Written by Martin Hodgson.
Over the last decade we’ve seen the return of the Café Racer, the Tracker, the Bobber, the Scrambler and many of the bikes that dominated the scene in days gone by. Now the renaissance is taking its logical next step, a return of the small motorcycle companies building limited runs of handcrafted motorcycles that mirror the customer’s desire for vintage flare. One such start-up is Indiana-based Janus Motorcycles who, in the spirit of Harley Davidson and Norton, are reviving the small to big approach with an unwavering belief in quality manufacturing.
Over the years, I have thought long and hard about the difference between mopeds and motorcycles. There’s the technical considerations regarding pedals et al – the whole “motor with pedals” thing that seems to be the most obvious seperator. Then there’s the licensing thing and the fact that in many countries you can jump on a moped with minimal intervention from “the man.” There’s also the lack of a cross-bar frame and the extreme economy of the typically minute moped engines that split the pack, too. But you know what I keep coming back to as the overarching difference that really defines the two? The sure-fire way to explain the difference to a laymen without risking any sort of misconbobulation down the track? It’s the fact that mopeds are just so beautifully svelte. Trawl back through the Pipeburn archives and you’ll notice that pretty much ever ‘ped we’ve ever posted has the most sublime minimalism – it’s enough to take your breath away. But you ain’t seen nothing yet – at least until you lay your eyes on our new model of minimal excellence, and pretty much the nicest ‘ped we’ve ever seen, The Paragon Puch from Janus Motorcycles.
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