The BEARKAT

The Bearkat was made in San Diego California in the mid 1960's. The biggest difference 

between this Trail Scooter and the others being made at this time was the huge rear wheel 

and tire. I would like to thank both Lanny and Tom at this time for their great pictures.  

I want to thank Lanny for the great Picture's & Brochure scans.

Here is Lanny's Bearkat Story

Here are 2 Bearkat Totegoats that my Dad bought new in 1960 to go deer hunting with. They both run fantastic, look great, 

and have their original 6 hp Tecumseh engines. I have an extra rear tire shown in the picture. They were manufactured 

and sold right here in San Diego where I live. I still have the original Bearkat brochure which is pictured below.

I do not have any room to ride these beautiful machines any longer, as I now live squarely in the middle of a bustling city.

If someone is interested in purchasing these absolutely incredible machines (I will not break up the pair) then shoot me an e-mail.

I live in San Diego, California.

Lanny

Lanny's Bearkats

Email Lanny Here

 

Tom's BEARKAT

I would like to thank Tom for the great pictures of his restored

Bearkat. He has done a wonderful job on this restoration.

Here is Tom's Bearkat story.

  I found the Bearkat outside a neighbors barn, sinking into the dirt.
  I had to replace the gas tank because the mounting screws were stripped out. I was able to still find the original tank that 

matched the mounting bracket at a local mower shop. The old tank was made out of plastic and the vibration took its toll on it.
   The engine is a 6HP Tecumseh that still runs strong. Nothing has been done to the engine except a paint job and carburetor 

kit. This bike still has the original tires.   I had to weld in triangular gussets at the back corner of the frame on both sides to strengthen it. The tubing was cracked at the corners.  I welded on a kickstand, off an old Schwinn that my son in law Jeff 

had in his back yard as a trellis.  A friend of mine machined out a new set of nylon steering bushings. That made a huge 

difference in turning control.  It was time to grind all the old paint and rust off and apply a coat of Ospho to kill any rust 

that was left. Then it got a coat of bright red. I think that was the original color as best I could tell. The frame was painted 

with Red Rustoleum High Performance Enamel.  Finally got the seat positioned and fastened down. I used a 6" x 3" 

stainless piano hinge to hold the seat in place. Nothing is left to do but go ride!  This Bearkat has a top speed around 15 to 20. 

The jack shaft brake is pretty marginal, it will hold you in place once you get stopped, but don't count on it to do much when 

you are moving. The torque of this bike is something else!  It will put a grin on your face every time you ride it.  

Regards...Tom Cade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


If you have any questions or comments for Tom, you can contact him at the link below.

 

 

Email Tom Here

  

gotemaster@totegoteland.com