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Across America on a Janus Motorcycle – Part 1

PREPARATION:   Over the past two years we have been visited here at Janus by a strange motorcyclist, fully geared up on his 1200cc Bavarian steed with many upgrades and “farkles” as they are termed in the adventure and sport touring motorcycling world. Farkle is a portmanteau of function and sparkle, and is also claimed to…

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Janus Takes California

Great news: we’ve received our California Air Resource Board (CARB) approval. Our motorcycles are now available for registration in California! The CARB testing process happened concurrently with our EPA testing, but it was a wholly different test. CARB certification is largely interested in limiting evaporative emissions, so any possible outlet for un-combusted gasoline (fuel cap,…

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Richard’s Cross-Country Trip on a Halcyon 250

Richard Worsham, co-founder of Janus Motorcycles, departs Monday, May 28th on a cross country trip from San Francisco to New York City on a Halcyon 250. He, along with a handful of other riders, are duplicating the historic trip that George Wyman, the first person to cross the contiguous US on a motorized vehicle, took in…

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Janus Motorcycles Receives EPA Certification

Press Release: Janus Motorcycles receives full EPA certification for their 250 model line Goshen, Indiana (January 23, 2018) —  After nearly two years of development and testing, Janus Motorcycles of Goshen, Indiana received full EPA certification for their 250 line of small-displacement motorcycles. This allows them to fully scale their production, shorten their production time, and…

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Making a Motorcycle: Aluminum Fuel Tanks

Both our Phoenix and Halcyon fuel tanks are the product of many hours of deliberation, design, and iteration. They draw from classic motorcycle designs in their inspiration and our own vision for how our motorcycles should look and feel. And they’re also the product of the constraints we operate within. Janus Motorcycles is a small…

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Part Five: What are you paying for?

We, as a small business, operate in the global economy, and the motorcycle market is full of massive manufacturers that make incredible products at a low price. How do we compete? In a competitive market, our size—both in CC’s and units shipped—helps us make our customers happy and our motorcycles uniquely remarkable… and also more expensive. Could…

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Part Four: The Best Tool for the Job

We use an imported motor. We get a lot of questions about it! So, let’s dig in. Our motor is imported from mainland China, which is incidentally the same place your smartphone, toaster, and components for your neighbor’s Harley Davidson, or your other neighbor’s Honda may have come from. Some of it is very poor quality; much of…

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Part Three: Classic is Current

Janus Motorcycles are, simply put, made to stand the test of time. From our manufacturing standards, to our choice of motor (which we’ll come to later in the series), to our style, we want to build a product that will look great and perform wonderfully for many many years. When it comes to design, we…

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Part Two: Small Business

Janus Motorcycles is—in some respects—a small business out of necessity (just like any start-up manufacturer), and while we’re growing and growing, we’re not married to the idea of un-ending growth. Part of what makes us excited to do what we do each day is that each member of our small team has their hands on…

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Part One: Small Bikes

We get a lot of questions in the day to day of our business that mostly boil down to a big “WHY?” Why buy a Janus Motorcycle over a ____? Why didn’t you put a bigger engine in? Why don’t you _____? Why does it cost what it does? So, we decided to put together…

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