Andrew Morris isn’t a racer. He’s a showman. Specifically, he’s a freestyle rider who puts on stunt shows around the United States, doing things with his highly-modified 2005 Yamaha YZF-R6 that seem to defy the laws of physics.
Morris has been a freestyle rider for over three years now. Although he lives in Lafayette, Indiana—where he was born and raised—Morris’s first glimpse of stunt riding was in Orlando, Florida. He traveled there in 2006 to watch his older brother ride, and soon followed in his footsteps. Or, rather, tire tracks.
Like many other stunt riders, Morris will soon call Florida home. The large stunt community there, as well as year-round riding and competitions, makes it the perfect spot for honing his skills.
Morris has competed in the Amateur Freestyle Series, which is a proving ground for riders on their way to professional XDL competition. He also attends other competitions, like the Yo Face Stunt Session in Little Rock, Arkansas. That trip, where he placed fourth in the Longest Stoppie category, was a road trip adventure. Morris remembers “staying up for two days straight driving to Little Rock because everyone that I was with passed out and wouldn’t wake up—ever!”
Outside of competing, Morris stays busy by performing stunt shows, doing as many as four shows in one week. “Just imagine loud bikes screaming at you as loud as can be and smoke rolling everywhere,” he describes. “I like to have people think I’m crazy by the way I ride, to think that any second I will crash. That thought keeps everyone interested through the whole show.”
To make sure he has a successful show, Morris has one superstitious habit. “Every time before I go ride, I always put my right glove on first, then the left. Never the other way around,” he says.
When he’s not using his Galfer brakes to do stoppies and burnouts, Morris can be found at his side business, where he does bike and bodywork repair. Otherwise, Morris sticks to riding. “Anyone who wants to come out and ride, just let me know!” he says. “I am always down for some riding sessions, no matter how good or how bad!”