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Two days to go – BikeWise 2018 on Sunday 22nd July

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The World Cup didn't come home, The Tall ships have sailed and the Sunderland Airshow is not on this weekend.......
BikeWise 2018 is on,  at the police HQ at Durham from 10am to 5pm THIS Sunday (22nd July).
Loads of attractions on site and the weather forecast is looking good.
FREE PARKING at County Hall for cars, onsite for motorcycles and a FREE Park & Ride to Police HQ from Sniperley Park & Ride

We ask for a £2 donation from adults and kids are free.
Come along Sunday and have a great day.
For further details please visit :

K9 team ready to give you a perfect ‘Paws Up’ display

Our K9 team are ready to let the four legged members of the Police Service, Police Dogs Kaizer, Kidi, Spike, Milly & Lottie show you their skils at BikeWise 2018.

The team will also be their with the Paws Up stand & Paws Up Bob.

Pop along and talk to the team about the role of Police Dogs in current day police service and of Paws Up in retirement.

KaizerPC Ian Squire will be bringing along his German Shepherd PD ‘Kaizer’ who will soon be retiring from service … as he’s ‘getting on a bit’ Kaizer will only perform at the end of the second display. So come along and say a farewell to this fantastic dog

Spike DogPc Alan Bates will be bringing along his German Shepherd PD ‘Spike’ who has previously performed at BikeWise.

kodi 2A first time visit to BikeWise for PD ‘Kodi’ who will be handled by PC Vicky Atkinson.

MilliyPD ‘Milly’ is a Springer Spaniel, an explosive trained dog and will be handled by Sgt Dave Bell.

LottieFinally we have PC Ian Squire’s drug dog, a Pointer, PD Lottie

The Triumph TR6 from the Great Escape film will be at BikeWise 2018

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Long time BikeWise supporter Dick Shepherd boasts an enviable collection of around 320 Triumph bikes that chart so much of the brand's incredible history. Dick makes the long trek North each year to Durham to let us see these ‘dream’ bikes.

This year Dick is bringing with him the motorcycle used for the famous jump in the Steve McQueen classic The Great Escape which was finally restored late 2017

The Triumph TR6 Trophy took about two months to restore and 95% of the original parts have been retained.

Dick Shepherd, who restored it, said it is in "full working order".
McQueen rode the TR6 in the World War Two film but the famous 12ft barbed-wire fence jump was performed by stunt double, Bud Ekins.

After the film, the bike was sold to a farmer, who used it to herd cows, but it was then stored in a barn for decades.

Mr Shepherd bought it from a former farm worker, who inherited it after the farmer's death.
"The original front mud guard was completely rotten, which was a challenge to repair," Mr Shepherd said.

"We even managed to keep the original exhausts and rear tyre - two of the rarest parts - and we wanted to keep the dents on the bike from the filming for added authenticity."

He said the TR6 has been restored to the "exact specification" of 1962.

Get a good look at the bike on Sunday at Bikes 2018….no doubt Dick will also have some other special bikes for us to drool over.

Dave Coates ready to burn some rubber at BikeWise 2018


Once again our local Darlington based world record holder - Dave Coates will be performing at BikeWise 2018 on Sunday 22nd July.
The car park at the Police HQ is looking forward to having some burning rubber ‘deposited’ on it by Dave Smile
This is Dave's 23rd consecutive BikeWise ( and he still doesn't 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 Yamaha MT10 , MT09, MT07 his quad & the beast of them all….his Yamaha 50cc moped !!

Dave has just been to CMC at Chesterfield at the weekend thrilling the crowds and will be raring to go at BikeWise 2018

Dave CoatesTo learn more about Dave, visit his website at :

What's happening at BikeWise 2018

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Show us yours…. @ BikeWise 2018

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  bring it along to Police HQ on Sunday 22nd July (BikeWise Show) It’s free to enter, but you need to be on the site by 0930hrs as the site becomes pedestrianized shortly after that .

You won’t 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 to register your bike is turn up at the BikeWise Van which will be at the front of the HQ building. and the people at the van will register your entry.

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 Gary Ward or Iain Rodgers OR email us at :

TT Legend John McGuinness will be at BikeWise 2018

JMC_Paton_Enclosure-817TT Legend John McGuinness will once again be at BikeWise 2018.

Sadly Johns injuries from last years crash at the NW200 meant he was unable to ride the Silver Machine (Norton) around the Island in a race however John did get to do a couple of display lap around the Island.

Speaking about his competitive return to the TT Mountain Course John McGuinness said:  “It’s been a hard road back from the North West 200 crash and I thought we were there heading into the TT but another set back just left us a few weeks short. I absolutely loved doing the two parade laps this year and the reaction I got from the fans was amazing. The next big target for me was always the Classic TT, and everything is going in to being fully fit and prepared for a proper return to racing."

He continued by saying:  “I’m buzzing about the whole thing really. I love the Classic TT atmosphere and I really enjoy working with Roger Winfield and his team and their Paton is a joy to ride around Mountain Circuit. I’m not going to make any predictions on how competitive we are going to be, but when I rode the Norton at the TT, the feeling was good and, above all else, I just want to be out there with the rest of the guys again, going as fast as we can and putting on a good show for the fans. If we get a result out of it then that will be a bonus on this occasion.”

  John(and his family) will be ‘trekking’ over to Durham from their family home in Morecambe to once again support the BikeWise event
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 :