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Teesside Bikers donate £2000 to Zoe’s Place

Great news from Teesside Bikers – the Honda CD 185 motorcycle that they renovated and raffled at BikeWise 2011 made the sum of £2000 which will be donated to Zoe’s Place, the children's hospice.

The bike was won by Syd Craggs from Newcastle who was attending BikeWise for the second time.


Syd used to ride in the 70’s and was keen to win the bike, buying two lots of raffle tickets. He came back to biking about six years ago and passed his test and is currently riding a Honda Shadow.

Syd is shown, picking up the bike from Police HQ on Monday (No…. not the FJR Syd !!)

Honda’s bike’s on show at BikeWise 2011

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HM Plant Honda Race Team Manager, Havier Beltran will be travelling up to BikeWise 2011 from Honda’s Race HQ at Louth.

‘Harvey’ will have with him in the HM Plant Honda Race truck – the two BSB Honda Fireblade superbikes of reigning 2010 BSB champion Riuchi Kiyonari (who is currently in Suzuka, Japan) and also present championship leader Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne.

Honda TT legends, John McGuinness TT winning  Honda Fireblade will also be there as will the new Honda VFR 800X Crossrunner.

See bikes and talk to Harvey, Shakey and John at the HM Plant Racetruck throughout the day

Team Manager - Havier Beltran Shane Byrne John McGuinness

A689 Nenthead – Road surface still not repaired – Take Care

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Further to our item of the 11th June : Click HERE to view news item – the road surface at Nenthead when you are travelling downhill towards the Miners Arms has still not been repaired. Please take care as you descend the bank and enter the left hand bend at the bottom of the bank.

For those of you not sure of where this is… It’s the main road through Weardale as you head west, towards Alston (Hartside Cafe).

It’s about two miles past the County Durham border as you descend down from the border at Killhope Cross into Cumbria

The photo’s above show the view back up the hill

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Win a Honda CD185 with Teesside Bikers (and help Zoe’s Place)

Teesside Bikers have restored a Honda CD185, to raise funds for their adopted charity Zoƫ's Place Baby Hospice.

The bike is going to be raffled at BikeWise 2011 and you can buy tickets beforehand by visiting this website : and then following the instructions. Good Luck

Win this bike at BikeWise 2011 - CLICK HERE

Whats Happening in the ‘BikeWise World’ – July 2011

Jigsaw Date for your Diary : 

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





BikeWise 2011 is almost here – Sunday 24th July….

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Click HERE to download the show itinerary

Click HERE to download the show itinerary

HM Plant Honda Racing Team will be there with BSB Championship leader Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne and 17 times TT winner John McGuinness.

Darlington based world record holding stunt rider and BikeWise stalwart – Dave Coates will once again be thrilling the crowds with his two shows at BikeWise.

New for 2011 - X-Treme Motorcycle Stunt Trials Display Team, who are based at Keighley and consists of two of the world’s best stunt riders, a professional compere and a mobile stunt unit which is the focal point of the show

Music this year is by Twister, who are a young, four piece, energetic pop/rock band based in Durham. Twister have been together for about 6 years, and in November 2009 released their debut album ' Someone's Gotta Lie'

Ducati’s Roadshow will once again be at the event : To take a test ride at any of these events, riders must have a valid motorcycle licence (both parts required) and appropriate clothing and safety gear. Local dealership staff will be on hand to give expert technical and service advice and trained riders will be there to guide all test rides

As well as the above, the Police Dogs will be putting on a display, Motorschool will be giving skid pan and four wheel drive demo rides and the Police Helicopter will also be basing itself at the Police HQ.

And then there’s all our retailers, bike clubs and custom/classic bike show and then of course our younger riders from the BikeWise Mini Bike Club

BWMBC Sunday 17th July 2011 - BikeWise Mini Bike Club

Our next meeting is Sunday 17th July at Carrville Park & Ride, Durham

followed by Karting North East (Warden Law) on Monday 18th July and then BikeWise Show on the 24th July

More details of the club : 


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Tuesday 26th July 2011 - next meeting at Bowburn Hall Hotel at 1900hrs.
Meet at 1900hrs for a 1930hrs start.
Summer months - ride outs.....
Contact the secretary : Bill McCready on 01325 311 426 for further details


Cafe 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.


Chat Night - Tuesday 26th July -   Ex Moto GP, WSBK AND BSB Rider Simon Crafar





Food is available to buy on the night, also raffle and recent TV race highlights


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Events in the area – Visit our Events page by CLICKING HERE

To find out dates / meeting places of : Aycliffe Bike Club,Darlington MCC, Dragonslayers MCC, Lanchester Centurions MCC, Wetlands and loads of other ‘biking events please click on the link above which will take you into our events calendar.

If you know of any events that are being held please EMAIL US with details (durham.bikewise@gmail.con)

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  (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 -

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.

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Next Meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club – Sunday 17th July


Next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be on Sunday 17th July 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.

Karting North East will be hosting their Mini Bike Meeting at Warden Law on Monday 18th July 5pm – 8.30pm.

Have you seen this van ??

Kenny Blair – owner of Durham Graphics at Dragonville has just ‘wrapped’ his new van and will be running around the area throughout the next couple of weeks advertising BikeWise 2011.

Give Kenny a wave if you see him and if you need any graphics for your bike,car or business then catch up with him at BikeWise show on Sunday 24th July

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John McGuiness celebrates 17 TT wins at the 17th BikeWise

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And they will be ‘dropping’ into BikeWise again….

AS "Dropping" into BikeWise once again will be the North East Air Support Unit from Newcastle.
The aircraft will be 'based' at Police HQ Durham during the day but will leave if any incidents need it's support.
The unit was originally formed in 1995 - the same year that BikeWise originated and has provided some fantastic service to the residents of Northumbria, Durham & Cleveland over the years.
This will be a great opportunity to see the aircraft on the ground at close quarters instead of racing or hovering overhead.

You spin me right round.... (Well motorschool will)

Durham Constabulary's driver trainers will be out at BikeWise once again, showing you how a vehicle can react under adverse weather conditions with the aid of the skid pan.
If you've never experienced the skidpan - then make an effort to get to the show early to book your ride as there are only a limited amount of rides available throughout the day and it's an opportunity that you shouldn't miss.
The driver trainers are some of the best drivers in the country and you will be able to ask them any questions about driving.

Dog Section will be 'barking' at you..

Durham Constabulary's four legged '"friend's will once again be at BikeWise to show off their skills along with their handler's. The display by the dog section is always one of the most popular attractions at BikeWise as it give's everybody an opportunity to see what a valuable asset the dog's are to Police Officers during the course of their work.
Times of the displays will be posted closer to the date of the show.

John McGuinness & ‘Shakey’ Byrne will be at BikeWise 2011

John McGuinness on his TT Legends Honda superbike at Quarterbridge during final qualifying for the 2011 Isle of Man TT Shane Byrne - HM Plant Honda

17 Times TT winner & Honda TT Legends team member & BSB championship leader, HM Plant Honda’s Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne will both be at BikeWise 2011 along with Honda team manager Havier Beltran who will be bringing the HM Plant rig and the bikes from the Honda HQ at Louth.

John will be flying off to Japan the following day to compete at the next world endurance race at Suzuka

Sadly, HM Plant Superstock rider, Jason O’Halloran will not be there as he is still in hospital after a crash at Knockhill and Riuchi Kiyonari will be back home in Japan, preparing for Suzuka.

Download a BikeWise 2011 Show Poster

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