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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

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

Saturday, 23 July 2016

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 :

Thursday, 21 July 2016

‘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 :

Monday, 18 July 2016

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