Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Little Bagger: 1963 Cushman Super Silver Eagle

When I say motor scooter, you probably imagine a European (probably Italian) step through scooter, ideally with Audrey Hepburn driving it.  The American scooter manufacturer Cushman had a distinctly American take on the scooter, which of course, looked like a miniaturized Harley.  Find this 1963 Cushman Super Silver Eagle for sale on Vancouver Island, Canada for $4,000 via craigslist.

Unlike it's wimpy Euro cousins, the Eagle scooter from Cushman wasn't some sort of girly step thru with a gas tank hidden from view, it had an honest to god tank in front of the rider.  Cushman's also had a capacity advantage (mohar powarh!), with larger engines, but not necessarily more power than their Euro cousins(oh...).  The Silver Super Eagle was the swan song of Cushman as a scooter manufacturer, originally powered by an 8 HP aluminium engine in 1961, it had all sorts of problems and most likely lead to Cushman's demise as a scooter manufacturer.  Later Silver Eagles, like this 1963, were powered by a cast iron engine, while Cushman figured out how to fix the aluminium engine.  The ad doesn't mention if this is the stock motor or a replacement.

As a kid, I remember when when the fair came to town and there was an amusement ride that was a merry-go-round that had little motorcycles instead of horses.  The control layout on the little bikes was similar to this scooter.  I wonder if the ride was made with a bunch of Cushmans...

It's kind of ironic to see Harley and Indian banners in the background with a Cushman in front.   The seller is rather parsimonious with details - just six words and four are Cushman Super Silver Eagle.  But, it is a nice trip out to Vancouver Island.

See a better pint sized bagger? email us here: tips@dailyturismo.com

Gianni is Daily Turismo's Pacific Northwest correspondent.  He's wondering where you would attach the extra lights and mirrors.


  1. thanks for using that badge, it's one of my favorites

    1. I keep staring at that badge, but I can't figure it out. Don't spoil the fun, but can you give me a hint?

  2. Thanks, I have never seen one - anyone know tire size? - they look very small for a lot of mass & relatively high c of g, Greg


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