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BikeWise Mini Bike Club ‘lost’ one of it’s riders this year when club member, Osian Guest, moved to America in August with his family as dad, Simon, had to relocate with his work with Cummins Engineering.

Osian at the BikeWise Mini Bike Club IMG_0870

Osian’s mini moto was boxed up and taken to America  and Simon has been trying to find a club where Osian could ride but unfortunately has not been able to find anything.

Osian and Simon have a keen interest in motorcycles and they both went to the Moto GP at Indianapolis (The Brickyard) where Osian proudly wore his BikeWise T-shirt and they spoke to a motorcycle policeman at the circuit about the philosophy of BikeWise.

Osian & Simon at Indianapolis Speedway Osian meets an American Police Motorcyclist at Indianapolis

Simon has continued to enquire about what motorcycle sport Osian can take part in and the options he has come up with are Enduro or Moto X. As a result Osian is now the proud owner of a KTM 65 and is now in the process of learning to ride a bike with gears with a view to taking part in a youth moto x championship in Southern Indiana or Kentucky next year.

Simon & Osian still receive emails from the club and it is hoped that we will be able to keep you informed of how Osian does in the coming months /years – we’ll have to make sure that we send some BikeWise stickers and a bigger T-shirt so that he can ‘fly’ the BikeWise ‘flag’ across ‘the pond’,  in the future Smile

Osian with his KTM 65 Osian with his KTM 65

The Scottish Minimoto Championship2012


The Final round of the championship has now been run and below are the names of the winners of the respective championship classes

Junior A : 1 - Shay Simpson  (BWMBC),  2 – Cameron McPherson, 3 – Declan Connell

Junior B : 1 - Lewis Paterson, 2 – Rishon Hickey (BWMBC), 3 – Jack Hoy (BWMBC)

Junior C : 1 - Lewis Rollo, 2 – James Alderson (BWMBC), 3 – Andrew Thornton (BWMBC)

Feathers : 1 -Rishon Hickey (BWMBC), 2 - Lewis Paterson, 3 – Jack Hoy (BWMBC)

Lights : 1 - Lewis Rollo, 2 – James Alderson (BWMBC), 3 – Andrew Thornton (BWMBC)

Middle : 1 - James Turner, 2 – Kai Simpson (BWMBC), 3 – Sam Munro

Heavy : 1 - James Williamson, 2 – Gary Dick, 3 – Steven Paterson

Open : 1 - Lewis Rollo, 2 – Kai Simpson (BWMBC), 3 - James Turner

Some fantastic results for all our riders with top three finishes in all the championships they competed in.

Final standings in the championships are shown below and it is really good to see so many names of riders from the BWMBC

Junior A - Novice Junior B
Junior C Feather & Lights
Middle & Heavyweights Open

Photo’s online from yesterdays meeting of the BWMBC


Photo’s are now online on the BikeWise Mini Bike Club website from yesterdays meeting at QC Space, Peterlee.

This was our first indoor meeting of 2012 and whilst cold it was great to be able to run a meeting without worrying about the weather.

Some fantastic riding by our riders on a slippery surface which last year saw quite a few finding out how powerful these mini motos are !!

This year our riders showed some great throttle control and kept their bikes on two wheels Smile

MANY THANKS to all who attended and to those who come along to help marshal, etc even though they have no family members riding at the event.


To view the photo’s CLICK HERE and then click on the relevant thumbnail image for the 17th November 2012

The next Mini Moto Meet will be at Karting NE, Warden Law on Monday 26th November 2012.

(This will be the last meeting of 2012 at Karting NE)

The BikeWise 'team' would like to express their thanks for all the help and support of NE Karting for the Mini BIke Club and look forward to next year

Support the BikeWise Mini Bike Club when shopping online

If you use the internet to shop online then please help support the BikeWise Mini Bike Club by reading below



How it works helps charities, schools, sports clubs, community groups, and other good causes to raise money when their supporters shop online. So far they've raised over £3 million for causes throughout the UK.
It works in a similar way to many other loyalty shopping sites, but instead of earning points when you shop,you raise a donation for your cause instead. It's as simple as that!
You can shop with over 2,000 well known stores and each will donate up to 15% of what you spend. For example, John Lewis will donate 1%, Amazon 2.5%, The Body Shop 6%, some insurance retailers will even donate up to £30 simply for taking out a policy with them!CLICK HERE to support the BikeWise Mini Bike Club

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The great thing is it won't cost you any more, plus they've got lots of voucher codes and special discounts so you can actually save money while you help your good cause. There is no cost for the good cause either – their service is totally free.

