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Benelli Leoncino De-Cat Pipe

Developed in-house and CNC mandrel formed for accuracy, these stainless steel de-cat pipes not only look more attractive than the standard cat box but also give the bike a beautiful sound. They are easy to fit and soon colour uo as per the pics below to match the factory header pipes. At just $299.00 NZD free up the spirit of your Italian Stallion....

June 11, 2019

Himalayan Motard

We decided that the Royal Enfield Himalayan would be a great bike to modify. So we set about thinking which direction to go, should we do a madly aggressive scrambler? Nah, we've done quite a few scramblers. So what about a motard, we've not done one of them and so the decision was made. We started naturally enough with wheels, swapping the 17" rear and 21" front steel rimmed jobbies for a pair of anodised 17" alloy rims re-laced to the factory hubs. Continental Sport attack tyres were chosen wi...

June 11, 2019

Triumph Tiger 800 Lowering Linkage

Got a too tall Tiger? Then why not fit one of our FE Lowering kits.Made from stainless steel our 800 Tiger lowering links allow you to alter the seat height of your tiger by 25mm, 30mm, 35mm or 40mm allowing you to select a ride height that suits you best. We've priced our links at $149.00 NZD and can ship anywhere....

June 11, 2019

Around the World with Rhys Lawry

Rhys Lawry traveled around the world visiting 71 countriesand traveling an amazing 56,854 miles on a Triumph Tiger 800. He even call in to see us at First European here in Christchurch check out his video....

May 15, 2019

Mods 'n' Rockers

Since 2009 we have held an annual Mods 'n' Rockers event here in Christchurch. It's our bit of friendly rivalry between the smart dressed "scooter boys" (Mods) and the "leather clad" bike boys (Rockers). Each year enthusiastic representatives from each sector turn up to participate in fun and games to win the coveted  M'n'R Shield, awarded to the side that wins the majority of games. Over the years the games may have changed, but one common denominator is to finish up at Smash Palace for ou...

May 6, 2019

Cleveland Heist

No, not an American bank robbery but a bike that hailed from the USA never the less. The Cleveland Heist is powered by the mighty 250cc Lifan single cylinder four stroke. And so it began............. One Morning just before Xmas Regan walked into the shop just as we were opening up hailing "wait 'til you see this really cool bike Kirk and I have just bought!" When he showed me the photo on his phone, to say I fell off my stool laughing would be an understatement. However, this opening comment wa...

February 11, 2019

Lance's Enfield 500

When Lance wandered into the shop, his first words were "I want something different!" So we sat down and over a cup of coffee worked out what Lance liked. In the end, we came up with a bike that is a cross between a beach racer and a bobber. mixing the two styles together, in our opinion gels quite well and gives the bike a very purposeful look. Lance wanted a very uncluttered rear end to the bike, so to achieve this we had to chop the rear guard (this was our first customer/builder debate point...

January 23, 2019

Throttlestop Coffee Club

As part of our plan to make First European into more than just a bike shop we added our Throttlestop Coffee Club. With fresh barista made coffees and a selection of food from breakfast paninis to good old fashioned steak pies we feel we've created a space where our bike customers can feel comfortable to come and hang out with us on a social level. Next time you're in town, pop in and check it out!...

October 19, 2018

Distinguished Gentlemans Ride 2018 - Video

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October 5, 2018

Distinguished Gentlemans Ride 2018

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October 3, 2018

Kawasaki Z1000 Fighter

This bike was a two stage project. Initially we had been asked by the owner Phil to give the bike a bit of a fresher look and maybe a custom exhaust. This we did and Phil ended up with the bike you can see in the first couple of pics. Then however the bike was involved in an accident (not with Phil riding it I hasten to add but at the hands of o "friend".Thus we got to have a second go at this bike. This time we went quite a bit further. We changed the tailpiece for a single seat race unit from ...

September 3, 2018

Dri-Rider Legend Boot

The Dri-Rider Legend boot is again another of those bits of riding gear that I've been using for a couple of years now and really rate. I wanted a pair of boots to wear with jeans and particularly liked the high lace up style of boot. however, I definitely did not want to be messing about lacing and unlacing my boots every time I put them on (yeah, I know that makes me lazy) so I was particularly pleased with the way the Legend boot has a zip up the inside of the boot and a velcro overstrap to m...

August 16, 2018

Five - Sport City Glove

I've been wearing a pair of Five Brands "Sport City" glove for about two years now and have to say that I am really pleased with them. They are a shorty perforated leather glove, so definitely not a winter glove, but they do have reinforced knuckles and a heel of the hand reinforcement as well as extra leather on the little fingers and across the palms. As the name suggests they are ideal as a summer commuter type glove and they look pretty cool as a cafe racer style of glove. If you're looking ...

