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4-cylinder 1911 Pierce Motorcycle

In case you thought that longitudinal engines are fairly new, you are fairly wrong: they've been around for more than 100 years, and this 199 Pierce motorcycle is one of the nicest proofs around.
1911 Pierce 14 photos
Photo: Bill Waltzer
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The first Pierce motorcycles have been manufactured back in 1907 and production lasted for 7 years, when George N. Pierce went bankrupt. However, his bikes won a lot of local races and were capable of reaching as much as 60 mph (96.5 km/h).

The bike in the pictures after the jump is a4-inline longitudinal model, boasting a whopping 700cc displacement and delivering 4 bhp. With more than 90 years spent in storage, the 1911 Pierce has never been restored or painted and is still in working condition.

It also sports a 2-speed transmission and pedals,backing the main shaft drive. It will go under the hammer in the 22nd Annual Copake Antique & Classic Bicycle Auction on April 20th, 2013 in Copake, New York, for an unknown strting price.

Tipped by Hell for Leather.
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