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BikeWise Easter Egg Run - Print a Poster

Full details of the 7th Annual BikeWise Easter Egg Run are now available......
The ride will start from Carrville Park and Ride at the junction of the A690 and A1(M) -  (click on this link for to see location in Google Maps. ) on Sunday 4th April. Registration starts at 0915hrs.....
Double click on the image below to print off the event poster - share it with your friends and let them know about the event :

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A total of 303 motorcycles have been stolen within County Durham and Darlington in 2009.

A total of 303 motorcycles have been stolen within County Durham and Darlington in 2009.
A break down of which parts of the force area are suffering the most thefts can be seen below:

Darlington 81
Chester le street 32
Crook / Dales 31
Peterlee / Seaham 31
Durham City 27
Stanley 24
Newton Aycliffe 20
Spennymoor / Ferryhill 20
Consett 18
Bishop Auckland 13
Barnard Castle 6

Of the bikes stolen they can be broken down into the following categories:

38.9% Small capacity bikes <125cc i.e. mopeds, scooter and Learner legal bikes.
34.1% off road bikes (child's bikes, mini motos, motocross, quads etc).
26.9% Larger capacity bikes > 125cc.
0.1% Trikes.

So exactly where were they stolen from?

62.6% were stolen from outside houses or in public areas.
34.6% were stolen in burglaries of sheds and garages (Non dwellings).
2.8% were stolen in dwelling burglaries (Which includdes garages incorporated into a dwelling).

Out of the total of bikes thefts (not including burglaries) 66% were parked up with no form of security at all!

It's easy to see that the vast majority of stolen bikes in the force area continue to be small scooter/learner legal bikes left unattended and insecure.

Keeping these bikes out of view from opportunistic thieves and locking them with some additional security device could have a dramatic effect on the numbers stolen and prevent you from becoming a victim of crime.

An added problem  often encountered, is that many off road machines from motocross bikes, kid's pit bikes to quad bikes are owned by people who frequently have no idea of the frame and / or engine numbers.

As a consequence, if the police come across a stolen bike without the numbers having been given to them at the time it was stolen then they have little chance of identifying it as stolen or of linking it to the original owner.

They can't keep it, so have no option to give it back to the very person that may have been the thief !!

Please make sure that you have a record of all the frame/engine numbers of your machine and keep them safe, by doing so you'll increase the chances of getting your bike returned in the event of it being stolen and the offender(s),  more likely to be brought before the courts.

To reduce your chances of becoming a victim invest in a security product that will stop your machine from simply being pushed or lifted away.

There are a whole host of security products on sale both in dealers and on websites; have a look at them and read the reviews before you decide what to buy but whatever you buy use it!!
Anybody who has been on a BikeWise Training day can obtain further discounts from Roy Collins Motorcycle Security & Heine Gericke at Darlington....

If you have any information on stolen motorcycles or parts and you don't want to provide your details don't forget that you can use Crimestoppers anonymously by telephoning 0800 555 111.


Turbo Sprint - Fantastic Mouse driven motorcycle game....

Race your motorcycle and tear it up through multiple cities and countrysides in Turbo Spirit! Compete to enter different leagues and place well to unlock new tracks. Go for the fastest time and score first in Turbo Spirit!
Fantastic mouse-driven motorcycle racing game !

Mini Bike Club - Photo's online & Thank You....

Many Thanks to all who attended the meeting today (Sunday 17th)... Great to see some old face's popping in to see how the meeting was going.
Katie and her dad Stuart 'dropping in' with her new Aprillia racebike and a big welcome to our four new starters - hope to see you all at the next meeting.
Photo's are online - on the website - Photo Gallery/Meetings 2010.......
Many Thanks to all who helped signing on / marshal, at the event... we couldn't do it without your help & support and also to Stephen for spending most of the day on his knees repairing broken down bikes !!
Mini Bike Club - Black & Deckers - 17th January 2010

BikeWise Easter Egg Run - Date for your diary....

Yes.... mark the date in your diary - Sunday 4th April - Easter Sunday, because it will have stopped snowing by then (we hope)........
Further details will follow soon - the starting location could be changing so keep checking the news for up to date info...
Some really good looking 'rabbit's' on display last year so looking forward to seeing what 2010 brings out of the burrows....
For those of you on Facebook, look up the event and tell us if you're coming.

