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BikeWise Easter Egg Photo’s now online

Photobox2Well, they’re finally up there in cyberspace…. your photo’s from the 2011 BikeWise Easter Egg Run
There’s only one or two (thousand), plus a few more,spread out over eight (8)albums, so it might take you a little while to look at them all and see your smiling faces (not half as long as it took us to put them on the internet !!)
So,  click on the this link to PHOTOBOX and you will be able to view all the pictures which are within a number of different galleries – you can also order prints, direct from there and they will be delivered to your home usually within 24/48hours – so you could be ‘hung’, in a frame, on the wall of your house, on your pride and joy…. before you know it !
If you know of anybody who was on the run, then please send them a link to let them know where the photo’s are.

Once again THANKS for making it a special ‘BikeWise’ day.. the costumes, helmet and bike decorations and smiling faces really make it ‘special’ to be part of the biking community up here in the North East.
Many Thanks to all the photographers who took the photo's, recording the day's events and in particular all from the Durham Photographic Society : http://www.d-p-s.org.uk/

Remember to put the 24th July in your diary – BikeWise 2011 and also try and keep the afternoon of Sunday 26th June free, when there’s another BikeWise event you might want to come along to (we’ll let you know more in a few weeks time)

Next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be on Sunday 1st May 2011

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Next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be on Sunday 1st May 2011.

Signing on at 1000hrs for a 1030hrs start at Carrville Park and Ride.


If you have any doubts about the weather please check your emails or the website before travelling.

NE Karting will be hosting their Mini Bike Meeting at Warden Law on Monday 2nd May 5pm – 8.30pm.

Easter Egg Run – Thank You

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Firstly a BIG – THANK YOU – for making our seventh Easter Egg Run the biggest yet.
The weather was perfect and thanks to the five hundred and thirty (530) of you, with internet access, who took the time to pre-register on our website.  It made it much easier for ourselves (and hopefully for you) at the start and we will also now be able to keep you informed via email as to ‘What’s Happening in the BikeWise ‘world’ in future.
A fantastic mix of riders on the day, with quite a few new ‘L’ riders joining in the ‘fun’ as well as some nice trike’s.
Some riders put some quite serious mileage in, to get to Durham for the ride and we really appreciate your support.
We’ve raised £982 for the Meningitis Research Foundation which is well up on the £780 raised last year and is a testament to the generosity of YOU – the bikers involved quite apart from the hundreds of Easter Eggs handed in, which we will distribute in the coming week. 
A mention should be made of the staff at the Northern Rock in Bishop Auckland who raised £80 and have raised a substantial sum every year, so special thanks must go to them.
In addition, it was fantastic to see so many people ‘camped out’ at the side of the road to cheer and wave to riders on many with deck chairs in place, clearly set up to enjoy the spectacle! In addition the Union jack flags were in evidence no doubt fuelled by the impending Royal wedding but it all added to the party atmosphere.
It’s great that the Easter Egg Run is becoming a social event not only for the motorcycle community, but also for the people of County Durham and Darlington who come out in force to cheer us on our way.
We were joined at HQ by as many as we could accommodate and riders were given a short road safety presentation by Sgt Iain Rodgers of the Durham Police Motorcycle Section, who invited riders to sign up to BikeWise Training and Durham Advanced Motorcyclists to enhance their riding skills.
The Easter Egg Run is organised by the BikeWise team, but we couldn’t do it without the support of the Cleveland Bike Section, Durham Advanced Motorcyclists, Durham County Council (particularly Donald Waller), Darlington based stunt rider Dave Coates, all the volunteers who help prepare police HQ and serve the teas and coffees, Tesco in Durham; who donated eggs and games and of course our own Chief Constable Jon Stoddart and the executive team of Durham Constabulary who have always supported the aims of BikeWise.
Please keep checking the website for photo’s and video’s of the event – we are working ‘feverishly in the background to get these uploaded onto the internet but it will take time and we cannot go any faster than our bandwidth allows !!
But the biggest thank you is to those of you who took part; your generosity is beyond doubt and without you none of this would happen, so once again - thank you all you all for your support and look forward to seeing you at BikeWise 2011 on Sunday 24th July at the Police HQ.

