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Morgan 2 Speeders

1909 – 1932


The Two Speed Morgan era

When Henry Morgan designed his first three-wheeler back before WW1, simplicity lay at its heart. The basic chassis layout was elegantly uncomplicated whilst achieving three-wheel independent suspension using swinging forks at the rear and sliding pillar at the front. Bodywork was virtually non-existent and steering was by a tiller arrangement. Transmissions for any motorised vehicle at the time seldom had more than three ratios, and often only one. In the case of motorcycles, even a clutch was a luxury item! The complication of a reverse gear was unnecessary with a vehicle so light as were front brakes. Instead, drivers relied on two externally contracting band brakes on the rear wheel which squealed like a stuck pig on occasions but weren’t too bad when dry . . . The two speeds were achieved by having two chains to the rear wheel giving high and low ratios either of which could be selected leaving a neutral in between. The engines that Morgan experimented with at the beginning ranged in capacity from 680cc to 1000cc and were almost exclusively V twins giving an excellent power to weight ratio.  Read the full history here


 

Video and further information  highlighting some of the earlier models  

 

Morgan Motor Company, History, from the beginnings through to 2009His2

EARLY  ENGINES 5Bob Barclays 1921 Grand Prix Site

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