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ITV increases coverage of the TT Races.

Great news on a cold winters day….

ITV has announced that it will increase coverage of the TT races with a new long-term deal.

Fourteen hours of daily highlights from the event will be shown on ITV4 throughout the road race festival, including preview, behind the scenes and qualifying programmes.

There will also be a number of special programmes, including an exclusive look at the making of next year’s feature film TT3D.

Next year is the centenary of the Mountain course, and a raft of special guests, events and celebrations are planned.

Clips of all the action, all the excitement from the festival and the full highlights programmes will also be available on

North One has negotiated a new deal with ITV on behalf of the Department of Economic Development to broadcast the Isle of Man TT Races in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Niall Sloane, ITV Controller of Sport said: “The Isle of Man TT is a legendary sporting event, with a unique atmosphere that has always proven popular with viewers. I’m delighted that we have secured the TT on ITV4 until 2013.”

Neil Duncanson, CEO of North One Television added: “ITV4’s real commitment to the TT was a key reason in pulling together a long term agreement.

"Not only will the races get prime time slots, but the marketing and promotion of the TT across the nation’s premier commercial network is extremely valuable.”

Register Online for the 2011 BikeWise Easter Egg Run

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Well the snow has arrived and the last thing a lot us will be thinking about is riding our Bikes…..

However….. it wont be long till we’re ‘knocking on the door’ of 2011 and then it will getting the bikes ready for next years riding, what better way to do it than riding it with a group of like minded people at the BikeWise Easter Egg Run which will be held on Sunday 24th April.

For next year we’re 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,’ 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 and forward this news item onto your friends by clicking on either the Email, Facebook or Twitter logo’s at the bottom of this item.

The D.A.M. Newsletter

Latest  edition of Durham Advanced Motorcyclists Newsletter can be downloaded by clicking on the image below :

DAM Newsletter

Brogie runs, (as Santa), for Help for Heroes

Steve Brogan - Jentin Racing BMW

2010 BSB EVO class champion, Steve Brogan, who has visited BikeWise on a number of occasions over the years and who donated prize money from his race at Croft in 2009 to help us purchase a ‘Brogie’ bike for our riders at the BikeWise mini bike club is now doing his bit to help a charity close to a lot of people’s hearts – Help for Heroes.

Steve will be donning a Santa outfit and running through the streets of his hometown of Liverpool on the 5th December. If you want to help Steve on his way, click on the Just Giving link at the bottom of this page and show your support
’Hi Guys, Most of you probably already know I'm a big supporter of the Help for Heroes cause! I'm doing a Santa Dash run through Liverpool on Sunday 5th December dressed as Santa :-) I'm looking to raise a minimum of £1,000. Please can you help me achieve this.
This is a very worthy cause for very worthy...people.
Cheers Guys!
Brogie :-)

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BikeWise Easter Egg Run 2011

Put the date in your diary….. SUNDAY 24th APRIL 2011

The 2011 Easter Egg run has now been confirmed…..

Additional information will be entered onto this site as soon as we get it.

You will shortly be able to download the 2011 Poster to print off, or email /facebook /twitter to your friends.

Why not get into the ‘spirit’ of Easter like some of our riders from last year ??

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BikeWise 2010 – Donations to charity

Four months on from BikeWise 2010, we’ve counted the pennies and paid all the bills and because of your generosity we’ve been able to donate £9200 to good causes.

The recipients this year are:

St Cuthbert’s Hospice Durham:


St Theresa’s Hospice, Darlington:


Butterwick Hospice, Bishop Auckland:


UHND, Oncology Unit:


Meningitis Research Foundation:


Honda / HM Plant racer's nominated cause: BikeWise Mini Bike Club:


Suzuki / John Reynolds nominated cause: Diabetes UK:


Great North Air Ambulance:


The Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team:


Durham Advanced Motorcyclists:


Katie Williams competing in the Auto 66 2010 Clubman’s Challenge Road Race Championships :                             


Tabitha’s Toys (Edward's Syndrome):


Help for Heroes (BSB rider Steve Brogan – Santa Dash through Liverpool)


It’s been fantastic to see that despite all the economic doom and gloom that we’ve been faced with over the last year that bikers and families attending BikeWise who have bought a T shirt or a drink from the BikeWise stall or those that simply paid as they came in have not only secured the future for the 2011 show but have also allowed a range of good causes to benefit.

So from both the BikeWise team and on behalf of those good causes that will receive a cheque thank you all very much it really does mean so much!

Motorcycle Accident statistics in County Durham – 30% down in 2010

BikeWiselogoc2c2c2 Great news from the BikeWise ‘Office’ – motorcycle accident statistics in County Durham are 30% down on the equivalent period of last year.

