A bit of history and some stories about vintage bikes for sale

1967 Sears Gilera 106SS

This is such a cool little motorcycle. 106cc’s of all out Italian Stallion power. Ok, it tops out at about 60 mph (downhill with a tail wind) but those 60 mph’s are going to be a lot of fun.

Back in the 1950′s and 60′s you could could buy everything through the Sears catalog, even a car believe it or not…the Allstate version of the Kaiser ‘Henry J’. The car business was not the success Sears had hoped for, lasted only two years and they sold less than 2400 cars. Sears actually tried selling cars back as far as 1912, the Sears ‘Motor Buggy’.

But, we’re talking about motorcycles here. Sears sold a lot of motorcycles and scooters during that time period mostly from Puch and Gilera. You could get everything from a little 500cc moped to a 250cc Puch ‘Twingle’. One of the most popular was the Gilera 106cc SuperSport. It was light, easy to ride and cheap, new it only cost $389.00.

The 106 SS is a perfect little cafe racer platform, a great Moto Giro bike and really just a neat little motorcycle. As I was doing my research this morning, I found that there are a great number of user groups and forums about the Sears Allstate Gileras and parts are still pretty easy to find, so if you do find yourself the owner of one of these Italian Stallions, you’ll have a lot of help and support.

I found a good little 106ss this morning on ebay, it’s already in full cafe racer mode but needs a few things to make it street legal. It has been serviced and runs good. Honestly, these are unique and interesting motorcycles that are pretty crude in some ways even by 60′s standards, and at the same time incredibly capable and fun motorbikes. I love the simplicity of the Italian motorcycles of that era, they work so well. Maybe they are a bit crude but there is an elegance that goes along with it that make them so special. For those of us that like small motorbikes, these are almost too hard to resist.

Click on the pics below for more pictures and a contact phone number. This little Gilera could be a whole lot of fun for someone who wants something unique but doesn’t want to have to devote the next twelve months getting it rideable.





1967 Sears Gilera 106SS

2 responses

  1. Jorda Walker

    I can agree, this is a very cool bike, i recently just restored mine and it was a lot of fun compared to most bikes but maybe it’s the feeling that you’re riding history.

    December 15, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    • I think it is a bit of both. Taking the time to restore a cool old bike (and sometimes a ‘not so cool’ old bike is really rewarding. Especially after spending all the time in the garage,the internet and boring the hell out of your friends as you ramble on about this bike (not to say that you did that…I do), and not to mention the money spent is well worth it the minute you start the bike and take it for a ride. Small bikes are so much fun. Enjoy yours.
      Paul

      December 17, 2013 at 3:39 pm

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