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It's very simple - once you've registered with easyfundraising, when you shop with one of their retailers, their system makes a note of your purchase, collects the donation from the retailer and passes it to your chosen good cause. That's it! No hassle for you, they do all the hard work while you shop as your normally would.

Get started

It's really easy to get started (they don't call it easyfundraising for nothing!)
If you would like to support a cause:
  1. Click on ‘Find a cause’ and select the cause you wish to support.  (BikeWise Mini Bike Club)
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BikeWise Mini Bike Club

The BikeWise Mini Bike Club has been running since the beginning of 2007 and is ran by volunteers and funded by donations.

Easyfundraising is a great way for the club to receive donations at no cost to yourself.

It’s FREE to register and use, and only takes a few seconds to go into the easyfundraising site before you do your shopping online, there are 2000 well known stores including the likes of Amazon, EBay, Argos, Boots, M & S, John Lewis,  etc, so you’ll have a good chance of finding your store of and you’ll be making a donation to the club almost every time you shop online. It’s like tipping your loose change out of your pockets and into the BWMBC.

Please give it a go.....    Thank You

Next Meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club

MBCThe next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be at QC Space, Peterlee on Saturday 17th November.
Usual start time of 1030hrs with signing on from 1000hrs.
We will not be able to train any new starters indoors as we do not have the space and we will increase the charge as per last year (to £4) as we have to pay for electricity at the venue.
NE Karting at Warden Law will be hosting their last mini bike meeting of the year on Monday 26th November, they will start again with meetings in March / April of 2013. The BikeWise 'team' would like to express their Thanks to NE Karting for all the help and support of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club over the last year.

Dave Coates will be ‘Stoppying’ at BikeWise again


Dave Coates copyrightOnce again our local Darlington based world record holder - Dave Coates will be performing at BikeWise 2013 on his Yamaha's.

This is Dave's 18th consecutive BikeWise - a fantastic achievement and we are now seeing second and third generations of families enjoying the skills that Dave shows on two wheels - long may it continue.

Dave will be performing a couple of shows during the day ( times to be finalized and published later on this site ) and he will be available at his van throughout the day for autograph's, photo's and any questions you might like to put to him...

To learn more about Dave, visit his website at :


To read more about what's happening at BikeWise 2013 which is being held on Sunday 28th July, please CLICK HERE

500 Miles….

GNAAA group of motorcyclists has received the blessing of pre-eminent folk duo The Proclaimers and now look set to launch one of the year’s most unlikely attempts at making the pop charts.

The Boundary 500 Motorcycle group has enlisted the help of North-East band The Happy Cats, fronted by ex-Lindisfarne vocalist Marty Craggs, in re-recording I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers’ signature song.

Sales of the song will raise money for two of the region’s best-loved charities, the Great North Air Ambulance Service and Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice.

The lyrics of the song have been changed to reflect the bikers’ dedication to the two causes, and the song itself has been given the new title I’m Gonna Ride (500 Miles).

The Boundary 500 was established to support GNAAS and takes its name from the approximate distance around the boundary area of the air ambulance charity. Every year, bikers from the group ride the 500 mile journey to boost fundraising. It has raised more than £300,000 for GNAAS and £100,000 for Zoë’s Place since it began.

In a statement, Charlie and Craig Reid, of the Proclaimers, said: “Our very best wishes to the Happy Cats’ fundraising campaign and to everyone participating in the 500 mile ride, well done to all.”

The song is available for 79p via iTunes and in CD and DVD format for £3 at

Todays meeting of the BWMBC : CANCELLED

MBCTodays Meetings of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club (Sunday 4th Nov) has been cancelled due to Frost & Fog at Carrville.

John Bowman has visited the site at 0845hrs and there is a heavy white frost covering the car park, thick fog ( with no sign of the sun burning through) and the temperature is –1c.

We have therefore had to cancel the meeting on safety grounds.

Next meeting will go ahead on Saturday 17th November – INDOOR at QC Space , Peterlee