Wednesday, November 9, 2022

New Motorcycle!

My new motorcycle has finally arrived!

You may recall I ordered this bike back in March. It took a long time because the motorcycle was hand-made by a small company in Indiana (Janus Motorcycles). The company builds only 100 bikes a year and there's a waiting-list to get this new model (Halycon 450). There's high demand for these bikes despite their high price and rarity. I'm probably the only kid on Long Island to own one.

I love the bike's retro-style which harkens back beyond the usual 1950s to an earlier time. Its closest inspiration is the famous Brough Superior SS100, a British bike made in 1924. None of those old machines are in rideable condition today and the Janus has new technology. I have the best of both worlds -- vintage style with the safety of modern tech.

I also love that I was able to customize the bike to suit my individual preferences. For instance, the bike has a number-plate on the front fender which I customized with a message of personal significance. The plate reads "RH-104" which are my initials and the house-number of my childhood home. I fondly recall that house and its number is etched in my memory since, when I was a toddler, my mother forced me to repeat it endlessly in case I got lost. Thus, this is MY motorcycle, personalized in a pleasant way. 

See ya on the road!


  1. Oooh, what a classic- you're right, a total vintage vibe and it's a stunner!


  2. What a beautiful machine, Ally! I noticed the "RH" right away - how lovely to have that number to remind you too. Funny, my mom also make me memorize my address - it is forever etched in my memory.

  3. What an amazing motorcycle, I'm loving the retro style! xxx

  4. I don't know much about motorcycles but it's a beauty! Enjoy!

    Karen @For What It's Worth

  5. Nice motorcycle Ally. I like the story behind the personalised plate too.

  6. Oooh, it's so lovely!!! Will she/he/they be getting a first name? I love naming beloved things like bikes or instruments? E.g. my road bike is called Celeste and my viola is Fredericka!
    I love all the brown/tan leather and the panniers are so gorgeous!!
    Kezzie x

    1. Great names. The leather is real and beautiful. Have to ponder some names now... :)

  7. I'm not even into motorcycles but I can appreciate the design and craftsmanship that went into this. Enjoy!!

  8. Somehow the bike looks very British, certainly a nod to the Brough or the bigger Ariels. Do they make the engines or buy in from a bigger manufacturer?