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Photos & Videos online from Sundays meeting of the BWMBC

0812Many Thanks to all the riders and their families who turned up on Sunday at Police HQ, Durham.

Although it was cold & damp we had a brilliant meeting and we all had smiles on our faces when we finally packed up.
Some great riding by all our riders on a tight, twisty & damp course Smile

Many Thanks to John Attle for coming along and taking photos on the day which are now online via the gallery page :

Videos were taken on the day via our Go Pro  camera by the Cummings brothers, Scott & Ewan. 
Five new videos on our You Tube Channel :

2013 has been  a brilliant year once again for the BikeWise Mini Bike Club.
It’s great to see our riders growing up and getting so much pleasure out of their motorcycles.

We can’t wait to get the 2014 season started…

Next Meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club

MBCThe next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be on  :

Sunday, 8th December at Police HQ, Aykley Heads,Durham.

Usual start time of 1030hrs with signing on from 1000hrs.
We have had no replies from the landowners of the properties we were looking at for indoor venues so we are going to try and run an outdoor event on the skidpan at Police HQ (same place as BikeWise Show)

The forecast for the weekend is looking good but please check the website or Facebook/Twitter on Sunday before traveling if you have any doubts.

If we need to cancel due to adverse weather we will post on the above and also send out an email to members.

Wrap up warm, bring some hot drinks with you and hopefully we’ll all be smiling on Sunday night….

DAM Annual General Meeting

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Tuesday 26th November.

Just to remind everyone the DAM AGM will be held at The Bowburn Hall Hotel, Bowburn. DH6 5NH on Tuesday 26th. November. Start 7.30 pm prompt.

This is an opportunity for members to have their say in running the club as well as voting for officials and committee members.

Look forward to seeing members old and new as well as associates.

Regards, Bill McCready group Sec.

MCN/BikeWise Fantasy Road Race 2013 - season ends

0418_P07_Sykes_actionThe MCN Fantasy racing season has now ended and its congratulations to Philip Waddell, who finished top of the league with 2021 points

Second was Colin Davison with 1999 points and third was Brad Weller with 1994 points.

The seasons end was highlighted by Marc Marquez becoming the youngest ever Moto GP world champion at 20yrs of age, beating Freddie Spencers long standing record.

In World Superbikes Tom Sykes rode superbly to give us a British World Champion and World Supersport was won by Sam Lowes.

British Superbikes left us ‘biting our nails’ right down to the last race where Alex Lowes took the title from Shane ‘shakey’ Byrne

We’ll soon have our photo galleries updated with some pictures from this years racing.

Many Thanks to the 70 participants in the league this year, remember to tell your friends so that we can break the 100 barrier next year.

MCN League

Paws Up Calendars

Calendar picture The ‘must have  ‘accessory’ for 2014 has now arrived  - the ‘Paws Up’ 2014 Calendar.

The calendar has been produced to raise funds for the Durham Retired Police Dogs Benevolent Fund

These limited edition calendars are A3 in size and feature pictures of twelve of our four legged friends for you to view over the next year.
Calendar 2 A calendar can be yours for only £8 including P & P

If you would like to order please click on this link :

There’s lots of other Paws Up ‘goodies’ on this page and it’s the right time of year to be buying a present for your friends and spreading the word about Paws Up

A Moment To Reflect


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flander's fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, tho poppies grow
In Flander's fields.

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

Appeal for Witnesses

Witness AppealA motorcyclist has sadly died after his machine was in collision with a car in Easington village.

The crash happened at 7.45pm on Sunday, 6th October on the B1283 at its junction with Thorpe Road.

Two vehicles were involved, a beige coloured Nissan Micra driven by an 84-year-old woman from Peterlee and a black Suzuki GSXR 600 motorbike.
The car was heading east along the section of the B1283 which is Rosemary Lane, intending to turn right onto Thorpe Road. The bike was heading in the opposite direction along Seaside Lane approaching the junction when the car turned right and the two collided.

The motorcyclist, 41-year-old Ronald JOHNSON of Holmhill Gardens, Easington Colliery suffered fatal injuries as a result and he was certified dead at the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough a short time later. The driver of the Micra was also treated at the same hospital, for shock and a minor injury to her knee before being released home.
As a result of the crash the road was closed to traffic until half-past midnight.

