Your ultimate KTM, Suzuki and Kawasaki dealer in Tauranga

Our Story

Team Effort

People First, Always

While we love revs, the thrill of the ride and being outdoors, it’s you, our customers that come first. Making sure you’re well looked after and providing exactly what you need, is our main priority. The combination of our experience and taking the time to understand you and your needs, means we can recommend the best machine for you and no one else. We don’t stop there either. Once you have your machine, we provide ongoing support in regard to parts, accessories and servicing.

Meet the Team

We’re proud of our team and with over 80 years combined experience, you know you’re in safe and reliable hands!

If you’re looking to buy a motorcycle or jetski for the first time, wanting to add to your collection, need something repaired or serviced, want some add-ons or racing gear, chat with our friendly crew. We’re here to help….and let’s face it, we love chatting about machines!

Serge Fabre

Owner/Operator

Serge’s journey started out over 35 years ago, working in a workshop as a mechanic in France. After owning a number of dealerships (including being the youngest Kawasaki dealer in France) he moved with his family to New Zealand in 2017 looking for a new adventure and different lifestyle. He found this when he moved to Tauranga and bought MAKZ GEAR.  Serge has a huge amount of experience. He got involved in bikes at 13 years of age with this father and has raced both dirt and road bikes. These days, you’re more likely to find him out on the water on a ski. Serge loves the relaxed nature of the industry and the contact with customers. He’s proud that at MAKZ GEAR, people are not just customers, they become friends.

Colin Rhind

General Manager

Colin expertly performs the General Manager role, but to the team he’s often referred to as ‘Dad’. He has been riding bikes for over 40 years and has over 20 years experience on the mechanical and servicing side, so there’s very little Colin doesn’t know! He has enjoyed riding both road and off-road bikes over the years, but these days prefers dirt bikes…he even competed in the Vet Class MX recently. Colin is a real people person and enjoys working with a great team and making sure customers are always satisfied with their experience
at MAKZ GEAR.

Aaron Carmichael

Parts and Sales

Aaron has been around bikes since he was 4 years old and gained 16 years experience in parts and sales including working at a multi franchise dealership.  He enjoys his role at MAKZ GEAR as he’s surrounded by bikes, jetskis and people, it’s a perfect job for him! Aaron has been involved in both road and off-road riding and competing. He now enjoys adventure riding and the odd MX trail ride. In the summer, he doesn’t mind taking the ski out for a spin either!

Danny Merriman

Mechanic

Danny is our resident mechanic, having been part of the MAKZ GEAR team for 9 years. He’s been riding bikes since he was 13 years of age and working on bikes since then, which was a natural progression into becoming a mechanic. He loves all things dirt bikes and likes to compete in MX. Danny loves when he diagnoses something tricky or complex on a machine as he finds it super rewarding!

Richie Couchman

Parts and Sales

Richie is our newest member to the Parts and Sales team and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience. Bikes are in his blood…he has been around them since he was a baby. When he was about 18 years of age, he helped build the Maddix Park (Home of MX and Trail) on which his family still own today. Richie enjoys all bikes, particularly dirt bikes.  He loves his job at MAKZ GEAR as it combines working with bikes, an awesome team and great customers.

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