I bought a new motorcycle!
It's being hand-built right now and will be ready in a few weeks. The bike is made by Janus Motorcycles, a small American company in Indiana. I chose their newest model, the Halcyon 450. It's very light (360 lbs.) and offers nimble handing. The bike is designed for relaxed cruising, not fast racing.
Obviously the biggest appeal of the motorcycle is its retro-style. While most retro bikes today resemble 1960s motorcycles, Janus goes further back in time for inspiration -- to the 1930s. The Halcyon model recalls the famous Brough Superior SS100 which, in its heyday, was dubbed the "Rolls-Royce of motorcycles." The Halcyon comes with a name-plate on the front fender that can be customized; mine will be RH-104 which are my initials and the number of the house where I grew up.
The bike is olive green with gold pinstripes. Seat and matching saddlebags are made by nearby Amish craftsmen in natural brown leather.
The names? Janus was the ancient Roman god of time. Halcyon refers to the past when things were idyllic. Those words resonate with me now: I'm beginning a new phase of life and fondly remembering old times.
See ya on the road!