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Photos online from the latest meeting of the BWMBC (29th June)

Click HERE to view more picturesPhotos are now online from yesterdays (29th June) meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club  at Carville Park & Ride.

A great turnout even though some of our club members were racing at Stretton, Leics in the National Mini Bike Road Racing Championship….

The weather held out until the last session of the day when it finally started to rain.

Many THANKS to all who helped with the preparation and dismantling of the track, signing on of the riders and then to all who helped marshal on the day – we would not be able to run without your help & support.

A big ‘Thank You’ to all the riders who once again rode superbly and let us all with a grin on our faces.

Next meeting will be at Karting NR on Monday 7th July, followed by BikeWise at Police HQ on the 20th July.

To view the photos from yesterday please click on the image which will take you to the gallery page of the website then click on the thumbnail image from yesterday to go to the album.

Photos online from last nights meeting of BWMBC


Photos are now online from last nights meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club at Karting NE.

Great riding by club members.

Carrville Park & Ride on Sunday & good luck to those who are travelling down country for the next round of The National Minibike Road Racing Championship at Stretton.

To view the photos from last night (23rd June) click on the image which will take you to the BWMBC gallery and then click on the thumbnail image for the 23rd June.


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Would you pull out of the junction ?

Think BIke - What Bike copyLook closely….

2 wheeled road users are 1% of the traffic on our roads, yet they account for 20% of fatalities

99 times out of a 100 a driver when he looks will see a car, van, bus , lorry – a big vehicle.

Look hard at the poster….  or click on it and download and show it to your friends or share it with them.

As a motorcyclist please Think ahead and expect drivers to pull out of junctions… they don't do it intentionally its because they don't expect to see a two wheeled vehicle and the profile we present is quite small.

Please consider some further rider training..

Durham Advanced Motorcyclists are very active in our area and will be glad to see you.

TT Legend John McGuinness will be at BikeWise 2014

riders_john_mcguinnessTT Legend John McGuinness, just back from winning his 21st TT at the Isle of Man – the SES Zero TT, which he won with a stunning new lap record of 117.366mph on his Mugen Shinden, will be at BikeWise 2014 courtesy of local based HM Plant Ltd who have maintained a close link with John for a number of years.

John has visited BikeWise many times and it is a unique opportunity for you to meet one of the legends of motorcycling.

If you want to see what it's like to travel at an average of 117.366mph on an electric bike at the TT check out Johns video below :


3SIXTY Stunt Bike Team

DSC_0335Anyone who has ever ridden a mountain bike, or popped a wheelie on their BMX will love this! For the most exciting tricks and gravity defying leaps don’t miss the amazing bicycle stunt team.

The 3SIXTY display riders tackle obstacles with precise, calculated and effortless leaps.

Riders never appear out of control and actually deliver the show commentary through helmet microphones whilst riding.

Safety is important. These skills are achieved through hundreds of hours of dedicated and safe practice, a message reinforced throughout each 3SIXTY display.

3SIXTY riders are role models making cycle safety and helmet wear ‘cool’.

Founding member of 3SIXTY Ian Drummond has been a regular visitor to BikeWise over the years and once again we look forward to watching the skills that most of us can only dream of


CLICK HERE to visit ther website

Click on the image above to visit 3SIXTYS website

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.

The dog section will also be promoting their new ‘Paws Up’ scheme, which is a benevolent fund for Durham’s retired Police Dogs
Times of the displays will be posted closer to the date of the show.

If you are a Twitter user then keep up the date with the work of the dog section by clicking on the link and Following at : @DurhamPoliceK9

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 2014.

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

For more info on the NPAS please click here :

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Scottish tribal music comes to BikeWise 2014

Clann An Drumma

Another first for BikeWise 2014 - Clann an Drumma have been Scotland's leading tribal band for over 15 years.

