Remember The Sears Catalog ?

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by dlrides, Mar 7, 2008.

  1. Projectile

    Projectile Map? What map?

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    It IS great seeing one of these again. It's exactly like the one I bought at a 2nd hand store (non running) for around $50 as a 13 or 14yr old kid. I rebuilt the seized/broken cables using my grandmother's kitchen stove as a soldering iron and rode the bike everywhere. Easy to start and always reliable. Great bike, great memory....THANKS!
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  2. RiverRatRider13

    RiverRatRider13 Motorcycle Chum

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    Nearly the same story as projectile...

    My father found one of these in the local penny saver for $100, a 1967 Original owner with a title not sure of the miles but it was pretty low. I think that was in 1996. I was 9 and I got off the school bus one day and my dad says to me "get on some jeans I have a surprise for you". Needless to say I was exstatic!

    He knew the bike was a little too tall for me so he made a low single seat and put on upside down bicycle handlebars that had a clubman bend to them. a very cool retro Cafe look that I loved at that age and has yet to leave me! This bike was made for the street and apparently could do 60 mph, so he installed a Govener that he would boastfully call a Pataki every time it was mentioned hahaha. I had no idea about this little mod til i was a few years older and mechanically inclined :wink:

    Well that afternoon was the first time I ever rode a motorcycle. I hopped on, dad showed me how the clutch worked and just put it in first and told me not to try and shift it. I was super nervous but i let the clutch a few times to get the feeling until i was finally ready to depart on my epic first adventure.. around our house. There were many obstacles on the journey and I nearly nailed everyone including but not limited too my dads 22re pickup, a 300gal fuel tank, the sign for our family business, a bird house, and an apple tree. By the time I finally made it back to the drive way, where my dad and little brother stood in awe waiting for my return, I was discouraged and terrified and the bike sat in the garage for another 6 months before I touched it again.

    From then on that was it, I was obsessed. We have nearly a mile long dirt road and over 250 acres of land that i was free to explore on my first real thumper! It got nearly 80 mpg I think because I rode almost every single day when there wasnt snow and I might have filled it up 3 times a year. It was on this bike I did my first Farkle, I installed a set of my dads old bicycle touring saddle bags so I could carry food, drinks, camping supplies, fireworks, toy guns, and whatever other trinkits I could find and thought might be crucial to my entourage of supplies.

    She would start up first kick with everytime with our secret starting routine :evil . I rode it hard offroad for about 5 years then I bought my first motocross bike a 94 cr125, and the gilera was handed down to my little brother who rode it for another 5 years. This whole time never skipping a beat! it still til this day has the stock road tires on it that still hold air!

    A few years ago my brother and I were exploring around in our barn and decided to see if the old girl would start. She was hung up because of a broken throttle cable, clutch cable, And left foot peg. Anyways We used our trusty starting routine and what do you know, first kick fired right up! After sitting with a half tank of gas for 4 years haha.

    I just recently discovered this MotoGiro race that goes on in the berkshires not to far from Albany where I live now and I have got an urge to restore the old Gilera and join in the small CC fun!! Unfortunetly because of Living in an aprartment and not having a truck this will remain a dream for a little while.

    Anyways hope you guys enjoyed my little story. if any of you guys at the motogiro in april I will prob show up on my green Speed triple so keep an eye out !
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  3. hwy61

    hwy61 Been here awhile

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    Also in the catalog in 1965...
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    1965 Sears Allstate
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  4. mblotz

    mblotz Been here awhile

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    here is a 69 Sears SR125 i had, probably should have kept it. it was made by PUCH in austria, for some reason i had a PUCH collection back then, still have 2

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  5. mblotz

    mblotz Been here awhile

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    and a 67 monkey wards/benelli, this one was 350. should have kept this one to

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  6. nsu max

    nsu max Been here awhile

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  7. Aaron_D

    Aaron_D Adventurer

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    My 1966 Sears Vespa Sprint. It would've been putty white originally. Also, it's now powered by a warmed-over LML 150 reed valve engine.

