What Is a Scrambler Part Two: The “Reisenduro” Rennaissance

This is the second of a two-part discussion of the history of the off-road motorcycles, the scrambler, and Janus’ latest model, the Gryffin 450. To catch up on part one, click here! Starting in the late 60’s Belgian engineering teacher, Lucien Tilkens, began experimenting with a new rear suspension design capable of handling the high…

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What is a Scrambler Part One: A History of Specialization

In 2017 Janus Motorcycles launched the Gryffin 250, a knobby-tired “scrambler” addition to our 250 line which at that time included the more street-oriented Halcyon and Phoenix models. This first iteration of the Gryffin was essentially identical to the since discontinued soft-tail Phoenix model except that it featured the above-mentioned knobby tires and high-routed exhaust…

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The Rambler’s Companion Is Available Now!

Richard has been working on a book about the very different kind of lightweight, leisurely motorcycling we champion at Janus Motorcycles. Well, that book is now available on Amazon! Part treatise, part manifesto, part handbook, the Rambler’s Companion will fit on your shelf, bedside table, or motorcycle book rack! As our technological advances provide greater…

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Why Rambling Makes People’s Heads Explode

At Janus Motorcycles we catch a lot of flack. A lot of modern consumers believe that engine size is directly proportional to value. In this view the biggest engine should be the most expensive and the smallest the cheapest (we’ve been hearing this argument since we launched our handmade 50cc two stroke over a decade…

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A Good-Running 250

by Mark Zweig Of all the bikes I’ve owned over the last 53 years—that’s 300 plus—three of my top 10 motorcycles are 250s. The truth is that for 90-95 percent of the riding I do (or will ever do) at this point, a good-running 250 does everything I want it to do. The first of…

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Janus Podcast Episode 10 With Rob Brooks

We’ve just released our latest episode of “Why We Ride: The Janus Motorcycles Podcast”! In this episode, we speak with Rob Brooks of Road Dirt Magazine. Rob has been a writer and educator for decades, and a lifelong motorcycle rider. In 2019, after contributing for years to a variety of motorcycle magazines, Rob, with several writers & photographers…

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“Lighten Your Grip”

By Tom Neel Occasionally I hear riders talking, or read posts on the Janus Owner FaceBook Page, about issues with hand numbness or hands falling asleep. It’s certainly not uncommon to anything with handlebars and grips. In fact, my wife and I recently purchased E-bicycles, and she ran into this very problem. Point being, this…

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What is “Retro”?

As the founder and lead designer at a very small motorcycle manufacturer that often gets called “retro”, I’ve been pondering what that term means for quite some time. I believe there is more to be said on this, but here are some thoughts on the term and why our motorcycles look the way they do…

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