First European

First European are proud to be the official sales and servicing agents of MV Agusta, Benelli, Royal Enfield, Norton and SWM motorcycles.

We are a passionate and skilled team, dedicated to providing the best possible service to all of our customers. So whether you want a full custom build or a routine service, give the team a call on 03 366 2201.


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 areRead more

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 fewRead more

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 40mmRead more

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 hisRead more

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 boysRead more

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 itRead more

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 aRead more

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 toRead more

Distinguished Gentlemans Ride 2018 - Video

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Distinguished Gentlemans Ride 2018

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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 cRead more

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 particularlyRead more


Andy has raced both cars and bikes, which started with the purchase of his first bike (in parts) at the age of 15. Since then, Andy has had far too many cars and bikes to list. To this day, Andy's still totally addicted and worships the God of Speed.


Teresa holds both full car and bike licences. She enjoys exploring New Zealand's great scenery when time allows, although at present seems to spend most of her time in the office doing all the detail jobs that everyone else hates to do! When she does manage to escape, Teresa can often be found riding around the bays on a Royal Enfield (one of her favourite bikes).


Gabe joined us to strengthen our admin team, but has quickly gotten to grips with all aspects of the shop and a a trained barista is a great help to Teresa when it comes to keeping our Throttlestop customers happy. Gabe has recently acquired her motorcycle licence and is now looking forward to taking part in some of our shop rides.


Heads up our Service Department and is the main man when it comes to our custom builds, Rick is deeply passionate about all things car and bike related and currently owns a 1976 Jaguar XJ6 and a MV Agusta 1078RR to name just two of his toys. Catch up with Rick for some bike chat on one of our shop rides or simply give him a call to book your bike in to the workshop.


Is a hugely talented technician, having been involved in the custom bike/cafe racer scene back in his native France  and is currently working with Rick on a number of our custom build projects. With a keen interest in European motorcycles and an eye for detail, Alex enjoys liaising with customers to get their bike feeling the way they like like it whether that be a simple indicator bracket or a detailed project brief.


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