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Honda CB250RS tracker

Honda CB250RS street tracker by Move On Garage
Is this the perfect, low-cost urban street tracker? Honda’s CB250RS is one of the unsung heroes from the early 80s: it was brisk, maneuverable and light, weighing less than 130 kg. And in the hands of the right builder, it can be transformed into a very stylish tracker. The engine is the bulletproof, four-valve single that made a name for itself in Honda’s XL250S, with twin exhaust pipes coming from the two exhaust ports. Power was respectable at 26 bhp in the early engines and 33 in the later models, but this was enough for a 90 mph top speed—and careful tuning can raise these figures even higher. The neat, stripped-back machine in the picture was created by Move On Garage, a boutique Tokyo shop with a pretty cool line of custom builds—including the full range of retro Honda CBs, Yamaha SR400/500s and Kawasaki Estrellas. [Via Mulligan Machine.]

  • John Whittet

    Nothing terribly special, bit looks like a great platform for a garage re-fab. I’ll keep my eyes open once I acquire some garage space.

  • Kozzy

    I really like their bikes, but the website’s lousy.

  • Andrew

    Lets be honest…not the most exciting bike. A little too stock looking for my tastes.

  • Adrian

    The 250RS was a great little bike, I loved mine.

    This is not too bad, not terribly exciting but OK.

  • Anton

    Let’s be honest, maybe it’s not such an exciting result when compared to some of the other bikes here – but that’s an awesome transformation from such a plain looking stock bike.
    I’d always kind of written off the modern CB250s as a bike that anything interesting could be done to – it’s great to get a fresh, creative perspective on it’s possibilities.

  • Anton: that was exactly why I featured it. After all the exotic stuff we have on here, I felt it was time to slip in a ‘real world’ bike.

    I’ve had this one kicking around in my post queue for a while, and I like the simple, balanced looks. It’s minimalistic and rideable, making it the perfect city bike—and given the very light weight, probably goes like a gnat on crack.

    But rest assured, Bike EXIF normal service will be resumed!

  • Angus

    Just what a motorbike should be. Form follows function and the result is good looking in a minimalist way. I’ve got a garage project under way that will do something similar with an old Honda 200 commuter, so it is noce to see other people’s ideas here.

  • Carson

    Steve McQueen would approve.

  • mingh


    I’m not seeing the same thing. Taking the side panels and fenders off the Mother Of All UJM doesn’t make a cool bike.
    I mean minimalism is great, and the stuff that shops like wrenchmonkees or some of the jepanese outfits are putting on the streets is awesome, but elt’s be honest guys: who on earth would turn his head when this bike would be parked in the street?

  • Jonny

    I find it amusing that the manufacturers are making their bikes more and more sophisticated and complicated (see the new Ducati Multistrada) and the punters seem to be happy to strip all the gadgets off and have a bike that is light and simple – especially in Japan! Triumph really need to have street tracker bike, based on the Bonnie engine, in their line-up.

  • Well, despite some of the comments, I think the little 250RS Street Tracker is very cool! It’s different and something that someone with minimal mechanical skills can create … It’s very inspiring to see that the Japanese outfit, Bratstyle, is setting style trends these days instead of OCC!!

  • Anthony H

    Uninspired and poorly executed. Sorry but to compare this favorably to Bratstyle or Wrenchmonkees or – egad – any of McQueen’s bikes, I can’t imagine it. Someone mentioned the oldest design cliche—form follows function? Anyone look at the geometry? This is a piglet. The second one in as many weeks. Steve McQueen wouldn’t approve. He’d say, “Nice try kid, now let’s get the tools and torch and some beers and fix it.”

  • I’m new to the world of bikes, could somebody please tell me what components (tank, seat, wheels, etc.) have been added to the stock CB to get to this bike?

  • hanafi

    I really really intersting and its inspired to modify my Honda GB100..

  • jumbo

    The CB 250 RS was my bike in the middle of the eighties. I used it for travelling with only 17 hp through Germany, the Netherlands, France and Spain (more than 30.000 km in about 2 years). Undestroyable bike. Then I gave it to a friend who used it for many more years. When I found the pictures of the moveon garage in Tokyo I fell in love with their flat-track style. In my opinion the yellow version of the CB on their homepage is the perfect bike. You can sit on it like a human beeing, it is not really a heavy bike with less than 130 kg, and 26 hp are enough (though my actual bike has 44 hp I honestly believe that). In the next winter I will get my old CB back and I hope that next spring that bike will be ready again, this time in the style the moveon garage taught us!

  • joe momma

    …who would turn their head to this……anyone who has pounded around the dirt track with some peanut tread tires….again, looks like an ice racer……

  • DAZ

    Does anyone know what tank is used on these bikes?