July 12, 2018

Premier Trophy - Carbon Helmet

I first got my Premier Trophy carbon lid in early 2017 and have been wearing it for pretty much all of my Cafe Racer/Custom Bike riding. It is nice and light and the lovely red vinyl lining has a rel quality feel about it. obviously being a retro '70's style helmet it does not offer the same level of ventilation as a more modern style of helmet, but the visor seals well and you soon get used to popping the press studs on the visor just like in the old days eh). Seriously though if you are lookin...

June 14, 2018

Moto Guzzi Griso

We got into this build when the bikes owner Brent rang to tell us how after breaking his neck in an accident two years earlier, he was now recovered and mobile but left with his beloved Griso looking the worse for wear.After the bike was dropped off at the shop we assessed the parts that needed replacing and then went through the list with Brent suggesting things that could be replaced with custom parts rather than standard....

May 1, 2018

MV Agusta Dragster Scrambler

This is one of those bikes that makes most people as why? The honest answer, like all good ideas is that it seemed like a good idea, so why not?Seriously though, as those of you that are familiar with us can attest, we like scramblers and the thought of having a 126BHP and 167kg scrambler seemed like a recipe for a whole heap of fun....

November 23, 2017

Distinguished Gentlemans Ride 2017

So 2017 and on to my second year hosting the DGR. In the weeks before the ride I had made sure that I had attended every Thursday night bike night at Smash Palace and quite deliberately went from table to table handing out flyers and urging people to register.With two day to go until the ride we were sat on just over 100 registered riders, which I was reasonably pleased with. On the Saturday evening I had a quick check of the DGR website and was quite shocked to see the number had now jumped to ...

September 25, 2017

Grahams Triumph T100 Cafe Racer

So, we started looking at Grahams bike with a brief just to do what was required to get the bike through NZ compliance. However, as we talked with Graham we could see that he wanted this bike to look just right and quite frankly it didn't! Time to make a build list, this included new 17" alloy rims to be laced onto the existing hubs so we had a 5.5" at the rear and a 3.5" at the front, clip-on handlebars, a new speedo (kph) and small LED warning lights, a front cockpit fairing, a custom seat, ne...

August 2, 2017

Grahams Norton Commando

We received a phone call from Graham informing us that he had just brought two bikes back with him from the USA, these being a Norton Commando and a Triumph T100 Cafe Racer and needed these bikes to be prepared and submitted for compliance testing so they could be used in New Zealand. Now the Triumph we will get to later! The Norton was extremely tidy but had a few things that Graham wanted us to sort as the fuel in New Zealand is quite different to the States and the carbs were going to need re...

July 1, 2017

Frankenscrambler

One of our clients rang us to say that he had been browsing custom bikes on the net and wanted to talk to us about a project. After lots of ideas were kicked around, it was decided that the base bike would be a Triumph Scrambler, bur with a brief to make "loud and leery"....

June 22, 2017

Mods 'n' Rockers 2017 - Video

A video made for our 2017 Mods 'n'Rockers Event by Jonathan Mackie...

March 22, 2017

Thruxton R Cafe Racer

I first clapped eyes on a Triumph Thruxton R when I went to London at the end of 2015 for the Triumph Global Dealer Conference. As soon as I saw one I thought I'm gonna have one of them and I'm going to build "my" cafe racer....

January 28, 2017

LML 200 "Woody"

This build came about after we had attended the National Motorcycle show up in Auckland and had been talking with the LML distributor about how cool scooters could be made to look just like the Mods have always done to their scoots.So when we got back to good old Christchurch we set about tinkering with this LML200. We stripped the body panels off the scoot and covered them in a deep knotty walnut effect vinyl. We also whipped off the wheels and fitted whitewall tyres and made up a sports exhaus...

November 25, 2016

Distinguished Gentlemans Ride 2016

2016 was my first year as host for the Christchurch Distinguished Gentlemans Ride. The weather on the Sunday morning was less than kind with a thick misty drizzle that showed no signs of stopping. We were set to meet up at First European for pre-ride coffees at 12.00 noon, so I got there early and nervously paced the showroom - I knew that in the interests of safety, that if the rain persisted I was going to have to cancel. At 11.40am a couple of faces appeared at the window so I opened up the s...

September 29, 2016

Green Meanie

Building "Green Meanie came about after a discussion as to why Moto Guzzi did not do a scrambler version of their V7. They had kits you could buy that included high level Arrows pipes but they still tended to look somewhat staid. At this time we were in the middle of building Frankenscrambler so our train of thought was to build something with the same attitude but at a much lower cost so we could show customers what could be achieved at 'affordable" prices....

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