BikeWise Easter Egg Run – This Sunday

Poster---Landscape The BikeWise Easter Egg Run will be this Sunday, 24th April 2011

For full details of the ride click on the link to the Easter Egg Run on the homepage

We are trying to encourage people to register online (CLICK HERE), it's free to do so and doesn't mean that you have to attend - what it does do, is give us , the BikeWise 'team' is a 'heads up' of how many bikes we could have and let's us plan accordingly.

We also can then also forward you any subsequent info about the ride and any other 'BikeWise News' via email.

Whilst on the site why not download a 2011 poster and share it with friends.

So please take a couple of minute's to register online .

The Manor Cafe, Bellerby, North Yorkshire

ManorLink4 The Manor Cafe is the new purpose built bikers cafe in the Yorkshire Dales.

Located just outside Bellerby, near Leyburn in the Yorkshire Dales. With hundreds of miles of motorcycle touring roads on our doorstep, the Manor Cafe is the ideal place to meet and eat when visiting North Yorkshire.
The Manor has ample off-road parking for imagemotorcycles and cars, We will be serving locally sourced, no frills, good honest food and drink. Indoor and outdoor seating areas located in a converted Manor House Farm Courtyard with stunning views of Wensleydale on the doorstep.

The Manor Biker Cafe will be THE new place to meet other bikers, hold club ride-outs and meetings or simply a stop-off point on your ride in and around  the outstanding natural beauty Yorkshire Dales National Park

For further details please visit their website : www.manor-cafe.co.uk

‘The 68 Cafe’ opens it’s doors (formerly The Wear Valley Diner)

'The 68 Cafe' A regular ‘haunt’ of the BikeWise ‘team’ has re-opened under new management and with a new name.
The former Wear Valley Diner is now ‘The 68 Cafe’ and new owners Paula & Dan Kempin are looking forward to welcoming you to the cafe which has been completely refurbished.
The cafe is on the A68rd at Toft Hill and has fantastic views across to the Durham Dales and has featured in MCN on a number of occasions when reporter/tester Andy Downes has been heading North to Scotland.  Great place to meet /stop,  for a bite to eat & drink before heading up the Dales or further North to Keilder/Scotland.  Why not check it out this weekend…

BMW Track days 2011

Cadwell Snett 2 track days poster artwork 2011 Last years event was promoted as a track training day and was run accordingly, there were over 40 riders on a circuit for the first time and a further 20 or more new comers to Snetterton, abilities ranged from total novices to internationally experienced ex-racers, ages from 21 to 73, machines from a 250 Honda to the latest S1000RRs. With newcomers even in the experienced group, it was considered necessary to do the first session in the form of 'ducks and drakes', with the new infield section only being opened in March this year, it is likely that we will run the first session for the experienced riders this way, after all, we have to lead riders for the first 3 laps to satisfy insurance requirements.

The improver group will also do their first session 'd & d', we may take a show of hands after the midday break to assess the demand for more group training, individual training or free lapping.

Beginners will do the first 2 sessions 'd & d' in the morning and if requested by the majority of riders in the group, also the first session in the afternoon.

Instructors will be available all day to help with all aspects of track riding and to give one to one tuition.

For a newcomer to track riding the thought of another rider passing close by is worrying to say the least, it is for this reason, in the beginner group we will have overtaking on the left only, feedback from last year indicates that the inconvenience was not too important and the slower riders felt considerably safer knowing no one was about to pass going into a corner.

In the other 2 groups higher speeds were being reached and watching from the control tower, I could see problems, especially at the approach to 'Riches' (the first corner), therefore in these groups overtaking will be allowed either side. To make this safer I ask riders to be aware of what is going on around them and help to make the overtaking manoeuvre possible with minimal effort. Numbered stickers will be issued to all riders to attach to their number plates to assist in identification of anyone overtaking  too close, or riding in an inconsiderate manner.

The 2 days we are having are organised by the BMW club, our intention is to run and enjoy them in a 'club' environment. The cost is being held at £100 for each day, please come and join us, help us by entering early, our intention is to fill the day with keen road riders who enjoy a bit of track riding.

For further details / info please email contact the BMW Club Sporting Register Secretary : robertbensley@btinternet.com

What’s Happening in the BikeWise ‘world’ – April 2011


Jigsaw Dates for your Diaries : 

Two important dates to put in your diaries …

BikeWise Easter Egg Run – Sunday 24th April 2011 (Click HERE to Register online)

BikeWise 2011 – Sunday 24th July 2011 - (click here to find out latest BikeWise Show news)

 

 


Poster---Landscape BikeWise Easter Egg Run – Sunday 24th April 2011 (Click HERE to Register online)

The event is almost here –  so please click on the link above and register online.

