I would love to have a Cushman Eagle or even a clone. Maybe they will come through. I am 66 yrs old and I remember them. I even had a Simplex...and love the Mustang. Great times....
I would not mind a $2,000 clone for $2,000 either however not for $6,000 with a $350 consumer lawn mower engine in it.
I'm a member of the California Cushman Club. All of us old guys (I'm 77) have basically the same story which is, "When I was a kid I couldn't afford to buy a Cushman scooter." I remember that in 1960, a brand new Cushman Super Eagle sold for $425, and that included shipping to the new State of Hawaii! At the time, minimum pay wage for a kid working in a gas station was only 50 cents per hour! There was nothing left to buy a Cushman Eagle with. I always dreamed about getting that Cushman Scooter which is why I bought one a few years ago.
Yup! Those are what I'm talking about... If you want a real Cushman, vintage ones are out there in good shape, and somewhat "affordable". Not cheap, but still affordable.
What great memories these rides bring back!
Thanks for posting,
Leo in Texas
I sold my award winning 1959 Cushman Super Eagle for $5,500 last year. Never thought I'd go back to motorscooters until I crashed my Goldwing, suffering two broken arms and a broken pelvis. Got the itch for Cushman scooters again. Bought a 2016 Eagle model with 400 miles on it for $5,000. I thought it was overpriced, but considering the modernization, and the cost to modernize an old flathead Cushman scooter, it's all relative. The thing I don't like about this modern version is that the drive belt squeals when accelerating from a dead stop. However, I do like the 14 hp instead of 7, the disc brakes instead of drum brakes, the halogen headlight instead of incandescent (halogen won't function with a magneto system), the turn signals, the electric starter with pull cord back up, and not having to shift a two speed crash box. I think a much more fair price for the 2016 Cushman would have been in the neighborhood of about $3,000, but you can't find one for that price. Maybe one day I'll put a motorcycle engine into this frame if I can find one in good shape.
Kat, yes it's a 400cc motor that puts out 14hp, while your motor has 198cc and puts out 21hp, I think I know which one I'd rather have.
This is a tough 14 hp industrial engine, unlike motorcycle engines which would be designed to put out twice the hp. Unlike air cooled motorcycle engines, this one has a built in fan to cool the cylinder. You could idle all day without damage. Wish they had installed the 2 cylinder engine instead of this one that vibrates. Maybe I'll do the conversion myself some day.