2002 World Circumnavigation
In 2002, we smashed the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Circumnavigation of the World by Motorcycle, taking 12 ½ days off the previous record. We averaged 1,000 miles a day on the bike and rode 19,461 miles in 19½ days.
Not only that, this motorcycle record also beat the existing car record for Around the World by 1 hour and 50 minutes. Made even more exceptional by the fact that the car record allows two drivers to rotate the driving. Our Guinness World Record Motorcycle Ride now stands as the fastest overland vehicle around the world.
This was a World Record set in the true Guinness spirit, an independent attempt at a huge world record. With no corporate funding, no support vehicle and no back up team in the UK, we planned, researched and executed this ride with only ourselves to rely on.
Many people ask us "what if . . . . . ."; our only answer is that we planned to ensure there was no what if. From how the bike was prepared, to our own personal training, to the minimal but multi-functional equipment we carried, everything was done with one aim, one focus, one objective in mind – to show that riding two-up, we would set a record which would stand for many years to come, surpassing the previous record by an extraordinary amount of time.
The next question many people ask is how we funded such a ride – there is no secret; many nights spent pouring over maps meant more money saved, and ultimately when we realised that we would get no corporate funding, our confidence in our ability to do the World Record meant that we re-mortgaged our flat.
Our ultimate success? We did something we believed in and had dreamed about. We lived our passion for travel and adventure, a thrill for seeking extreme bike challenges, and maintained focused determination and teamwork.
If it were just a case of riding the bike, it would not be as tough (really!). What makes the ride more difficult is documenting it all in accordance with the stringent regulations that Guinness set down.
Many riders think that this record is about speed - after all it is called the Fastest Circumnavigation of the World by Motorbike. But this is a misnomer. This is about an international endurance ride. Endurance riding is about safe long distance riding. This was how we approached the world record. Our motto was "less is more" and "go slower to go further". Our belief about the key to the record was how long we could stay in the saddle doing a constant speed. High speeds are more exhausting, increase the risk of accident, put more strain on the bike and more strain on us.