1909 Pierce 4 Cylinder
Inventory Number: 5080
First year of an American four cylinder motorcycle. Rated at 707 CC, this 275
pound single speed machine boasted a 60 mile per hour top speed.
Sold at the Steve McQueen auction.
Unfortunately, they cost more to produce than they could sell for. That put the
Pierce motorcycle company into financial difficulty and bankrupted the
motorcycle division, in 1914.
In 1909, George Pierce debuted the first Pierce Four, a radically different
motorcycle than any other available on the market at that time. The oversized,
four-inch diameter frame tubing offered a distinct look but came with an
advantage by incorporating required fluids into the chassis, while cutting
production costs. Unlike the FN inspiration machines, the Pierce relied on a T-
head cylinder design, with the inlet and exhaust valves on opposite sides of
the combustion chamber.