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Thank You… BikeWise 2016

Bikewise (Thank You) Web image 2015BikeWise has come and gone for the twenty second time and once again it was a tremendous success making good news stories across social media, the newspapers and on the BBC and ITV local news this morning.

Remember that as a full time operational police unit the police officers of the Cleveland and Durham Motorcycle section manage to fit in planning and organising the event in amongst their day jobs and home life supported by a small army of enthusiastic volunteers who also commit their time in promoting and planning the event.

In addition of course the day itself is not only about motorbikes and casualty reduction but it’s also about Durham Constabulary,  undoubtedly the best force in the country, engaging with you the public at its headquarters.

We also have an army of staff and officers who are all committed to doing their bit to make the day the success that it is.

Beyond that however  we have a whole range of sponsors and businesses that provide services and infrastructure for the event without profit, or even at a loss, because they sincerely believe that what we’re doing is the right thing and they want to be associated with that success - we’re extremely grateful for their ongoing help.

If I try and name them all  I’m in danger of missing someone so this year I’m only going to single out Alan Fairbairn of Fairbairn Marquees; Alan’s support over the years makes the event  affordable for you the visitor and it really makes a difference when we are able to make later make contributions to good causes and charities.

In terms of attractions on the day of course we have our stalwart stunt man Dave Coates - I sometimes wonder of he’s Peter Pan he never looks any older!

The now legendary and ever popular John McGuinness is a great supporter - we lure him up  with Durham Vodka to take home as a thank you and so he doesn’t forget us!

Dick Shepherd with his huge collection of Triumph motorcycles selects a few of his collection for our enjoyment  and brings them up from Essex - all for a few bottles of Durham Ale! 

And of course you may recall that John and Kath Jones of Hitachi Construction Machinery  (Who you may remember as HM Plant) have been tremendous sponsors over the years , their motivation and belief in BikeWise has been and continues to be unswerving - the whole team really can’t thank them enough!

But of course all of this wouldn’t mean anything without your support bikers and none bikers alike make the event what it is - an absolute success!

So from all of us on the BikeWise team a big thank you,  remember Ride Safe and Think Bike !

Looking forward to seeing you all again at our 23rd BikeWise in 2017

It’s on TODAY…. BikeWise 2016

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Police HQ, Aykley Heads, Durham, DH1 5TT – for more info

It’s on TODAY…. BikeWise 2016

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Police HQ, AykleyHeads, Durham, DH1 5TT – for more info

BikeWise Mini Bike Club ready for BikeWise 2016


Riders from the BikeWise Mini Bike Club were ‘out on track’ today at Police HQ, Aykley Heads, Durham in preparation for the 22nd Annual BikeWise Show which is to be held tomorrow, Sunday 24th July.

Club riders will be showing off their riding skills to the crowds tomorrow, whilst some of the club other members will  be racing at meetings throughout the country.

Come along and watch the riders & talk to them at the show.

The Dick Shepherd Triumph Collection @ BikeWise 2016

Hitachi Construction Machinery sponsor the Dick Shepherd Triumph Collection which will be at BikeWise 2016 tomorrow at Police HQ, Aykley Heads.

Dick has brought a number of ‘classic’ Triumph’s with him for display at the show including three early Triumph GP bikes (see picture) & these bikes are featured in this months (July2016) edition of Classic Bike Magazine.

These bikes will be running in a display at the Manx Grand Prix next moth.

Dick has also brought a couple of 2015 Triumph Bonneville scramblers which were used by David Beckham in the film Outlaws & also the bike ridden by Chris Pratt in the film Jurassic World.

To find out more about Dick Shepherd’s Triumph collection see the video below or call and talk to Dick & his crew at BikeWise 2016

PD Kaizer is ready for BikeWise 2016


PD Kaizer is all ‘revved up’ and ready for BIkeWise 2016 which is being held at the Police HQ, Aykley Heads, Durham TOMORROW – Sunday 24th July 2016.

