The work shop is located next to some of the best motorcycle riding areas in New Zealand. Sweeping bends and magnificent mountain scenery, International riders from the USA, Australia, UK, Germany and Japan ride through regularly.
Here is a photo of the workshop ( under the red pointer) at the Engineers Camp settlement, on State highway 7, Lewis Pass road, 35km South of Maruia Springs and 40km West of the Hanmer Springs turnoff . It has a distinctive barn shape. This is what you will see as you enter from the Canterbury side. Look for the white fence posts and the wooden barn doors.
The New Zealand countryside is an awesome place to live and work, and to visit, drop in for a coffee if you're passing.
Look for the yellow Lada 4WD with the whitewall tires, sometimes it's parked on the roadside.
image borrowed from Google.com (3979 lewis Pass Road Poplars Range.)
In 1989 I took over. I'm Graeme Stephens ( in the pic with the big exhaust) and I still own the business today. At the beginning it was very hard as I was totally 'green' with little idea on how a business should be run. Almost as soon as I started I contacted TB and was off work for a year. During this time my good friends and family stepped in and helped me keep going. After a long recuperation it was into long hours and we became known for working through the night to get the job done.
In 1990 we formed an association with Harris Pipes, manufacturing a specially designed and patented megaphone and header set for Harley Davidsons.
(subsequently in 2015 the two companies have merged )
The business moved to the large warehouse with a staff of 5 in 1995. Then in 2000 with the building needing heaps of repairs I sold and moved to a life style out in the mountains. From here exhausts are manufactured and sent all round the country and the world dealing by telephone and internet. In association with Harris Pipes specialized acoustic work, such as large stainless mufflers for large capacity diesel motors situated in residential areas e.g. water pumping stations was incorporated.
To continue the story... 'Officially', the move to the countryside was in 2000 - but in fact the business has operated from here too since starting in 1989.
After 'moving' here a new double garage was built, 400', which was a huge drop in space from the 5000' wharehouse in the city.
After 7 years a TotalSpan® steel framed Heritage style barn was built (in the photo at the top of this page) all insulated with acoustic doors and a heated concrete floor. Hey, I'm not getting any younger and it gets COLD here. I built it with the help of friends, which nearly killed me -- should have paid the extra $6000 to have the professionals do it. But it's nice to have a bit of space again.
That my co-worker in the pic. The only one of the crew to follow the business to the new location. Also lives in the settlement, house sitting , loves it in the countryside and doesn't even miss watching TV!! (no reception out here)
sprint boat V8 stainless silencers under construction.
The Harris Pipes brand has been manufactured since 1990 in association with Graeme Harris. In 2014 Graeme Harris decided he had other stuff to do so we took over the brand completely.
It will still stay the same top quality product with that Harris Pipes sound.
Just in case of confusion My name is Graeme Stephens of MotorcycleExhausts.nz and Graeme Harris used to be the owner of Harris Pipes. ( HarrisPipes.nz )
The customized 1981 Bedford CF van. It's been around the North and South islands of New Zealand a number of times over the years.
It's due for a new set of wheels as the tire sizes for 14inch are hard to come by.
V6 motor, 5 speed man trans, steel body work. Wide aluminium wheels.
The white section of paint is for some advertizing artwork.
Here's a link to a video of the van.
The Suzuki can U-turn anywhere on the highway in one quick move. It's fitted with an orange flashing light and is used for first reponse in the event of a car crash on the highway, and that's happening far too often.........
The Suzuki can even tow a trailer, or another car - a broken down Toyota starlet needing to be towed, all the way to Christchurch. No problem!!
The Suzuki Carry 660cc (3 cylinder 4 stroke) actually does more work than the Moose these days scooting to and from Christchurch and other main centres at 90kph (50- 55mph) even loaded with a heavy bike.
Yes, the Lada actually towed the 2 ton rental digger on a 3 hour trip through the mountains to prepare the ground for the barn,, twice in a week,, I wasn't happy with the depth of the foundation the first time so I had another go. Besides driving the digger was fun.
These days the Lada has been 'taken off the books' and consigned to an advertisment parked at the gate each day where it attracts customers who have seen it on Trademe.co.nz
The hardest working Lada on the planet I reckon!!! It does the occasional breakdown rescue in the Lewis Pass area.
The Lada towed this 2 ton rental digger over the mountain roads.
Even the private vehicle acts as a work horse when needed.
Actually the ZX tows really well and the rear suspension doesn't sag under load.
Nissan ZX towing PCR V8 Sprint boat through the Weka Pass New Zealand.
3 litre quadcam V6