Relentless named as the title sponsor of the 2010 NW 200 race's, which takes place on Saturday, May 15

Relentless Energy Drink was named today as the title sponsor of the 2010 International North West 200 road race, which takes place on Saturday, May 15 on the famed 8.9-mile course that links to the towns of Portrush, Portstewart, Coleraine.
The announcement was made at a lavish launch at the Waterfront Centre, Belfast this morning and was attended by leading NW200 riders including John McGuinness, Steve Plater, Michael Rutter, Alastair Seeley, Bruce Anstey and the Dunlop brothers Michael and William.
Race Director Mervyn Whyte said: “Each year the North West 200 team works hard to ensure an even bigger and better event for riders and spectators alike.
Whyte also announced a revised race programme which features two races for superbikes, two for supersport, one superstock and one for GP125.
It means no race for the declining GP250 class, but the slimmed-down schedule will be more workable – especially in inclement weather conditions such as those that dogged last year’s event.
The NW200 draws over 150,000 spectators on race day and a massive TV audience.
BBC Northern Ireland will continue to cover the event - this is the first year of an extended five year contract to cover the event across TV, online and radio so mark it in your diary or book your ferry

Mini Bike Club - Next Meeting - Sunday 17th January 2010

The next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be held at Black & Deckers, Green Lane, Spennymoor on Sunday 17th January 2010.
Signing on at 1000hrs for a 1030hrs safety brief / start.

All club members please check your email or the club website for confirmation of the event running.....

Snow Bike :-)

When we cancelled the BikeWise Mini Bike Club meeting, we mentioned that we could do with a snowman on a bike...... within hours we had this from Mini Bike Club club 'members', Keith, Mike & Rachel Fischer from Hartlepool : 

There's been plenty of fresh snow up here so who's next ???

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Mini Bike Club - Meeting Cancelled - Sunday 10th January

Next Meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club on Sunday 10th January 2010 has been cancelled due to the adverse weather......

The meeting has been re-scheduled to Sunday 17th January 2010.

Please check the website : or members check emails.....

Motorcycle Road Tax Increase - Sign the Petition

A petition challenging plans to raise motorcycle road tax has gained over 2,000 signatures within hours of appearing on Number 10’s website.Bike tax is set to rise by between 4% and 6% under Government proposals.

The petition says: “We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to stop the increases in motorcycle tax proposed for 2010.

“Given that the motorcycle industry is facing some of its darkest days with sales slumping by around 25-30%, it makes no sense for any government to increase taxes on motorcycle ownership...

"We petition the Government to support the motorcycle industry as it has the car industry and freeze or lower Vehicle Excise Duty.”

The British Motorcycling Federation’s Chris Hodder, who submitted the petition to Number 10’s website, said: “While in monetary terms the increases of between £2 and £4 are admittedly quite small, it’s not about the numbers, it's about the principle of increasing owner taxation at a time of economic hardship.”

Adelaide Insurance competion winner.....

"And the winner is.........
Michael Alder Co. Durham won Adelaide's December prize draw winning a £200 “Adelaide motorcycle insurance voucher” and the “Compact Disc AM/FM audio system”. Billy Nutt (left) and Marty Nutt (right) of Nutt Travel, seen here with Stephen Neeson from Adelaide, made the draw.

WHO.... yes it's BikeWise Instructor - Mick Alder..... (who will from now be called 'Patrick'.... as he's got the luck of the Irish).

Remember to visit the Adelaide Insurance Services website for your motorcycle (and other) insurance.
For more information about the Adelaide Insurance Motorcycle Festival, click here

MCN visits BikeWise Training

MCN reporter, Laura Kennerley, visited Durham in September and completed a days BikeWise Training.

MCN also put an article on their website about BikeWise Training.

To find out more about BikeWise Training visit the website :

Honda (UK) Confirms British Superbike Committment for 2010

Honda (UK) is pleased to confirm its continued commitment to the British Superbike Championship and, Isle of Man TT and North West 200 road races for 2010, with the HM Plant Honda team and its strong rider line-up.

The dynamic rider duo of Ryuichi Kiyonari and Josh Brookes will compete on the CBR1000RR Fireblade in the British Superbike class, with the 2009 British Supersport Champion, Steve Plater, also taking to the seat of a Fireblade in the British Superstock Championship.

2009 Senior TT Winner, Steve Plater, will also line up on the TT and NW200 grids alongside 15 times TT legend John McGuinness, for a second season, on the Fireblade Superbike.

