American company Motus announced at Daytona that it will produce its MST and MST-R sport-touring bikes as 2013 models, with retail pricing, full specifications, accessories and a list of authorized dealers released. Powered by 1650cc, V-4 engines with a claimed 165 horsepower, the MSTs were expected to have direct fuel injection; that feature evidently will not make it to production, but the bikes will have port fuel injection with ride-by-wire throttle.
The MST model lists for $30,975, and features an Öhlins front fork with Brembo calipers and wave rotors. The upscale R model, retailing for $36,976, has an Öhlins NIX front fork matched to an Öhlins TTX shock, monobloc Brembo front calipers and O•Z forged aluminum wheels. Both models have Givi side cases as standard equipment, with other sport-touring amenities such as a top case, adjustable handlebars, heated seat, heated grips and a touring windscreen offered as accessories.
The company plans to deliver bikes to dealers in the fall of this year; seven dealers were announced at Daytona, with more expected to be added. For more information about the MST or MST-R, check www.motusmotorcycles.com. SR