North Harbour Ulysses Newsletter.
Edition 27
October 2016

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Hi All
Daylight savings is upon us and we only have 12 weeks until Christmas.  Where has the year gone?  I'm certainly looking forward to getting some more rides in as the weather sorts itself out and the rainy days disappear.

We have some great rides coming up that head North to Opononi, South to Stratford, East to Coromandel and West  to Raglan plus there is rider training on the first Saturday of each month.  I know personally I'll be going on as many rides as possible to get some more Ks on the Triumph.

Are you a member of our Facebook page and do you visit our website? These are the best places to get the most up to date information on our Club runs and activities. Visit and join or visit 

Send me your stories, pictures, comments and feedback to me by clicking this link NH Editor

Enjoy our October newsletter and safe riding.

Craig McEwan #9243
Ulysses North Harbour
Ulysses North Harbour Facebook Page
Ulysses North Harbour Website

With VP Vaughan in hospital with a broken femur and awaiting surgery Niki Morrison put out a call for meals which Lora could put in the freezer, one less thing for Lora to worry about when she got home from North Shore Hospital late at night. Thank You to everyone who responded,  at the mid-month dinner night my chilly bin was full with all sorts of goodies when Lora arrived up to report on Vaughan’s  progress. By the time you read this Vaughan will be home and recovering from his operations. It will be a while before he is back on his bike but he has set himself a goal.
         Our mid-month Africa Bar dinner was back to good numbers with 42 people turning up even though only 21 let me know, we have re-arranged the tables slightly to make it more intimate and easier to socialize.
         I had a meeting with the Southern Hospitality Trust at the Africa Bar and hopefully we will get funding for the Ronald McDonald Charity Ride shirts, PLEASE put Sunday the 13th November on your MUST DO calendar, even while he has been sick Vaughan has put a lot of work into making this ride a success and we need to do our bit by turning up to the North Harbour Hockey Assn carpark to make this a memorable event and don’t forget to tell all your non Ulysses riding mates.
         Later this month I’m going to Wellington for a combined Branch Presidents/Coordinators/NatCom workshop where we get to toss ideas around with NatCom and other Branch Leaders. One of the advantages of this annual meeting is we all get to discuss what works for our branch and hopefully pick up new ideas from other branches.
         We have two weekend away rides, Labour weekend to visit Nigel & Donna Scott in Stratford and the beginning of November to Hawera for the South Taranaki Tourers Blackjack weekend, do one or both to get some good k’s under your belt and have a great time with your fellow branch members.

Some more photos from our Canada/USA trip

The Alaska Ferry was expensive so people camped on the deck for 3 days.

            Going touring in Alaska                    Going to Sturgis the easy way

            Indian Scout Hillclimb bike                    Indian Scout Bullet

           Steam Powered Motorbike        At 130kph you would get passed by                                                                       this.

NOVEMBER is Membership Drive Month so if you have an idea how we can attract new members let us know, to be a healthy club we need to attract younger riders to replace us old farts when we can’t ride anymore.

Wayne Painter #1756NZ L/M
Branch President, North Harbour Branch

Your North Harbour Executive for 2016
Committee Members
Andy Kelly is our Welfare Officer so if you know of a Branch Member who is sick, injured or in need of help from the Branch please contact Andy
on 021 144 9734 or Email Andy
Non Committee Positions
Click here for Printer Friendly Runs Sheet
Important Notice!!
Our club nights on the first Thursday of the month now start at 7pm
Please support North Harbour Branch sponsors.
Come in to Cyclespot Italia and check out the new Ducati  
“Diavel X”

RR $31990.00 plus ORC for the standard model
 RR $37,990.00 plus ORC for S model

Please see in store for details
Contact Richard 021 337533  or
 46 Barrys Point Road Takapuna Auckland – 09 4861136
Cyclespot Group, Major North Harbour Branch Sponsor
Grant donates vouchers monthly for Social Evenings and
 advertises in the monthly newsletter.  
Pop into Cyclespot and check out the range of bikes & accessories.
North Harbour Ulysses Facebook Page
North Harbour Ulysses Website
If it is your birthday this month, don't forget to take a bottle of wine for the raffles on club night.
If you have any unwanted gifts, donate them for the raffle prizes.
Subscriber Details
At the bottom of this newsletter is a link so you can update your subscriber details.  There is also a button if you really want to cancel your subscription.
Wine Bottle Caps
Save your bottle tops from your wine bottles and bring along to each monthly meeting. These get passed onto Lions Club who collect as a fundraiser for Child Dialysis.  Get your local restaurant on board and have them keep the bottle tops for you.  
Andrew Leader runs the "Twists and Turns" low speed manoeuvring sessions that Ulysses set up some years ago.