It will only take a few seconds to complete the form and it give’s us an idea of how many people are going to be on the ride.
Please forward this link to your friends if they intend to come on the ride.

The run starts at the Carrville Park & Ride site at the junction of the A1(M) and the A690 roads at Durham, there will be a catering unit at Carville serving hot food and drinks but eat and drink quickly as we are leaving at 10.00am prompt!

After visiting local hospitals where eggs & gifts are given to the children’s wards, the ride ends at Police HQ with a free cup of tea / coffee made by our own fair hands and a small ‘roadshow’ which gives you the opportunity to meet the BikeWise ‘team’ and find out what has happened in the last year and what is planned in the BikeWise ‘world’ for the coming year

It costs nothing to partake in the run, just bring an Easter egg, small toy or a handful of change for the charity bucket.

If you or your friends can register online, to save time on the morning & so that we have an idea of how many bike’s we’ll have on the ride, its free and will only take you a couple of minutes to complete.

If not you can sign-on on the morning at Carville from 9.00am


The 68 Cafe

Wear Valley Diner re-opens as The 68 Cafe – Wednesday 20th April

A regular ‘haunt’ of the BikeWise ‘team’ has re-opened under new management and with a new name.

The former Wear Valley Diner is now ‘The 68 Cafe’ and new owners Paula & Dan Kempin are looking forward to welcoming you to the cafe which has been completely refurbished.

The cafe is on the A68rd at Toft Hill and has fantastic views across to the Durham Dales and has featured in MCN on a number of occasions when reporter/tester Andy Downes has been heading North to Scotland.  Great place to meet /stop,  for a bite to eat / drink before heading up the Dales or further North to Keilder/Scotland.  Why not check it out this weekend…


BWMBC Sunday 1st May 2011 - BikeWise Mini Bike Club

Our next meeting is Sunday – 1st May at Carrville Park & Ride, Durham

More details of the club : www.bikewiseminibikeclub.org.uk 

 

 


cafe1618wrCafe 1618 Bike Nights, Middleton in Teesdale 
Every Tuesday

Bev & John will once again be holding their Bike Nights at their award winning Cafe 1618

16+18 Market Place, Middleton in Tessdale DL12 0GQ.

These will start on the 22nd March and will continue every Tuesday until October, from 1830hrs onwards.
For further details contact Bev & John on 01833 640 300

Last year the couple spent a lot of time and effort working at the rear of the premises and Restaurant 17 has now opened and taking bookings if you fancy a nice night of dining in the dales.
 

DAN-New-wrDurham Advanced Motorcyclists
Tuesday 26th April 2011 - next meeting at Bowburn Hall Hotel at 1900hrs.
Meet at 1900hrs for a 1930hrs start.
Winter months - Guest speakers
Summer months - ride outs.....
Contact the secretary : Bill McCready on 01325 311 426 for further details
 



 


BSB

British Superbikes returns this weekend with the first races of the season at Brands Hatch.

Watch out for locally sponsored HM Plant Honda Racing with reigning champion Ryuichi Kiyonari and former BSB champion and ex WSB rider Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne. We’ll soon be able to see the riders for ourselves as the Croft round is being held next month with the races being held on Sunday 15th May.

MCN Fantasy Road Racing (see below) will then have it’s three major championships competing for that top prize.



prizeMCN Fantasy Road Race, in association with MCE Insurance is back for 2011!
Once again the game is totally FREE to play. All you have to do is pick a six-man team of riders, comprising the stars of MotoGP, World Superbikes and British Superbikes, then just sit back and let them win you some fantastic prizes!
The game started at on Saturday 26th February and the top prize, courtesy of MCE Insurance, is Yamaha's special edition YZF - R125 (worth £5,800) - celebrating 50 years of racing in  World GPs.
There are also seven 'Game Round' prizes to play for during the year, too.
For more information on prizes, just click here. NEW THIS YEAR: Your BSB performance will be put to the test, too, in the all-new MCE BSB Game Round competition! All entrants with the two highest scoring MCE BSB riders for each Game Round will be entered into a prize draw, and of these, one entrant will be drawn out at random to win a pair of tickets to a future MCE BSB round.
Once you’ve registered then join the BikeWise League – so that we can all share in the fun.
The PIN number you need to enter the league is :463
Last year, 38yr old Tony Stevens from Hartlepool,who after a ‘gruelling’ season, managing a multi million pound budget and some of the world’s best motorcycle racers Tony not only topped our own BikeWise league – he topped the national league and ‘walked’ away with a brand new Yamaha R6. So let’s hope that we can have a repeat of last season’s success and bring that Yamaha home to the North (again)
If you want to look at your racer’s in action then check out our Moto GP and WSB photo galleries on the new BikeWise website at www.bikewise.org.uk/galleries/  (photo’s will be added as the season progresses)
So – register your team and enter our league – it’s all FREE and you could have a lot of fun and win a bike or tickets to a BSB round
 




