You are looking at a 102-year old 100% original motorcycle (except the tires), stated to be perfectly maintained and in running condition. Only a dozen are known to be still in existence. It will hit the auction block April 20, 2013 at the 22nd Annual Antique & Classic Bicycle Auction in Copake, NY.
In 1896 George Pierce started to make bicycles, then in 901 Pierce-Arrow automobiles and in 1907 entered the motorcycle world through another Piece company under his son management. The 1st Pierce 4-cylinder motorcycle was produced in 1909 in Buffalo, NY. The 1911 model featured here Original features included 3.54″ diameter frame tubes, with the front downtube used as an oil tank and the backbone as the gas reservoir. Driveline consists of a compensating friction clutch, engaging teeth and drive shat. the 700 cc engine pushed the bike up to 60 mph.
Being the most expensive motorcycle you could buy in the USA with the company losing money on each one sold, trouble began.
To try to same Pierce, price was increased on each unit from $325 to $400, not far from a Ford Model T costing only $525.
Of course, it was a death sentence and the last Pierce was produced in 1914.