Pierce motorcycles were not made to compete in price but to surpass in quality. It was a deluxe motorcycle for discriminating riders.

The Pierce Cycle Company was originally a bicycle manufacturer, the became best known for their Pierce-Arrow automobiles. In 1908, the company’s owner gave the Pierce Cycle Company as a present to his son Percy. Percy immediately added an engine to the bicycle and introduced his first model in 1909, the first four cylinder American motorcycle. In keeping with the reputation of his father’s fine automobiles, the original price was $325, a costly alternative compared to other motorcycles of the time. Until it was recently restored, this motorcycle had been in parts and kept in a attic for nearly a century.

Pierce Cycle Company (1909-1913)

Buffalo, New York

Courtesy of Glen Wiglesworth

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