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We're launching a line of American, hand-crafted goods designed for motorcyclists.
We're launching a line of American, hand-crafted goods designed for motorcyclists.
181 backers pledged $30,961 to help bring this project to life.

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1. As motorcyclists ourselves, we're frustrated that too often, there's a choice between form and function with motorcycle gear.

2. We don't want to sacrifice classic styling for safety features. We don't want our bags to look like a traffic cone or a space suit, but we also want them to be safe and comfortable to ride with.

3. We designed gear that's functional, isn't stuffy-looking or fragile, and looks good off of the motorcycle too.

4. We believe that truly durable goods that are built to last a lifetime and support local craftsmen are worth paying for. The same leather craftsman that makes our motorcycle's saddlebags and seats makes all of our leather and waxed-canvas goods, too. He's passionate and experienced in his craft. 

5. We designed the bags we want to use day in and day out. Pre-sales of our leather & canvas goods will help us reach critical mass for a full 50-state (and beyond!) launch of our new motorcycles and motorcycle gear.

We’ve met with great small-scale success building our original production motorcycle, the Halcyon 50 2-stroke: 

We've sold dozens of our motorcycles around the world for three years. Despite our success, we keep running into our own current production limits & reach. So, it’s time for a new incarnation of Janus Motorcycles. We want to leave our limits behind and grow our company into something lasting and sustainable. It’s time to make what we’re passionate about even better.  The backbone of the new Janus Motorcycles will be two new 250 motorcycles and our new line of leather and canvas goods designed with motorcyclists in mind:

Launching an entirely new line of motorcycles and products requires more money, more community support, and more hard work. 

Through pre-orders of Janus leather & canvas goods, our Kickstarter campaign will help us reach critical mass to significantly build our production capabilities. This, along with our new motorcycle pre-sales, will help launch a new epoch in Janus Motorcycles.
Heres what the “kick” from a successful campaign will help us accomplish behind the scenes:

1. We're applying for full 50-state EPA approval posthaste. Our overall design & specifications give us very high confidence that we will pass, removing many geographic limitations and production regulations that have limited our growth thus far.

2. At our current production levels, we’re nearly out of room. So, we’re planning to renovate and expand the Janus Motorcycles shop to accommodate more inventory and production, more employees, and add a showroom and loading dock.

 3. We need our website to grow with us and help us grow. We’re working to create a new, streamlined website. It will have better ordering system to accommodate more products and customization, room to increase our transparency throughout the design & production process, and space for more Janus community features.

What can you do to help Janus Motorcycles have its best year yet? 

1. You can order a hand-made leather-good for your own adventures (and help us with ours). Check out each item below.

2. You can own one of the first Janus 250 motorcycles (with some hard-to-miss first-edition incentives) on our website.

3. You can contribute to join us at our “Flight of the Phoenix” bash this summer to celebrate with us and our community.

4. You can share our company and story with your friends. We'll be posting lots of updates as we get our motorcycles ever closer to full production!

We designed this Kickstarter campaign to embody our values—we want to provide a valuable incentive to our supporters, sustain our suppliers, and help launch the next epoch in the history of Janus motorcycles—the Phoenix & Halcyon 250! We feel there’s no better time to re-align our business for a greater good, and a successful Kickstarter is a perfect first step in realizing that vision. We hope you’ll agree. 

Our leather & canvas goods are made by the same expert leather craftsman who makes our seats and saddlebags. While we work on prototyping, testing, and producing our new motorcycles, we’re more than happy to support a local craftsman. We want to spend our days obsessing over making the best possible motorcycle, and this allows us to do it.

Waxed canvas and full-grain leather construction, hand-hammered copper rivets on stress points, and our proprietary 6061 Aircraft-grade aluminum buckles ensure each of these goods will work & wear hard, feel good, and last a very long time. We're confident that there's no motorcycle gear on the market that marries form and function so well. 

1. Moto-Rucksack

We specifically designed the Moto-Rucksack to be an ideal carry-all for a motorcyclist, with adjustable shoulder straps and security strap, durable aluminum closures, waterproof lining, and removable D3O back armor (included). 

We designed our Leather & Canvas Rucksack with classic styling cues, eschewing the too-typical space-suit look for something more timeless. This rucksack looks good when you're not on your motorcycle, too. 

