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1958 Cushman Eagle
http://auto.howstuffworks.com/1958-cushman-eagle-and-pacemaker.htm ^

Posted on 08/31/2012 2:08:33 PM PDT by djone

Cushman was one of the few manufacturers of motorized vehicles permitted to continue civilian production during World War II, as its products were considered "energy savers" for those needing transportation to and from work. During this time, and on into the postwar years, many a motorcycle enthusiast cut their riding teeth on a Cushman.

Model 765 Barrel Spring Eagle made from 1950 to 1954

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TOPICS: History; Hobbies; Sports
KEYWORDS: cushman; eagle
1956
1 posted on 08/31/2012 2:08:37 PM PDT by djone
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To: djone

Very nice machinery. Classic stuff.


2 posted on 08/31/2012 2:10:43 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: djone

I remember wanting one of those sooooooo bad back then, but the parents said “NO, too dangerous.”.


3 posted on 08/31/2012 2:14:43 PM PDT by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: djone

I had a 1947 model with the bathtub body and a sidecar. It was surplus from the flight line at NAS Jacksonville. It was slow but almost bombproof.


4 posted on 08/31/2012 2:18:10 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: djone

What kind of mileage did/do they get?


5 posted on 08/31/2012 2:18:38 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: nascarnation
Very nice machinery. Classic stuff.

With the price of gas, these are becoming 'modern' stuff.

6 posted on 08/31/2012 2:19:40 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 ( Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: UCANSEE2

I heard on the storm coverage that Cuba has 3% car ownership.

I’d guess that’s Obama’s target for the US.


7 posted on 08/31/2012 2:22:18 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: FrankR

Likewise!


8 posted on 08/31/2012 2:23:17 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Skittle pooping unicorns are more common than progressives with honor & integrity.)
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To: djone
Model 53 Military Airborne. This scooter was manufactured for the US Military during WW2. An authentic Military Airborne is very rare and very collectable. It has no suspension springs front or rear. Introduced in 1944, 4,734 were sold. WWII
9 posted on 08/31/2012 2:23:41 PM PDT by djone ( ------ check out instapundit.com--)
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To: djone

Thanks for the blast from the past. I had a couple of these things. In the mid-sixties, they were dirt cheap.


10 posted on 08/31/2012 2:24:05 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: djone

A Cushman Eagle was hot stuff when I was in junior high unless you had a Mustang.

I have friends that are into restoring them. Some are putitng more reliable Vangaurd motors on them, but most unusual of all is a friend of mine that I am helping with an Eagle project powered by a small jet turbine engine and hydrostatic drive.


11 posted on 08/31/2012 2:25:51 PM PDT by Okieshooter
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To: djone

SWEET! I would ride one today. Better than a Chinese scoot.

Since I travel less than 2 miles to work I’d ride one.

BTW what happened to the old Honda 50-90 style bikes? Clean, light easy and fun to ride and got great milage. Rather ride one of those around town than a bigger bike.


12 posted on 08/31/2012 2:26:28 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: OneWingedShark

“What kind of mileage did/do they get?” — This might sound flippant but we never bothered to check. $0.75 would fill the tank and you rode till it started to sputter....

Cushman Identification Page

http://hobbytech.com/CushID/CushID.htm


13 posted on 08/31/2012 2:28:53 PM PDT by djone ( ------ check instapundit.com--)
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To: djone

Rode something similar in the sixties on farm work clearing fields. We called it ‘the tote goat’.


14 posted on 08/31/2012 2:30:39 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: djone

My Cushman was my school (and newspaper route) transportation at age 12, by age 14, I was driving my 1955 Chevy and working full time in a restaurant, by the end of my Junior year of high school, I had my own apartment and worked in a filling station.

I don’t think that stuff goes on much today.


15 posted on 08/31/2012 2:37:39 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Aug. 27, 2012-Mitt Romney said his views on abortion are more lenient than the Republican Platform)
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To: djone

In the early 70s, an old man in my town had a Cushman 3 wheeled buggy like a utility golf cart. He drove it around town doing his shopping. At the end of Main Street one day, there was a bang and it was laying on it’s side when he tried his U turn a bit too fast. Some guys went over and lifted it up and he was on his way again.


