Those in the riding world who feel the motorcycle industry is nothing but large corporations considering international markets should give a welcomed nod to Motus. An American motorcycle manufacturer based in Birmingham, Alabama is considered the maker of America’s only premium brand of sport-touring motorcycles and proprietary V4 engines.
The most recent effort to bring their incredible work to the attention of the general public came when Emmy-winning series host of ‘The Tonight Show’, Jay Leno featured the motorcycle brand on ’Jay Leno's Garage’.
A web series found on YouTube that enjoys 1.6 million subscribers and over 245 million views, Jay Leno gives car reviews, motorcycle reviews, compares cars, and shares his passion and expertise on anything that rolls, explodes, and makes noise.
On the set of Jay Leno's Garage with Motus Founders - Source Motus
“Jay is without a doubt a very knowledgeable and down-to-earth gearhead. He applauded our effort, particularly with developing our own engine,” said Brian Case, design director for Motus. “He’s a huge fan of our V4 engine and has known about Motus for a while.”
Motus founders Lee Conn and Brian Case were invited to Jay Leno's Big Dog Garage earlier this month to tell Jay the story of how a small group of entrepreneurs set out in 2008 to make a motorcycle unlike any other.
Born out of a recession and developed with some of America’s most sophisticated engineering partners, Motus began shipping the world’s fastest production pushrod motorcycles to its network of US dealers in 2015. Motus also supplies its turn-key American V4 Baby Block powertrain to other builders and OEMs around the world for marine, off-road, and other powersports applications.
“Jay has a deep understanding of the rich history of American motorcycles and he helped us take a step back and appreciate where Motus fits into that lineage,” said Lee Conn, president of Motus. “This type of exposure is really important as we expand our dealer network and continue to spread our name and message out into the public eye”.
The Motus engine and its MST model - Source Motus
This is the second time Motus has enjoyed the attention of a celebrity. A Motus motorcycle was featured on AMC’s ‘Ride with Norman Reedus’ recently as the actor known for playing zombie-killing Daryl on the cable channels very popular ‘The Walking Dead’ rode with Jason Paul Michaels around Georgia. In this latest starring role, the episode of ’Jay Leno's Garage’ will give viewers the chance to see what Jay thinks about the Motus engine and motorcycle, including on-board commentary during his ride.
“It was pretty surreal to be chasing Jay Leno through the LA canyons, all on motorcycles that we developed from scratch,” said Case.
The episode featuring Motus motorcycle is scheduled to air Monday July 25th, here on YouTube or just watch below!