2. Moto-Messenger

You ride a good looking bike. Your bag doesn't need to look like a traffic cone. We designed the messenger bag to be a comfortable, secure, and aesthetically striking commuter & daily bag. The durable waxed canvas and leather construction, leather shoulder strap, reflective accents, secure closures, and waterproof liner make it an ideal every-day carry. The interior includes a small pocket for pens, and a sleeve for a tablet or small laptop. Spitting snow on autumn's last ride? Big meeting at work? The Moto-Messenger's going to look good and work well for either. 


3. Worker's Apron

Our leather-goods craftsman uses the same leather for saddle repairs and horse bridles. It lasts and lasts around a half-ton horse's neck, and it'll do the same around yours. The oil, dust, grease, and weld spatter just add to its patina. Get your hands dirty, but not your shirt.

4. Janus Motorcycle Tank Bag

The Janus Tank bag is built from full-grain leather and waxed canvas, with a water-resistant lining and vinyl window for maps or smartphone directions. Rare-earth magnets and leather straps provide a secure connection for most all tank and frame types.

The main compartment is reinforced to hold its shape and provides great storage for smaller items like wallet, gloves, keys, phone, small tools, and more! Secured with a 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum buckle. Built to look great and last trip after trip.


5. Tool Roll

Our tool roll is made of Martexin Gridwax waxed canvas, and the sturdy leather strap doubles as a belt, transforming the roll into a small apron when you need your tools near-at-hand on the fly. Features various pocket sizes for a perfect on-the-road tool set and a leather pencil and tire-gauge sleeve. Grommets let you hang it wherever you need it, and copper rivets make it nearly-indestructible.

6.  Tote

 Simple. It's impossible to make canvas, leather, and copper fit better together than in this classic tote. Perfect for your helmet, picnics, quick runs to the farmer's market, impromptu trips to the beach, and more. Two leather handles and a shoulder strap let you wear it however you'd like. 

Want to own a first-edition Janus 250? Head over to www.JanusMotorcycles.com for first-edition savings. We're offering free shipping, extra service, and more accessories to those who customize & pre-order one of our new, unique American-made motorcycles. 
Preview the motorcycles below:

Risks and challenges

We choose to ride two-wheeled vehicles.
We had the audacity to start a motorcycle production company in the American Midwest.
Risk is something that hasn’t dissuaded us from action before, and it won’t now.

Our risk in this campaign is putting our work and our product out there and not reaching our goal. What happens then? We may not be able to put our motorcycle in front of as many people, we may have to wait to build up our production capacity, but we won’t give up easily, and will continue to bootstrap our company to success. A successful campaign will make this year even more fulfilling than it already is.

If our campaign fails, there’s no risk to our supporters. We’ll give you the option to still receive your “Kickstarter edition” item at the Kickstarter price. If you don’t want it anymore, you don’t have to have it. In fact, we can’t remember when we’ve seen a better proposition.

Why believe us?
We’ve worked our way through the last decade creating custom motorcycles and bringing numerous performance parts to market. Our days are spent designing, prototyping, tuning, wiring, assembling, painting, testing, and delivering fully-functional motorcycles to delighted customers around the world.
Our riding experience helped us design unique goods with the motorcyclist or cyclist in mind, with safety and functional features tuned to the demands of the road. Our leathergoods production is led by an Amish craftsman with decades of experience. He’s a true artisan, with the know-how to make long-lasting, functional, durable, and beautiful goods. And we stand behind all of our products 100%.

Our campaign’s goal is NOT to help us start something we’ve not yet tried. Building top-notch, unique motorcycles and goods is what we already do.
Our campaign’s goal is to kickstart the next chapter in our company’s life.

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    Letterpress // Sticker

    Receive a custom 5x7 Janus art print and our logo sticker. Locally letterpress-printed on a beautiful 110-pound Cotton Rag.

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    Cookout //

    Join us for our FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX cookout and party this Summer! As an early supporter, you'll receive all the preferential treatment we can lawfully afford. We want to have a great time celebrating our successes with our community and supporters. We'll have great food, music, and company. We'll send your beautiful letterpressed ticket in the mail.

