About Shark Leathers
Shark Motorcycle Leathers & Accessories was founded in 2009 by Matthew Kuhne. As a child, he always had a passion for motorcycles and raced bikes since the age of four. In an unfortunate motorcycle accident at just 19 years of age, Matthew broke his neck leaving him a quadriplegic. After two years of rehabilitation, Matthew reinvested his passion into starting his own business and Shark Motorcycle Leathers & Accessories was born. Starting from humble beginnings, in the family garage, Shark Leathers has grown into a brand, motorcyclist across the globe can afford and trust. Shark Motorcycle Leathers meets the high demands for his quality motorcycling leather riding gear, cruiser wear, gloves and helmets from the company’s shopfront in Siganto Drive, Helensvale, QLD. It gives our customers the opportunity to see, touch and try on the bike gear before purchase.
Shark Leathers also run a group of online websites supplying Australia and authorised distributors across the world with a huge variety of affordable, yet high-quality motorcycle clothing and motorcycle accessories. In 2011, they went on to win Gold Coast's Business Excellence Award.
Sharkleathers.com.au opened our online store in 2009 and are Australian’s premier online store for high-quality motorcycle accessories and products at prices that don't put safety gear out of reach of the average family.
Being a direct importer we are able to offer huge savings to our customers as we cut the middlemen to offer the customer the best possible price, supplying Australia and the globe online.
As one of Australia’s foremost eBay sellers, our reputation speaks for itself with all positive feedback ratings from our customers each year (100% satisfaction).
Giving back to the community
In addition to selling motorcycle leathers and accessories, the team at Shark Leathers pride themselves on giving back to the community. They have been involved in organising and participating in charity rides raising money for the Perry Cross Spinal Foundation, a cause very dear to their hearts and the Black Dog Ride, raising awareness about depression and suicide. Each year Shark Leathers gives around $100,000 to local motorcycle clubs and gives away motorcycle protective gear to more than 50 young motorcyclists.
Meet the Shark Leathers Team
Matthew Kuhne, Founder
Despite a motorcycle accident leaving him a quadriplegic at 19 years of age, Matthew has not been one to let a wheelchair define him. The once former MotoGP champ goes from strength to strength. During his long rehab stint, Matt met other riders who'd broken bones, lost skin and limbs. He was amazed these riders never had the protective leathers his family and sponsors had always paid for. Matt was blown away that a full set of motorcycle leathers would set riders back between $2,000 to $3000, so he was determined to set up a business that made safety gear available at an affordable price.
John Kuhne, Director
There's no mistaking that Shark Leathers is a family owned and operated company. Father of Matthew, John has been racing bikes for years and foster a love of motorcycles in his family from a young age. His love of riding means John has extensive product knowledge from having an in-depth understanding of what makes protective gear comfortable and has been at the forefront of launching the exclusive Shark brand range of motorcycle clothing.
Mitch Kuhne, CEO
Despite his young years, Mitch Kuhne has really stepped up to the plate and has been instrumental in taking Shark Leathers from simply a shopfront to a highly successful online platform. His focus has really helped Shark Leathers move into the digital realm and his eye for detail and introducing new products lines and designs is where his passions lie. When he's not on the shop floor helping serve customers or in the back room helping build Shark Leather's global profile, he's doing what he loves best. Spending time with his close-knit family and competing at ASBk.