Originally founded by Joe Kilna MacKenzie, the band have brought Scottish tribal music to worldwide audiences.
The band have just released their 5th studio album, Bloodline, and have had great success in the Highland Charts in the USA with all previous CDs, holding a place in the Celtic Hall of Fame.
They still have their feet firmly fixed to the ground though - no venue or occasion is too small or too big! This year they hope to make BikeWise 2014 a memorable one.

For further info on the band visit their website at :

or their Facebook page at :

Kimera to rock BikeWise 2014

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BikeWise welcomes back local band  KIMERA for our 2014 show

The band have been regular visitors to the show over the years and will be performing their covers of Alanis Morissette, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Journey & loads more.

If you want to see the band before then visit their website at : for gig dates

Follow the band via their Twitter feed at :

or on Facebook at :

Paul Swift makes a BikeWise debut

Paul SwiftNew for BikeWise 2014 is local Darlington based Paul Swift Precision Driving

Paul Swift is a seven-time British Motorsport Champion and a multiple Guinness World Record holder. He began performing stunts on the family ride on lawn mower back in 1986 at the tender age of seven.

Following in the footsteps of his legendary stunt driving father Russ Swift, Paul became part of his fathers team performing in a half-scale Mini Cooper.

At sixteen, Paul began competing in Motorsport and rapidly moved up to the National Autotest Championship. Over the following eight seasons, Paul secured both the MSA Autotest Championship three times and the BTRDA four times, winning over one hundred events outright along the way.

Following this success, Paul gave up his job as a Mechanical Engineer to concentrate fully on establishing Paul Swift Precision Driving Ltd.

Today, with over twenty-five years experience, Paul Swift Precision Driving is now the global leader in precision driving, providing the professionalism and experience of some of the best drivers available in the world today.

For more info please click here :

Next Meeting(s) of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club


The next meetings of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be on  :
Monday 23rd June at Karting NE (Warden Law)
Sunday 29th June at Carrville Park & Ride, Durham.
Monday 7th July at Karting NE (Warden Law)
Sunday 20th July at Police HQ, Durham  (BikeWise Show)
Monday 21st July at Karting NE (Warden Law)
Tuesday 29th July at Karting NE (Warden Law) : NE Championship

Are you Riding to Work on Monday ??


Ride To Work Day 2014 will take place on Monday 16th June so be sure to put the date in your diary!

To kick off the event RTW have launched a competition to win some Harley-Davidsoon prizes, click here to enter.

Once again they will be calling on motorcycle dealers, biker cafes, pubs, museums and of course workplaces to celebrate Ride to Work Day, planning events to take place all over the UK. They’re looking forward to seeing lots of free biker breakfasts, group ride-ins, special offers, discounts and much more!

Over the past few years, they’ve had thousands of riders joining in on Ride to Work Day and have had many photos and stories to tell about how much their lives are improved by commuting on a motorcycle or scooter. Find them on Facebook and Twitter to keep up-to-date with the latest Ride to Work Day news and join their community of happy commuters!

Remember if you are planning an event for Ride to Work Day this year, please let them know the details and they can promote it for you – email

Brazilian Police gear up for the World Cup

With the World Cup ‘kicking off’ this next week the Brazilian Motorcycle Police have been having a busy time preparing for one or two escorts !!

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There are approximately 600 motor officers of the Brazilian Federal Highway patrol in all Brazil, the number may vary in states depending on the displacement of games and selections.

Groups of motor officers will be escorting the teams and chiefs of state and other representative figures, other groups of motor officers (that are called MOTOPOL) will reinforce security in critical areas nearby the stadiums and highways and also give support to the escorts. Groups can be remobilized , according to demands.

At 600 units in service it is believed that the Brazilian Federal Highway Patrol may be the largest single agency employing Harley-Davidson Police Model Motorcycles

Many Thanks to Officers : Emerson Luiz & Allan Oliveira for the information & pictures

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Next Meeting of the BWMBC

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

Sunday 8th June at Carrville Park & Ride, Durham.

