Company

Company

Janus Motorcycles co-founders, Devin Biek and Richard Worsham began with mo-peds: restoring, repairing, and customized vintage small displacement motorcycles and mo-peds for clients across the country. It became apparent that what many customers found attractive about vintage mo-peds, especially top-tank models like the Puch Magnum, was their scale, zip, and the way they fostered a do-it-yourself connection between owner and machine.  They were essentially very small, fun motorcycles.  There is an increasing demand among young city dwellers for a small, sleek, practical motorcycle for commuting and short excursions. Other than low-quality scooters, only older European mo-peds and Japanese bikes are available here in the States. American consumers don’t have many options if they’re looking for a stylish new light-weight motorcycle.

Through their experience with Devin’s company, Motion Left, in manufacturing performance parts, including handlebars, exhaust systems, intakes, clutch upgrades, sprockets, seats, and fuel tanks, they built up a healthy network of local craftsmen and suppliers in the heartland of American manufacturing. In a sense, Janus is reinventing the motorcycle beginning with the clarity of design that was possible 50 years ago, including contemporary features like water-cooling, electronic ignition, and hydraulic forks.

Janus employs five skilled craftsmen to bend, form, and weld its frames and tanks, and contracts with local specialists for leather goods, fenders, cutting, machining, engraving, chroming, and painting. Devin and Richard lead product design and development, quality assurance, testing, and final fit and finish. Janus Motorcycles is a federally licensed vehicle manufacturer. Each bike is supplied with a VIN number and is titled and road-legal.

TEAM

Devin Biek and Richard Worsham share almost fifteen years of small engine tuning and building experience and have sold numerous custom bikes around the country. Together they have designed and built a number of high-end custom bikes and performance parts and decided in the spring of 2011 to design, build and market a completely original motorcycle line based on the concept of simplicity, ease of operation and maintenance, light-weight, and style. Natasha joined the team in the fall of 2012 bringing a wealth of experience and training in business, financials, and tech. She manages the business end of Janus, although you’ll often find her turning a wrench.