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Next meetings of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club

MBCThe next meeting(s) of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be on Sunday 9th October 2011 at Carrville Park & Ride, Durham.
Signing on at 1000hrs for a 1030hrs safety brief/start
If there is any doubt about the weather on Sunday morning then please contact the motorcycle office on 0191-3752136 before travelling.

Karting North East at Warden Law will be running their Mini Bike session tonight at 5pm

Photo’s online from last Mini Bike Club Meeting

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Photo’s are now online from the last meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club which was held at Carrville Park and Ride on Sunday 11th September where club member Matthew Ward celebrated his 7th birthday with other members, whilst riding his new Rossi replica Polini.

Some great riding by all riders and a warm welcome to our latest members

‘Many Thanks’ to all who helped build (and take down) the track, for signing riders on and marshalling throughout the day.

We couldn't run the events without your support.

No date has been set for our next meeting at Carrville (due to holiday commitments for Mick & Bob), so keep checking the website and your emails.

Warden Law will be running on Monday 26th September

To view the pictures of the Carrville event please CLICK HERE and then click on the relevant thumbnail image.

BikeWise Trained…….

John Lambton
John Lambton

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Craig Lambton
Mark Hipkin
Mark Hipkin
Yvonne Golightly
Yvonne Golightly
Keith Dunn
Keith Dunn

Congratulations to John & Craig Lambton, Keith Dunn, Mark Hipkin ( Your local ‘biker’ lawyer) and Yvonne Golightly who have been out with Mick & Bob during the last couple of weeks and completed a days BikeWise Training. 
For further details about BikeWise Training please Click Here & to read what the riders thought of their Training Day, please Click Here

Motorcycle tolls lifted at Tyne Tunnel

Tyne TunnelFrom Monday 12th September 2011, motorcycles will be able to travel toll-free through the Tyne Tunnel.
The Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority (TWITA) has agreed to allow free passage for motorcycles in order to reduce delays at the toll plaza caused by motorcyclists attempting to pay their tolls, and reflecting the minimal wear and tear created by these vehicles upon the tunnel infrastructure.
Paul Fenwick, New Tyne Crossing Project Director for the Tyne & Wear Integrated Transport Authority, said: "The Authority has been sympathetic to the case for motorcyclists to use the Tyne Tunnel without paying a toll and it agreed at its meeting in August to abolish it for this class of user. The physical difficulties motorcyclists encounter when using the tolls, for example the need to take off gloves to find the right coins, often meant delays for other motorists.
"The financial impact of the change will be negligible. Revenue from the 157,000 financial transactions involving motorcyclists in 2010/11 was only 0.26% of overall Tyne Tunnel revenue."
Motorcycles will be automatically recognised by the operating system installed at the new toll plaza, which came into use in February this year as part of the New Tyne Crossing project.
There will be no need for motorcyclists to obtain permits to enable their free passage, as the barriers will lift automatically on their approach, freeing up traffic movement through the plaza.
This announcement comes months before the second vehicle tunnel is due to come into operation. With two tunnels in use capacity at the river crossing will more than double, removing congestion at this traffic pinch point and transforming traffic flow on the A19.
Refurbishment of the 1967 road tunnel has made excellent progress, with the tunnel due to be commissioned for use by December this year, on programme and on budget.
Many Thanks to Dave Summers for the info.

James Toseland retires from racing

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Double World Superbike Champion, James Toseland is retiring from professional motorcycle racing with immediate effect following a visit to Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Mike Hayton, yesterday. The visit confirmed Toseland’s worst fears that the damage sustained to his right wrist during a testing crash at Aragon earlier this year is irreparable and no amount of physiotherapy can repair the injury.

The crash which has turned out to be career-ending took place at the Spanish circuit in March this year and the 31-year-old’s resulting battle to return to full fitness has been well publicised. However, having struggled with the injury during recent races and following a further crash at the last race at Nurburgring in Germany, the Yorkshireman has been told that it is no longer safe for him to continue his career in professional motorcycle racing.

Damage caused by the first crash has left James with a severely restricted range of movement in his right wrist, making it difficult to operate a motorcycle throttle properly and almost impossible to navigate right hand turns. The unexpectedly premature end to what has been an outstanding career, has understandably been extremely upsetting for Toseland, who has tried every treatment and recovery option possible to return to racing.

Consultant Mike Hayton said: "JT has shown dedication and determination in our aim to recover the best possible function in his right wrist. We acted quickly to repair the damage with surgery and rehabilitation and, initially, believed that this had gone well, but we had also been clear from the outset that this was a potentially career-threatening and devastating injury.
"While his approach to recovery has been admirable and he has continued to make good progress, he has not recovered enough range of movement in the right wrist to continue as an elite motorcyclist. We had a difficult discussion on his future career, in which he showed a true sense of professionalism and an unselfish approach to making way for young, talented riders. To work with athletes like JT is a privilege and makes us do what we do."
James added: "2011 has been a tough year for me and this week has been one of the most difficult of my life, but advice from professionals has made it clear that my crash at Aragon has left me with a permanent disability, which means that I will never again be able to ride competently at this level.
"While that’s hard to hear, I have to place the emphasis on the safety of other riders in the paddock as well as myself and I realise that it’s not fair to occupy a World Superbike seat with a team as professional as BMW Motorrad Italia when there are fit and talented riders available who are desperate for this type of opportunity.
"I’ve been extremely fortunate to have enjoyed a long and successful career doing something I love and I’m really grateful for that. I’ve been lucky enough to bounce back from serious injuries in the past and I’ve had the support of a great family, brilliant friends and a fantastic fanbase to see me through the highs and lows.

James visited BikeWise show in 2005 as a result of his close friendship with HM Plant owner John Jones. James has continued to carry an HMP Plant logo on the front of his helmet visor throughout his career.

The BikeWise ‘team’ would like to thank James for all the pleasure he has given to fans throughout the years with his riding skills, and wish him a long and healthy retirement

Mystery Ride Out- GNAA–Sunday 25th September

Great North Air Ambulance website

Well it’s that time of year again to get out your map’s and compass !!

We are again running the motorcycle Mystery Ride Out in 2011, with all proceeds going to the Great North Air Ambulance.

This is our fifth year of running the event with the GNAA and it is getting bigger and more popular with bikers each year.

The event starts from Durham Police HQ at Aykley Heads, Durham, from 10am on Sunday 25th September 2011.
Departures will be staggered from between 10am and 11am.

Once you arrive and sign in, at the cost of £5 per person, you will be given a clue, solve the clue and it will give you a destination, choose your route to the location and once there you will find another……

There are two different sets of clues, so if there is a group of you participating in the ride together make sure you get the same colour clue.
Most the mystery locations have food and toilet facilities for you, so why not make a day of it and enjoy your ride out.
If you’ve managed to solve the clues and find your way around the north east it should lead you back to Police HQ, where hopefully (subject to being called out to an emergency) the Air Ambulance will be landing for you to have a look at and talk to the crew.

All you need to bring is a map, a sense of direction and your clue solving skills, if you haven’t got any of them make sure you team up with someone who has!!

If you need any further information about the event or helping raise funds for the Great North Air Ambulance please contact Mandy or Lynne at GNAA on 01325 487263.
Hope to see you there.
The BikeWise and GNAA teams

Next Meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club


The next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be on Sunday 11th September 2011 at Carrville Park & Ride, Durham.

Signing on at 1000hrs for a 1030hrs safety brief/start

If there is any doubt about the weather on Sunday morning then please check the Mini bike club website or members check your emails before travelling.

Photo’s from our last meeting at Carrville can now be viewed in the Gallery on the website –