Show get under way at 10am and there is tons of free parking, including a free park & ride.

Loads of thing to see & do for all the family.

If you want to meet Kaizer then you’d better look out for Batman & Robin (Pc Iain Squire) as he’ll have ditched his ‘bike gear’ by then.

Full details of the show & what's happening can be found by visiting the BikeWise website :

‘Show Us Yours’ @ BikeWise 2016

Custom & Classic image (land) (1)If you have a Classic or Custom bike then we would love to see it (& so would all the people who come to the show)

To ‘Show us Yours’ all you have to do is either bring it along to Police HQ on the afternoon of Saturday 23rd July between 2pm & 5pm (Ask for Tony or Ali)  or between  0900hrs & 0945hrs on Sunday 24th July (BikeWise Show)

The only stipulation we have is that you will not be able to take it off the site until the show ends (about 1700hrs) as the whole of the site is pedestrianized for the event and we cannot have motorcycles being ridden through the public !!

All you have to do is fill a form in which will be available on the day from PC’s Ali Bonar or Tony Richmond and there are many different classes with some lovely trophies to be won. So go on… share your pride & joy with us and lets see what ‘gems’ we have tucked away in the North East.

If you need further details then please ring 0191-3752136 and ask to speak to Ali or Tony OR email us at :

Meet ‘The Interceptors’ @BikeWise 2016

InterceptorsMMeet some of the members of Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit (CDSOU) who took part in Police Interceptors 9th series which was on Channel  5, last September for 10 weeks.

Sgt Kev Salter, PC Mike ‘Spike Fisher’ & PC Ian Squire with Police Dogs  Kaizer & Lottie will definitely be at BikeWise 2016 which is to be held at Police HQ, Aykley Heads, Durham this Sunday (24th July)

For further info on BIkeWise 2016 please visit :
Twitter : @durhambikewise

See ‘The Dark Side’ of Dave Coates @BikeWise 2016

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Police HQ, Aykley Heads, Durham……..   Sunday 24th July 2016

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

National Police Air Service at BikeWise 2016

Find out about the role of the helicopter from the National Police Air Service crew who will be bringing one of the Police helicopters to BikeWise 2016.
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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Parking arrangements for BikeWise 2016

We have been receiving a few enquiries about parking arrangements for BikeWise 2016, so please read below and we’ll hopefully clarify the situation :
The area marked in YELLOW is the location of the new Police HQ and fields where this years event will be held.

MOTORCYCLE PARKING – will be in the same place as previous events (Area marked in RED)

DISABLED PARKING – The area marked in GREEN can be used for disabled parking. (You will only be allowed to proceed to this area after speaking to BikeWise staff who will be on the main access road in the area near to the motorcycle parking)

CAR PARKING – We have two main area’s of car parking :
1 – County Hall (Areas marked in BLUE) As in previous years the car parks at County Hall will be utilized – access to the show is then via a series of steps up to the Police HQ
2 – Sniperley Park & Ride Car Park (Area marked in BLUE & ORANGE). Vehicles can be parked in this car park & we are providing a FREE Park & Ride Bus service to and from Aykley Heads. The Park & Ride service will run regularly throughout the day and the journey should only take approx 5minutes. The bus will drop you off at Trinity School on the HQ drive and you will only have a short walk, without any steps, to the BikeWise show entrance

For more info about the show please visit : and then click on the BikeWise 2016 icon

TT Legend John McGuinness will be at BikeWise 2016

JMTT Legend John McGuinness will be at BikeWise 2016.
John, now has 23 TT wins and is closing in on Joey Dunlops record of 26wins.
John McGuinness has sponsorship links with local based Hitachi Construction Machinery Ltd (formerly HM Plant Ltd) & in particular CEO John Jones, who has maintained a close link with John for a number of years.
John has visited BikeWise many times and is a true motorcycle enthusiast as well as being a racing legend and it is a unique opportunity for you to meet one of the legends of motorcycling racing.
If you want to see what it's like to travel at an average of 132.701mph on a bike at the TT check out Johns video below : 
For more info on what is happening at BikeWise 2016 please CLICK HERE and then scroll down the page.
More info will be posted leading up to the show which is on Sunday 24th July at the new Police HQ at Aykley Heads, Durham  DH1 5TT

Scottish tribal music comes to BikeWise 2016

Clann an Drumma have been Scotland's leading tribal band for over 17 years, they came to BikeWise 2014 & are returning this year to perform at BikeWise 2016.
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 2016 a memorable one.

