It all began a hundred years ago when Floyd "Pop" Dreyer took a ride on his older brother's 1912 Pope single cylinder motorcycle. It was the start of a life long passion for gasoline powered vehicles. Floyd then purchased his own Indian motorcycle (by trading his in bicycle and coming up with $250 in cash). Soon he left the family farm to work at a motorcycle dealership in Youngstown, Ohio.
One day at the dealership he was invited to compete in a motorcycle sidecar race, and that was the beginning of a stint in racing that would see him quickly become one of that nation's top sidecar racers, with factory support by both the Indian Motorcycle Company and the Flxible Sidecar Company. Pop won numerous national races and championships in M&ATA sanctioned races, the predecessor to the AMA.
In September of 1921, Pop competed in a Labor Day race in East Palestine, Ohio with his sidecar passenger Jeff Mapes. While at a high rate of speed, they collided with another sidecar, which sent them flying into a fence. Mapes was killed and Pop suffered a broken back.
After a lengthy rehabilitation, Pop knew he had to make a difficult decision. By this time he was married with three young children. Because he was the sole provider for his family, he felt it was best to retire from sidecar racing.
After hearing that welders were needed in the oil fields in Oklahoma, Pop packed up his family and headed west. He made it to Greenfield Indiana before he ran out of money. He found a job with the Duesenberg Automobile Company working as a welder. He built headers and other parts for Duesenberg racers and was part of the Duesenberg crew at the 1926 Indianapolis 500. He built headers and built bodies for the front row at the 1931 Indianapolis 500. Floyd then built his own race cars using many different engine configurations. One of his specialites was building midget race cars. At one point, he was called "Poppa of the Midgets", which led to his nickname "Pop." Floyd built his own sprint car engine, a double overhead cam four cylinder engine that won several championships during the 1930's and 1940's.
In 1953, Pop got back into motorcycles. He had built race cars with a new material at that time, fiberglass. It didn't take much for him to build a new sidecar that featured a fiberglass body. He made the sidecar for various police departments as well as other sidecar enthusiasts. At this time, Pop began selling BMW motorcycles.
In 1958, he read an ad in Popular Mechanics about a new motorcycle company from Japan called Honda. He applied for the dealership and became a dealer in November of 1959. Dreyer Cycle was then the first dealer East of the Mississippi and the ninth dealer in the United States. Since then, the other eight dealers have gone out of business, making Dreyer Cycle the oldest Honda dealer in the United States.