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    Tee // Print // Sticker

    Sport your Janus swag! Receive our tee-shirt, 13x19 fine-art print of one of the new 250cc motorcycles, and a sticker to cover up the dent on your old CB's gas tank.

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    Cookout // TWO TICKETS!

    Join us (with a date!) for our FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX cookout and party this Summer! As an early supporter, you'll receive all the preferential treatment we can lawfully afford. We want to have a great time celebrating our successes with our community and supporters. We'll have great food, music, and company. We'll send your beautiful letterpressed ticket in the mail.

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    Cookout // Tee // Art

    Join us for our FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX cookout and party this Summer, and don't stress about what you'll wear. We'll send you a beautiful letterpress ticket AND a tee (and give you some Janus wall art when you get here!) so you can have proof you came.

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    Janus Tool Roll //

    The Janus Tool Roll is styled for every motorcyclist's arsenal. Designed to fit on your motorcycle, hang on your shop wall, or be worn around your waist whenever and wherever you need it most. Holds the tools you need to have and fits almost anywhere.

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    The Janus Tote //

    looks good on your elbow or your shoulder; on a girl or a guy; at Mods-vs-Rockers or the flea market. Classic design and stellar manufacturing standards.

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    The Janus Motorcycle Tank Bag //

    Built to keep its shape and stay secure on most every tank size and type. It's the perfect size for gloves, keys, wallet, phone, and other small essentials for your daily ride. Clear vinyl window fits directions or your smartphone for navigation. Save $20 off of retail pricing!

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    Janus Worker's Apron //

    Is designed to look good and manufactured to get old and dirty. Waxed Canvas, Leather, and Copper rivets constitute this time-tested shop stalwart.

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    Janus Worker's Apron // Tool Roll // Tee & Print

    Waxed-canvas, leather, and copper rivets constitute both of these time-tested shop stalwarts. Have what you need both in the shop & out, and sport your Janus-supporter pride with a tee and 13 x 19 print of one of our new 250s. Save $20!

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    Moto-Messenger // EARLY-BIRD

    SAVE an extra $15 for the first 10 days!
    The perfect bag made for people who go fast on two wheels. Time tested materials, classic style, hand-crafted construction, and modern safety features. Priced $65 under retail!

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    Moto-Messenger //

    The perfect bag made for people who go fast on two wheels. Time tested materials, classic style, hand-crafted construction, and modern safety features. Priced $50 under retail!

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    Moto-Rucksack // EARLY-BIRD

    Save an extra $30 for the first 10 days!
    Our Moto-Rucksack is unlike any motorcyling backpack on the market, pairing modern safety features with classic styling and time-tested materials. Slip-in D3O back armor is included, and adjustable shoulder and security straps keep the entire bag in place for long rides and short jaunts. Priced $80 under retail!

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    Moto-Rucksack // Final-Countdown Savings!

    SAVE an additional $20! Our Moto-Rucksack is unlike any motorcyling backpack on the market, pairing modern safety features with classic styling and time-tested materials. Slip-in D3O back armor included, and adjustable shoulder and security straps keep the entire bag in place for long rides and short jaunts. Priced at $70 under retail!

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    Moto-Rucksack //

    Our Moto-Rucksack is unlike any motorcyling backpack on the market, pairing modern safety features with classic styling and time-tested materials. Slip-in D3O back armor included, and adjustable shoulder and security straps keep the entire bag in place for long rides and short jaunts. Priced at $50 under retail!

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    Moto-Messenger // Tool Roll // Tee & Print

    SAVE extra with add-ons!
    The Moto-Messenger is the perfect bag made for people who go fast on two wheels. The tool roll is the perfect add-on for anyone who also works on their two-wheeled vehicle. Show your Janus-supporter's pride with a tee and 13 x 19 print!

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    Moto-Rucksack // Tool Roll // Tee-Shirt & Print

    Outfit yourself or a motorcyclist you love. Get our Moto-Rucksack with back armor, Tool Roll, Janus Tee, and 13x19 Fine Art print of one of our new 250's. You're ready for adventure.

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    Want it all? Receive the Moto-Rucksack, Messenger Bag, Worker's Apron, Tote, Tool Roll, and Tee-shirt. Save over $200 off of retail pricing. We'll also toast your name at our Flight of the Phoenix cookout this spring, because you definitely deserve it.

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