1969 Allstate 250: Motorcycle Monday

1969 Sear Allstate 250

As they say, variety is the spice of life. We’ve had everything from British sports cars to American built hot rods on the site today, so when Ranger Herb sent in this Puch built Allstate 250 motorcycle, I thought we might as well add a motorcycle to the mix! This bike is currently located in Mile City, Montana and has been parked in a garage for many years. The engine is currently stuck, but the seller has pulled the head off to start the process of getting it free. It also needs the seat redone, but is otherwise intact and complete. It might not look like much right now, but these bikes are actually quite attractive when redone! Find this one here on craigslist with a $300 asking price!

Sear Allstate 250

The example you see above was auctioned off at Mecum’s Houston Auction last year. You can see just how nice this bike could look if restored. I will admit I don’t know much about motorcycles, but I do know these Austrian built machines have some interesting features. The engine is what is known as a split single or a twingle. It has two pistons that share the same combustion chamber. The design improved efficiency, allowing these bikes to achieve over 70 miles per gallon while producing 17 horsepower. I wouldn’t mind having this Allstate and the price seems decent, well at least if the seller can get the engine free that is. I would be a little nervous about finding parts to restore it, but thankfully it is complete. So does anyone know where you can find parts for these?

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Comments

  1. Lindsay

    Any idea what the hammer price on the that beauty was? I’ve got a restored 1864 that I’m not planning on selling but it’s always nice to know.

    If I was closer to Montana, I’d be interested in snapping this one up too!

    Motor West Motorcycles (http://www.motorwestmotorcycles.com/) is a gold mine for parts for these things.

  2. jim s

    looks like it competed with the honda dreams which would be very hard to do then and now. interesting find.

  3. Leon

    In 70s a bicycle lawnmower store in neighborhood sold a bunch of Puch pedal start mopeds Wonder how many survived. Was in NO. I guess Katrina killed the survivors

  4. Bob Deveau

    My Honda “Chicken Coup” find! Got to ‘find’ the time to restore it!!! So many projects…So little time! Cheers Bob

    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

      Looks like you forgot to upload the photo Bob?

  5. Tom

    Good timing. For all the hate against Gullwing and BHCC, sites like this could do more to make enthusiasts aware of what is out there. I Googled for sites for motorcycle barn finds and perhaps this site could (should?) consider having a section dedicated to motorcycles only.

    I’ve mentioned before that I so want two father-son projects and I am not concerned about car or bike. In fact, a 1948-1953 Indian parallel twin anything would be a most enticing project.

    So, is BarnFinds in a position to even consider having a section (sub-section) for bikes only so that there would be a lot more bike choices to consider?

    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

      We will start featuring more bikes if people start sending them in. Josh and I are not motorcycle experts, so we will need your guy’s help. I do like the fact tbike they are generally cheaper and take up less garage space than cars. I could probably cram quite a few of them in my garage…

  6. MH

    We need more bikes on this site. Car barn finds are always cool but bike finds are better as they produced fewer numbers of them. Who wouldn’t love to find a 1920’s Indian or Harley?

  7. Will

    I like the idea of motorcycle Mondays. It fits very well with wagon Wednesdays. I am currently restoring a 1975 Suzuki TC185 for display in my son in law’s motorcycle shop. More like this would be great. Some of us Don’t have the space or cash to restore a classic car so classic bikes are a great alternative.

  8. geomechs geomechs Member

    Sears offered these for a number of years before it decided to drop it. Too bad the designers of the bike couldn’t keep up with the times and get the styling into more modern times. I remember when Wards sold the Mojave 360, which was made by Benelli. Much nicer looking bike than the Allstate although I’m not sure if it was built any better. It must not have fared out very well because it had a relatively short run.

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