COPPERAS COVE — Nestled in the quiet hills of a Copperas Cove side road where many motorcyclists race by, Opa’s Motorcycle Dome, a new motorcycle parts shop and Cove’s first, opened Saturday.
After two years of research, John “Opa” Miller, a disabled Army veteran, decided it was time to service the needs of the growing biker community.
“There’s about 10,000 licensed motorcycle riders from Lampasas to Harker Heights, but no parts store in Cove,” Miller said.
Chrome tailpipes, black leather saddlebags and bottles of engine oil sit in tidy rows throughout the dome. Colorful bandanas hang on lemon yellow walls. The decor reflects Miller’s approach to make customers feel they’re in a shop that caters to their needs.
A Chicago native, Miller rode bikes for about 50 years until a Vietnam injury ended his riding days — but not his passion.
“Even though I can’t ride, I’ll take care of those who can,” he said.
The shop also carries parts for ATV and small engine bikes and stocks more than 40 brands of tires. A family friend of 14 years, Paul Needham, volunteers at the shop because he wants to encourage its growth.
“It’s extremely valuable to have this shop because people don’t have to go outside Cove anymore to get what they need for their bikes,” he said.
Once a shade tree mechanic, Steven Greenwood, parts manager and Miller’s grandson, sees potential for the shop’s future growth. “It’s always a good thing to help out a veteran, and it’s a small business that may open up one or two jobs,” he said.
Miller plans to expand the back section of the building and carry more clothing and accessories.