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My Two-Wheeler
My Two-Wheeler

Three Wheel’in

Is it a car? Is it a motorcycle? Actually it’s a bit of both. One of the most popular vehicles for both families and sporting drivers, the Morgan was a revolution when it first leapt onto the automotive scene.

The Morgan Motor Company was founded in 1909. The first cars the company made were three-wheelers with two wheels in front and one in back. They were powered by motorcycle engines, with a chain driving the rear wheel and they came in two-seat and four-seat models.

Morgan’s first design, introduced at the 1911 Olympia Motor Exhibition, was a two-seater. It came with either a single-cylinder or a twin motorcycle engine, usually a British-made JAP engine.

Since the three-wheelers were classified as motorcycles by the British government, they were exempt from the tax on cars. This made them very attractive to buyers.

Could you imagine driving a three-wheeler? You might think it would be unstable compared to a four-wheeled car, but the three wheels with the two widely spaced wheels at front provided surprising stability.  It’s the same idea as maintaining three points of contact when you’re climbing up or down at work.

When you’re on a ladder, stairs, the steps of a truck or other mobile equipment-anytime you’re climbing up or down-always remember that it takes three for stability. Keep three points of contact-two feet and one hand, or two hands and one foot-with the ladder or steps. That way, you can be sure to avoid any slip and fall accidents and the sometimes serious injuries they cause. Falls from ladders and steps are some of the most common accidents. That’s too bad because they’re easy to avoid, just by keeping three points of contact.

Three points of contact- not a bad idea. It certainly served Morgan well. As their success grew, new models appeared. In 1932 Morgan introduced the F-4, which used a pressed-steel chassis and a four-cylinder Ford side-valve engine.

Even though their production ceased in 1952, Morgan three-wheelers continue to delight car fans. Low-slung Morgans with hopped-up competition engines thrill crowds at vintage car races with their speed and brilliant handling.

Let the Morgan three-wheeler remind you of the stability you gain when you keep three points of contact when climbing up or down. It’s a simple thing, but one that could spare you from a potentially serious injury. Why not get revved up about safety?



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