JVB’S retro MT-07 heaven
Jens vom Brauck – the JVB of Jvb-moto is a custom bike builder. His workshop is in a rundown industrial unit, in a similarly rundown part of Cologne, a spanner’s throw from the Rhine. This whole set-up: his pared-down two-wheeled creations, the oilstained shabby chic workwear and the open face lid he dons when he rides his SR500 scrambler to work, all scream hipster. But Jens was doing all this years before it became trendy. We’ve been visiting Jvb-moto for over a decade, riding bikes that are an extension of his personality. Whether it’s been one of his modified Ducatis or Triumphs, they’re all minimalist and designed to offer simple fun at normal speeds. They’re not big bhp track monsters, but stripped-back, lightweight roadsters made to perform walking pace wheelies and powerslides out of wet German roundabouts.
Not only is Jens a talented designer, he cuts, welds and fabricates his own metalwork, forms his fibreglass and moulds his own carbon. He’s no mean rider, either and treats the streets like his own private flattrack circuit. Rossi’s got his ranch, Jens has Cologne.
But the latest café racer craze has been kind to Jens and business is booming. He gets commissioned to make one-off show bikes for manufacturers and sells funky bolt-on custom parts on his website (www.jvbmoto.com).
He’s moving out of his workshop into a place across town next year, not because he needs more space, or that it has no running water, heating or rubbish collections, but because this whole area he’s in is being developed into posh riverside properties.
His latest projects are the Yamahas you see here. The MT-07 and XSR700based ‘super 7’ machines are a rolling showcase of the Jvb-moto bolt-on kits you can buy and fit to your bike. He’s also worked on a commission from Yamaha to celebrate 30 years of the mighty VMAX.
We took the MTS for a blast around Cologne and definitely didn’t do any skids or wheelies…
headlight kit for £275, sidepanels for XSR Super 7 kit features Jvb-moto’s for £82. You can order parts online £190 and Super 7 micro LED indicators Jens stunts his XSR super 7 through the streets of Cologne 7 look? Best bits include the Daytona How good does Jvb-moto’s MT Super fork gaitors which will cost you £42 Velona speedo/tacho for £89 and the