Back at the Dawn of Time, when I was fifteen and after I had begged my dad for over a year to allow me to buy a small motorcycle, he agreed to purchase a brand new Sear Gilera 106SS for me. Spring of 1969. And for the next four years I rode that bike all over creation--mostly up at our fishing resort in northern Minnesota (twenty-nine miles from Bemidji and eighteen miles north of Cass Lake. Our mailing address was Blackduck, Minnesota. No street number. The mailman knew where we were. During the first summer the seat fell apart and I adapted a Honda Mini Trail seat to fit the forward attachment points of the old seat. That winter, my dad and I (me, mostly) stripped the bike down and repainted the front and rear fenders to mastch the bike's stock black tank (the fenders were originally painted metallic silver gray). Stevensville, Michigan Spring 1970 At my dad's suggestion, we installed a little skid-pad type of passenger seat, but after trying it out, nobody ever wanted to sit on it, so I used to rig-up a seat style life preserver (loops tied to the frame rails on ether side of the rear fender. This was cool until 1973, when I declared a mutiny and refused to work at the resort that summer (I'd found a girlfriend). In retaliation, my dad sold the bike out from under me, trading it to a friend of his who lived in Ohio for a roll-top desk (so that I would have a place to do my homework and not be roaming all over the countryside on my little motorcycle and girlfriend. Fast forward to now and for the last ten months I've been cruising ebay, looking for a running example of my old bike. Mostly, what I've seen are a really ragged assortment of junk parts and no running bikes. But now I've found a fairly nice example from 1966 that I've put a bid on and (hopefully) I 'll be able to buy it. The plan is to clean it up, repaint and restore it. And, maybe, relive some of those glory days when I rode my old 106 in the wild forests of the Minnesota wilderness. Here are some photos from the ebay ad. The engine number matches the frame number. 106 is the model and displacement (106cc) and the second number is the number that the bike came off the assembly line. Apparently, all the 106 SS motorcycles manufactured were sold directly to Sears and they sold them in the U.S. (they were not available for purchase in Europe--but I may be wrong on this point). So, anyway, this particular Gilera was the 2,877th motorcycle off the assembly line in 1966! The auction ends this Sunday (in five days). Hopefully with good news and a fun nostalgic project for the rest of this year and this winter!