10 Oldest American Motorcycle Companies 

Pierce-Arrow (1898) 

Before luxury cars conquered the roads, Pierce-Arrow dipped its toes into the two-wheeled world with the humble "Motorette." This single-cylinder machine, born in 1898, may not have reached warp speed, but it sparked a passion for motorized freedom that endure 

Indian Motorcycle (1901) 

From the thundering Powerplus to the iconic Chief, Indian Motorcycle roared across a century, capturing the American spirit of adventure and rebellion. Though it faced a hiatus, the Indian spirit refused to die, returning with a vengeance to reclaim its rightful place on the asphalt. 

Harley-Davidson (1903) 

Need we say more? The Harley roar is the heartbeat of American motorcycles. From the early Silent Grey Fellow to the thundering Road Glide, Harley-Davidson has woven its legacy into the fabric of American culture, synonymous with freedom, rebellion, and open roads. 

Thor (1902) 

Before Thor conquered the skies with aircraft, they dominated the dirt tracks with their robust motorcycles. Though sadly a footnote in history, Thor's legacy lives on in the hearts of vintage enthusiasts who cherish their single-cylinder beasts. 

Merkel-Motocycle (1902) 

Elegance met practicality in the motorcycles of Merkel, known for their smooth-running flywheel engines and comfortable sidecars. These machines, favored by doctors and lawyers alike, proved that motorcycles could be more than just thrill machines. 

Pope (1902) 

The name Pope may be synonymous with sewing machines, but they also played a pivotal role in motorcycle history. Their lightweight "Columbia" bikes and innovative "Motorette" models democratized the open road, making motorized freedom accessible to the masses. 

Davis Sewing Machine (1902) 

Yes, another sewing machine giant! Davis ventured into the two-wheeled world with their stylish and reliable motorcycles, proving that mechanical expertise could translate across industries. Their legacy lives on in the hearts of collectors who cherish their rare and beautiful machines. 

Yale Motorcycle Company (1902) 

The Ivy League wasn't just for scholars; Yale Motorcycles carved their niche with reliable and affordable single-cylinder bikes. Though their reign was short-lived, they played a crucial role in making motorcycles a practical and accessible form of transportation. 

Excelsior (1905) 

In 1905, the American spirit roared to life with the birth of Excelsior motorcycles. These single-speed machines, fueled by innovation and a thirst for open road, carved their place in history as testaments to early motorcycle muscle and grit. 

Iver Johnson (1898) 

This company, known for their firearms, forayed into the motorcycle world with their sturdy single-cylinder machines. Their motto, "Safety First," reflected a growing concern for rider well-being, paving the way for safer and more accessible motorcycles.