Police are appealing for any witnesses, or anyone else who may have been on the roads in that area and saw either the car or the motorbike to contact the collision investigation unit on 0191 375 2159

Todays meeting CANCELLED

Cancel-BWMBCToday’s meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club has had to be cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions.

Heavy rain fell overnight leaving the car park very wet & early morning fog together with a forecast of rain coming from the south has left us no alternative than to cancel on safety grounds.

We are actively looking for an indoor premises with the winter rapidly approaching.

Karting NE are still scheduled to run tomorrow, Mon 21st and also Mon 4th Nov

BikeSafe Durham – Last workshop of 2013

DAM Bikesafe Presentation Aykley Heads-1-2The last BikeSafe Durham workshop for 2013 was held at BikeWise HQ,  on Saturday 5th October, with another eight riders taking part. 

Almost  forty riders have now been on a BikeSafe workshop with us this year. Feedback from participants on the days we have held so far has been very positive and several riders have gone on to join Durham Advanced Motorcyclists and pass their Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) Test.

The latest to do this is Shaun Doyle from Craghead.

Shaun truly has “Bridged The Gap” with BikeSafe, having attended the National BikeSafe show in Doncaster earlier on in the year.

At the show he had an assessed ride with Pc Jim Gratton who signed him up for the first Bikesafe Workshop in Durham in June. During the day Shaun took full  advantage of our offer to join Durham Advanced Motorcyclists, and has taken part in their Skills for Life riding package, recently passing his IAM Test.

Shaun came along to our latest workshop and was presented with his IAM Test Certificate, together with a £75 refund from the Durham Road Safety Partnership, as a contribution towards his further training.

This offer is available to all those riders who have been on a 2013 Bikesafe workshop with us.

Full details about further BikeSafe workshops planned for 2014 will be placed here on the BikeWise website in due course.

For further details about BikeSafe Durham, please contact PC Jim Gratton on : 0191 3752136 or email

Next Meeting of the BWMBC

MBCThe next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be on  :

Sunday, 20th October at Carrville Park & Ride.
Usual start time of 1030hrs with signing on from 1000hrs.

The forecast for the weekend is not particularly good so please check the website or Facebook/Twitter on Sunday before traveling. If we need to cancel due to adverse weather we will post on the above and also send out an email to members’

Karting NE will be hosting there Mini Moto night on Monday 21st October and the final evening meeting will be on 4th November..

Good luck to all our members who are competing in the Scottish Championship at Kirkcaldy this Sunday

Next Meeting of the BWMBC

MBCThe next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be on  :

Sunday, 29th September at Carrville Park & Ride.

Usual start time of 1030hrs with signing on from 1000hrs.

If you have any doubts about the weather on Sunday morning then please ring 0191 375 2136 (and speak to John Bowman)  before travelling. There will be no cancellation notice put on the website this time

Scottish Minibike Championship at Karting NE (Warden Law)

Scottish-2013The next 'meeting' of the BikeWise Mini Bike club is this Sunday, 22nd September when we ‘host’ a round of the Scottish Championship at Karting NE (Warden Law)

The event is run by Alan McIntosh of Polini UK, signing on will be from 11.30 to 12.30 with riders briefing to start right after, qualifying / racing at 1300hrs.

Please try and support the event – there is plenty of good tarmac parking if you wish to come along and spectate.

Entry is free and their is a good cafe on site, the racing is really close and more exciting at times than Moto GP or WSB/BSB.

There are a good number of riders from the BWMBC who will be taking part & some are leading their classes in the championship, so any support you can give will give our local riders a huge ‘lift’ – so please come along and support the event.

In the event of rain the event will be cancelled as the circuit has low grip tarmac (for go-karts) and is unsafe to ride on two wheels so any cancellation will be posted via the websites and our Facebook & Twitter feeds,

Running order for the afternoon is as follows (starting at 1300hrs)  :

1/ Open Class, 8mins Free Practice 1.

2/ Junior B and C, 8mins Qualifying 1.

3/ Junior A, 8mins Qualifying 1.

4/ Light, Middle and Heavy, 8mins Qualifying 1.

5/ Feathers, 8 mins Qualifying 1.

6/ Open Class, 8mins Free Practice 2.

7/ Junior B and C, 8mins Qualifying 2.

8/ Junior A, 8mins Qualifying 2.

9/ Light, Middle and Heavy, 8mins Qualifying 2.

