A team of just 15 people operating out of an old laundromat in downtown Goshen has built a product so impressive that it has attracted the attention from Jay Leno, the White House, the New York Times and Google – just to name a few.
Janus Motorcycles was born in 2011 out of a friendship between Richard Worsham and Devin Biek, who turned their shared love for vintage mopeds into a passion for creating classic motorcycles.
Janus sells three models – the best-selling model is the Halcyon 250 – which are all powered by the same small and easy-to-maintain engine.
“It’s designed for people who want a close and personal connection with their bike, the road and the passing landscape,” Worsham said. “The Halcyon can take you on a joy ride down a winding country road as easily as it can zip through the crowded downtown streets of a city.”
The Halycon 250 weighs in at just 263 pounds but can reach speeds of 70 mph. Although it’s small, the bike is mighty enough to carry Worsham, who is 6-foot-6, on a motorcycle trip across the country.
“We wanted something with enough power to hit the highway for short stints and to accelerate from a stoplight with a grin on your face,” Worsham said. “We were also looking for an engine that could be maintained using the tools in most people’s garage. What we wanted was the simplest, most reliable motorcycle engine in the world.”
Aside from the engine, nearly every piece of the bike is made within 20 miles of Goshen. Through word-of-mouth referrals, Janus Motorcycles has built a unique supply chain that includes many Amish craftsmen.
“We draw on the Elkhart County spirit of manufacturing to create simple, beautiful machines that are a joy to own and ride,” Biek said. “The craftsmanship found in our community is unmatched. We call Goshen home for a reason.”
Janus is a small business that hand-manufactures motorcycles with classic style, bulletproof power, and a thrilling, lightweight ride experience. Janus builds to order and ships direct from the small factory in Goshen, Indiana.
211 S. Fifth St.
Goshen, IN 46528
“It’s designed for people who want a close and personal connection with their bike, the road and the passing landscape. The Halcyon can take you on a joy ride down a winding country road as easily as it can zip through the crowded downtown streets of a city.”