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MANY THANKS to you all for making the meeting at BikeWise 2007 such a success.
Phil Shaw as clerk of the course and all the officials (I wont name & shame you....) worked very hard throughout the day (And I apologise that we forgot to get you some drinks etc.. )
The parents who came and of course, the stars of the show, the riders.
Once again you were all excellent - your bikes & riding gear look great, your discipline in the pits and start & stop boxes was excellent and your riding was fantastic.
John McGuinness was very impressed with your riding, (I think he's now a little worried that one of you might be competing with him at the Isle of Man in a few years time).
I was pleased that Albert Nugent the leader of Durham County Council was able to attend BikeWise with his family and see the Mini-Bike Club for himself. Without Albert's support we would not be where we are today....
Pictures from the meeting will be uploaded when we get a little more time. Look out for details of our next meeting.
"Thanks Again" from all of us at the Motorcycle Office - Bob Brown

THANK YOU......

A big 'THANK YOU' to all who helped, attended, sponsored, participated, etc... with BikeWise 2007.
The sun eventually did shine this year (apart from a couple of small showers) and a great day was had by us all.
John McGuinness & Steve Brogan from HM Plant Honda racing, Michael Rutter from MSS Kawasaki & James Hillier from Kawasaki's Gearlink racing team attended the show and spent the day talking to fans and signing everything that was put in front of them !!
Dave Coates was 'on fire' in the main arena on one, two & four wheels & Michael Phillipson & Chris Huddleston showed us all what a motorcycle can do (if you have the skill) , whilst riding over everything (including a Hitachi Zaxis excavator) in the arena Trial. Michael & Chris were under the watchful eye of Andy Huddleston, who would have also been riding this year. Andy has rode at the event since the first in 1995 but has been ill during the last week and got up off his sick bed to make sure that the riders had enough obstacles !!! in the arena.
Our own motorschool worked frantically throughout the day providing Skid Pan & Landrover4wd demonstration drives, Police dogs (And there handlers) showed us what they provide to the police service and the police helicopter provided our own 'airshow'.
BikeWise Mini-Bike Club was running throughout the day and the riders had a day to remember when John McGuinness visited them.
Further info & pictures will appear on the main BikeWise site soon.
REMEMBER to Tell us what you thought of BikeWise 2007 (click here to go to the Guest Book)

Look forward to seeing you all at BikeWise 2008....

TT Star to visit BikeWise 2007


HM Plant Honda Racing's John McGuinness - is to attend BikeWise 2007 with sponsor's - Hebburn based HM Plant & Honda Racing.
John has now won 13 TT's on the Isle of Man (2 this year) and is now the fastest man around the 37.73-mile Island circuit, smashing the lap record in the Senior TT on his second lap, the fastest ever lap speed at an average speed of 130.354 mph with a total lap time of 17:21.99 mins.

John will be available throughout the day to talk & sign autographs and will be later making the draw for a raffle for a prize that 'money can't buy' from within the HM Plant big black box which will be on the site.

BSB Star Michael Rutter coming to BikeWise

MSS Discovery Kawasaki's rider Michael Rutter will be attending BikeWise 2007 and will be available at the Kawasaki UK display which is supported by it's local dealer Kawasaki (Newcastle)
For further details of Michael Rutter, visit : Kawasaki's website

BikeWise Sunday 29th July .......


13 Times TT Winner, John McGuinness will be at the 13th BikeWise.
See John & his race bike at the HM Plant Race Stand.

Easter Egg Run 2007 - The Video...

Well now we have it.....
The latest 'Blockbuster' video that everyone (who was on the Easter Egg Run) wants....
Many Thanks to Simon Foggin of Tyne Tees TV who came on the run & then spent his own time putting this video together.
Hope you enjoy & remember to tell all your friends about BikeWise on the 29th July. Hope to see you there..
'The BikeWise Team'
Press the Play button, below, to view the video..

3rd BikeWise Mini-Bike Club meeting - Photo's

At Last ..... The rain held off and we were able to hold our 3rd Mini-Bike Club meeting at the Police HQ at Aykley Heads. Many Thanks to all the riders and parents who came - we hope you had a good day.. Remember to tell us what you thought of the day in the BikeWise Guestbook
Enjoy the photo's and video from yesterday and look out on the site for the date of our next meeting.
Some nice riding by you all, smooth & flowing & your bikes and gear look great.
THANKS from all the BikeWise team for your support & once again to Albert Nugent & Durham County Council for giving us the chance to have this club.
Bob Brown
BikeWise Mini Bike Club - 3rd Meeting

Double Click on the image above to view all the photo's or on the 'play' button below, to view the Video

Bike Specific Signage Appear on County Durham Roads














Motorcycle specific signs are now placed at strategic places throughout the County where motorcyclists have had, or could have problems.

The signs have been produced by the Durham Road Safety Partnership and we are indebted to the support of Donald Waller from Durham County Council who has arranged for the production & siting of the signs. The photo shows : Ch.Insp Tim Wilson, (Head of Road Policing), Durham County Councillor - John Shuttleworth, Mick Alder & Ali Bonar from the motorcycle section, in the Durham Dale's.

BikeWise Mini-Bike Club at BikeWise Show

BikeWise - the annual event at our Police HQ is taking place on Sunday 29th July. Full details of this years attractions will soon be updated onto our main BikeWise website.
We intend to run a Mini-Bike club at the event to promote the club and would hope that you can all attend. We will need the support of parents etc to run this event as we will be 'stretched' for staff. Any assistance you can give would be appreciated. As for our riders - you'll have to start 'polishing' your bikes - there's going to be a lot of people 'looking in' at what you're doing & I've no doubt you'll have a great day.. See you on Saturday.. Bob

NEXT MEETING DATE SET
The BikeWise Mini-Bike Club will hold it's 3rd meeting at Durham Police HQ, Aykley Heads, Durham, on Saturday 7th July 2007.
Registration will commence at 10am with the Riders Safety Briefing taking place at 1030hrs.
Late arrivals can NOT be accomodated due to the strict guidelines we operate under from the ACU.
For any further details or queries contact either bikewise@durham.pnn.police.uk or telephone 0191-3752136
REMEMBER--the meeting will not be held in wet weather!
So keep praying!!
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