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Phoenix 250

The Janus Phoenix 250 is a proud descendant of the quick, lightweight, and agile cafè racers and Grand Prix bikes of the mid-1900s. With a slender stance and aggressive rake, it carves city streets with ease and rockets nimbly through the countryside. Stripped away is any superfluous feature; the peppy, bulletproof engine and simple controls remain. The Phoenix is properly powered to provide heart-pumping thrills in an everyday setting, with a timeless style that turns heads whether it’s parked at the local cafè or racing down your favorite country road.


• 229cc single-cylinder engine • 267 lbs. • 70mph top speed • 5 speed • Production time: 8 weeks

The Phoenix 250 starts at $6995

Ready-to-start, no-crate delivery

Ready-to-start, no-crate delivery

Personalized ordering & customization

Personalized ordering & customization

2-year fender-to-fender warranty

2-year fender-to-fender warranty

Small-shop Customer Service

Small-shop Customer Service


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You don’t need loud pipes to turn heads with the Phoenix 250. We’ve built our business around keeping the human element in each motorcycle, merging the best of custom building with modern manufacturing. The result is a motorcycle that avoids the quirks and pitfalls of custom one-offs, but retains its one-of-a-kind soul in a market of one-of-a-million machines. Heart and soul are built into every Phoenix 250.

See where all the parts of a Janus 250 come from >
See our video series on prototyping >



The Phoenix 250 is no replica, but its design is inspired by the some of the best in motorcycling history. Starting with the classic featherbed frame, the Phoenix eschews extra plastic and bodywork while taking classic styling cues from the british cafe racer tradition and the Grand Prix bikes of the 50’s and 60’s. Our builders’ touch is noticeable throughout, from the hand-formed aluminum tank, to the hand-bent and welded frame, to the pinstripes. 

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Small, lightweight motorcycles have distinct advantages over the over-powered, unwieldy, and large motorcycles that are so popular today. The Phoenix weighs 265 pounds, and our single-cylinder 229cc motor provides the get-up-and-go the nimble Phoenix needs. Modern disc brakes and stainless brake lines provide incredible stopping power. The result is a perfect pairing of size and power that gives riders exactly what they need for the kind of riding they love most.

Read more about why we do what we do at Janus Motorcycles >

Janus 250 series Prototyping & Production

Janus 250 Prototyping series

We began designing and prototyping our 250 series in early 2015. Watch the process from the very beginning!

Janus 250 production series

Even after the prototypes were complete, and production processes were in place, we've continued to make improvements. See what's next!

options & upgrades

Options Gallery

Click an image below to learn more about the Phoenix's available options & upgrades.

2019 Options & Upgrade List

Leather, Storage, Seating:
Phoenix Double Seat Upgrade (with pegs): $250

Finish & Paint Options:
Deluxe Fuel Tank: $395
Polished Exhaust: $185
Double Pinstripe: $250
Wheel Pinstripe: $175
Hand-painted Number Plate: $75
Engraved Fuel Cap: $150
Polished Engine Fins: $50
Highlights on “Janus” tank logo: $25

Lighting, Mirrors, Bars:
Sport Bars (clubman style): $135
Second Mirror: $25
Headlight Visor: $30
Highway Bars: $150
Full LED Package: $225
LED Headlight: $135

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Customer Reviews

Read some of our customers' experiences riding and owning a Janus Motorcycle!

Outstanding company! I love the Halcyon I ordered, they make an excellent product! The staff go out of their way to make the experience unforgettable! I highly recommend to anyone thinking about purchasing a motorcycle.
— Ryan P.
Incredible Motorcycle Company.  American manufacturing pride at it’s best.  Devin and Richard are taking small displacement bikes to a whole new level.  If you want to get back to the basics and fun of motorcycling, jump on a Janus.
— Gary
Brilliant concept! A machine that, in styling, mimics historical motorcycles, yet flawlessly blends modern safety features into the design. Well done Janus!
— Steve S.
Just what’s needed, no Less, no More! Style, Ergonomics, Efficiency, back to the basics.
— Antonio
The service was pleasant, complete and 100% professional. Looking forward to watching you grow.
— Eric
Best group to work with! I picked up my bike this August! If you haven’t ordered your bike yet, don’t wait.
— Ryan B.

"Getting to chat with everyone at Janus and test ride their products was amazing, especially after seeing the way they pour their hearts and souls into their work...This kind of spirit of customer service and entrepreneurial passion is awesome, and they bring it to life with surprising power, just like their bikes (which have a surprising amount of acceleration, by the way). You will not be disappointed!"
- Michael

"I went to their first Discovery Day and was sold on not only the bikes but also Janus and the people working there too. Their enthusiasm really shows. A couple of months later I ordered a Halcyon...This bike is really fun to ride and never fails to draw attention. One other thing, Devin, Richard and the rest of the crew at Janus are always helpful if you have any questions." -David

“I rode in the sun and the rain...and through it all, the Halcyon 250 did great! Everyone I met had questions and compliments about the bike.”
— Brandon • Halcyon #13
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.
— Christian • Phoenix #10


"A bike that conjures up the joy of motorcycling isn’t the sharply-aerodynamic, grossly-overpowered modern motorcycle; it’s a bike like the pared-down Halcyon or Phoenix that creates an experience for the rider, an evocation of a simpler time."

— The Wilkinson Brothers, Goodspark Garage

"My overall impression of both motorcycles was they are a blast to ride. Light and agile are great attributes, whether for inner city commuting or blasting down the back roads. The engine was up to the challenge..."

—Panhead Jim, Revzilla



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
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


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: 2.3 gallons
Dry weight: 267 pounds



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. 

Order the Phoenix 250


Ordering a Janus Motorcycle is easy.
1. Place your deposit online to reserve your spot in our production schedule. You're also welcome to call our shop during normal hours at (574) 538-1350 to speak with one of our team and place your deposit over the phone.
2. We'll contact you to help you choose your colors and options.
3. We'll maintain contact through your build process to share production updates and arrange pickup or delivery.
4. The remaining balance is due upon completion of the motorcycle.
5. You get your keys, get your bike (with gas in the tank), and get out and ride!

We strive to maintain close contact with customers to ensure everything goes smoothly throughout your ordering and ownership experience. Have more questions about our ordering process? Click to read our FAQ page.