Brown's Cycle was started by one of the original Chopper builders from the 60's, 70's, and 80's – Jessie “Tennessee” Brown. After WWII, Jessie’s uncle bought two Army 45" WLA’s from a used car lot and let Jessie ride one of them. The seed was planted. Motorcycle riding became Jessie's first love.
Jessie went to trade school and learned sheet metal work, which he did for 27 years. Riding his motorcycle was his passion. He learned everything about how to keep his Harley Davidson motorcycles running at optimal levels. When the Chopper scene exploded and guys starting extending their forks and installing sissy bars, Jessie knew this was what he wanted to do. He would work at the sheet metal shop until 2pm and then work on bikes until 10pm every night. Jessie took a leap of faith and opened a bike shop while still working at the sheet metal shop. He worked six days a week. Once his two sons were old enough, they helped him in the evenings and on weekends. In 1976, Jessie’s youngest son, David, quit college to come home and work for his dad. In 1990, his oldest son Gary joined the family business. Even after Jessie sold Brown's to his sons for $1.00, he still came to the shop every day to see his customers. Jessie passed away in December of 2013 at the age of 86 and his oldest son Gary passed away in March of 2016.
David Brown continues to honor his father Jessie's legacy and the company that his brother Gary helped build.
Early Harley Davidson motorcycle owned by Jessie Brown
Brown's Cycle Repair Rally
Jessie Brown on the cover of Chrome Specialties Magazine
Jessie Brown Mural
Gary Brown, Jessie Brown, David Brown
Jessie Brown in Brown's Cycles