About Mono

Dan Morris Bio

My journey from dirt bikes to mono motorcycles.

Motorbikes have played a massive part in my life. From the tender age of seven I was part of a display team called The Wasps Motorcycle Display Team & cut my biking teeth on a Yamaha TY80. I loved the thrill of jumping through fire, leaping over cars & being part of the human pyramid with many of us perfectly balanced on one motorcycle!

My father was very keen for me to understand the workings of the motorcycles I was riding & quickly had me servicing & repairing mine & my friends. However, my parents initial plan of letting me ride at such a young age hoping it would extinguish my desire to ride on the roads later in life, kind of backfired & my desire to get my own road bike as soon as I was able, consumed me.

The understanding of engines at such a young age stood me in good stead & by the time I was sixteen I was stripping, modifying & creating bespoke builds.

My first road motorcycle at sixteen was a Yamaha FS1E & the welder I got for my fourteenth birthday was put to great use, as the modifications & repairs came thick & fast.

As time went by, I became the go to person for tuning & modifying both cars & motorcycles. After college I completed an apprenticeship with Sycamore Cars & I learnt the trade from the inside. The wealth of knowledge I got from this experience enabled me to strengthen my skills set.

During my teens my desire for speed took me off the roads & onto the Motorcross track, where for many years I was competing against some of the best riders in the business. Motorcross allowed me the freedom that road riding simply couldn’t give me & I loved it! At the same time, I was honing my trials skills & had my first road bike. Three bikes, three brains!

By the time I was twenty five I was Workshop Controller for a Ford main dealer, followed by running my own business Gleam Auto Valeting & became a Zymol detailer. I sold the business & then spent the next ten years working for the AA as a Technical Advisor. Motorcycles however were always there; riding, modifying, fixing, racing, constantly in my life!

My journey has taken many diverse directions, but finding myself at a point where I was happy & content; I started to look at life in a different way .

Therefore, with the support of family & friends I made the leap early in 2017 to move my passion in to a full time business & mono motorcycles was born.

I am now living the dream.  No two weeks are the same, I have already got repeat customers, created connections with some market leaders in the motorcycle industry including motogadget, DATATOOL, BikeTrac, HealTech & TEXA. I also have good working relationships with local main dealers & the business has started to go in the right direction. 

As mono motorcycles grows, so does the mono motorcycles team.

In September 2020 my Son Nathan joined the team. Having had his college course stopped due to the Covid19 pandemic, Nathan needed to earn some money & I was thrilled he wanted to work with me.

Nathan has a natural aptitude for motorcycle wiring & his nimble fingers are a huge help when tiny spaces need components adding. Nathan has also picked up the principles of motorcycle service & now undertakes simple services, with a watchful eye from Dad as support.

As we came out of the Covid19 lockdown in 2021, we started to get very busy. When we advertised for a Motorcycle Technician, Gary Ross put himself forward.

On Tuesday 6th April, we welcomed Gary to the mono motorcycles team. Gary is a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast, rider & builder of motorcycles. Gary joins us as having served 26 year’s in the Royal Navy, reaching the rank of Aviation Support Officer.

One of Gary’s latest projects is the stunning 2019 Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Street Tracker (please follow the link to YouTube) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwkiTVwa0NI

Join us on Facebook & at www.monomotorcycles.co.uk to follow our journey. Live to ride, ride to live!