Dudley “Dud” Perkins, a legend from the early days of motorcycling, was a racer back in the 1910s to ‘30s who was tearing up the track winning a number of west coast races on a variety of machines including a Jefferson racer. Perkins first entered the motorcycling trade with his own dealership in San Francisco when he partnered with Al Maggini in 1913 and sold Deluxe and Jefferson motorcycles.
The overhead valve twin was new in 1913 and the “Mack” (P.E.M) motors powering the Jefferson came as either a 7 or 9 horsepower twin or a 4 or 5 horsepower single model. There was also a demand for these motors from individuals and other companies to be used in other motorcycles and cyclecars.
The Jefferson was a well built machine and it was known for its speed and reliability. Unfortunately though, due to financial difficulties the company had to close up shop by the end of 1914.
This exquisite bike is proudly owned by Pete of Front Range Motorcycles. The restoration project started about 8 years ago when he acquired the motor in a “trade for parts” deal. The engine was a good start but several items were still needed so he enlisted the aid of Lonnie Isam and Brian Van Derleer of Jurassic Racine in Sturgis, SD. Lonnie did the frame, fork, and tank and Brian did the paint and the end result is what you see.
You will probably see an old Harley or Indian at one of the bike shows you attend but since the Jefferson Company had such a short existence, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see one as it must have looked in their showroom at 1626 Market Street. “This is the only one known to exist that has been restored to this condition,” said Pete.
Having restored numerous old motorcycles over the years, the Jefferson is one that’s Pete’s favorites as well it should be. We should be grateful for Pete and the others like him, through their love of motorcycling, who preserve a piece of our history to remind us what it was like to ride a motorcycle ~ back in the day!