‘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

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Michael Neeves CHIEF ROAD TESTER

‘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?

Valentino Rossi.

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!

Jvb’s stripped back light­ing In­spi­ra­tion wall… the things Jens likes and builds Jens with his lat­est Yamaha scram­bler, the Su­per 7 Jens just can’t help him­self when it comes to wheel­ies…

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