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The little Cushman that could...
« on: May 11, 2021, 09:15:39 AM »
C'mon now!!  8HP...two-speed tank shift...foot clutch...35mph tops (going downhill!!) :rolleyes: :shocked: :huh:

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Re: The little Cushman that could...
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2021, 06:31:41 PM »
The Little Cushman That Could...already over $5,000...with 6 days still to GO!!



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Re: The little Cushman that could...
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2021, 09:43:23 AM »
I know Cushman enthusiasts / collectors go "GA-GA" over these little bikes, but frankly speaking, $5,000+ 5% Buyers Premium.....for an 8HP lawn mower engine is a bit spendy... :laugh: :grin: :wink: :cool: :boozing: :smiley:



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Re: The little Cushman that could...
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2021, 11:35:04 AM »
I had the cheapie Cushman (Allstate) step-thru @ 3.5 or 4 HP. It would top out at 35 mph. Thought the Eagles were a bit faster??

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Re: The little Cushman that could...
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Re: The little Cushman that could...
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2021, 12:13:34 PM »
I had the cheapie Cushman (Allstate) step-thru @ 3.5 or 4 HP. It would top out at 35 mph. Thought the Eagles were a bit faster??

"Hell Hath No Fury...." like a 1950's Allstate Step-Thru!! 

Yes, the 8HP Cushman Eagles were a bit faster...but not by much...





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Re: The little Cushman that could...
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2021, 12:39:29 PM »
The second photo looks like mine; '52 model if I recall? We were moving off the farm and had to sell my little mare. Missed her, but the well used scoot was pretty cooool!

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Re: The little Cushman that could...
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2021, 05:37:01 PM »
I walked past a boat dealer that sold them and used to stop on my way home from school.I seem to recall a claim that they could go 50.A year or so later an older guy let me ride his Allstate up and down his alley.At the time you could get a scooter license at14 in IL.I was 14 but had no money,took me another 6 years to buy the Dream.Always wanted one but not at these prices.

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Re: The little Cushman that could...
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2021, 05:58:41 PM »
I walked past a boat dealer that sold them and used to stop on my way home from school.I seem to recall a claim that they could go 50.A year or so later an older guy let me ride his Allstate up and down his alley.At the time you could get a scooter license at14 in IL.I was 14 but had no money,took me another 6 years to buy the Dream.Always wanted one but not at these prices.

On a good day, they might hit 45 mph, downhill, with a strong tailwind, and a 75-pound 16-year old riding it!! :shocked: :rolleyes: :huh: :laugh: :grin: :wink:
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Re: The little Cushman that could...
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2021, 06:02:40 PM »
 Most of them you see anymore have an OMC overhead valve engine installed , one with an original side valve Clinton engine is worth more I am guessing . Wiki says the big one would do 50 MPH , a claim that seems dubious at best , a Honda S 90 would tun off and hide from one , and despite claims of 64 MPH for one of those , on a good day they might make a real 51 MPH .

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Re: The little Cushman that could...
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2021, 09:49:15 PM »
Most of them you see anymore have an OMC overhead valve engine installed , one with an original side valve Clinton engine is worth more I am guessing . Wiki says the big one would do 50 MPH , a claim that seems dubious at best , a Honda S 90 would tun off and hide from one , and despite claims of 64 MPH for one of those , on a good day they might make a real 51 MPH .

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Oh my!!!! An amazing 9HP!!!  :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :shocked: :shocked: :huh: :huh:



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Re: The little Cushman that could...
« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2021, 09:57:24 PM »
Oh my!!!! An amazing 9HP!!!  :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :shocked: :shocked: :huh: :huh:





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Re: The little Cushman that could...
« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2021, 12:35:15 AM »
My dad had an 8 hp Cushman when I was 10 or 11. He claimed it run 50. It felt like it when he gave me a ride.
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Re: The little Cushman that could...
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2021, 09:22:26 AM »
Here is a 1965 Cushman Super Silver Eagle, with that OMC motor.... :thumb: :boozing: :cool: :wink: :smiley: :smiley:



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Re: The little Cushman that could...
« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2021, 09:49:43 AM »
...and you thought this forum had a lot of "Guzzi Geezers!!"  :laugh: :laugh: :grin: :grin: :wink: :wink:





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Re: The little Cushman that could...
« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2021, 11:39:40 AM »
I had one of them when I was 17 .    The foot clutch was for shifting gears mostly , I could put it in gear then with the motor idling let the clutch up without moving till the clutch weights slung out.

The one I had might have had a larger front sprocket but , it would do more than 50 , that 35mph must be referring to 1st gear ?   
Back in the early 1970's those Cushman's were cheep and in good supply , mine was retired to the scrap-iron pile when I got a Honda CD175 . 


 
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Re: The little Cushman that could...
« Reply #15 on: May 19, 2021, 12:10:36 PM »
...and you thought this forum had a lot of "Guzzi Geezers!!"  :laugh: :laugh: :grin: :grin: :wink: :wink:





All Eagles, which were rare in my neck of the woods when growing up. Of course Sears did not sell the Eagles as I recall.

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Re: The little Cushman that could...
« Reply #16 on: May 19, 2021, 12:44:00 PM »




My first motorcycle/scooter was a Cushman Trailster. It had a two speed transmission with a centrifugal clutch.
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Re: The little Cushman that could...
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My first motorcycle/scooter was a Cushman Trailster. It had a two speed transmission with a centrifugal clutch.
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Re: The little Cushman that could...
« Reply #18 on: May 20, 2021, 10:00:09 AM »
My first wreck on two wheels (other than bicycles) was on a Cushman step through scooter.  Picked pea gravel out of the palm of my hands for an hour.

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Re: The little Cushman that could...
« Reply #19 on: May 20, 2021, 10:05:35 AM »
LOVE these old Cushman ads that were popular back in the day in magazines like Popular Mechanics, remember?

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Re: The little Cushman that could...
« Reply #20 on: May 20, 2021, 11:43:39 AM »
If a trampy kick scooter and a meth head mulleted lawn mower had a baby...gosh these things are fugly. Why am I thinking about a Shriner's parade?

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Re: The little Cushman that could...
« Reply #21 on: May 20, 2021, 01:29:05 PM »
My first wreck on two wheels (other than bicycles) was on a Cushman step through scooter.  Picked pea gravel out of the palm of my hands for an hour.

Very similar experience; no gravel in hands but road rash on an elbow and sore all over!!
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Re: The little Cushman that could...
« Reply #22 on: May 21, 2021, 09:22:34 AM »
Very similar experience; no gravel in hands but road rash on an elbow and sore all over!!
Jack~ good to hear from you! we need to figure out how to get together??

Good to hear from you also Joe.  Yep, we do need a good visit. Itís been awhile. Miss seeing those at rallies we both knew from years ago. Iíll give you a shout shortly.
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