The Janus 450 Engine: Part Two

The Janus 450 Engine: Part Two With the launch of the new Halcyon 450, I thought I would take a minute to discuss the heartbeat of the new machine: the engine. This is the second installment of a two part post that looks at our reasons for selecting the engine, its storied history, and journey…

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The Halcyon 450 Rear Suspension Design and History

The Halcyon 450 Rear Suspension Design and History Part One The Halcyon 450’s triangulated “cantilever” pivoted rear transom While the new Halcyon 450 shares much in common with its predecessors, the Halcyon 50 and 250, perhaps one of the most significant differences to the design is the addition of rear suspension. While the 250 can…

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The Janus 450 Engine: Part One

The Janus 450 Engine: Part One With the launch of the new Halcyon 450, I thought I would take a minute to discuss the heartbeat of the new machine: the engine. I’ve written previously about the “bulletproof” heritage of our 250 engine and our reasons for selecting it: simplicity, ease of maintenance, reliability, and lightweight….

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Janus Halcyon 250 vs Dong Feng DF250 RTG

“Janus Halcyon 250 vs Dong Feng DF250 RTG” By Mark C. Zweig   I got my new Janus Halcyon in November of last year. Like many current and prospective Janus owners, I thought about buying a Janus for years before actually ordering one. I am a lifelong rider. I got my first motorcycle at age…

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Part Five: What are you paying for?

We, as a small business, operate in the global economy, and the motorcycle market is full of massive manufacturers that make incredible products at a low price. How do we compete? In a competitive market, our size—both in CC’s and units shipped—helps us make our customers happy and our motorcycles uniquely remarkable… and also more expensive. Could…

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Part Four: The Best Tool for the Job

We use an imported motor. We get a lot of questions about it! So, let’s dig in. Our motor is imported from mainland China, which is incidentally the same place your smartphone, toaster, and components for your neighbor’s Harley Davidson, or your other neighbor’s Honda may have come from. Some of it is very poor quality; much of…

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Part Three: Classic is Current

You want a classic Motorcycle? Skip the dealers, buy factory direct. Read on. Janus Motorcycles are, simply put, made to stand the test of time. From our manufacturing standards, to our choice of motor (which we’ll come to later in the series), to our style, we want to build a product that will look great…

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Part Two: Small Business

Beyond motorcycle manufacturing, we skip dealers and sell factory direct because we like getting to know our owners! Janus Motorcycles is—in some respects—a small business out of necessity (just like any small manufacturer), and while we’re growing and growing, we’re not married to the idea of unending growth. Part of what makes us excited to…

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Part One: Small Bikes

We get a lot of questions in the day-to-day of our business that mostly boil down to a big “WHY?” Why buy a Janus Motorcycle over a ____? Why didn’t you put a bigger engine in? Why don’t you _____? Why does it cost what it does? So, we decided to put together a small…

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