16 posted on 08/31/2012 2:38:06 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: djone

http://www.nebraskahistory.org/sites/mnh/cushman.htm


17 posted on 08/31/2012 2:41:24 PM PDT by Western Phil
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To: nascarnation

“I heard on the storm coverage that Cuba has 3% car ownership.

I’d guess that’s Obama’s target for the US.”

He wants all of us to be on bicyles or donkeys...like China.


18 posted on 08/31/2012 2:44:43 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (I wanna start a Seniors' Motor Scooter Gang. Wanna join?)
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To: eartrumpet

Eartrumpet : Good story. My friend rode his Cushman to high school but since it had no key switch he would pull the plug wire from the coil to the spark plug and put it into his pocket.......


19 posted on 08/31/2012 2:46:19 PM PDT by djone ( ------ instapundit.com--)
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To: djone
We were scooter nuts when I was in the 4th and 5th grade. The first Cushman model I can remember from was the Allstate ...

It was a sort of bare bones scooter. The Eagles were the cool machines because of the tank and side shifter.

Somewhere around the 7th grade I learned how much girls liked horses, so I talked an absentee neighbor into letting me care for his Palomino gelding and ride him daily. My scooter stayed in the garage most of the time...yuk yuk

20 posted on 08/31/2012 2:47:56 PM PDT by Baynative
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To: Western Phil

Thanks Western Phil, I didn’t know this : ......”The Easy Manufacturing Company, owned by father and son John and Charles Ammon, merged with Cushman in 1934. The firm made farm implements in Lincoln and had previously purchased castings from Cushman.
In 1935 a youngster in search of spare parts brought a scooter to the Cushman plant. Powered by an old Cushman washing machine motor, the scooter intrigued owner Charles Ammon, who thought it might make an ideal product. The first Cushman motor scooter came out in 1936, and sales boomed.


21 posted on 08/31/2012 2:50:22 PM PDT by djone ( ------ instapundit.com--)
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To: djone

I wouldn’t mind one for puttering around the neighbourhood.


22 posted on 08/31/2012 2:54:08 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: djone
“What kind of mileage did/do they get?” — This might sound flippant but we never bothered to check. $0.75 would fill the tank and you rode till it started to sputter....

LOL / Fair enough. — I've been talking with my grandpa and he was telling me about how he was astounded when he moved to Idaho because of the high gasoline prices: $0.35/Gal [IIRC].

23 posted on 08/31/2012 3:15:25 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Okieshooter
“A Cushman Eagle was hot stuff when I was in junior high unless you had a Mustang.”

Personally I had a Whizzer but a friend of mine took a mustang and put a Harley engine in it, it was one hot machine!

24 posted on 08/31/2012 3:20:02 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I had the same model w/o the sidecar during highschool, had a slipping clutch, no shifting, was great.


25 posted on 08/31/2012 3:22:38 PM PDT by meridenite
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To: FrankR

I too lusted for a Cushman back then. But my parents said: “No, far too expensive. You can walk or use your paper route money to buy a bike.” I settled for a hard-earned Schwinn.


26 posted on 08/31/2012 3:30:33 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: meridenite

Mine had a 2 speed gearbox.


27 posted on 08/31/2012 3:37:38 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: djone

My parents were dirt poor when I was growing up and a Cushman Eagle was the only vehicle we had. It was the early sixties and I remember riding on the gas tank as a toddler. Mom rode on the back. No helmets for anyone. I remember being afraid of the spinning flywheel when getting on it and making Dad kill the engine before I would get near it. It got stolen several times. Once the police woke us up at three in the morning to tell us they had recovered it and we didn’t even know it had been stolen. This was in Nashville Tn. and it gets cold in the winter.


28 posted on 08/31/2012 3:40:34 PM PDT by Boiling point (Socialism; Ideas so good they have to be mandatory.)
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To: dalereed

I had a friend that put a Triumph 650 engine in a Mustang.


29 posted on 08/31/2012 3:50:39 PM PDT by Okieshooter
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To: prisoner6

The early Hondas are still around, though given the number that were produced, you would think there would be more out and about. I rode a Honda 50 through most of high school (mid ‘60’s) and had two Trail 90’s that I was going to restore but ending up selling several months ago. Parts are plentiful. Runnning 50’s and 90’s can be had for under $1000.00. Still fun bikes!!


