PUHI — Tom Leighton’s first “motorcycle” was a homemade affair with a small motor modified to fit a bicycle.
There was even a poster to commemorate that event.
“It was a small motor and we got it to fit a Schwinn bike,” Leighton said, recollecting the many years that have followed since that eventful time.
But many motorcycle posters later, Leighton celebrated the opening of his newest venture: Motorcycles Period.
The posters that have outlined Leighton’s love affair with the motorized two-wheeled craft have come out of his closet and now adorn the ceiling of the shop which offers a wide array of accessories for not only motorcycles, but motorcycle riders as well. This gives shoppers not only the latest in accessories, but a walk down memory lane as the posters span eras of motorcycle history.
“We only have three pairs of boots left,” Leighton said to a customer over the phone during the grand opening celebration. “The longer I speak on the phone, the greater the chance someone will buy them.”
A special sale on motorcycle boots attracted a steady stream of shoppers, many having their eye on harder-to-find keiki rider sizes, while other shoppers stocked up on motorcycle tires and other accessories.
Another segment of shoppers overflowed the shop located in the former Joni Hana location and checked out the four mopeds which lined the sidewalk.
“I don’t ride, but my father does,” said Katie Ceria-Johnson who was speaking with Leighton about one of the sportier-looking mopeds which Leighton said gets about 100 miles per gallon and reaches speeds of about 35 mph. Leighton said shoppers can get these mopeds out the door for less than $1,900.
Shiloh Pa and his friends tuned up in preparation for the arrival of the Kaua‘i Off-Road Riders first-ever on/off road Poker Run which started in Waimea earlier last Saturday and was expected to finish at the steps of Motorcycles Period to coincide with the shop’s grand opening.
In addition to the event which celebrated the opening, registration for the 54th Labor Day Races are also available.
That event starts Saturday at 8 a.m.
Motorcycles Period is closed Sunday and Monday, but is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Tuesday through Friday. Saturday hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, call them at 632-0000.