    Sell the bikes naked, and let Vetter make fairings for it.

  • Jason

    I don’t get what all the bitching’s about. I think it’s a handsome, understated design that does a great job of showing off that beautiful engine. I agree that the exhaust welds look pretty shabby (hopefully just a pre-production thing), but the engine access doesn’t look limited at all, at least not for anything that you wouldn’t want to drop the engine for anyway. Aftermarket saddlebags are always going to be a compromise, and will unfortunately take away from any otherwise good design. All in all, nice work. I’m proud of these guys and what they’ve accomplished.