The Alpine Tunnel Trip – An Adventure on a Gryffin 250

The Alpine Tunnel Trip- Adventure on a Gryffin 250 By James Pekarek August 2nd, 2022: It’s sunny and cool as I walk out of the hotel in Gunnison, Colorado and begin the process of unloading Gryffin #109 (aka ‘Sherman’) from the trailer. With the bike unloaded, I make a few final checks before starting my…

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The Janus Motorcycles Feature List

The Janus Motorcycles Feature List At least in the United States, where motorcycles are rarely used as a sole means of transportation, the reason most of us ride motorcycles is something beyond a desire to get from point A to point B. We ride because we want to find something that is inaccessible in the…

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The Halcyon 450 Rear Suspension Design and History Part Two

The Halcyon 450 Rear Suspension Design and History Part Two This is the second of a two-part discussion of the Halcyon 450’s rear suspension design and history. To catch up on part one, click here! The Halcyon 450’s triangulated “cantilever” pivoted rear transom As early as the 1950’s, developments in racing would lead to a…

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The Janus 450 Engine: Part Two

The Janus 450 Engine: Part Two With the launch of the new Halcyon 450, I thought I would take a minute to discuss the heartbeat of the new machine: the engine. This is the second installment of a two part post that looks at our reasons for selecting the engine, its storied history, and journey…

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The Halcyon 450 Rear Suspension Design and History Part One

The Halcyon 450 Rear Suspension Design and History Part One This is the first of a two-part discussion of the Halcyon 450’s rear suspension design and history. To catch part two, click here! The Halcyon 450’s triangulated “cantilever” pivoted rear transom While the new Halcyon 450 shares much in common with its predecessors, the Halcyon…

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The Janus 450 Engine: Part One

The Janus 450 Engine: Part One With the launch of the new Halcyon 450, I thought I would take a minute to discuss the heartbeat of the new machine: the engine. I’ve written previously about the “bulletproof” heritage of our 250 engine and our reasons for selecting it: simplicity, ease of maintenance, reliability, and lightweight….

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Janus Halcyon 250 vs Dong Feng DF250 RTG

“Janus Halcyon 250 vs Dong Feng DF250 RTG” By Mark C. Zweig   I got my new Janus Halcyon in November of last year. Like many current and prospective Janus owners, I thought about buying a Janus for years before actually ordering one. I am a lifelong rider. I got my first motorcycle at age…

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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

You want a classic Motorcycle? Skip the dealers, buy factory direct. Read on. 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…

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