I. CLASSIC DESIGN
Janus’ namesake is the Roman god of time, transitions, and the road, whose two faces look to the past and the future.
Watch our Youtube playlist on the 250 series prototyping process to see how our own history and motorcycling history at large has informed our design. Then, read more below about some of the tenets of our classic design.
The Featherbed frame is one of the most decorated and revolutionary designs in motorcycling history. The simple double-cradle design has been put through its paces on nearly every race course in the world, as well as on millions of consumer machines through the 20th century. It provides incredible stability and ability for our small displacement designs, while allowing easy access to all components and maintaining a low weight.
A Tradition of Classicism
We believe that that past is a great resource for today’s motorcycle designs. Motorcycles are a perfect canvas for explorations of form and function, and there is a rich centuries-long tradition of motorcycle designs that aim to strike the perfect balance between the two. At Janus, our designs seek to carry on that tradition. We don’t seek to reinvent the wheel (or the rest of the motorcycle, for that matter), but spend our time advancing and honoring the essence of two-wheeled travel.
Open & Accessible Design
We believe that understanding your motorcycle encourages confidence, which in turn, increases enjoyment. Our open and accessible design allows owners of all skill levels to learn about, maintain, and appropriately care for their motorcycle. More intricate, technologically complex systems may provide significant competitive advantages to the upper echelon of motorcycle racers in the world, but fail to provide more confidence and enjoyment to everyday riders, and in fact alienate new riders or riders looking for appropriate speed and weight for their needs.
II. MIDWESTERN HAND-MANUFACTURING
We’ve built our business around keeping the human element in each motorcycle, merging the best of custom building with modern manufacturing. The result is a motorcycle that avoids the quirks and pitfalls of custom one-offs, but retains its one-of-a-kind soul in a market of one-of-a-million machines. Heart and soul are built into every Halcyon 250.
Watch a short montage of our manufacturing processes and learn more about the materials & details in each Halcyon 250 below.
Durable & Beautiful Materials - Stainless steel and hand-formed and welded aluminum provide corrosion-resistance and long life for our fuel tanks, exhausts, rear brake levers, pegs, and other “high traffic” components. Powder-coated DOM steel tubing comprises our strong and durable frame. Anodized aluminum rims and stainless spokes ensure long wheel life and resist corrosion. Full grain leather and durable marine-grade vinyl provides beautiful and durable seating & detail. Industrial-grade powder coat ensures durability and longevity.
Precision & Detail - From hand-laid enamel striping and graphics to precision-machined axles to hand cut-and-sewn leather components, the details of each Janus motorcycle charm owners and onlookers alike.
III. PROPER POWER FOR EVERYDAY RIDING
The Bulletproof Janus 229 - Janus’ 229cc engine is a marvel of mechanical engineering. The Janus 229 is the standard-bearer and descendant of the Honda CG-line of engines developed for complete reliability and durability under the harshest conditions. Its single cam operates both intake and exhaust valves with two stout pushrods, and lies in the base of the crankcase, sharing the oil reservoir with both the piston and transmission. Manufactured in China by one of the largest engine manufacturers in the world, it is widely used (and abused) worldwide. We have re-purposed this workhorse engine to provide easy, reliable power to our lightweight designs. In the lab, it has proven its long-term efficiency and consistency by passing the duration of US EPA and California ARB testing (9,000km) with under half all emissions limits, with projected emissions (18,000km) also under half the limit.
Nimble and quick - All Janus models weigh about 265 pounds. The light unit weight, paired with the Janus 229 powerplant provides direct, quick power through its entire range of speeds. A 3-inch front and 3.5-inch rear tire width aids in quick acceleration. Ikon shocks and our proprietary leading-link suspension ensure direct and intuitive handling. In concert, the drivetrain and unit weight of the Janus 250 series provides surprising quickness and a uniquely thrilling direct sense of speed in everyday riding.