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  8. supershaft

    supershaft because I can

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    Cool! A customer has a blue 250 and about six or so MV Agusta small bore bikes. I believe his 250 is a really Benelli? I got a 150 MV of his running and now he wants to fix another one when I get time. I think that sort of stuff is neat. I have a Western Auto .22 rifle that I traded a train set for when I was in the forth grade. My favorite "badge" bikes I call them is an American Eagle 750. They were Laverda 750's with an American Eagle sticker on the tank. Where my dad worked was an American Eagle dealership. Anybody remember those? Steens too. I never did care for the Steens though.
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  9. supershaft

    supershaft because I can

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    Cool! The fins and tank said CZ Jawa to me for some reason at first glance.
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  10. supershaft

    supershaft because I can

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    Is that a MV? It looks just like a friend's MV but his is red. I bet there aren't too many of those down draft side bowl Dellorto's around any more?
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  11. east high

    east high Been here awhile

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    Sweet, but those clubmans looks uncomfy.
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  12. mblotz

    mblotz Been here awhile

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    i actually find clubmans to be quite comfy, but opinions vary for sure. on my V50 guzzi they are awesome, i can rest my elbows on my knees...

    but i also have a Paul Smart, so everything is comfy in comparison
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  13. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    I always thought that those were some of the best looking crancases in all of motorcycledom...
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  14. Harry94025

    Harry94025 Been here awhile

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    Here's a 1966 60cc Allstate (made by PUCH) that I sold a couple of years ago. It was completely original, even with the original Continental tires. The grips and footpegs were not scratched; it had never fallen over...

    Harry

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  15. doxiedog

    doxiedog Been here awhile

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    My first ride was a allstate scooter,bought with paper route money.1961-62?
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  16. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    I bought a Sears 106 at the auvtion at vintage days ,Mid-Ohio, years ago.It was complete put somewhat neglected. I had several people show intrest in it as I pushed it from the aution tent, across the bridge and down into the garages to # 22.
    I sort of fell out of love with as I pushed because the rear tire was very low and the front was flat. To anyone that expressed intrest , I offered it up for sale. No takers.
    In the pits I blew up the tires and front tube was shot so a quick tour of the swapmeet netted the nessesary tube. I cleaned the carb and flushed the tank and checked for spark.
    In short order the tire was fixed ,the bike was running and as a bonus the lights and horn all worked!
    The bad news was when I rode it there was a steady knock from the bottom end. And the warmer it got the louder the knock.
    The big end bearing in these motors is a bushing and this one was done.When I changed the oil it looked not unlike copper grease. It sits waiting for me to get intrested again.
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  17. gplane

    gplane Putty Conjugator

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    I had a Sears 60cc Puch also. Mine was a 62 or 63. It was red. Bought the summer after sophomore year of h.s. with paper route $.
    I liked the bike, but hated the transmission (3 speed). Fun offroad.
    The Honda sport 50 with a 4spd. became available around the same time and was pretty much bullet proof.
    The scene was about to change real fast.
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  18. hdgypsyman

    hdgypsyman Part Time Adventurer

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    I just brought this home from Tea, South Dakota. It has 962 miles on it and runs and drives. I know this is an old thread, but this bike is special to me because my dad helped my older brother and I buy one brand new. A Sears 106SS was the first bike that I owned or drove........
    The one that I owned had a blue tank, and I would love to find the paint code to turn the tank on this one blue. Can anyone help?
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  19. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    I bought this ones twin at the J.Wood auction at Vintage Days one year.
    I pushed it from the auction tent back to our pit , flat tire on the front and all. I tried to resell it to anyone that showed intrest but, found no takers.
    Back in the pits the tools came out and I found it had spark. So, I cleaned the carb and found a tube at the Swap Meet and it ran and the lights worked. I was feeling good until on the test ride , I found out the warmer it got the louder the knock from the lower end became.
    This was the base model , built to a price version of a Gilera. No roller bearing in the big end, they put a bronze bush in and called it good.
    After another ride I pulled the left side cove off the motor and the oil galley was full of this grey ,oil-metal mixture with bronze bits in it.
    I still have the bike. One day I'll either try to find a new big end set or I may put in the N.O.S. Honda 125 ,6 speed single I have.
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  20. RobbieO

    RobbieO Muskokatard

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    Sears Twingle!

    I know where there is one of these in good shape for sale in Ontario, Canada.............but I don't want it.

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