For further info on the band visit their website at :
or their Facebook page at :   or Twitter :  @CAD_Tribal

K9 team to get their ‘Paws Up’ at BikeWise 2016

Paws UP

Hopefully Batman & Robin have left the ‘Bat Cave’ with not a moment to lose & will avoid the Joker on their travels to BikeWise 2016 on Sunday 24th July.

The Dog Support Unit once again will be putting on a display so you can see the police dogs in action.

DogWise was not able to be run this year so the Dog Support team will be keen to show you the role of our four legged friends within the Police service, as well as giving us a good laugh with the fancy dress they sometimes appear in Smile

There will be a Paws Up stand where you can come and meet some of the team to find out more about the fund, how it can help retired dogs, how you could possibly re-home a retired police dog & of course purchase Paws Up merchandise!

For more info on BikeWise 2016 please visit and click on the BikeWise 2016 icon

Jamie Squibb Freestyle Show at BikeWise 2016


Jamie Squibb, owner & team rider of Squibb Freestyle is travelling to BikeWise from his home in Devon to perform at BikeWise 2016 on Sunday 24th July.
Jamie rides a Kawasaki KXF450, is a 3X  british champion, has ridden all over the world and has been showing off some of the best FMX tricks since 2005.
‘My riding background is I started riding at 6, I raced a bit of mx but not every weekend, I have ridden Enduro and trials, I just generally enjoy being out on bikes. I always loved jumps and by the age of 12 was in the digger building my own at home, from that point it's just progressed to where I'm at today.’
‘My favourite thing about freestyle is the feeling you get when you learn something new and getting to ride at really cool events like Arenacross, with good friends.’
‘The crowds definitely help loads,  they make so much noise as soon as you ride in to the arena you can feel the energy and the atmosphere, they cheer super loud for every jump which makes you want to go bigger and bigger.’

To find out more about Squibb Freestyle please click on the link :


Squibb Freestyle show from crediton media on Vimeo.

Kimera to Rock BikeWise 2016

KImera 2 KimeraBikeWise welcomes back KIMERA for our 2016 show.
The band have been regular visitors to the show over the years and are a local rock band from the north east with over 10 years experience covering artists such as AC/DC, Alanis Morissette, Anastasia, Blondie, Bon Jovi, Christina Aguilera, Don Henley, Evanescence, Guns 'N' Roses, Journey, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Queen and many more...
If you want to see the band before BikeWise 2016 visit their website at : for gig dates

Follow the band via their Twitter feed at :
or on Facebook at :

Dave Coates will be burning rubber at BikeWise 2016


Great news… once again our local Darlington based world record holder - Dave Coates will be performing at BikeWise 2016 on Sunday 24th July.
The new car park at the Police HQ is looking forward to having some burning rubber ‘deposited’ on it by Dave Smile
This is Dave's 21st consecutive BikeWise ( and he doesn’nt look a day older !!) - a fantastic achievement and we are now seeing second and third generations of families enjoying the skills that Dave shows on two (& four) 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...
Dave will be using a variety of Yamaha bikes at the show including the new Yamaha MT10 which he has been using around the country with Yamaha’s 2016 MT Darkside Tour

Dave Coates
To learn more about Dave, visit his website at :

BikeWise 2016 Show Posters

Click on either of the images below to download a BikeWise 2016 poster – please share it amongst your friends, on Facebook / Twitter or at work to let people know when the show is on.

The website will be updated regularly from now to the 24th July with updates about what is happening at the show