10/ Feathers, 8mins Qualifying 2.

Format for RACES will be:

Race 1,6,11,16 - Open Class, 4 x 6 lap races rotating grid.

Race 2,7,12 - Junior B and C, 3 x 6 lap races.

Race 3,8,13, - Junior A, 3 x 6 lap races.

Race 4,9,14, - Light, Middle and Heavy, 3 x 6 lap races.

Race 5,10,15, - Feathers, 3 x 6 lap races.

Next Meeting of the BWMBC


The next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be on  :

Sunday, 8th September at Carrville Park & Ride.

Usual start time of 1030hrs with signing on from 1000hrs.

Weather forecast for the weekend is unsettled, Sunday looks the best day so fingers crossed.

If you have any doubts about the weather on Sunday morning then please check the website before travelling as we will post any cancellation by 0900hrs.

Our normal Monday night session at Karting NE is on Monday 9th September (5pm-8pm)

BikeSafe Durham : limited spaces available


bikesafeWe will be running two BikeSafe Training days at Police HQ on the following dates :

Saturday 21st September & Saturday 5th October 2013.

The day(s) will be run from  9am –5pm and will consist of classroom work on the morning followed by an assessed (2:1) ride in the afternoon.

Cost for the BikeSafe day is £20 and this will include your lunch & tea/coffee.

BikeSafe Durham Training days are designed to help you ‘Bridge The Gap’ to further Advanced Training.


If you subsequently join Durham Advanced Motorcyclists and work through their Skills for Life package to Test standard then you will receive a £75 refund from the Durham Road Safety Partnership.

Chris Allison

Chris Allison of Chester le Street took part in the first  BikeSafe Durham training day, earlier this year, subsequently joined the Durham Advanced Motorcyclists and has  ‘Bridged The Gap’ by passing his Institute of Advance Motorists (IAM) Test

Places on these training days are limited and priority will be given to riders who have not undertaken any further advanced training.

For further details please contact PC Ali Bonar on : 0191 3752136

or email :

August a DAM good month

A great month for Durham Advanced Motorcyclists (DAM) with nine associates being tested by retired motorcycle Sgt and IAM Examiner, Bob Brown and passing their test to become members of the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

Bob said “ I have been testing riders from this group since we formed it in 1995  (to coincide with our first BikeWise show) and the standard of riding remains really high.

It is a pleasure to go and test these riders, watching them putting Police system riding into practice. A lot of thanks must go to the observers & senior observers within DAM who put in hours & hours of their own time to bring these riders to the required standard for them to pass their IAM test”

For further info on how to join Durham Advance Motorcyclists please contact the Secretary :

Bill McCready : 01325-311426

Email :


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Steve Hislop Memorial Ride : Sunday 25th August

HissyThe 11th Steve Hislop Memorial Run is this weekend

Sunday 25th August 2013 starting at Denholm in the Scottish Borders at Denholm at 1030hrs.

See info about the ride below :








11th Hizzy Memorial Run

Photos online from latest meeting of the BWMBC

CLICK HERE to view the BWMBC photo gallery

Photos are now online from the latest meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club, which was held at Carrville on Sunday 18th August 2013.

To view the pictures please click on the image which will take you to the gallery page of the website & then click on the thumbnail image for the 18th August.

Next meetings of the club are on :

Monday 26th August at Karting NE (this event is run by Karting NE and not by BWMBC)

and then

Sunday 8th September at Carrville

Next Meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club

MBCThe next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be on  :

Sunday, 18th August at Carrville Park & Ride.

Usual start time of 1030hrs with signing on from 1000hrs.

Weather forecast for tomorrow looks good but if you have any doubts about the weather then check the website before travelling as we will post any cancellation by 0900hrs

Blues & Greens Charity Ride

DCC Michael Banks presenting cheque from BikeWise to Paul Carter
Paul Carter from the Blue Knights England 5 group called in at Police HQ just before BikeWise 2013 (Friday 26th July)  whilst doing a two thousand mile trip across England with forty one venues to visit.
Paul was doing his ride in support of two national charities UKCOPS & Royal British Legion. His motorcycle was loaned by Hunts Motorcycles Kingsway Manchester.
Paul had set off on that day from West Midlands and had visited Police HQ’s at Staffs, Cheshire,Merseyside, Lancashire, Cumbria and was then joined by Steve Armstrong, Dave Gibbs  Stu McCarthy to continue his journey via Northumbria to Durham, where he was met by motorcycle Sgt Iain Rogers & DCC Michael Banks who presented a cheque on behalf of Durham Constabulary from the BikeWise ‘Team’
For further details of the ride, please click on the links below :

Royal British Legion at-

Photos now online from BikeWise 2013

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It rained in the morning and then the sun started to shine about lunchtime & our ‘team’ of photographers from Durham Photographic Society did a great job of recording the days event photographically for us to look at.