image001 Adelaide Insurance – If you have completed a BikeWise Training day then register your details on Adelaide’s website and you could win a prize in their monthly draw (like Mick Alder did...), you might also get a pleasant surprise when it comes to renewing your insurance.
Quite a few people, who have completed a BikeWise Training day are reporting that they have now insured with Adelaide……
You will be able to select BikeWise Training from the drop down boxes and will get a discount as a result of attending your BikeWise Training day..
Adelaide are a specialist Motorcycle Insurer,provide IAM’s Surety Insurance and support motorcycle Road Racing events in Ireland -
www.adelaideinsurance.com
 


Hein Gericke at Darlington (01325-464 664) - are open everyday, have a shop full of clothing and accessories and you will get 10% off any non sale items in the store if you have attended a BikeWise Training day and produce your card (or ACU license for Mini Bike Club members.)
The team of Alison, Sue, Tim & Craig will look forward to seeing you and giving advice on your equipment needs.   
www.hein-gericke.co.uk

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Photo’s online from Sunday's meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club

Many Thanks to all who attended the  meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club, on Sunday  (4th April).
The weather was fantastic and we had a great meeting, with lots of new faces, whilst some of our regulars had travelled to Scotland to prepare for the forthcoming Scottish Mini Moto Championship
Some safe, smooth, quick riding by our members, and once again a big Thank You to all who helped out with the marshalling / signing on.
Photo's are now online and can be viewed by clicking on this link.
REMEMBER that this Thursday (14th) we are holding a Mini Moto Maintenance session at Police HQ, starting at 1830hrs, where Stephen Alderson will once again be telling us how to keep our mini moto’s running smoothly.
Please try and make the effort to attend as it will help you to keep your bike in good condition for our meetings.
Keep checking the news for the date of our next meeting

Fantastic Mini Bike night at Karting NE

BikeWise Mini Bike Club went to Karting NE last night, Monday 4th April  - the first of the outdoor sessions put on by Karting NE.
These mini bike sessions will be from 5pm to 8pm on alternate Monday evenings at a cost of £15. (commencing Mon 4th April)
Although it was a cold, windy night, a fantastic time was had by all with access to both the junior and full karting circuits.
These meetings are not restricted to Mini Bike Club members, they can be ridden by young and old as long as you have a suitable mini bike.
The new owner of the site, international rally driver, Guy Wilks, has been doing a lot of work on site improvements and already has formed a Motorcycle Trials Club and prepared a section of the site for Trials bikes.
The cost of membership is £15 per year and then £10 when you attend to ride your bike (£15 for non-members)
To view all the photo’s from last nights Mini Bike meeting, click on any of the images shown below :

‘Many Thanks’ to the Management / staff of Karting NE for supporting and providing the facility for the lawful use of Mini Bikes in our area
For further details of the other activities offered at Karting NE, please visit their website : www.kartingnortheast.com/index.htm

 
 

Fantasy Road Race update after MotoGP at Jerez in Spain

Jorge Lorenzo winner at Jerez Rossi crashes and takes out Stoner whilst challenging for the lead

Stephen Pino went back to the top of the BikeWise MCN Fantasy Road Race 2011 League , after the second Moto GP round from Jerez in Spain Elaine Jacobs with Team Alien has dropped from the top spot to second with Jonathan Knowles in third place

Jorge Lorenzo won the GP with Dani Pedrosa second and Nicky Hayden third.

Main talking point of the GP was when Valentino Rossi crashed whilst attempting to take the lead from Casey Stoner. Rossi was able to remount and eventually finished sixth. Stoner was unable to continue.

The race was ran in wet conditions and a lot of riders fell, some were able to remount and complete the race, but others like Stoner, Simoncelli, Spies & De Puniet were unable to continue.

