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Industry Reviews

Goodspark Garage

Test Ride: Janus Motorcycles Review

A bike that conjures up the joy of motorcycling isn’t the sharply-aerodynamic, grossly-overpowered modern motorcycle; it’s a bike like the pared-down Halcyon or Phoenix that creates an experience for the rider, an evocation of a simpler time.

— The Wilkinson Brothers

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Motorcycle Classics

Artisanal Ambitions: 2018 Janus Gryffin

Steering is light and direct, and the chassis feels well sorted and of a piece. Balance front and rear is excellent, and it's easy to push your body around to get more or less weight — and traction — where you want it. The little 229cc single fires up on the button, needing only a short bit of warm up before you switch the choke off and head out.

— Richard Backus

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Janus Motorcycles Halcyon and Phoenix 250 first ride reviews

My overall impression of both motorcycles was they are a blast to ride. Light and agile are great attributes, whether for inner city commuting or blasting down the back roads. The engine was up to the challenge...

— Panhead Jim

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Exhaust Notes

Janus: The men, the motorcycles, Mexico, and Made In America!

Exquisite motorcycles with style and a unique character. Motorcycles that can take you through Baja and bring you back safely. Motorcycles with a soul. A motorcycle with which you can form a bond.

— Joe Berk, ExhuastNotes Blog

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Video Reviews


The New York Times

Motorcycles with one foot in the future and one in the past

The Halcyons from Janus Motorcycles, assembled in an old dry cleaner’s shop in Goshen, Ind., look like machines built back in the town’s heyday.

— New York Times

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The Wall Street Journal

The simple beauty of the custom-built 'cafe-racer' motorcycle

Don’t let the aggressive look of a café racer scare you. These rides—from Analog, Janus, Kott, Loaded Gun and Walt Siegl Motorcycles—are all about the elegance and speed of the basics.

— Jonathan Welsh

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Robb Report

Simply Sublime: Janus Motorcycles Builds Bikes for a New Brand of Rider

The Janus lineup capitalizes on the growing demand for unintimidating bikes that harken back to a simpler time. Since a new generation of beginning riders is emerging, the Janus machines were developed to be mechanically simple in order for owners to learn self-maintenance as an essential and time-honored aspect of the motorcycle experience.

— Jeff Buchanan

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Cycle World

Meet Your Maker Spotlight on Janus Motorcycles

From the heart of Amish Indiana comes 250cc motorcycles to charm and enjoy…

— Gaz Boulanger

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Customer Reviews

A machine that, in styling, mimics historical motorcycles, yet flawlessly blends modern safety features into the design. Well done Janus!

— Steve S.

The service was pleasant, complete and 100% professional.

— Eric

Incredible Motorcycle Company. Devin and Richard are taking small-displacement bikes to a whole new level. If you want to get back to the basics and fun of motorcycling, jump on a Janus.

— Gary

I picked up my bike this August! If you haven’t ordered your bike yet, don’t wait.

— Ryan B.

I went to their first Discovery Day and was sold on the bikes, as well as Janus and their people. A couple of months later, I ordered a Halcyon. This bike is really fun to ride and never fails to draw attention.

— David

I love the Halcyon I ordered, they make an excellent product! The staff goes out of their way to make the experience unforgettable! I highly recommend to anyone thinking about purchasing a motorcycle.

— Ryan P.

Getting to chat with everyone at Janus and test ride their products was amazing, especially after seeing the way they pour their hearts and souls into their work. This kind of spirit of customer service and entrepreneurial passion is awesome, and they bring it to life with surprising power.

— Michael

I attended “Discovery Day” today. I came with outsized expectations, and was overwhelmed by the authenticity and warmth of the co-owners and their wonderful staff. The test rides through the beautiful countryside surrounding Goshen were useful in making the decision.

— Paul Miller

This is the bike I ride the most, while my big, factory bike sits in the garage.

— David JM-138

Janus is a young company competing in a big market, but you guys have a great passion for what you do. Anyone looking for something fresh and different, a Janus is a strong contender. When riding my Halcyon I truly feel I am riding something special, a bike I am sure will become a classic.

— Chris D. #141

A great effort has been made by friends at Janus to provide excellent help and personal direction. Parts are well made with more than a bit of aesthetic artfulness. Janus Motorcycles has outperformed all other companies that I have ever experienced, standing behind their product in every regard.

— Steve Maricle, Halcyon #008

Riding our Halcyon #179 reminds us of the fun we had 50-60 years ago as kids riding small engine bikes through the countryside on gravel roads. The nostalgic appearance is beautiful and brings about conversations with others at most every stop.

— Valerie & Rick Hammond (Iowa), Halcyon 250 #179

I’m always looking for an adventure and motorbike travel is typically at the top of my list. When I ordered the Halcyon 250 from Janus Motorcycles I knew I wanted to have some type of adventure with it. Most people wanted to know if it was vintage. Some thought it was a Harley, others thought it was an Indian, and everyone loved it.

— Brandon, Halcyon #013

The guys at Janus are great. I had a couple of small issues that they immediately took care of and went above and beyond any expectations. The bike performs flawlessly and I have to say I get more attention on this thing than any car, bike or scooter I've ever ridden. Thanks, guys!

— Christian, Phoenix #010 Wabash, IN