MCN Retro

JVB’S retro MT-07 heaven

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Michael Neeves

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.jvb­

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

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