John Chivers leaving Skaw, Unst, Shetland, on his Zero DSR electric motorcycle.

Before I started the trip, I had investigated applying to the Guinness Book of Records, but after some consideration, I decided that it was not really worth it for a number of reasons:

Firstly, as technology improves and the journey becomes easier, any record I set would be easily broken. At the time of writing, the new version of my bike has already reduced charging time through its optional 6kW Charge Tank to around 2 hours, so the time will be constantly improved.

Secondly, the Guinness Book of Records is all about superlatives. Being the first to do something is not necessarily significant from that perspective.

Thirdly, I wanted to enjoy the trip. I could have made it into an endurance quest and just ridden then charged constantly all the way up, but that would not have been as enjoyable. I particularly wanted to enjoy riding the small Highland roads and coastal roads up to John o’Groats.

Fourthly, paperwork and a fee were involved in the process.

Finally, I didn’t need recognition from Guinness. I knew I’d done the journey myself and in any case, I had managed to capture video footage of the whole journey from start to finish to prove that I had done so. Being the first was privilege enough, without recognition from anyone else.