‘I’d love to be able to hang it out like the flat track pros’
Jens vom Brauck, the brains behind top German custom builder Jvb-moto, reveals all Q12
‘I was doing powerslides on the VMAX but it slid too much and I was off’
Q1 What are you riding?
My Yamaha MT-07 Super 7. It’s our latest scrambler.
Q2 Which living motorcyclist do you most admire?
Q3 What’s your worst habit?
I have a tendency to pull too many wheelies [see Question 6 – ed].
Q4 If you could have one riding super skill, what would it be?
I’d like to be able to ride like the flat track pros. Hanging it out for fun.
Q5 What’s the fastest you’ve gone on a bike?
I’m not really into super-fast riding. Around 170mph, or something like that.
Q6 When were you last scared?
Not so much scared but surprised when I flipped my Yamaha MT-07 custom bike last year. It was completely f****d. Somehow it started to barrel roll and as I was sliding behind I was willing it to stop because, second by second, it was tearing itself apart. I rebuilt it with a new frame and all the parts I had from a pre-production model from Yamaha. Amazingly I was fine.
Q7 How many miles have you done in the last year?
I would say 10,000 miles.
Q8 What’s the highest mileage you’ve covered in one day?
About 600 miles on my Yamaha SR500. I rode from northern Morocco to the Western Sahara in the very south on my own. I got up at 4am and rode all day and in the evening it was dark and I couldn’t find a place to stay, so I had to do another 100-odd miles just to find somewhere. I still can’t believe I did so many miles on that bike – a midcapacity single! –and on that terrain. But I was crazy back when I was young, I can’t imagine doing that now. After 300 miles I now get sore and it’s no fun.
Q9 What irritates you most?
Tankslappers. They are the worst thing.
Q10 You’ve got two weeks off: where are you going?
I would like to go to the Dominican Republic or Thailand to just lie on the beach to relax.
Q11 Got one pearl of wisdom for new riders?
Get a small and light bike. Learn on that and then progress.
Ever fallen off in a car park (or somewhere equally embarrassing)?
When we at JVB did the promotion video for the VMAX Infrared for Yamaha it was a big production. I was doing burnouts and powerslides for the pictures but there isn’t a lot of steering lock on the bike. It slid too much and I toppled off. That was in the first ten minutes of the shoot, which Yamaha must have spent thousands on and there I was crashing. Everyone must’ve been going: ‘Who’s that idiot?’ I got back on and carried on but I really hurt my thumb when it got trapped between the tank and bars.
Q13 Do you have one essential item of kit?
I would never ride without my helmet anymore. I used to do that in Spain when I lived there, but not now.
Q14 Which four people would you invite on a Sunday blast?
I would go with my mates I normally ride with, but of course it would be good to ride with Rossi.
Q15 Do you have a tool you couldn’t live without?
My angle grinder.
Q16 Do you adjust your suspension?
Yes. I am an adjuster.
Q17 If you could have one of your bikes back, which would it be?
The first bike I built on my own. It was like a hot-rod – single-cylinder, basic, radical and cool, but not really that nice to ride. I know the guy who has it, so I could always get it back if I wanted.
Q18 What would you never buy?
There are a lot on my list: Harleys and the BMW K1 spring to mind. I would’ve said something like the Gold Wing, but I tried one recently and it was so much fun.
Q19 Which road (or track) would you build on your desert island?
There’s this crazy road outside Malaga. It has really bad tarmac, it’s tricky and dangerous, but really challenging. Cool.
Q20 If you ruled the world, what new law would you pass?
Free sex for everyone!