They are run on the first Saturday of the month at  Kelston Girls High School, 1 Archibald Rd, Kelston, West Auckland 0602.

All North Harbour members are invited to attend. 
It’s a great opportunity to practice all those key low speed skills in a safe, supportive environment.  For instance when did you last practice an emergency stop?  Plenty of skilled riders attend to help with technique and encouragement and they are not judgemental.  Better to practice where there are people to help pick the bike up if you lay it down!
 The school entrance is first on your right as you turn off Great North Road into Archibald Road: 
Andy #4460
ACC Levies Update
It's time to have your say

Levy rates are changing. Now is your chance to have your say. Levy consultation opens today and will run through to 5pm 19 October 2016.

Jump online and visit and join the conversation by letting us know what you think - after all, it's your ACC, have a hand in shaping it.

Starting this year, we'll be proposing and reviewing new levy rates for a two-year period, rather than every year. This mean during this year's consultation, we're looking for feedback on our proposed levy rates for the two year period 2017/18 and 2018/19.

Here are a few things we're proposing:
  • Reduce the average Work levy from $0.80 to $0.72 (10% reduction)
  • Increasing the average Earners' levy from $1.21 to $1.25 (3% increase)
  • Reduce the average Motor Vehicle levy (excluding the Motorcycle Safety levy) from $130.26 to $113.94 (13% reduction)
  • Maintain the motorcycle levy and motorcycle safety levy
  • Enhance the Experience Rating programme.
We're taking a new approach to helping create healthy and safe workplaces. 

During last year's levy consultation, we indicated that our workplace incentive products Workplace Safety Discount (WSD) and Workplace Safety Management Practises (WSMP) were being reviewed. From 31 March 2017, WSD and WSMP will close. You can find out more about this here.

We're taking a new approach to helping create healthy and safe workplaces. We're going to work with businesses to create tailored and cost-effective options for supporting workplace safety.

You can find out more and let us know what you think at If you'd like to be involved in developing our new approach, you can also let us know on this page.

We hope you'll take the time to join the conversation and have your say.

Kind regards,

ACC Levy Team
Reviews and Photo Gallery 
Our social evening on 21 September at Africa Bar. Don't forget to come along on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.
Dr. Geezer’s Clinic
An old  doctor  geezer became very bored in retirement and decided to re-open his medical clinic. He put a sign up outside that said: "Dr. Geezer's clinic.  Get your treatment for $500, if not cured, get back $1,000."
Doctor "Young," who was positive that this old geezer didn't know beans about medicine, thought this would be a great opportunity to get $1,000. So he went to Dr. Geezer's clinic.
Dr. Young: "Dr. Geezer, I have lost all taste in my mouth. Can you please help me?
Dr. Geezer: "Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in Dr. Young's mouth."
Dr. Young: Aaagh !! -- "This is Gasoline!"
Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You've got your taste back.  That will be $500."
Dr. Young gets annoyed and goes back after a couple of days figuring how to recover his money. 
Dr. Young:  "I have lost my memory, I cannot remember anything."
Dr. Geezer: "Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in the patient's mouth." 
Dr. Young:  "Oh, no you don't,  -- that is Gasoline!" 
Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations!  You've got your memory back.  That will be $500." 
Dr. Young (after having lost $1000) leaves angrily and comes back after several more days.
Dr.Young: "My eyesight has become weak --- I can hardly see anything!!!!  
Dr. Geezer:  "Well, I don't have any medicine for that so, here's your $1000 back." (giving him a $10 bill)
Dr. Young: "But this is only $10!
Dr. Geezer:  "Congratulations! You got your vision back!  That will be $500."
Moral of story  -- Just because you're "Young" doesn't mean that you can outsmart an "old Geezer".
Remember: Don't make old people mad. We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to tick us off.
Why Use Strong Passwords. Click here for some important information
Peter Webb
Raffle Prizes and Tattle-Tales Wanted
 “Sheriff wants unwanted gifts and wine for birthdays and worthy events in your LIVES “
And please email ‘SHERIFF, I HAVE A TALE’ to Pete. 
Motorcycle Tips and Tricks

YOU DON'T have to have the mechanical know-how of a MotoGP technician to perform simple home-servicing tasks; some decent tools and a little common sense are all you need to keep your bike in tip-top shape.

