If you guessed B, you are right, If you guessed A, you mistakenly chose a Hasbro Cootie.
Doodle Bugs were American-made scooters that, while only manufactured for a few years in the 1940s, must have been quite popular since so many exist today. Like Cushmans and Salsburys, many of the bikes have low horse-power Briggs & Stratton engines. Powerful enough to propel a youngster around the neighborhood, but not so much as to get him in trouble (or so was the thinking). These early, simple scooters provided a great sense of freedom for their young owners. Many of those original Doodle Bug riders have returned to the fold and bought new (to them) scooters and hold rallies to share their enthusiasm and knowledge.
The Daily Freeman-Journal just ran an article on the upcoming Doodle Bug Reunion which happens this weekend in Webster City, IA.
Bitten by the bug? Find out more about the Doodle Bug:
- Doodle Bugs on Wikipedia
- Vintage Motorbike Scooter Museum
- Yesterday's Rides Motorworks
- See my post on this event from 2007
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