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TOUCH OF EVEL. A CB250 Honda Tracker from Poland’s T. Jasin Motorcycles

Posted on July 11, 2017 by Andrew in Tracker. 29 comments

Of all the major manufacturers, we think it’s fair to say that Honda is the one most unmoved by current trends. Triumph, Ducati and Yamaha have all thrown their hats in the ring when it comes to appealing to a new generation of riders. But Honda has remained steadfastly traditional with their new models. CB1100 anyone? It’s easy to point and laugh, but the real losers are us. Just think of all the bikes that could be in your local Honda showroom. Bikes like this neat little tracker from Poland’s T. Jasin Motorcycles. With a touch of HRC and a pinch of Evil Knievel, it’s pretty much everything we’ve ever wanted in a Honda weekend warhorse.

“We are two guys from Warsaw city, Poland, who love vintage bikes,” says T. Jasin, on behalf of the team. “We are brothers; T.Jasin is the older brother and A.Jasin is the younger. We started to play with retro bikes almost 10 years ago. As you can probably guess, our favourite model of bike is the Honda CB”.

“For this build, the idea was to create a very simple and light bike. And of course, something that’s directly connected to the retro bikes we love. Yes, we know someone will probably say that it is maybe a little boring because it’s only a 250cc, but we love retro stylings and everything that is connected with the 70s and 80s. Our other inspirations were the Honda Racing colours and the visual style of the great Evil Knievel”.

Scouring the internet for suitable donors, the boys ended up in a small Polish village standing in front of a donor bike that looked like it had a very hard 37 years. Not unlike the village itself, we’re guessing.

“At first we spread the bike out on the shop floor, disassembling it to the last bolt and screw. Then we made a plan for it. The next step would be to clean everything, rework the frame and revive all the bike’s essential elements.” This time around they had a smaller engine, but it has more than enough power to put a smile on all but the most jaded of mugs.

“The idea was to build a very light and very simple bike directly connected with the strong red, white and blue colour scheme. That is why it has both 18″ spoked wheels and Pirelli flat track tires. The tank is from a vintage MX bike, and it goes pretty well with the high and wide handlebars and the retro grips. Also, we chose grey as the bike’s frame colour.”

“We probably spent more time than we should have on the seat; it’s made from Alcantara leather stitched together with bright red thread. Next came some short, uncoated exhausts along with our signature, hand-made aluminum side fairings. And to ride the tracker on the street we unfortunately needed to put some plates and lights somewhere; there’s a black headlight out front and a small brakelight on the Honda’s rear left side”.

“Probably the hardest part of the build was matching up the new spoked wheels with the front forks and rear rocker. Wow. But we got there in the end and we think the results are clearly worth it”.

“The most fantastic thing about the finished product is that it is the only one in the world. There is simply no other one that looks the same. Call us easily amused, but that really makes us happy. And when you ride this bike, you’ll have a constant smile on your face. Sure it’s not the fastest Honda you’ve ever been on, but once you’re riding it somehow you just don’t seem to care”.

[ T. Jasin MotorcyclesInstagram | Photos by Filip Okopny ]

  • guvnor67

    I really, really like this. It looks much bigger than a 250 too, but for me, I think the combo of paint, shiny stuff, and stance really come together. Kool, very kool

    • Agreed: re the size thing. The original bikes just look so damn weedy…

      • guvnor67

        Yes, they do. It’s funny though, because much as I love the bigger bikes, the more builds like this i see, a sub 500cc bike is looking like needing a spot in my garage.

  • martin hodgson

    Great build guys! Brings back very fond memories for me, first ever custom I built was a CB250 as well. The stock tank is awful, so making a change is a great idea but its not an easy backbone to clear. More problems with the weird back half of the frame. But these guys have got it all covered. Love the tank choice, love the side covers, the Scrambler style seat works so well on the frame too! Time over I’d copy this and build a tracker and not a cafe racer. The engines are built proof and the suspension very compliant, so much fun to ride and surprisingly revvy!! Dig the neat little touches to the swingarm too, ripping job!!!

    • Hell yes!

    • Bikes like this neat little tracker from Poland’s T. Jasin Motorcycles. With a touch of HRC and a pinch of Evil Knievel, it’s pretty much everything we’ve ever wanted in a Honda weekend warhorse.

  • Dave Coetzee

    What a great transformation!
    It looks like what Honda should have built in the first place!
    Methinks it’s time to convert my frumpy GSX250 to a scrambler!

    • guvnor67

      Do it Dave, and don’t forget to post it here when you do. Or, buy a second one if you can and have one cafe, one Scrambler. 😊

      • Dave Coetzee

        Great idea, thanks Guv.

        • guvnor67

          It’d be nice to have a bike for every occasion!

      • Dave Coetzee

        I did some fiddling today … swopped the Clubmans for some MX bars and the road tyres for some – what did AB call them –
        “dirty girl” tyres?)
        Don’t have the bucks to change the seat at this stage.
        In the process of replacing the headlight.
        So can I call it a Tracker/Scrambler, or what?h

        • guvnor67

          Lookin good! Lookin tough!

          • Dave Coetzee

            Thanks Guv.

    • DO IT. DO IT NOW.

    • AB

      Dirty girl tyres, tracker bars, delete the tail piece and high pipe that sucker.

      • Dave Coetzee

        Thanks AB!

      • Dave Coetzee

        Hi AB. See my progress 5 posts above.

        • AB

          Yeah har – that’s coming along nicely.

          • Dave Coetzee

            Thanks AB.

  • Len Farquharson

    Wow! I too love this bike which it is crying out to be ridden for its intended purpose and then some!

  • Lowflying

    Perfect. Love every bit of it.

    Fab me a nice front fender to match the rear fender and those side covers, and I’m in! 👍🏼

    • Often the fender comments leave me a bit cold, but here I agree. A nice little chrome fender would look sweet as hell here…

  • AB

    Excellent opening that rings true to a recent conversation – what has happened to Honda? They were once innovators and leaders. I’m a Honda build fan – engines that go forever, but where is the excitement?

    This build has me smiling – yeah it’s a piddler of a engine but I’d rock it around a urban environment with a big grin on my face. This is what Honda need to look at – stop sanitizing the ride – add a healthy does of fun. If any Honda Japan people are reading I am available for design advice for a modest fee 🙂

    • guvnor67

      Yep. You’d think that Honda would look at say Yamaha’s “Faster Sons” project and call a meeting!

  • Juan Manuel Zamora

    I love the bike, how not! But, guys, theres a HUGE difference between a CB250 and a CB400, what this bike is. A CB400T to be precise.

  • Kubek

    Brawo! Piękny motocykl chłopaki.