Building on their long term relationship since 2004, Honda (UK) Racing and HM Plant will be looking to continue their successful partnership and performance for the seventh consecutive year, in what is considered the strongest domestic motorcycle racing championship in the world.

Steve Martindale, General Manager of Honda (UK) Motorcycles, commented, “I’m pleased to confirm Honda’s commitment to the British Superbike Championship for 2010 and also the team’s continued relationship with HM Plant. The British Superbike Championship is very strong and the high standard of rider talent and racing can be seen at every round.”

HM Plant Chairman, John Jones, said, “We have been delighted with our relationship with Honda and the exposure achieved from the HM Plant Honda team partnership over the last six years and look forward to that continuing with some great and exciting racing in 2010.”

Honda (UK) Racing will also continue its long-standing relationship and support of Clive Padgett’s Honda squad in 2010. Former HM Plant Honda BSB racer Glen Richards will compete in both the Superstock and Supersport classes, with John McGuinness alongside Glen in the Superstock Championship and Ian Hutchinson also in the Supersport series on the acclaimed CBR600RR.

Honda (UK) Racing has a long and successful history in both British and World motorcycle racing championships, taking the World Superbike Championship title in 1997, 2000 and 2002 before wrapping up the British Superbike title in 2006 and 2007 as HM Plant Honda with Ryuichi Kiyonari. The team has also won many other events, including British Supersport titles with Karl Harris and many North West 200 and Isle of Man races, most notably with TT legend John McGuinness.

The British Superbike Championship is the most hard-fought domestic motorcycle racing championship in the world, attracting sponsors and riders from across the globe. The championship’s profile has risen over the last few seasons as television ratings and ‘live’ attendances at the track have increased.

DVLA finally ends licence debacle

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) will now be returning original driving licences (with an invalidating hole punched through the photo) to motorcyclists who request a replacement licence. But not automatically. You have to request that your old licence is returned.

The new procedure has been introduced because a number of motorcyclists had been issued with replacement licences (after moving house or applying for a photo licence) that had ‘lost’ their motorcycle entitlement resulting in them having to retake their bike test simply because they were unable to prove they’d previously held entitlements.

In one case highlighted on the BBC’s Watchdog programme, a long-serving police motorcycle mechanic found that he’d had his entitlement for a category A motorcycle licence removed. Despite having held a licence for 28 years and written support from his police superiors, he still had to take a new driving test. The decision to return the defaced original licence follows months of lobbying by the BMF and others over the issuing of replacement driving licences to motorcyclists applying for a replacement licence due to change of address, loss, renewal etc, who have then found that their replacement licence has not included the all-important ‘Category A’ motorcycle entitlement.

Previously photocopies or other written evidence of entitlements were unacceptable to the DVLA, but the BMF’s solution, similar to passport renewal, provides proof of entitlement.

BMF Government Relations Executive, Chris Hodder said: “This is a practical and low-cost solution to a persistent problem and we are pleased that the DVLA has responded to our lobbying in such a positive way.”

Dave Coates passes his IAM Motorcycle Test

Darlington based, world record holding stunt rider &  BikeWise favourite, Dave Coates, has recently passed his Institute of Advanced Motorists motorcycle test.
Dave, who is sponsored by Yamaha,undertook his training on his R1, with the local Durham Advanced Motorcyclists after having completed a days BikeWise Training.........
Dave, who is more used to riding on one wheel !!, doing 'wheelies and stoppies' at stunt shows all over the country, was keen to learn how to ride to 'police system' and improve his standard for riding on the road.
Dave, who has performed at the annual BikeWise show every year since 1996, has always been keen to promote the fact that the stunts he perform at shows should never be attempted on roads - only at proper venues.
Dave is seen receiving his award from BikeWise Trainer and IAM Examiner, Bob Brown with Durham Police Motorcycle's Sgt Iain Rodgers and PC Alison Bonar at the National Motorcycle Show at Birmingham where Dave was performing.
Further details of Dave can be found at his website :

Mini Bike Club - Next meeting - 10th January 2010

The next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be held at Black & Deckers, Green Lane, Spennymoor on Sunday 10th January 2010.
Signing on at 1000hrs for a 1030hrs safety brief / start.

The meeting has been confirmed after a phone call to Black & Deckers (5th January)
All club members please check your email or the club website for confirmation of the event running.....