Please CLICK ON THIS LINK which will take you to our Galleries page where you will be able to click on the individual thumbnail images which will take you into the nine albums we have created for BikeWise 2013.

Hope you enjoy and look forward to BikeWise 2014

North East Mini Moto Championship–Photos now online

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Its taken some time but we’ve finally got some pictures (1,819) for you to look at from the North East Mini Moto Championship which was held on Monday 2nd July at Karting North East.

Some great racing on the night & many thanks to all who took part in and supported the event.

Big Thank You to Durham Police & Crime & Commissioner -  Ron Hogg for attending and then presenting the trophies.

Please click on the thumbnail images above to view the individual albums

Biker Down….

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Ever thought what you would do if your mate had an accident whilst you were out riding? 

Ever been at the scene of an accident and felt like you could, or should have done more to help? 

Have you ever wondered why despite wearing a fluorescent jacket, cars keep pulling out in front of you at junctions and roundabouts? 

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service are offering you the chance to attend 'BIKER DOWN'.  This FREE course will show you what to do should you be first on scene at a vehicle accident and how you could help yourself stay safe and assist any casualties involved.  It will also explain the science behind 'being seen' when you are on your bike.

The course runs over 2 nights  -  the 5th and 12th September from 6.30pm to 9.00pm and you must be able to attend both nights.  It will be held at Durham Fire and Rescue Station, Framwellgate Moor.  You don't need any prior knowledge, you just need to be a motorcycle rider.  The course is very relaxed and informal and there is loads of space to park your bikes safely on the night.  Tea and coffee will be provided.

Please send an e-mail to :
stating your name, age and a contact telephone number if you would like to come along, or ring 0191 3324222 and leave your details. 

Numbers are limited so don't delay! 

More detailed course instructions will be given to successful applicants.
Look forward to seeing you.  Cheers,

Andrew Allison, Community Safety
Manager, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service

BikeWise 2013 : Thank You

Thank YouWhat a start … weeks of glorious sunshine broke with a month of rainfall falling in the few hours just before we were due to open!

It caused havoc on our site and it was all hands to the pump unblocking drains and brushing water out of the sheds whilst desperately watching the weather forecast …

Signage couldn’t go out and the wet arena meant that the published itinerary had to be scrapped but irrespective the show must go on!

The clubs and exhibitors were all in place by 10am and despite the light rain visitors started to file in.

It wasn’t long before the site began to fill but it was obvious that because of the wet weather many had resorted to the car!

As a result by 1pm over 1000 car parking spaces in and around County Hall had been filled and we resorted to the overflow car parks at New College, we’ll discuss with the County Council the possibility of using the Park and Ride or next year!

And to the show.

It would be a huge list to mention all the sponsors and supporters who chip in to make the day the success whether it is the volunteers who put in time or businesses that provide free or discounted services, we owe them a huge debt of gratitude.

A few people however really do deserve singling out for a mention.

HM Plant is a company that has supported BikeWise for almost a decade and they have brought so much to the show.

This year was no exception bringing racers Neil Hodgson and Leon Hunt as well as Dick Shepherd and his amazing collection of Triumph movie bikes.

Behind every successful company however is a character driving it and we owe a huge thank you to John Jones, the CEO of HM Plant, and his wife Kath both of whom have been unswerving in their support and passion for BikeWise.      

Dave Coates supported by his wife Sandra has attended BikeWise for eighteen years and is the consummate professional in everything he does, despite the problems we had with weather and itinerary Dave was there warming up the crowd on his scooter while the tarmac dried up!

Dave and Sandra will be shortly celebrating 25 years of marriage and the BikeWise team would like to congratulate them and wish them well for the future!   

For the police dog team who put on an energetic and passionate display it was a bitter sweet moment as police dog Bruce on his seventh BikeWise was on his last working day, he’s off to put his Paws Up and relax!

