Peter Uren grew up in the Illawarra region of New South Wales. His love affair with motorcycles was kindled when he purchased his first bike, a Suzuki A80 two-stroke, when he left high school. Numerous other bikes followed including: a Suzuki GSX250, Suzuki GSX750, Yamaha XJ900, Yamaha FZ1, BMW K1200GT, Harley-Davidson Road King Classic and a Buell Ulysses XB12X.
After a 23 year career in the Royal Australian Air Force, he settled in the Port Stephens region, serving a further seven years with the Department of Defence.
In his retirement, Peter still enjoys riding, albeit on three wheels rather than two. His current mount is a Can-Am Spyder Roadster RSS. His other hobbies include photography and, of course, writing.
The Old Mechanic is a story about an old motorcycle mechanic who takes on an apprentice and, together, they restore a classic 1959 Norton 500cc ES2. The story takes the reader right through the process of restoring an old classic motorcycle, from rebuilding the engine to getting the bike on the road. Along the way, they maintain, repair and service many classic British motorbikes. But the book is more than just about motorcycles; it is about the intergenerational relationship between the two men, and the passing on of a lifetime’s worth of knowledge and experience.