George Lockyer, born and raised in London, has been travelling the world and riding motorcycles for over 40 years. Ever since reading Ted Simon’s classic Jupiter’s Travels, he has tried to combine the two. Shortly after meeting New Zealander Karen in Cape Town, the pair married in Zimbabwe in 1985. They moved to Sydney in 1989, where Annie and Fergus were later born.
In 2003 they moved to Governors Bay in Christchurch, New Zealand, where George and Karen still live. Since leaving school, George has been a bricklayer and stone mason, a trade he continues to practice today.
George’s first article appeared many years ago in Australian Road Rider and his work has been published in a variety of magazines over the years. Since 2003 George’s travel articles, columns and book reviews have appeared in New Zealand Bike Rider Magazine, where his writing continues to have a considerable following.
In 2013 while a volunteer firefighter George self-published, The Governors Bay Volunteer Fire Brigade to celebrate its Silver Jubilee.
Apart from Tales and Trails Down Under, George has published, with David Bateman, Living the Dream – Kiwi Bikers (2015) and The Long and Winding – Aotearoa (2017).