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Reviews & press

industry reviews


Artisanal Ambitions: 2018 Janus Gryffin

“Steering is light and direct, and the chassis feels well sorted and of a piece. Balance front and rear is excellent, and it's easy to push your body around to get more or less weight — and traction — where you want it. The little 229cc single fires up on the button, needing only a short bit of warm up before you switch the choke off and head out.”


"A bike that conjures up the joy of motorcycling isn’t the sharply-aerodynamic, grossly-overpowered modern motorcycle; it’s a bike like the pared-down Halcyon or Phoenix that creates an experience for the rider, an evocation of a simpler time."

— The Wilkinson Brothers, Goodspark Garage


"My overall impression of both motorcycles was they are a blast to ride. Light and agile are great attributes, whether for inner city commuting or blasting down the back roads. The engine was up to the challenge..."

—Panhead Jim, Revzilla


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“Exquisite motorcycles with style and a unique character. Motorcycles that can take you through Baja and bring you back safely.  Motorcycles with a soul. A motorcycle with which you can form a bond.” - Joe Berk, ExhuastNotes Blog


Video Reviews


Press


Motorcycles With One Foot in the Future and One in the Past

“The Halcyons from Janus Motorcycles, assembled in an old dry cleaner’s shop in Goshen, Ind., look like machines built back in the town’s heyday.”


The Simple Beauty of the Custom-Built ‘Café Racer’ Motorcycle


“The Janus lineup capitalizes on the growing demand for unintimidating bikes that harken back to a simpler time. Since a new generation of beginning riders is emerging, the Janus machines were developed to be mechanically simple in order for owners to learn self-maintenance as an essential and time-honored aspect of the motorcycle experience.”


Meet Your Maker Spotlight On Janus Motorcycles

From the heart of Amish Indiana comes 250cc motorcycles to charm and enjoy…

Customer Reviews

Read some of our customers' experiences riding and owning a Janus Motorcycle!


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"I attended “Discovery Day” today. I came with outsized expectations, and was overwhelmed by the authenticity and warmth of the co-owners and their wonderful staff. Their presentations were well done and the test rides on several of the bikes through the beautiful countryside surrounding Goshen were most useful in making the decision to place an order. As one who has been looking for an American made, beautifully hand-crafted, small displacement motorcycle, it has been found, at Janus, in Goshen. Thanks to all the crew for a great day!" - Paul Miller


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"Love the look of the bike..."Classic/Antique"...that's what sold me on it. Janus is a young company and competing in a big market, but you guys have a great passion for what you do. I know you will only grow as a producer of a truly unique motorcycle not offered by any of the big manufactures. Anyone looking for something fresh and different, a Janus is a strong contender. When riding my Halcyon I truly feel I am riding something special, a bike I am sure will become a classic."

- Chris D. #141


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"We do own and enjoy other heavy larger motorcycles. As seniors, riding our Halcyon #179 reminds us of the fun we had 50-60 years ago as kids, riding small engine bikes through the countryside on gravel roads and on our farm. It is a more maneuverable ride. The nostalgic appearance is beautiful and brings about conversations with others at most every stop. Making new acquaintances, crossing paths with others makes life special. Having a simpler machine, rather than a lot of fancy unnecessary parts is like decluttering. We liked the idea of purchasing a product made from a company whose choices and priorities are local and supporting a company that has this very special beginning story. It is our new 'date night' machine!"

- Valerie & Rick Hammond (Iowa), Halcyon 250 #179


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"Love my Halcyon! This is the bike I ride the most, while my big, factory bike sits in the garage." - David JM-138


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"I began following Janus Motorcycles a year or so before the Halcyons were built, when they were in bare-metal design work. In good faith and trust, I placed my order for Halcyon #008 many months before design work was completed.

A great effort has been made by friends at Janus, to provide excellent help and personal direction to maintain and upgrade my motorcycle. Parts are well made with more than a bit of esthetic artfulness. Janus Motorcycles has outperformed all other companies that I have ever experienced, standing behind their product in every regard. The Janus company has successfully learned and developed strong business principles as they have grown from an idea to now connecting with many people across the country.

It is fun to keep bike in top condition; and it is straightforward and easy to maintain. I enjoy calling from Oregon to talk with Devin, Richard, and Jaclyn in Goshen. Their return calls have been quick, friendly... and encouraging. I am more secure in watching over my motorcycle than taking it to a shop. The only need I have had to take my Halcyon motorcycle to a shop was to insure that my two year warranty was kept in force. I believe Janus Motorcycles is the best source to answer questions and provide direction and maintenance solutions.

I am surprised how much I enjoy the machine each time I ride; it is fun to visit with people everywhere along the way. I regularly follow Janus Motorcycles on-line, and watch what the other motorcycle Janus riders are up to and their stories.

I am very satisfied with the entire Janus Motorcycles experience."

- Steve Maricle, Halcyon #008


Outstanding company! I love the Halcyon I ordered, they make an excellent product! The staff go out of their way to make the experience unforgettable! I highly recommend to anyone thinking about purchasing a motorcycle.
— Ryan P.
Incredible Motorcycle Company.  American manufacturing pride at it’s best.  Devin and Richard are taking small displacement bikes to a whole new level.  If you want to get back to the basics and fun of motorcycling, jump on a Janus.
— Gary
Brilliant concept! A machine that, in styling, mimics historical motorcycles, yet flawlessly blends modern safety features into the design. Well done Janus!
— Steve S.
The service was pleasant, complete and 100% professional. Looking forward to watching you grow.
— Eric
“I went to their first Discovery Day and was sold on not only the bikes but also Janus and the people working there too. Their enthusiasm really shows. A couple of months later I ordered a Halcyon...This bike is really fun to ride and never fails to draw attention. One other thing, Devin, Richard and the rest of the crew at Janus are always helpful if you have any questions.”
— David
Best group to work with! I picked up my bike this August! If you haven’t ordered your bike yet, don’t wait.
— Ryan B.
“Getting to chat with everyone at Janus and test ride their products was amazing, especially after seeing the way they pour their hearts and souls into their work...This kind of spirit of customer service and entrepreneurial passion is awesome, and they bring it to life with surprising power, just like their bikes (which have a surprising amount of acceleration, by the way). You will not be disappointed!”
— Michael

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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!

My best,

Brandon, Halcyon #013


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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!

Christian, Phoenix #010
Wabash, IN

 

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