|Staff Bio: Jennifer Bromme|
|I discovered my love for wrenching on motorcycles when I got my first motorcycle, a Yamaha 78 XT 500. Since I rode many miles on the XT in Germany and to Italy and Greece every summer, it needed a lot of maintenance and attention, and I learned a lot about fixing motorcycles. In 1990 I started an official 3 year apprenticeship in a Honda/Yamaha dealershipin Munich, Germany at a Honda/Yamaha Dealership. After working at different shops in Germany and in San Francisco, I opened my own shop in 1994 in the back of a welding shop.Word of mouth of the quality labor increased business to the point where I had to move the shop to a bigger location and hire two employees. In 1998 it was time to move again, this time to the current location at 3248 17th St. Now the staff has grown to four employees and two apprentices, and we make a great team!
I still love to work on bikes myself, although now I concentrate more on managing, test driving, foreman (or woman) and service manager duties and on trying to make constant improvements to the shop and the services offered.
From 1999 to 2002 I raced sidecars with my best friend Christine as a “monkey” with the Sidecar Racers Association, and from 2002 to 2003 I raced a Yamaha FZR400 and a Suzuki GSX-R 750 with the AFM in 2003. Unfortunately I broke my hip in 100 mph high side racing the 750 at Buttonwillow, and changed my involvement in racing to crew chief and head mechanic duties. In 2006 I was the crew chief for Matt Eccleston (AMA#410, AFM#401) to help him race in the AMA for the first time, and we got to go racing at Laguna Seca at the same time as the MotoGP guys. That was a lot of fun!
After a 4 year racing hiatus I started racing a vintage Honda CB160, which is very technical because you only have about 16 hp to work with..1.6 hp improvement is a whopping 10%!
Here is a list of bikes that I have owned over the years: