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.
We see ourselves participating in a now-forgotten “startup culture.” Harley set up shop in a 10’x15’ shed, Buell in an barely-heated barn. It’s hard to think that the world can still operate like that in an age of start-up software firms. We approach manufacturing with a practical, innovative attitude, in the same way that Harley-Davidson started off in 1903: adding a lot of hard work to the promise of something great. We are extremely proud to be a part of that tradition.
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.
Devin has years of experience designing, testing and tuning expansion chamber exhaust systems and has over a decade of experience tuning and racing smaller bikes. Devin founded Motion Left Mopeds in 2003 to serve the growing international vintage mo-ped movement. The company is now the leading manufacturer of hand-crafted two stroke exhausts, performance parts, seats, and tools supplying that market.
Richard is a classically trained architect, designer, and artist, and has been designing vehicles from an early age. He has designed products for Indigan Cycle Products, MLM, and specializes in hand-drafting, watercolour rendering, and computer modeling. He has been collaborating with Motion Left Mopeds for the last five years while working on his Masters degree in architecture at the University of Notre Dame.
Natasha holds a degree in Mathematics and a recent Masters in Engineering, Science, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. She has experience in design and fabrication, start up funding, and collecting and interpreting data. She runs Janus’s daily operations and overseas the company’s financial activities, procurement, and shipping, in addition to handling dealer and customer relations.
“Devin II” is a student at Michigan State University focusing on Supply Chain Management. He spent the last year as a part-time curator at a large private motorcycle collection and working in a magnesium die facility. He spends several days a week on the assembly floor as well as procuring Janus components from vendors.
Jordan is a 4th year student majoring in Automotive Design at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. His portfolio includes studio work with Harley Davidson, and TARDEC, and product design studios abroad. At Janus, Jordan has been tasked with the design of the new Phoenix model fuel tank, component illustration, and concept design for our 250cc models.