What you're looking at here is a brand-new, small-displacement motorcycle from Janus, though you'd be forgiven for thinking the machine is some restored relic from the 1920s. Devin Biek and Richard Worsham got it into their heads to start building new bikes borrowing design references from their favorite antique two-wheelers, after noticing how many moped enthusiasts were working to convert their budget rides into more capable machines. The result is the Janus Halcyon 50, and the creation is powered by a liquid-cooled 50cc two-stroke engine.

A six-speed transmission puts power to the rear wheel via a chain drive, and the whole contraption is good for a top speed of 55 miles per hour. Biek and Worsham also say the Halcyon 50 can net you 60 miles per gallon, which means the bike has a range of 180 miles thanks to the 3-gallon polished aluminum fuel tank. What's more, we hear tell the engine can be easily upgraded to generate around twice the horsepower.

With its 18-inch wheels, leather saddle and hardtail configuration, the Halcyon 50 pulls at our heartstrings in a big way. Each bike is built in Goshen, Indiana, and Janus contracts local Amish workers to bend and weld the company's frames. Sinfully cool. If you want one, the company will politely ask for $3,900.

You can check the company out over at the Janus Motorcycles site.


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      Kwijiboz
      • 2 Years Ago
      My god, all these comments re fuel consumption?? Who gives a **** It's a micro scale operation producing dinstinctive bikes, and like all works of art some will scratch their heads wondering 'why?' while others will sell an arm to own one.
      Richard Worsham
      • 2 Years Ago
      60mpg is an extremely conservative estimate based on the modified prototype. Stock bikes will experience astounding efficiency. I should mention that this is not meant to compete with 250cc budget bikes--it's a hand made, high quality bike for people looking for extreme light weight and a distinctive aesthetic.
      56Jalopy
      • 2 Years Ago
      If it will keep up with city traffic I will ride it. NICE.
      justin
      • 2 Years Ago
      50cc qualifies as Moped, at least in WI. No special license designation required.
      hotrolled50
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can understand the attraction to the retro styling, but only 60 MPG. My 2009 Royal Enfield gets 60 MPG, can go 75 MPH and I get at least one person everyday asking how old the bike is. A new one is $5000 - $7000 grand but hardly used ones run 3 - 4k and you can put a sidecar on it for extra fun and utility. thumbs up for a cool idea but not for me http://www.fuelly.com/dashboard/
      Hajime1990 #follow
      • 2 Years Ago
      well $3900 isnt terribly expensive, if this was a ducati.
      mookieblaylock
      • 2 Years Ago
      that bike is wrong on so many levels
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      You can't spell Janus without Anus. Coincidence?
      Rexxer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Or you could get a ninja 250 that gets over 70 mpg , goes 120 mph and looks much much better.
        Graham Smith
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rexxer
        Yeah but im guessing if your looking at moped/bikes that look like this your not cross shopping the Ninja 250 its each to their own.
          ابوذر ڀرڳڙي
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Graham Smith
          This motorcycle is just NOT as capable as it could be* Sorry, typo.
          PheelACCD
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Graham Smith
          That's just your taste man. I doubt anyone will choose this bike for its mpg rating. It will be for its looks and uniqueness. I wouldn't buy a Ninja for sh*t personally, because I find it ugly.
        NissanGTR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rexxer
        The Ninja nets between 50-60mpg real world. and will peak 105mph on a very good day.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Aaron
        • 2 Years Ago
        My Suzuki Bandit 600 gets 55 MPG with me having fun. The Bandit has 75 HP and can do wheelies through the first three gears. How is it that this piece of garbage only gets 60 MPG?
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Aaron
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      d
      • 2 Years Ago
      For $3000 you can buy a good Korean 250cc motorcycle that can easily hit 90mph and gets 60+mpg. Or for $1000 you can pick up a used Honda Passport that can hit 55mph, gets over 100mpg, and will never break down. Other than the look of this thing, it is a complete waste of money.
      Meh...
      • 2 Years Ago
      I dunno. Seems more a rich kid's toy than practical. For that much I'd rather get a vintage Honda CB with more power and have spare change to make it into a sweet cafe bike.
        joeboarder108
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Meh...
        Yup, all you'd have to do is replace the wiring harness, the tires, the hoses, the chain, the cables, and the carb boots; sand and paint the frame; clean the carbs and gas tank; check the valve clearance; and you're good to go. Did you say something about rich kid's toys?
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