Flashback. 1915 Iver Johnson Motorcycle.

It’s for me one of the most beautiful motorcycles produced at the beginning of last century. The Iver Johnson Company (the company shared the name as its founder Norwegian-born Iver Johnson.) was first a U.S firearms and bicycle company. Launched in Fitchburg, MA in 1907, a motorcycle division was created from the conversion of a line of business that had been manufacturing bicycles for some 23 years prior to that date. Ultimately, the arms division of the business was growing so rapidly to meet demand that management decided to focus on that market and as a result motorcycle operations closed in 1916 (varying sources claim the last year as being 1915, with 1916 seeing only the sales of remaining 1915 produced inventory) The Ever Jognson motorcycle featured a number of very advanced design features and were advertised as “Mechanical Perfection” (photo @ Doug Mitchel 630.605.6276)

9 Responses to “Flashback. 1915 Iver Johnson Motorcycle.”

  1. 1 J.grif Sep 16th, 2017 at 10:23 am

    So much art in this machine!

  2. 2 Fzzzz Sep 16th, 2017 at 11:24 am

    That is a very beautiful machine.

  3. 3 Tom Sep 16th, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    THAT’S a “big wheel” bike I like!

  4. 4 Tom Sep 17th, 2017 at 7:54 am


  5. 5 Sal Pal Sep 17th, 2017 at 11:49 am

    This the most transition bicycle to motorcycle where there are strong elements of both in one machine. I’d love to know more about the designer. Do u have a link?

  6. 6 Mark Sep 18th, 2017 at 7:56 am

    The National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa has a fine restored Iver-Johnson on display. It’s owned by guitarist Pat Simmons. The company went their now way with many engineering details and the design and fit and finish is exquisite, really well beyond typical bikes of the time. Here’s a link to the story the Museum ran about four months ago. Perhaps some of the information will be helpful. But the Museum is open every day, year around, so stop by and see Pat’s Iver and about 450 other bikes, tons of memorabilia.


  7. 7 Reddog Sep 18th, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Love it, beautiful bike, it’s always fun to see what started it all, with this bike being in the mix. Great Bike !

  8. 8 Emmett Sep 18th, 2017 at 8:40 am

    I would be riding this one!!!

  9. 9 Guy Sep 18th, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Beautiful, I love that headlight.

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