The figures are from the 1st January to the 30th September and show that this year there was a total of 106 motorcycle accidents involving injuries

Sadly two (2) of these accidents were fatalities, 43 were classified as ‘serious’ and 61 as ‘slight’ injury

The result we would like to achieve and will keep working towards is zero casualties – a dream perhaps……..   however, over the years  the work of the BikeWise ‘team’  together with our own BikeWise Training, Durham Advanced Motorcyclists and local Rospa group – have helped to reduce these figures.

We are, as motorcyclists, in a vulnerable ‘user’ group and have to be mindful of the fact that motorcyclists make up 1% of road users – so, when you’re out there riding/driving – 99% of the time you are going to see larger vehicles – cars, buses, lorries etc.  Is it any wonder that other drivers don’t see us ? – they’re not expecting to see a ‘small’ two wheeled vehicle.

A lot of two wheeled collisions occur, at or near a junction and involve another vehicle.

If you are approaching a junction at 30mph – you will be travelling at 44ft per second (that’s the length of an large lorry), at 60mph that’s 88ft per second..

Imagine driving your car up to a junction and think, how many seconds it will take most drivers to check, before they pull out from the junction, onto the road – how far away from the junction could you, as motorcyclist be in them few seconds ???  We more than likely wont be in view…

Jimmy Hill presented the Look Once, Look Twice, Think Bike advert of the 70’s ( ) and last year we had the How Close - THINK advert ( ).   Forty years after the initial advert we are still ‘preaching’ the same message to car drivers – they are still not seeing motorcyclists. Headlights, High Vis clothing etc do they help??   Cars are now designed to be safer with large roof pillars which create ‘blindspots’ for a driver.

The next time you approach a junction think about how quickly you are approaching (even at 30mph), no driver wants to be involved in a ‘crash’, give them a chance by ANTICIPATING their actions and create yourself some  SPACE and TIME.

Remember we ALL ‘share’ the roads

Ride Safely and let’s try to make Durham an even safer place for motorcyclists to ride….

What’s happening in the BikeWise ‘world’ – 11/11/2010

Dates for your Diaries :  Two important dates to put in your diaries for next year

BikeWise Easter Egg Run – Sunday 24th April 2011

BikeWise 2011 – Sunday 24th July 2011 (provisional date)

An easy way to remember, is to click on this link : and then bookmark it.

Click on any event within the calendar for further details and link to google maps for map/directions

All motorcycling events we know of are put onto this calendar so that it can be your ‘one shop stop’ to find out ‘What’s On’ in the biking world.

If you know of any events that are not included, please email : with details and we will include the event on the calendar.

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Tuesday 30th November 2010

Annual General Meeting – at Bowburn Hall Hotel – 1900hrs start.

Have your say…. Elect the committee (or join it)

Find out what is has happened in 2010 and what is planned for 2011

For further details contact the secretary : Bill McCready on 01325 311 426 for further details

Visit their website for further details :


BikeWise Mini Bike Club

No date set yet for our next meeting – enquiries ongoing for potential indoor site so that we can operate over the winter months. Hopefully some more news next week.

This weekend see’s the last round (8), of the Scottish Mini Moto Championship being held at : Kartstart Kirkcaldy, Merchant Place, Mitchelston Ind. Est. Kirkcaldy KY1 3NJ

Some of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club members & their families will be making the long journey North to compete and we hope to hear of the results of our ‘border raiders’ next week. Good Luck from the BikeWise ‘team’

More details of the venue / club :


North Yorkshire Road Race Supporters Club

Saturday 13th November – Awards Dinner at the Golden Lion Hote, Northallerton

23rd November – Former BSB Champion – John Reynolds.

No further details of the events, please visit :  for further info and contact details

Santa Ride

Saturday 4th December 2010 – Boundary 500’s Annual Santa Ride

All riders to meet in the rear car park of Thornaby Fire Station, Master Road, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, UK -  not later than 10.15am

The event will start at 11am and follow a route that will have been previously circulated. The pace and direction of the Ride will be under the control of Cleveland Police.
Pillions must be at least 12 years of age on the date of the event.

All riders and pillions taking part must pay an entrance fee of £10 and raise a minimum of £30 sponsorship money each.
Every rider and pillion will be provided with a Santa suit which is to be worn during the ride.
All riders/pillions must agree to and accept the rules/regulations and sign the declaration/disclaimer on the entry form.
The closing date for entry to the event is Saturday 27th  November 2010.
All sponsorship monies and forms must be returned before Tuesday 25th  January 2011

Entry Forms, etc, can be downloaded from the What’s On calendar – Double click to open and then ‘more details’ for pdf downloads of forms‘

Saturday 27th November – Sunday 5th December – Carole Nash – Motorcycle Live 2010 at the NEC, Birmingham

Along with 30 motorcycle manufacturers Carole Nash Motorcycle Live will also offer a whole host of interactive features, whether you want to watch from afar, have a go, or see the kids take their First Honda Licence, you’ll be sure to be encapsulated in the very best the motorcycling world can offer.