Ideally, get hold of a workshop manual for your machine for a better understanding of how each task should be carried out. Most will give pictures detailing each part of the process; a good manual will also list the tools you'll need to complete the job. 

Like a chef's knives, using quality tools are half the battle to a successful job, so avoid using the underseat toolkit if you can.

Obviously, if you're not 100 per cent comfortable working on your own bike then ask a knowledgeable mate to watch over you.


STEP 1 Treat painted surfaces (gas tank, fairings, fenders) gently—use mild detergent, a soft clean cloth, and warm water.

STEP 2 Chrome parts can be treated like paint, but follow up with chrome polish.

STEP 3 Wheels invariably need brushwork, just like your teeth. Brake dust is tenacious, but soap, water, and a cleaner with a brush will do the job.

STEP 4 Bikes have plenty of nasty, greasy parts, too. Here, the solution is chemical warfare. Some of your best friends aren’t cleaners at all, but oils and solvents like WD-40. Spraying down really manky bits like final-drive sprockets, the underside of the engine, the swingarm, etc. can help loosen that nasty black grime. Follow up with a power washer and a solvent-based cleaner. If you need to do any localized scrubbing, use brushes you've reserved only for this purpose—never use the gunk brushes on the cleaner parts of your bike.

STEP 5 Dry off smooth, painted surfaces with clean towels or a chamois. With all their nooks and crannies, most bikes will look better if you first blast them dry with compressed air. If nothing else, the exhaust hose from a shop vac (an industrial vacuum cleaner) will blow most of the water off. A leaf blower works great for this.

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Ulysses North Harbour
Runs and Event Calendar
Runs Coordinator
Rider in Charge (RIC) would appreciate all participants of rides to be at the departure point 10 minutes early with a full tank of gas.  If the weather looks suspect then please phone the RIC or check out North Harbour Ulysses facebook page to see if the ride is postponed or cancelled. 

The Rider in Charge will be organizing the day.  Contact them for details.  All riders participating in a Ulysses Ride are expected to hold a current motorcycle license, wear suitable clothing and to have a registered and warranted road-worthy bike.

The organizers and/or the Ulysses Club are not responsible for participants safety and all participants participate at their own risk.

All participants are aware that they are traveling on open public roads and are responsible for their own safety and compliance with all Rules and Laws.

Please check your runs list as some rides or destinations may have changed from initial calendar entry.
Club Night Meeting and Social Evening
Held at Pupuke Golf Club  
 231 East Coast Road (opp Sunnynook Rd) Campbells Bay
1st Thursday of the Month.
Meals available from 5.30pm and meeting starts at 7.00pm(note the new time)
Our next social dinner is on 19 OCTOBER - 5:30pm onwards.  Please email Wayne Painter by Monday 17 if you intend to attend.
Africa is located at 1b William Pickering Drive, Albany

2 October

1847 Kaipara Coast Hwy, Helensville, Auckland 0984, New Zealand

October 1

Twists & Turns

Kelston Girls High School,
1 Archibald Road, Kelston,
The school entrance is first on your right as you turn off Great North Road into Archibald 

Sunday 16 October 10am
Raglan with Peter Hyde
Meet at BP service centre, Southern Motorway, Papakura 
Peter Hyde 021 997 926 

Labour Weekend 22-24 October
Come down and catch up with Nigel and Donna Scott
See Runs Sheet for more details
Ronnie Run 2016
Sunday 13 November
Meet at North Harbour Hockey Stadium
Registration from 9am
Ride Leaves at 10:30am


South Taranaki Tourers Blackjack Ride
November Frid. 4th, Sat. 5th, Sun. 6th. 

