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Little Bike, Big Engine – Custom 1961 Cushman Eagle

In America, Scooter, Small Displacement by Abhi5 Comments

3-1 Update: Four months later, and it’s back! Find this custom 1961 Cushman Eagle for sale with bidding up to $10,100 and the reserve not yet met

Post-Listing Update: After 21 bids on eBay, this bike did not meet reserve at $15,612.

During World War II, very few vehicle manufacturers were allowed to continue civilian production, as the government utilized resources for the war effort. Cushman was one of the few exceptions, as it was determine that its products helped save energy for citizens traveling to and from work. Soon after the war, the company released some upgraded scooters, including the Cushman Eagle. All Eagles came from the factory with a 318cc, 8 horsepower engine. Today’s bike is a little different…someone’s shoehorned in a 1200cc HD Sportster engine. Damn.

Cushman Eagle - Left Side

The engine is from a ’92 Sportster, which means it was good for 49 horsepower and 56 pound-feet of torque, over 6 times as much power from the original bike. The original engine with just 8 horsepower was capable of pushing the Cushman Eagle up to 50 miles per hour, so we’d love to see someone really toss it around and see how it looks.

Cushman Eagle - Tank

Named “Hardley”, this specific Cushman Eagle has a tank from a ’59 model, upgraded brakes, and a custom 140 mph speedometer. It took two years to build and looks nearly brand new. What an odd bike.

Cushman Eagle - Right Side

Find this Cushman Eagle for sale here on eBay with bidding up to $8,350 and the reserve not yet met in Miami, Florida – the state where you can title anything!

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  • Dnaj

    We used to see Mustang Ponies with implanted Harley or Triumph motors all the time during Daytona Bike week, but that was a few decades ago. Can’t say I see even a stock Mustang Pony now, but there were a few stock Cushmans at the Turkey Run. This thing is pretty cool. Don’t think I’d pay 8k+ for a Sportster motor in an old scooter though.

    • abhi_eswarappa

      Good call on the Mustang Pony. Ever heard of California Scooter Company? They currently make a scoot that’s very reminiscent of the Pony, though you’ll have to shell out 5 grand to take one home:

      • dnaj

        Ever check the price of a new Vespa? I think the 50cc starts around $3300. Five grand, still a lot of money, doesn’t seem quite so salty

  • Tom Pugh

    HP was also five, for sale to those under 16. It was identified by black painted handle bars vs. chrome bars on the 8 HP. It was really apiece of crap and couldn’t pull 2 riders without blowing a head gasket. I lost $190.00 after owning one for eight months. The 8 hp Eagles were a lot better but my dream was a Triumph Tiger Cub

  • Great Caesar 0bama

    Wow! Never seen anything like that before. How does it handle?

    When I was in high school, you could get a scooter license at age 14. Naturally. a ton of Freshmen and sophomores had them. The “nerds” rode Vespas and the cool guys rode Cushmans or Mustangs. I had a Cushman.