| This 1909Pierce Four is a remarkable motorcycle. It’s also one of fewer than 35-40 Pierce Fours produced in 1909. It’s a real gem of the American motorcycle industry.|
The Pierce Four was the first American 4-cylinder motorcycle, and it used a distinctive chassis that set it apart from any other motorcycle of the era. In 1908, Percy Pierce traveled to Europe looking for the best of the world’s motorcycle industry, and he was impressed by the Belgian FN 4-cylinder. No American company was producing a 4-cylinder motorcycle at the time, so Percy brought a 1908 FN 4 back to the Pierce factory, where it was studied closely. Pierce did not reverse-engineer the FN, but he did take inspiration and make improvements that made the Pierce Four a better and faster machine. With a new design completed, Percy Pierce founded Pierce Motorcycle Company in 1909.
The first Pierce Fours of 1909 had no clutch and a single speed, but, by 1910-13, a 2-speed transmission and clutch were added,
Then the frames were different to accommodate the two speeds. They also differed in the diameter of the cylinders, the diameter of the flywheels, the carburettor, which although in both models was a Breeze, in 1909 the admission was vertical and then horizontal. Bosch magneto attached vertically to the timing case, then Hertz magneto attached to a horizontal visor. Holding the pedals vertical, then horizontal. Drain tap, different gasoline and oil, and some other details. All this makes it possible to speak of two models: those of 1909 and following of 1910-13.
This 1909 Pierce is preserved in its original state. It was only necessary to put the fenders, pedals and front fork to complete it.
Some of them in original condition have been auctioned from 1910-14, but not a genuine one from 1909, which makes this a unique opportunity to own an exceptional piece.