While the Pierce Cycle Company was originally a bicycle manufacturer, they 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; it was 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 its restoration, 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