does anyone own or ride a morgan custom bike frame??

my grandad built them and id like to see how many are still going

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Comment by Karen on November 15, 2009 at 10:15pm
Hi Dan,

Two friends of mine own Morgans. One is a tourer that is in the Southern Highlands and is in near mint condition. The other is on the Southern side of Sydney. I believe it is a road frame. I also recall speaking to a man recently that I 'think' still has his. He remembers chatting regularly to your grandfather at the races.

Comment by Dan on November 16, 2009 at 11:04am
In case anyone was wondering, this is a different Dan!

This could get confusing...
Comment by Dan on November 19, 2009 at 3:03pm
Thanks alot for that,

They wouldn't happen to be Frank (Sheans) or Jim (Eades).....

Anyway if you could next time you see them would you by any chance be able to send a photo of them....that'd be great

Thanks again
Comment by Karen on November 19, 2009 at 3:09pm
It is Chris from Bundanoon and Geoffery who is in Sydney. Chris is not online for a few days but when he is back online I will ask him to send you some photos. I should see Geoff on the weekend so will ask him the same.

Comment by Chris on February 17, 2010 at 11:59pm
Well I'm the "Chris" that Karen refered to & yes, I have one.

I assisted the original owner [Brian] to build it up, back in 1986, with parts that were, in the main, sourced from Calypso Cycles, run at the time by Noel MacFarlane.

It was the second 'touring' frame that Fred Morgan had built, the first being for Joe Relich [hope I got the spelling right Joe] who was a friend of Brian's.
Brian suffered from health problems that prevented him from riding soon after that & the bike was eventually left in the shed where it got a bit wet from time to time & some rust started to appear on some chrome parts so I offered to store it in my house which is where it spent the next ten years or so.

It was eventually gifted to me & now, yet another ten years on, I still have it in the bedroom next to this one.

It's a bigger frame than it needed to be & it is covered with Campy Record & Super Record components along with a lovely Ideale Model '92 Diagonale' saddle.
It wears 27" rims around its low flange Record hubs & it has a six speed 'ultra' cluster.

Anyway, the bike hasn't been riden in the better part of 20 years so the Campy grease has probably dried out somewhat & when I retire [again] I will strip it & service it fully then take it for a spin for old times sake.

This was it as it sat a couple of years back. The green bike is my much modified 1941 Carbine.

The Morgan was built initially for one specific journey. A six day tour of the aussie Alps starting & finishing at Cooma with a loop through Thredbo, Dead Horse Gap, Tom Groggin, Geehi, Khankoban, Cabramurra & eventually back to square one.

A knee injury suffered right at the start kept brian from riding on day one but he joined me in Berridale the next morning [the bike & he came from Cooma by car]. We made it to Jindabyne where he was forced to abandon the ride & he subsequently caught up to me on his motorcycle.

This journey from Berridale to Jindabyne on the Sunday, the 2nd of November 1986 is the most significant trip that the Morgan has ever made.

Thats it in the background with it's lovely Campy Record triple crankset prominant.
I'm the skinny one in the dark glasses & the whit bike is my 'made to customers order' [for my stepfather] 1972 Lennie Rogers race bike, then converted for touring.
No, we're not ghey, it was Brians woman who took the picture.
Comment by Chris on February 18, 2010 at 12:16am
P.S. I am of the understanding that, as the time of my enquirey a few years back, that a total of five 'touring' frames had been made.
All other frames that were made by Fred were Race bikes I believe.
Comment by Dan on February 23, 2010 at 6:33pm
Thanks Chris.....Do you remember Roy O'toole.....
If you are ever down in Sydney please bring the bike down if you are able..
I would love to see it first hand (actually honestly I have a slight little goal to retrieve all of the Morgans, revive them if necessary and place them on the walls, but don't worry, it won't be a while before I am hunting it down, I've got to get some money first) haha.......Thanks alot again, and hope to meet you and the bike in the near future
Comment by Chris on February 23, 2010 at 10:46pm
No, I don't think I ever met Roy, or if I did, then oldtimers disease has erased the memory.

I come to Sydney with some degree of frequency but it's a matter of rushing about all day then going home. By the end of the day when I get home I can easily have covered 300 miles [480k]
Where in Sydney are you located?
It's a big 'burg' when you include the co-located cities of Parramatta, Penrith, Blacktown, Liverpool & others.
Comment by Dan on February 24, 2010 at 8:58pm
Maroubra....I'm not to far from where Fred is......(actually do you remeber Fred) would be great if you could come by one time, maybe a Saturday would be good so you could catach up with some old timers at heffron park....and it would be awesome if you could bring the bike.....but hope to see yopu anyway.....Dan
Comment by Owen Lowe on October 14, 2010 at 4:50pm
I was introduced to Fred by Angelo Lukakis, just after Joe Relich commissioned Fred to make his tourer, which he still has in V.good condition. I got my bike just after Brian, and rode it with pride with the Sydney Cycle Club, when it was a fledgling group of old guys enjoying the long rides and coffee of Sunday am.
I fractured my spine, broke three ribs and one wrist, after a car failed to stop at a stop sign, but I was riding my old training bike at the time! I kept the Morgan for years in the attic, but finally sold it to a young guy who was having good success at racing in the lower grades on the north side of Sydney. He stopped racing, and still has the bike, but will not sell it back to me for even an exhorbitant price - he says he loves it too much, damn it. And I am riding again after a 20 year layoff.
So, if anyone has a Morgan which has a 57 square frame or there abouts, I am your boy. It would look ever so nice next to the other bikes in the stable.


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