30 posted on 08/31/2012 3:56:10 PM PDT by Donkey Odious (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: djone

Cushman, Mustang, doodlebug, and Whizzer was some old school stuff. By 1965, Honda had put all 4 in the grave, if not sooner. My first ride was a 1964 Honda sport 50 (49cc).

http://www.mopedarmy.com/photos/brand/22/540/

Here’s the 62 version and this is closer to what mine looked like:

http://www.cmsnl.com/community/vehicles/Honda/CA110_SPORT_50_US/1962/4590.html

A couple years later(1964) Honda began producing the S65(65cc) and the S90(90cc). These were fantastic bikes far far superior to anything ever built before in that class. The S90 would do 65MPH and get nearly 100MPG and simply did NOT break down. The sport 50 would do 45+MPH and get something between 100 and 200MPG. The American scooters just did not have a chance.


31 posted on 08/31/2012 3:58:58 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: djone

I remember back in HS there were 4 or 5 Cushman Eagles

parked over at the edge of the parking lot.A buddy of

mine did the same thing,pulling the wire and putting

in his pocket

What was those things about 8hp

That was the only bike I never desired

When Honda came out with their bikes I bought

models from the 160 to two Gold Wings


32 posted on 08/31/2012 4:17:08 PM PDT by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: prisoner6

The early Hondas are still around, though given the number that were produced, you would think there would be more out and about. I rode a Honda 50 through most of high school (mid ‘60’s) and had two Trail 90’s that I was going to restore but ending up selling several months ago. Parts are plentiful. Runnning 50’s and 90’s can be had for under $1000.00. Still fun bikes!!


33 posted on 08/31/2012 4:23:31 PM PDT by Donkey Odious (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

Actually China is 6% car ownership and moving up fast, because they are building twice what the US does. I think the Chinese have a very different economic plan than Cuba.


34 posted on 08/31/2012 4:34:30 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: mamelukesabre

“Cushman, Mustang, doodlebug, and Whizzer was some old school stuff.”

In 1945 a Whizzer was pretty hot stuff for an 8 year old to do my paper route on!!!


35 posted on 08/31/2012 4:39:47 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: dalereed

There is an Eagle that I see at shows around here that has a HD 883 running gear that looks like it came that way.


36 posted on 08/31/2012 5:02:07 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: dalereed

I did my paper route, at age 10, on a honda sport 50. Mustangs were impressive for their day, especially the 4 speed models...but they had a substantially larger displacement. 300-400 cc. Cushman had pretty good power but only had a 2 speed transmission, tiny wheels, and were quite heavy for what they were.


37 posted on 08/31/2012 6:10:59 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: OneWingedShark; djone

When I was driving in the late 1950s in Dallas (in high school), gas was 17 cents a gallon. Later in 1968-69, I had a ‘68 VW Beetle and gas was then up to 27-29 cents a gallon.

When about 10 y/o, a neighbor two houses up my block had what was probably a late 1940s-1950 Cushman Eagle. It was one of those with the broad rear that covered the gas tank and had a small storage space (I think). ....Anyway, it was near July 4th and fireworks weren’t sold in our part of town. He was the oldest of four kids and had taught me to ride a bike, play baseball, hunt in nearby woods, etc., so when he asked me to ride with him about 5 miles across the river to buy firecrackers I said yes!

We bought so many firecrackers and fireworks that the ride home was a little scary, because I had to hold the big bag and hang on to him, while not burning my leg on the exhaust... but it is a good memory. .....Thanks for stirring up my old memory cells!! ......I’d like to find one of those Eagles in good working condition NOW.


38 posted on 08/31/2012 11:49:02 PM PDT by octex
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To: djone; dalereed

What is it about these wheels that makes me keep coming back to look at your pics? I’ve been looking at vids on youtube also. Vids of modern small displacement bikes that I would like have...especially if I was 10 years old again.

If I was to buy a set of wheels for a 10 year old today, it would be this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iStvQflJYE&feature=related

But I think everyone on this thread needs to check this out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMob7BqMDu0&feature=related

CALIFORNIA SCOOTER COMPANY...it looks like a modern incarnation of a classic mustang! I can’t wait to tell all my motorcycle buddies!


39 posted on 09/01/2012 5:19:36 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre; djone; dalereed

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJkURjp23hY&feature=related


40 posted on 09/01/2012 5:30:30 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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