Brandon - Halcyon #13
I’m always looking for an adventure and motorbike travel is typically at the top of my list. When I ordered the Halcyon 250 from Janus Motorcycles I knew I wanted to have some type of adventure with it. I ordered the bike early, while Janus was still in the prototype stage, and was able to watch Richard and Devin develop a motorcycle I felt confident could make a long trip. After traveling from New Mexico to Indiana via one truck, two vans, two planes and two trains I arrived at the Janus shop where Richard and Devin presented me with the beautiful Halcyon 250. Before even sitting on it, I knew the motorcycle was up to the task.
My plan was to ride from Goshen, Indiana to Harrisonville, Missouri, a trip that would take me approximately 655 miles across the American Heartland. After visiting the shop and having lunch with Richard and Devin, I hit the road. I planned my route through small towns across Indiana, Illinois and Missouri. Everyone I met had questions and compliments about the bike. In fact, it was a bit hard to get back on the road at times. Most people wanted to know if it was vintage. Some thought it was a Harley, others thought it was an Indian, and everyone loved it.
I rode past miles and miles of cornfields and soybean fields. I rode over the Illinois, the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. I rode in the sun and the rain (for 250 miles) and through it all, the Halcyon 250 did great! My journey across the Heartland was short but sweet! I traveled the distance in two days; 263 miles on day one and 390 miles day two. I safely met back up with my wife and kids in Missouri for our Fourth of July holiday where I enjoyed several shorter rides on the back roads of Missouri. We trailered the bike 795 miles back home to New Mexico a week later.
Life has returned to normal and I’m back to dreaming up the next adventure on the Halcyon 250, a new American motorcycle!
Christian - Phoenix 250 #10
I've always been a scooter guy, vintage, new it didn't matter. I loved making small things go faster and loved the look - especially of my 1964 Vespa VBB 150. There haven't been many times when I haven't had something on 2-wheels in my garage, until last year. I had to end up selling my vintage Vespa reluctantly, but knew I would eventually buy another as soon as I could. Fast forward to almost a year and a half later... I started searching for Vespas again, but accidentally stumbled across the Janus Motorcycles Facebook page that a few of my friends had "liked" and as I started researching them more, I knew that I had to have a Phoenix 250. It looked different than any other bike, plus it was small, nimble and the speeds on it seemed just about right for me.
I decided to call Janus to see what was available if any as it was so late in the year. I had noticed a few weeks prior to my research that there was a cream one at a nearby restaurant in Winona Lake. When I talked to Josiah, he said that the cream one was available, so we set up a time to meet there and he brought a demo bike for me to ride. I immediately fell in love with the Phoenix. I left Josiah a deposit for the cream one that night and they delivered it to my house in a couple days. I immediately started riding that weekend and have been riding as much as possible ever since. In fact I have put over 1500 miles on it in just a few short months of owning it.
The guys at Janus are great. I had a couple small issues that they immediately took care of and went above and beyond any expectations. The bike performs flawlessly and I have to say I get more attention on this thing than any car, bike or scooter I've ever ridden. I can't wait til spring arrives to hop back on and put another 1500 miles on it. Thanks guys!