Sunday, 4 March 2012

Harley Davidson & the middle aged male

As you know, I love good design. I hope what is to come appeals to you in the same way. In fact, if your mid-life crisis is telling you to buy a Harley, consider this instead. I think it's way cooler and a much better buying decision.

This post is about my favourite petrol ... I was going to say car, but it is equally a motorbike, with 3 wheels. Let's just call it a vehicle.

What you are looking at is the new Morgan 3 Wheeler. Morgan first manufactured this 3 wheeler just over a century ago, back in the 1910's. Visually, the differences are few.

Unfortunately a price in Australia is not available because it still needs to meet aussie requirements for 3 wheeled vehicles. Expect it to be around $50k. If you live anywhere else in the world, you can line up to have yours made.

The Morgan Threewheeler is powered by a 1.8-litre S&S motorcycle engine (mounted at the front) with 75kW of power and teamed with a five-speed manual transmission from Mazda that sends power to the rear wheel. It accelerates from 0-60mph (0-96.6km/h) in 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 185km/h.

In imperial terms it does 50mpg, which by my maths is 5.6lt/100km. So it's quite economical on fuel. The top speed is not record breaking, but more than ample to run up a (collective noun) of speeding fines. The real buzz about this car is accelaration more than top speed, which in a world of speed limits and speed cameras makes good sense.

If you watched the latest Top Gear on UK television last night, you would have seen that the guys liked it, performing all tests suprisingly well ... even the doughnut test.

James May pointed out it has a better power to weight ratio than a Bugatti Veyron, however Hammond said it's redeeming feature is that it's just so much fun to drive.

Coincidently, the redeeming feature of the 3 Wheeler in Fifth Gear's review is that it is so much fun to drive. Telling you something ??

Here is the current UK pricelist ... and it is quite good news ...

The Superdry version is a 200 run limited edition by the Japanese Superdry franchise. It is very nicely configured and presented. For those non-aussie buyers ... it's an extremely good choice for investment purposes. It will have Morgan collectability as well as Superdry collectability, which has a long and strong cult following.

The official global site for this vehicle is here. The UK Morgan site is here ... and the Australian Morgan site is here.


Pretty nice eh ! Here's hoping they come to Australia soon and I am cashed up at the time. The mid-life crisis goes without saying.