Doodle Bug scooter

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The Doodle Bug was a motor scooter built from 1946 to 1948[1] by the Beam Manufacturing Company[2] of Webster City, Iowa.[1] They were sold through the Gambles store chain to compete against Cushman scooters being sold under the Allstate brand by Sears.[2] Gambles sold the Doodle Bug under the "Hiawatha" name.[3]

Doodle Bugs were powered by 1½ hp engines from Briggs & Stratton or Clinton.[1][2] The Doodle Bug Standard Model B was the only Doodle Bug series powered by Clinton engines; one thousand or less of these were built, all during the first production run of ten thousand scooters. All other Doodle Bug scooters, including the Standard Model A that was produced alongside the Model B during the first production run, used variants of the Briggs & Stratton NP engine. Four production runs of ten thousand scooters each were built.[1]

An annual reunion of Doodle Bug owners and restorers is held in Webster City.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b c d "Yesterday's Rides Metalworks, Inc. - Original Doodle Bug". Yesterday's Rides Metalworks, Inc. Newberg, Oregon, USA. 07/09/05. Retrieved 2010-10-24. There were 40,000 Doodle Bugs manufactured from the spring of 1946 through the fall of 1948 by Beam Mfg. of Webster City, Iowa.  Check date values in: |date= (help); External link in |work= (help)
  2. ^ a b c Wilson, Hugo (1995). "The Directory of Motorcycles". The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle. London: Dorling Kindersley. p. 270. ISBN 0-7513-0206-6. 
  3. ^ "Briggs NP Antique Scooter Engine". Retrieved 2010-10-24. The Doodle Bug scooters were manufactured by the Beam Manufacturing Company of Webster City, Iowa from 1946-1948 and were sold by Gambles under the name "Hiawatha" 
  4. ^ Dar Danielson; Pat Powers (September 14, 2012). "Webster City celebrates Doodlebugs". Des Moines, Iowa, US: Radio Iowa. Retrieved 2012-10-09. It’s the 26th annual convention of people from across the U.S. who fix up and ride the Doodlebug brand of motor scooter.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ Jim Krajewski (September 14, 2012). "Annual Doodle Bug event returns to W.C.". Messenger News. Fort Dodge, IA US. Retrieved 2012-10-09. The familiar sputtering of Doodle Bug scooters filled the air at The Executive Inn in Webster City as a caravan of riders pulled in to celebrate the 26th annual Doodle Bug reunion.