No rest for his handler PC Gordon King though its straight back into work with his new dog Holly a potential future BikeWise star in the making !

An extensive list of causes that we’ve been able to donate to as a result of your generosity  in the past  can be found on the BikeWise website and yet again we’ll be making significant donations once the bills have been paid.

Next year will be our twentieth BikeWise and the last show at the current Aykley Heads complex before our new HQ is completed just over the road.

We look forward to welcoming old and new visitors so keep an eye on the BikeWise website for next years date.  

Finally however and most importantly to those of you that have supported BikeWise whether by attending, making a donation of money or time or those who have simply promoted what we do  by retweeting or sharing on Facebook the BikeWise Team owe you a very big thank you.

Quite simply without your relentless support BikeWise wouldn’t happen!

Ride safe.

Sgt Iain Rodgers

Durham Motorcycle Section

Don’t Learn By Accident

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Sadly every year we have to deal with & let you know about accidents involving fellow motorcyclists.

This year we have launched  a campaign – Don’t Learn By Accident…

Please CLICK ON THIS LINK to read more

Air Support will be dropping in again

Find out about the role of the helicopter from the Air Support Crew who will be bringing one of the Police helicopters to BikeWise 2013.

You’ll get the chance to view the helicopter from close up on the ground & remember to bring your camera along

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The countdown begins…..

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The Movies (& a World Superbike Champion) Come To BikeWise !


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Three major movie and tv ‘stars’ are coming to Durham Constabulary’s ‘BikeWise’ event this Sunday, 28th July.

The popular annual fun day, now in its 19th year stages a host of motorbike-related displays and other attractions at police headquarters, Aykley Heads on the outskirts of Durham.

And among the bikes on display will be three machines which have been handled by some of the biggest names in entertainment.
A private collector based in the West Midlands has loaned the force three Triumph motorbikes; a Bonneville bike used by Arnold Schwarzenegger in ‘Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines’; a Scrambler which Tom Cruise rode in ‘Mission Impossible III’ and the 1949 Triumph Trophy TR5 Scrambler Custom motorcyclefavoured by the character Arthur Fonzarelli – ‘The Fonz’ – in the popular 1970’s tv series ‘Happy Days’.
The Fonz’s bike is for display purposes only but the ‘Terminator’ and ‘Mission Impossible’ bikes will both be taken for a ride by two of the HM Plant sponsored professional riders attending BikeWise, former British and World Superbike champion & Eurosport commentator Neil Hodgson and Leon Hunt, who races in the National Superstock 1000 championships.

“We are thrilled to have such famous bikes with us on Sunday and I am sure they will prove a big attraction. BikeWise really has something for everyone, it’s not just for biking enthusiasts,” said Sgt Iain RODGERS, head of the force’s motorcycle section.

“We have displays from the police dog section, the police helicopter will be there and there are some fabulous stunt teams and individual riders whose skills are just breathtaking.”

More than 30 local motorcycling clubs will be represented at the event, which will also feature trade stands, local rock band ‘Kimera’ whilst Ace Motorcycle Training will be bringing the Sun FM Roadshow to the event.

And owners of custom or classic bikes are being encouraged to bring them along on Sunday, with prizes on offer across various categories.

On a serious note the bike cops will be promoting road safety and their ongoing ‘BikeSafe Training’ programme around this year’s theme of ‘Don’t Learn by Accident.’ There have been four fatal crashes involving motorcyclists so far this year in the Durham force area, resulting in five people losing their lives.
Sunday also marks the final ‘bow’ for one very important member of the force. Police dog ‘Bruce’ was a product of the force’s breeding programme and after he was born in 2005 he was paired up with his handler, PC Gordon King. Since then Bruce, a German Shepherd general purpose dog has assisted in hundreds of arrests and been involved in countless incidents, many of which have involved firearms.
Bruce’s last shift will see him take his place in the display team on Sunday before he heads off to a well-earned retirement. PC King has already been assigned a new companion, a German Shepherd named ‘Holly’ who is expected to succeed Bruce at future BikeWise displays.

Entry to the site is from 10am and costs £2 for adults with under-16’s allowed in free of charge. Once costs have been met any proceeds are distributed to local good causes.

There will be clear directions and officers on duty to steer visitors to the appropriate parking sites, County Hall for cars and the all-weather area off the main drive to headquarters for bikes.