Visit their YouTube channel to see some great bikes and footage from the Cologne Show.. soon to be at Motorcycle Live

Catch up with the guys in the Escape Zone – sponsored by Yamaha to inspire you to see the world on two wheels!
Visit the Custom Xtreme Zone – sponsored by BSH and Streetfighters where you’ll see what some creativity and know how can build dream bikes! Take in the action from Ramp’d Up – the Events very own Freestyle Motocross Arena

If you’re new to biking be sure to visit ‘Get On’ in Hall 4 where you can get a free taster ride

If you’ve ridden for years, just starting out, looking to get the kids involved or looking to watch amazing Motocross action, Carole Nash Motorcycle Live is the only place to be.
Visit :  for all the latest up to date news and info

image001 Adelaide Insurance – If you have completed a BikeWise Training day then register your details on Adelaide’s websitesite 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 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.. They are a specialist Motorcycle Insurer,provide IAM’s Surety Insurance and support motorcycle Road Racing events in Ireland -

Hein Gericke at Darlington 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.

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Tony wins the MCN Fantasy Road Race league (and a Yamaha R6)


MCN Fantasy league CONRATULATIONS from BikeWise to 38yr old Tony Stevens from Hartlepool,who entered the BikeWise (and Pole Position Travel) league’s in the MCN Fantasy Road Race League.

After a ‘gruelling’ season, managing a multi million pound budget and some of the world’s best motorcycle racers Tony not only topped our league – he topped the national league and has ‘walked’ away with a brand new Yamaha R6

Because he also won Pole Position Travel’s league – Tony has also won VIP Passes/tickets for a Moto GP of his choice !! and is looking at one of the Spanish rounds of Moto GP next year to see his favourite rider – World Champion Jorge Lorenzo

(Any chance of managing one of our local football teams Tony, it would be great to see one of them ‘top’ of the league)

Tony, his partner Clare and two sons Jake  (13yrs) and Ben (11yrs) are all into biking, Tony rides a Kawasaki ZX6R and Clare a Honda Bros. They attend BikeWise and local biking events (Wetlands Bike Meet) and go to BSB and local bike racing (Olivers Mount at Scarborough)


Tony Stevens


Pictures show Tony and the family on the BikeWise Easter Egg Run in 2009

Once again – CONGRATULATIONS from the BikeWise team and we look forward to having you ‘onboard’ for the 2011 season

Red Rock Harley-Davidson, Las Vegas…..

Just like visiting Santa’s Grotto (if you’re a big kid who likes motorbikes !!)

In previous years I’d been to Las Vegas Harley-Davidson, which is impressive….

This October,  whilst on holiday in the USA , I got out the ‘yellow pages’ and found this dealership. So, when we got to Vegas and I dropped my wife, Annie, off at the shops !!….   there was only one place to head….

I could have spent a lot longer looking around at this dealership, which I’m told is now the largest HD dealership in the USA

It was that good that when we met up with Mick & Karen Alder (who were also holidaying in the USA and came to Vegas for our last couple of days) that I had to go again..      this time with Mick ‘in tow’  -  it was like two kids in a sweetshop !! 

What a collection of European & racing bikes… they would pull a huge crowd at any classic bike show in the UK and there they were, on the shop floor… 

The staff were amazed that we were ‘looking’ at them…. Most of the Americans that visit, are looking for Harleys & ask what the ‘old’ bikes are doing in a Harley shop :-)

Hope you enjoy the picture’s as much as I did visiting the dealership.  If you click on any of the pictures as they scroll through you will be able to go into the album and view individually / download….. AND if you do get to Vegas… never mind the casino’s – get yourself along to Red Rock Harley-Davidson.

Bob Brown

RED ROCK Harley-Davidson : 2260 S.Rainbow Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89146

Tel : 702.876.2884

Photo’s now available to purchase online from PhotoBox

BikeWise events photographs are now available for you to purchase online at

Photo’s are viewed and ordered, direct from PhotoBox and are usually delivered the next day.

(No more sending emails and cheque’s to HQ and then waiting (and waiting…)  to get them sent out)

So, if you were at the Easter Egg or Great North Air Ambulance Mystery ride out’s, click on the link above or the images below, to view the photo’s and order yourself one or two pictures of you (or your friends) on their bikes………   

Could be a nice framed picture for Xmas or a birthday !!


Easter Egg Run – April 2010

2010 Air Ambulance Mystery Ride Out-12

GNAA Mystery Ride Out – Sept 2010

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