Super Project: 1959 Cushman Super Eagle

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This will be a super nice project: a 1959 Cushman Super Eagle. These aren’t super hard to restore and once you’re done it’ll look like this. These are small machines so you can store it in your basement while you’re rebuilding it if you have to, depending on how understanding your spouse is. This scooter is located in Allison Park, Pennsylvania.

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Cushman Motor Works was based in Lincoln, Nebraska and in 1949 they redesigned their 50-Series scooter to resemble the famous look of Harley-Davidson or Indian motorcycles and they quickly became their hottest sellers. By 1959 the company had the Super Eagle, which was basically a dressed-up Eagle. The front forks were covered and a new tail section partially covered the rear wheel. It’s a pretty cool bike for sure! I would not be afraid to own and ride one of these, but I know a lot of people who would be afraid what their rugged biker buds would think. I am not one of those people.

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I’m not sure exactly how many miles are on this 8 hp Super Eagle, but the odometer shows 214 miles. The seller says that this bike has been parked since 1963 when it had some transmission troubles so that’ll have to be sorted out, but you’re going to restore the whole thing anyway. There is a ton of help out there on the internet, including the Cushman Club of America and websites for rebuilding the engine and everything else. The seller mentions that the original seat is missing as are a few smaller parts. You should be able to track those down on eBay or elsewhere.

Speaking of eBay, that’s where this one is listed with a current bid of $1,300. This would be a fun project, simple enough to work on your restoration skills and inexpensive enough so you wouldn’t be upside down if you were to sell this Super Eagle once you’re done with it. Is this something you would take on and ride it when you’re done, or do you prefer something with a big V-twin engine instead of a look-a-like bike?

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  1. HoA Howard AMember

    I missed this. Cool bike. A mini-bike on steroids. I think these had an identity crisis, of sorts. Not really a motorcycle, and not really a mini-bike. What transmission troubles? Can’t be any tougher than a lawnmower. 214 miles might be accurate, although, it would look a lot better than this, and this isn’t something you’d go cross-country with, but for a beach or pit bike, it would be great. Neat find.

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  2. Rex Rice

    I had one! I traded something for it & it needed engine work. A local machine shop rebuilt it for more $ than I wanted to spend, but, oh well…This was a Cushman scooter with a Harley look. Two speeds with a centrifugal clutch. It wasn’t much fun to drive so I traded it for a non-running street able electric car. Then as it needed a bunch of expensive batteries, I traded it for some other non-running disaster.

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  3. scooter8

    was into minibikes back in 73.freshman in a cushman eng.i was gonna build the fastest mini ever! late pal took me for a ride on hot 750 honda.! gave up minis! got hooked on speed.kaws. esp.had bad crash in 82.ride a 74 fxe with PM brakes now. owned 27yrs. lifes safer on a HD.

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  4. scooter8

    forgot! lot slower too.

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