This week marks Joe Kinsela’s 40th year at Pat Kinsela Motorcycles. Pat Kinsela Motorcycles has been in business in Parkes for over 50 years, proudly providing motorcycles, bicycles, power equipment, accessories and so much more.
The business first began in the building where the Parkes PA & H Association now resides in Welcome Street, before moving down the road to one side of its current premises and later expanding into the next door building when it became available a few years later.
“I started when I was almost 17 years old. I had all these assignments to do for school, and then I just decided to come in and work here instead,” said Joe. “I enjoy doing the spare parts. It’s what I did when I first started, then progressed to sales, everything … except the mechanics.”
“We sell quite a lot of motorcycle accessories. The lawn-mowers are more of a side business. There are some surprising requests sometimes. We’ve had a few people come in interested in a bike, but it may take them months, or even years to decide. We just let them work it out,” said Joe.
Pat, Joe’s father, worked in the business until he was 85, then eventually stopped working altogether by the time he was 90. There may be a few more milestones ahead of you yet, Joe!