Drawing inspiration from England’s oldest independently owned automobile manufacturer, The Morgan Motor Company, the new Pashley-Morgan city bikes blend the speedy looks of the Morgan 3 with the bicycle brand’s classic British styling. The two-model rolling project will continue as long as there’s demand, and based on the looks, we suspect that may be for a good long while.
The frames are made in Pashley’s Stratford-upon-Avon factory using fillet brazed Reynolds 631 steel tubing. They get a curved top tube, frame mounted race plate, S-bend seatstays and track ends with a stainless steel face.
The top-end Pashley-Morgan 8 gets a gray paint scheme with the swept handlebars flipped to give it a racier look. Up front is a dome headlamp…
…powered by a Shimano Nexus dynamo hub. Wiring runs inside the fork leg and pops out of the crown to keep this bike looking properly dapper. Accents like the axle wing nuts are what really make this bike shine.
The P-M 8 is driving by a Sturmey Archer crankset mated to a Shimano Nexus 8-speed internally geared hub.
Wood mini-fenders front and rear come in black and are matched to the leather saddle and custom sewn black leather grips with polished end caps.
The Pashley-Morgan 3 comes with a Sturmey Archer 3-speed hub and a traditional British racing green color, lighter wood and matching leather accessories.
It also gets a dome headlamp, this time powered by a Sturmey Archer dynamo front hub.
The Morgan Motor Company was founded in 1909. While this Morgan 3 Wheeler looks retro, in fact it was introduced in 2011, albeit as a modern homage to long history of making reverse trike three-wheeled vehicles. This one gets a V-Twin engine with claimed 0-60 times of 6 to 7 seconds depending on model, with a top speed of 115mph. Curb weight is as low as 585kg (1,290lb), giving it an excellent power to weight ratio. It’s purpose? Plain and simple, to make driving fun again. And these bikes? Why, their simple build and functional components should make riding to and fro quite fun, too.
The Pashley-Morgan 3 will retail for £1,495, and the P-Morgan 8 for £1,595. Order now, they’re going into production in September. The bikes will be available through Morgan dealerships, their website and select Pashley dealers.