From Mo-Ped performance tuning to handmade small-displacement motorcycles, Devin Biek and Richard Worsham are traveling a unique path. The small company they have formed, Janus Motorcycles, is located in Indiana and employs primarily local vendors and artisans. The owners found that Mo-Ped enthusiasts demonstrated an interest in the type of small displacement, simple motorcycle design they have developed. Their first model is the Halcyon 50, which employs a two-stroke engine and unique styling that draws inspiration from the past. Below are brief excerpts from the Janus Motorcycle website, followed by the Halcyon 50 specs. You can read an interesting interview with one of the Janus Motorcycles’ founders here.
The goal of Janus Motorcycles has been to produce a line of simple, stylish, easy-to-ride and light-weight motorcycles that will appeal to a new generation of male and female riders.
Our bikes aren’t replicas; we haven’t designed them to exactly emulate a period from history. They are contemporary, practical machines that celebrate some of our favorite aspects of motorcycle design over the last century.
We are building motorcycles for all ages of men and women who may not see themselves as a “biker,” or doing 150mph, but who love the freedom, joy, and mobility that a motorcycle allows, especially if they can work on it themselves. We hope that what we are trying to accomplish is a step toward building a younger, broader generation of American riders, and ideally, a new American motorcycle company producing bikes ranging from 125 to 250cc’s.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Type: Water-cooled, case-inducted, 2-stroke single
Bore/Stroke: 39.86 X 40mm
Carburation: 17mm Dellorto carburetor
Lubrication: Mechanical oil pump
Starting System: Kick and electric
Exhaust: Tuned expansion chamber with stinger
Final Drive: Chain
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Fuel Capacity: 3 gallons
Oil capacity: 1 quart
FRAME, RUNNING GEAR & DISPLAYS
Frame: Tubular steel cradle
Wheels: Cast aluminum hubs with steel 36 spoke rims
Tires: Front 3.00X18, Back 3.50X18
Suspension: EBR hydraulic forks, hard-tail with sprung seat
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Instrumentation: Analog speedometer, turn indicator and neutral lights
Maximum Power: 9.8 hp
Maximum Speed: 55mph
Fuel Efficiency: Estimated 60+mpg