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Clymer Manuals Pierce Single Antique Vintage Classic Motorcycle Walk Around Video

Clymer Manuals got an up-close look at a Tim Thoele's 1911 Pierce Single at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show. This American-made motorcycle was named People’s Choice. The award was sponsored by Motorcycle Classic Magazine.

Clymer on the lift didn't have to go far to attend the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts club 22nd Annual Vintage Motorcycle Show. Classic vintage antique motorcycles motorcycle bikes British, German, Japanese, Italian, European, American motorbikes were all on display. Manufacturers included Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Yamaha, BMW, Harley Davidson, Vincent, Triumph, BSA, Norton, Brough Superior, Indian, Cushman, Vespa, Laverda, Puch, Lambretta, MV Augusta, Ducati, Matchless, Zundapp, Moto Guzzi, AJS and more. There were 100% perfect restorations, bike ridden in, a few trailer queens, full-on customs, cafe racers, choppers, bobbers, trials bikes, dirt bikes, road racers...any type or style motorcycle you could imagine.

The George N. Pierce Company entered the transportation field in 1891 with the introduction of their first bicycle catalog.

In 1907, the Pierce Cycle Company was formed, separating the bicycle business from the automobile business. Percy Pierce, son of George Pierce, was the company's president. In 1909, the first Pierce motorcycle was introduced. At $325, the 4-cylinder motorcycle was a costly alternative to the other motorcycles of the time. A one-cylinder version was added in 1910. Production continued through 1913. The Pierce Cycle Company went bankrupt in 1914.

In 1909 the Pierce Motorcycle Company began production of a new breed of motorcycle in Buffalo, New York. Tracing its past from the prestigious Pierce Arrow Motor Car Company, under the direction of Percy Pierce, the company stayed true to its luxurious roots offering high quality Single- and Four- cylinder machines that commanded respect in the motorcycling world. The modern, low slung machines featured a heavy tubular frame that doubled as gas and oil tanks, hidden control cables and sprung front fork. Due to its costly price tag, the company saw extremely limited production through 1913, before going bankrupt the following year. This stunning example is offered for sale for the first time in 100 years, having been owned by a single family since 1912. It is preserved in original paint and still retains its original white, knobby tires. The machine features a massive 590cc Single Cylinder engine, almost equaling the displacement of the company’s 4-cylinder line. With its powerful engine, the company touted the Single Cylinder line as its “mountain climber.” Power is transmitted to the rear wheel via drive belt and very rare two-speed rear hub.

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