It’s still OK to enter the league as the season has a long way to go.
There are also seven 'Game Round' prizes to play for during the year, too.
For more information on prizes, just click here. NEW THIS YEAR:
Your BSB performance will be put to the test, too, in the all-new MCE BSB Game Round competition! All entrants with the two highest scoring MCE BSB riders for each Game Round will be entered into a prize draw, and of these, one entrant will be drawn out at random to win a pair of tickets to a future MCE BSB round
So select your riders today!  Once you’ve registered then join the BikeWise League � so that we can all share in the fun.
The PIN number you need to enter the league is :463
If you want to look at your racer’s in action then check out our Moto GP and WSB photo galleries on the new BikeWise website at www.bikewise.org.uk/galleries/  (photo’s will be added as the season progresses) 
So - register your team and enter our league -  it’s all FREE and you could have a lot of fun and win a bike or tickets to a BSB round 

Lanchester Centurions MCC

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Meet every Wednesday at 7.30pm at the New Board Inn, Hill Top Esh, Durham, DH7 9RL
New members welcome
For further details of the club please visit : www.lanchestercenturions.org

The Centurions have been coming to the BikeWise event for years and will be there again in 2011, they have won the Best Club display on a number of occasions.

Ben Hur

Use of Bus Lane’s in County Durham by motorcycles

Gilesgate Bank Bus Lane Sign

A number of questions have been coming into the bike office about the use of Bus Lane’s by motorcycles in our area.

Sgt Iain Rodgers, head of the motorcycle ‘team’ in Durham answers the question below :

“In terms of bus lane usage you have to be guided by the signs.

The A690 bus lane for example does NOT currently allow motorcycle usage.

However the bus lanes on Gilesgate Bank  and at Langley Moor do, this is evident by the picture of a motorcycle in the blue bus lane signage. (see picture)

The County Council policy is that over time motorcycles will be allowed to use most bus lanes however it would cost a significant amount of money to amend the bus lane orders and the associated signage in one go.

Effectively therefore the introduction of motorcycles is being staged so when a bus lane order is due to be renewed motorcycles will be allowed in the new bus lane order and the signage amended accordingly however this will be over a period of years. 

Mini Bikes at Warden Law – Monday night

Warden LawMini Bikes return to Karting NE at Warden Law, starting Monday 4th April 2011.

The sessions which are mainly held on the Junior Kart Track are from 5pm – 8pm and will be held every two weeks commencing Monday 4th April 2011. (through to Oct)

These meetings are run by Karting North East who have worked closely over the years with the BikeWise ‘team’,  to provide riders with the opportunity to lawfully use their mini moto’s at their Warden Law venue.

The cost is £15 and their are no age limits – so anybody can go up there and jump on their mini moto and live the Barry Sheene (or Jorge Lorenzo) dream !!

 

If you don’t know how to get to Karting NE please click on this link for directions : http://bit.ly/KartingNE

For further details of all events and activities held at Karting North East, please visit their website at : http://www.kartingnortheast.com/

Darlington Central Motorcycle Club

DCMCC We are a group of motorcycle enthusiasts from Darlington in the North East of England.

We meet at : The Copper Beech, Neasham Road, Darlington, DL1 4DH

We are a friendly club, and you are welcome to any of the club ride-outs.


We have ride outs to suit all tastes and riding styles - so you don't have to be fast to keep up!
Come along and have a drink and a chat with other club members.


For those new to the club or those that have not been to a club meeting before. Things start around 8.00p.m. You can find us by entering through the Lounge and Function Room entrance and then taking the first set of door to your right.

For further details please visit the clubs website at  :http://www.dcmclub.co.uk/

All club meetings are now on our ‘Whats On’ calendar at http://www.bikewise.org.uk/events/

Funding to repair potholes has been doubled in the Budget

Click HERE to Report A Road Defect The Government will spend an extra £100million on filling potholes in England, Scotland and Wales.

It’s on top of a £100million ‘exceptional payment’ announced last month for road repairs following severe winter weather.

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said: “Potholes are a menace to all road users and I want councils to make fixing them a priority.

“That is why, when more funding became available, I agreed with the Chancellor that we would double the amount of money we are providing for repairs to be carried out.”

New potholes are formed during cold weather by water expanding as it freezes, forcing minor cracks to widen until repetitive freezing and thawing tears the surface apart.

To report a road defect in our area, please CLICK ON THIS LINK