Usual start time of 1030hrs with signing on from 1000hrs.
We will be a bit short handed at this meeting so please if you can help to set up the track or take it down at the end it would be appreciated.
Any cancellation due to bad weather will  be posted on the website / Facebook/ Twitter by 0915hrs

John McGuinness wins his 21st TT Race

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Mugen Shinden rider John McGuinness set a new lap record for electric bikes to claim his 21st TT win and move within five victories of Joey Dunlop's record.
Despite suffering with a wrist injury, McGuinness, 42, completed the one-lap sprint at an average speed of 117.366 mph on the Mugen Shinden machine.
He said: "It's been a tough week but it is great to get one for this incredible team. They are very clever people."
Bruce Anstey made it a one-two for Mugen, 23 seconds down on McGuinness.
McGuinness set a new race record for an electric bike at the TT
The Morecambe racer, who will not race in Wednesday's Supersport race, added: "I was gutted to lose this race last year but I've made the top step now.
"That is probably me done in terms of race wins this week - I've yet to make a decision on whether I'll race in the Senior.
"I'll come back fitter and stronger next year."
Former winner, Rob Barber (Buckeye CurrentRW-2) from Bury, was a further four minutes and 30 seconds behind Anstey in third.
Barber, who won the inaugural TT Zero race in 2009, finished less than a tenth of a second ahead of fourth-placed Rob Wilson of Team Sarolea Racing.
American Mark Miller, another previous winner, was fifth and Timothee Monot sixth.

Karl Harris has died in a crash at the TT Race’s

Karl HarrisIt is with much sadness that we have to report that former British Supersport Champion Karl Harris has died following an incident on the second lap of today’s Superstock TT at Joey’s.
The 34 year old was riding the Moto Breakers Kawasaki ZX-10R and is believed to have made contact with another rider on the mountain section of the course.
The Sheffield rider had enjoyed a long and successful racing career having exploded onto the scene way back in 1999 when he won the European Superstock Championship onboard a Suzuki GSXR750. His victory propelled him into the spotlight and after a year in BSB he then switched to British Supersport where he won the championship onboard a GSXR600. He went on to win the Supersport title two more times riding for the HM Plant Honda team.
Harris also spent a large part of his career competing in BSB and despite coming incredibly close on numerous occasions he never actually won a race. His best season came in 2006 when he finished fifth in the overall standings behind Ryuichi Kiyonari, Leon Haslam, Gregorio Lavilla and Jonathan Rea. Shane Byrne was one place behind Harris in sixth.
In more recent years Harris continued to make selected appearances within  the British Championship and in 2012 he made his TT debut onboard the SMT Honda posting a lap time in excess of 121mph.

Karl attended our BikeWise show in 2005 & 2006 whilst riding for HM Plant Honda.

A statement from race organisers reads:
ACU Events Ltd regrets to announce that Karl Harris, 34, from Sheffield was killed during the Superstock Race at the Isle of Man TT races today following an incident at Joey's on the second lap of the race.
Harris, a professional motorbike racer, made his TT Races debut in 2012. He was a triple British Supersport Champion and British Superbike podium finisher.
Harris appeared on the racing scene as a teenager in the 1990s, when he rode for Team Great Britain in the Superteen Championship. From there, Harris went on to win the 1999 European Superstock 1000cc Championship before spending a season in the World Supersport Championship.
He was best known for his British Championship career. He was the dominant force in the British Supersport Championship in the early 2000s before becoming a prominent front-runner in the Superbike class for the factory Suzuki, Honda and Yamaha teams.
Harris won three British Supersport Championships between 2001 and 2004, the first for Crescent Suzuki and the remaining two for Honda Racing, before progressing full time to the premier Superbike category in 2005. His best season came in 2006 when he finished in 5th place overall recording 6 podiums. In total, Harris notched up 12 BSB podiums.
The ACU wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Karl's family and friends.
Gary Thompson, TT Clerk of the Course, ACU Events, said: "Karl was one of the great characters in the race paddock. His infectious enthusiasm and sense of humour lit up many race meetings. He was a hugely talented racer and will be sorely missed."
The Coroner of Inquests has been informed and an investigation into the circumstances of the accident is underway.