A Singular Sense of Speed

BUILT WITH THE CAFÉ RACER IN MIND, the Phoenix takes its styling cues from Grand Prix motorcycles of the 50s and 60s. Constructed around the signature Janus “featherbed” chassis, which was inspired by Norton Manxes of the 1950’s, the Phoenix is our take on a more aggressive look with a focus on handling and performance. The Phoenix features a steeper steering head rake, and full swing-arm rear suspension, which when paired with our proprietary leading-link front suspension, results in a machine with completely different handling than its predecessor, the Halcyon. Weighing in at a mere 265 lbs and with a top speed of over 70mph, the Phoenix is intended for both commuting and backroad fun. At the same time practical and performance-oriented, it is just at home in traffic or carving a canyon. With that being said, the Phoenix sticks firmly to the Janus principle of a light-weight low-displacement motorcycle that is easy to operate and can be ridden at the limit without breaking the law or risking life and limb.

Hands-on American Craftsmanship

There's a lot of lip service paid to "handmade," but not every pair of hands has mastered the craft set before it. Working with our hand-picked, experienced welders and fabricators, we at Janus trust the few select hands that also have a direct role in each production motorcycle just as much—if not more—than our own. We work with consummate craftsmen at each step in the design & tooling process, ensuring quality and consistency.

The great majority of every motorcycle is made within a small radius of our Goshen shop.

The final assembly takes place at our downtown Goshen shop, with each tank hand-pinstriped, bars and suspension tuned, and engine and instruments fully tested and checked.

Janus 2-year Warranty

We've got your back. Janus motorcycles are covered with a 2-year powertrain warranty (unlimited miles), and a 2-year limited fender-to-fender warranty. We're small, and we're motivated to make every Janus owner a proud and happy one. We've built our bike in a way that's simple to understand and work on, and are available to talk through any concerns you may have. Each motorcycle comes with an owner's manual that outlines routine maintenance. Contact us for warranty fine print and information about service. 

Bulletproof Powerplant

While we appreciate the marvels of engineering that some high-performance modern motorcycles encapsulate, we also firmly believe that there’s a deep sense of satisfaction in using the simplest tool for the job before you.

We present the Janus 250 as the simplest solution to the challenge of getting at the root of motorcycling—freedom—on a daily basis. 

For that reason, we sought out what would be the simplest, most understandable, work-horse engine for our motorcycles. We arrived at a modern Honda derivative, 229cc single-cylinder power plant, made in one of the world’s most prolific engine manufacturing regions in Southwest China. It’s an upgrade on the classic Honda 250 single, with an added balance shaft for a smoother ride. For our lightweight motorcycles, we couldn’t find a simpler solution. And we think that’s best. 


Fat Trimmed. No corners cut.

You'd be hard-pressed to find anything superfluous on a Janus Phoenix 250. From the drawing board, we set out to eschew anything that didn't directly contribute to the joy of riding a Phoenix. We left off most of the things custom builders chop off. What's left is a motorcycle built from the ground up to marry form and function as closely as possibly, with a simplicity of style that stands the test of time.



The experience of riding a Janus is unique among production motorcycles. Its lightweight and simple design provide a deeper sense of connection to the motorcycle and a more direct sensation of speed and agility than larger bikes built today. Not simply holding on and steering, a Janus owner is free to pilot the motorcycle, enjoying the sensation of utilizing the full power of the motorcycle without risking life and limb. 


The centerpiece of our motorcycle's classic styling is its hand-formed aluminum tank. Not a replica, but inspired by the best of motorcycle design of the last century, the Phoenix's long aluminum café racer inspired fuel tank features Dunstall-style knee slots and machined fill cap and fittings. Hand-built and hand-welded aluminum, each tank is powder-coated, polished, and finally hand-pinstriped and branded.


For the many components we manufacture,  we have a bias towards stainless steel over chrome-plating. The Phoenix 250 is designed and built to stand the test of time. 


Christian - Phoenix 250 #10

The bike performs flawlessly and I have to say I get more attention on this thing than any car, bike or scooter I’ve ever ridden.
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I've always been a scooter guy, vintage, new it didn't matter.  I loved making small things go faster and loved the look - especially of my 1964 Vespa VBB 150.  There haven't been many times when I haven't had something on 2-wheels in my garage, until last year.  I had to end up selling my vintage Vespa reluctantly, but knew I would eventually buy another as soon as I could.  Fast forward to almost a year and a half later... I started searching for Vespas again, but accidentally stumbled across the Janus Motorcycles Facebook page that a few of my friends had "liked" and as I started researching them more, I knew that I had to have a Phoenix 250.  It looked different than any other bike, plus it was small, nimble and the speeds on it seemed just about right for me. 

I decided to call Janus to see what was available if any as it was so late in the year.  I had noticed a few weeks prior to my research that there was a cream one at a nearby restaurant in Winona Lake.  When I talked to Josiah, he said that the cream one was available, so we set up a time to meet there and he brought a demo bike for me to ride.  I immediately fell in love with the Phoenix.  I left Josiah a deposit for the cream one that night and they delivered it to my house in a couple days.  I immediately started riding that weekend and have been riding as much as possible ever since.  In fact I have put over 1500 miles on it in just a few short months of owning it.

The guys at Janus are great.  I had a couple small issues that they immediately took care of and went above and beyond any expectations.  The bike performs flawlessly and I have to say I get more attention on this thing than any car, bike or scooter I've ever ridden.  I can't wait til spring arrives to hop back on and put another 1500 miles on it.  Thanks guys!

Wabash, IN

options & upgrades

Sport Bars: $135
Phoenix Saddle Bags: $145
Phoenix Double Seat Upgrade (with pegs): $250
Hand Pin Stripe: $300
Number Plate: $75
Exhaust Polish: $185
Deluxe Fuel Tank $395
Deluxe Battery Box $100
Full LED Light Package $225
LED Headlight: $135

Options Gallery

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Type: Air-cooled, 4-stroke overhead valve single cylinder engine
Displacement: 229 cubic centimeters
Bore/Stroke: 67 x 65 millimeters
Compression ratio: 9.2:1
Carburation: 30mm round slide with accelerator pump
Lubrication: Splashing
Starting System: Kick and electric
Ignition: CDI
Final Drive: Chain
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox: 5-speed


Frame: DOM tubular steel cradle
Wheels: CNC machined aluminum hubs with alloy rims and 32 stainless steel spokes
Tires: Front 3.00 x 18, Back 3.50 x 18
Suspension: Proprietary dual progressive shock leading-link forks (front) and dual
progressive shock swing-arm (rear).
Brakes: Front dual piston hydraulic disc and rear single hydraulic piston
Instrumentation: Analog speedometer, odometer, turn indicator, and neutral light

PERFORMANCE, dimensions, & capacities

Maximum Power: 14 hp @ 7000 rpm • 11.65 foot-pounds @ 5500 rpm
Maximum Speed: 70mph
Fuel Efficiency: Estimated 75+mpg
Dimensions: 80’’ long & 31’’ wide
Height without mirrors: 41 inches
Seat Height: 31 inches
Wheelbase: 53 inches
Fuel Capacity: 2.4 gallons
Dry weight: 245 pounds

Customize & Order Your Phoenix


Janus Phoenix 250s are built to order to your exact specification. Placing a deposit or securing financing starts the production process. Call or email for a delivery estimate. Our second generation motorcycles offer more upgrades and a lower base price!

The 2nd generation Janus Phoenix 250 starts at $6595.
Delivery to the contiguous United States is $700.

More questions? Please complete an enquiry form* or call us: (574)538-1350.

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