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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Someone's Got A Case of the "Wants"

So, my fellow biker Mopar posts a link on my Facebook page: Janus Motorcycles

They make retro-throwback motorcycles reminiscent of the art deco machines of the 1920s and 30s. Right now, they've got one model available, a 50cc version called the Halcyon (cute, no?). The styling really calls to me:

(picture from the Janus website).

Now, nearly $4K on its own, over $5K delivered is just a little too rich for a sharp-looking scooter. As I told Mopar, though - if the tough economy were to force them to drop the price to around $2K, I'd drive out to get one (he said he'd come with and split the gas!). It's got a top speed of 55 MPH, meaning that highway travel would be tetchy, but for all around town driving it'd be perfect. My commute is strictly backroads with a top speed limit of 40, so I could ride this back and forth to work all week long.

And at 60+ MPG and a 3 gallon tank, I'd only have to fill it up once a week, and even at $4/gallon it'd only cost me $12 to do that. The Dodge Earthf**ker takes that by Tuesday morning - in a little over a year I'd make that back, maybe two years at New England riding conditions. Hmmm. Okay, yes, I am trying to justify another toy - but at 50cc it doesn't require much more than a plate - no insurance needed... And it's got a certain retro-cool to it, without the major restoration price. And very simple maintenance costs...

Curse you, Mopar...

That is all.

9 comments:

Jeff the Baptist said...

Can you register it as a moped in Mass?

ZerCool said...

You know, if they'd beef up the motor to 100-125cc, that'd have enough ass to handle 55mph highway, still get 50-60mpg, and not screw up some truly gorgeous lines.

zdogk9 said...

Want hell! You got NEED!

Dave H said...

Wow, that would be a hard one to walk away from, but where I live and work it wouldn't be practical for commuting.

When I first got my MC license I looked at a Royal Enfield Military model. It's based on the Bullet cafe racers. It had a 125cc 4 cycle engine and ammo box panniers. They don't make them any more, unfortunately, or I'd probably get one now.

Old NFO said...

Damn, between you and Pitchpull, you've got me looking at an old BSA Lightning...

Mopar said...

I believe in most states this would still have to be registered/insured as a motorcycle, because of it's 6 speed transmission, horsepower rating, and top speed. Still, those fees are usually based on those very same things, so as far as motorcycles go, licensing should be fairly cheap.

I did some digging into the background of the company. The founder and his partner both have a background in moped/scooter restoration and performance, so I think for their first bike they are staying close to their comfort zone. The cofounder owns a company specializing in moped performance parts (a niche market yes, but they can make a single speed 50cc moped go over 70mph!) and the founder worked for him doing restorations. They hope to release other models in the 125-250cc range if the Halcyon sells. Their next bike is planned to be modeled after a 60's British racer, and then one inspired by 1970s Grand Prix bikes.

Mopar said...

NFO: Don't forget you'll also need to track down a set of Whitworth tools to work on that old Beezer.

Mopar said...

According to Massachusetts law, a moped is a "motorized bicycle." In order to be classified as a moped, the vehicle must:

•Have a cylinder capacity of no more than 50 cubic centimeters.
•Have an automatic transmission.
•Be capable of a maximum speed of no more than 30 miles per hour.

There ya go, it's still a motorcycle. A very cool little motorcycle.

Ross said...

Jay, you suck.

That said... when you pack up the Earthf*cker to go pick yours up, I can share driving and gas costs if you'll make room in the back for mine.