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Rhys Lawrey.

How one young man started a trend of young adventurers and inspiring ideas into action.

THIS IS MY STORY

Being exposed to travel all through my youth, from travelling on the back of my father (Kevin Sanders) bike in South America at the age of 16, to going across Europe to Istanbul, growing up and living in New Zealand, to then setting off on my own at the age of 22 to become the first recognised Youngest Person to Circumnavigate the World by Motorcycle as well as trying to keep up with Dad who also has two world records. I went on to break the Guinness World Record for the Most Consecutive Capital Cities Visited by Motorcycle. 

 

I didn’t stop there as I went on to ride across USA, from New York to LA in 2015, then on GlobeBusters tours to Austria and 2016 Tridays. Across mainland China in 2019, back on the road travelling around Iceland in 2022 as well as ticking off another new country, Morocco as well in 2022. With already done so much, it makes you wonder what will I do next. . . 

Rhys Lawrey - Youngest Around the world Houses of Parliment

Timeline

I first started riding at the age of 8 going to some weekend dirt tracks with my father, Kevin Sanders. My father, Kevin Sanders was the main inspiration to motorcycling as Kevin also has Guinness World Records on a motorcycle, he also runs the UK based motorcycle tour company, GlobeBusters. So breaking records, travelling the world and riding bikes runs in the blood of the family.

Moving to Auckland, New Zealand at the age of 10 with my mother and sister, New Zealand will soon become the place I call my second home. While in New Zealand, finding sport & bartending as the main passion and with no real drive for university I chose to leave school at 17 years old and get behind the bar and start working my way up the ranks in the hospitality industry.

Kevin Sanders and Rhys Lawrey Dirt Biking

Dirt biking as a kid with Dad

Rhys Lawrey - Bartending in Australia - Flair Bartending

 Bartending in Australia

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My first bike Suzuki GS500

With already travelling in the bartending scene, it came to the point at 21 years old when having a Skype call with Dad, and coming up with the grand idea of riding around the world. Before I knew it, I was declining a top of the range bartending job offer in Las Vegas, packing up and moving back to England to start planning the world trip and come 2nd May 2014 (aged 22) setting off to ride around the world solo riding 56,854 miles through 71 countries over 441 days, to become the first youngest person to do such a thing as well as break the Guinness World Record for the "Most Consecutive Capital Cities Visited by Motorcycle" After riding into the history books, helping put the Triumph Tiger range on the map in the adventure market and change the way adventure motorcycling can be shared through social media, it has opened up a whole new world of opportunities.

Rhys Lawrey - Young Boy NZ Motorcycle Tour

Touring NZ age 11 Pillion on the bike 

Kevin Sanders and Rhys Lawrey - Father and Son

Aged 16 Travelling South America

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Van trip to Istanbul at 18

Riding across the States from New York to Los Angeles, being featured in film campaigns, print material, event attendance, giving inspirational talks, working as a consultant in designing adventure motorcycle gear, ambassador roles, modelling for motorcycle & non-motorcycle companies. What lies ahead for me, with already doing so much at a young age is the big question. With wanting to still inspire others, not to go ride around the world but to get out there and achieve what they want to achieve. Making it clear that hard work, sacrifice, and determination all plays off. 
I am excited for what is to come! 

My Travels (So Far...)

Around The World

02nd May, 2014

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New York to LA

3,500 miles in Decemeber winter time for North America. First overland adventure ever on the new 2015 Triumph Explorer model all to create content and print material for Triumph.

Touring Europe

July, 2016

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Motorcycle Press Launches

Lead rider and figure head at multiple Triumph Motorcycle press launches throughout Europe. Riding all types of Triumph's, from Thruxtons, Bonnies, and Tigers.

Iceland Adventures

August, 2022

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North to East to Sahara Desert

Country Number 73 for me, exploring the best parts of Morocco from the coast to the desert.

Thailand 660 Adventure

January 2023

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Halifax, Canada to Anchorage, Alaska

Getting to visit country number 76 for me. Canada, forever on my list and now seen some of the best parts. Travelling from Halifax all the to Alasaka. 

Pan American Expedition

July - December 2023

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Back riding in Northern Thailand

This time riding the Tiger 900 GT for the first time overlanding in Northern Thailand. A true experience of a beautiful part of the world.

Patagonia Adventure

March, 2024

Youngest Around the World & Most Consecutive Capital Cities World Records

56,854 miles through 71 countries, and being on the road for 441 days. Where it all began!
Trend setting, world record breaking and putting my name in the history books.

Across the States

December, 2015

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Running Tours for GlobeBusters and Triumph

Clocking up thousands of miles riding in mainland Europe and going to TriDays events. Leading groups on stunning roads in the peak of Europe summer.

Press Launches

2015/2016

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Circumnavigating the Island TWICE

3,700 miles, circling the remote island twice. Also my first ever overlanding adventure in a van. VanLifing at it's best in the best location to do so.

Morocco Adventure

September, 2022

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Exploring Northern Thailand on a 660 Sport

2,800 miles riding some of the most bends I've ever ridden. Riding the new Tiger Sport 660 for the first time and what a buzz it is on Thai roads.

Across Canada

June, 2023

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Alaska to Argentina - 6 months on the road

23,000 miles, from the top of the world to the bottom. Anchorage, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina. Riding the new Tiger 1200 Rally Pro.

Thailand - Tiger 900 GT

January, 2024

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Riding in the Wildness of Patagonia

4,700 miles riding from Osorno, Chile to Ushuaia, Argentina. Leading a group of riders through some of the toughest weather in Patagonia. 

My Partners

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GlobeBusters Motorcycle Expeditions

GlobeBusters was founded in 2002 by Kevin and Julia Sanders, Double Guinness World Record™ for the Fastest Circumnavigation of the World by Motorcycle and the Trans Americas by Motorcycle. Coupled with this, Kevin and Julia have notched up hundreds of thousands of miles riding independently around the world, on all six continents, covering iconic routes such as the Silk Road, the Pan American Highway, the Trans Siberian and the Tibetan Plateau.

I'm proud to say I'm officially apart of the GlobeBusters team. Being your support van driver and tour manager. As well as the behind the scene tour logistics to help make travelling the world on a motorcycle possible.

GlobeBusters Motorcycle Expeditions - Ace Cafe Beijing

KLIM

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When it comes to motorcycle gear it's always a difficult choice on what to pick. In the new year of the world opening and back travelling, I've chosen to partner up as Scott's Ambassador for both on and off the bike gear. 

With their wide range of clothing and accessories it makes it all the more easier when travelling, hiking, and motorcycling, being a one-stop-shop for all your gear needs. 

Their new adventure range is something I'm looking forward to trying out in the world of travelling on motorcycles. Also may even move to wearing googles when riding!

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LS2 Helmets

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For my everyday commute and pleasure riding back home I am currently using the LS2 Explorer Cardon Helmet. 

Super light adventure helmet with built in sun-visor. 
So far so good and something I recommend.

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Scenic App

Navigation via mobile is becoming far more the preferred choice. However you want to make sure the mobile app can navigate while you riding in different countries. 

Scenic app is by far the best choice for adventure riding navigation with the ease of GPX filing, overseas mapping and simple features when on the move.

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Media & Appearances

Triumph Explorer Film Shoots
TeapotOne - Bru Time Interview
1000PS Interview
Ace Cafe London Interview

Who I've Worked With

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