Go to Hawera Friday socialise Friday night at the South Taranaki Club
on Saturday do the Blackjack Card Ride, prize-giving Saturday Arvo
Dinner & Dance Saturday night at the club.
Big free breakfast at Sth Taranaki Club Sunday before riding home.
This is a fun weekend we have done it for 12 years. 
Phone Lorraine at Avon Motel for accommodation. (5 minute walk to club)
0800 288 048 or  
Mention Wayne's name.
Leaving 10.00am Friday,  Papakura Motorway Service Centre.
R.I.C. Wayne Painter. 027 289 1018.   
Email Wayne for entry Form.
(We are going regardless of weather)

Click Here for a Printable Version of Purera Forest Rally Form
Midweek Tuesday and Wednesday Rides (check out NH Ulysses facebook page for details.)
Are you free to ride Midweek?
Why not join fellow Ulyssians on Wednesday's
Departs NS Cossie Club at 10.30am
Destination decided on the day.
These rides are proving very popular.
Highlight your calendar with these upcoming rides or events.

Runs & Rallies


Twists & Turns  2-4pm Kelston Girls High School, 1 Archibald Road, Kelston, Andy Leader 027 222 4180
Aroha Cruise  We are very excited to once again close off our streets and invite classic car, bike and hot-rod owners to show off their pride and joy at our event. Of course, there is always so much more to see, tractors and fire engines, along with some fantastic car and caravans on display too.

BBQ/picnic make you own way on wheels - 2 or 4 or maybe 3, Bring your own food, 1847 Kaipara Coast Highway (Opposite Omeru Reserve) 

North Harbour Ulysses Club Night - Pupuke Golf Club, 231 East Coast Road (opp Sunnynook Rd Campbells Bay, Meals are available from 5.30pm and meeting starts at 7.00pm, Email Wayne for dinner reservations.

Far North Rally
- Marsden Point - See Ulyssian for more details

Pink Ribbon Ride - Starts 9am at: Carpark behind the Auckland Netball Courts 7 Allison Ferguson Dr, St Johns, Auckland 1072 Finishes at: Western Springs Car Park register at

4 Points Compass Rally
- Manawatu Branch email for a registration form. Phone/Text 0212627919 

Playday on Track are at Hampton Downs. 9 - 2pm Paul Morriosn will be there, If you’ve never been to the track tis free entry - pop down and have a look to see how the day works. Get your need for speed at the track :) 

Raglan with Peter Hyde - meet at BP service centre, Southern Motorway, Papakura at 10am

North Shore Dinner Night
- Africa Bar, 1b William Pickering Drive, Albany Every 3rd Wednesday of the month (5:30 onwards), Bar & kitchen. 5:30 onward. Email Wayne if you are attending.

Stratford Overnighter
- Catch up with Nigel and Donna Scott. See Runs Sheet for more info. A few have already booked into The New Commercial Hotel. Leaving from meet at BP service centre, Southern Motorway, Papakura at 9am on 22 Oct. 

- Mike Orr Kaiwaka details fo start point to come. Watch Facebook and North Harbour website for more details.  Mike Orr 027 291 9130 


North Harbour Ulysses Club Night - Pupuke Golf Club, 231 East Coast Road (opp Sunnynook Rd Campbells Bay, Meals are available from 5.30pm and meeting starts at 7.00pm, Email Wayne for dinner reservations.

South Taranaki Tourers Black Jack Ride- Weekend away.

Ronnie Run -
IMPORTANT DATE NEED ALL HANDS ON DECK FOR VOLUNTEERS - See ad in this newsletter and make sure you have registered and got every friend who rides a motorbike to register.

NOTE:  Ulysses’ events in BOLD
For more details of each event see ad at end of The Ulyssian, or Ulysses website – or, contact local Coordinator or, use Google.
A Message from Ulysses Zimbabwe
Good morning to you all,

My apologies for the delay in communicating with you.

I'm pleased to announce the contact details of the group that will handle all your booking requirements for the International.

We haven't done a block booking for accommodation because we feel that with the interest from around the world, each visitor will have their own budget requirements or not.  Our aim is to get as many of you to come to this wonderful event at one of the seven wonders of the world so you can tailor your own budget requirements.

This will not impact on any communal events and you will not miss out on anything as a result of staying somewhere else.

As mentioned in my last communique the various events will all be at or start from different locations.  All of this information will be forwarded to you well before the event once they have been finalised.

Nicky will handle all your requirements including any extra curricular activities at the Falls you would like to do.  IE. bungee jumping, the swing, rafting etc.  She will also be able to help you with any other tour arrangements you might want to do before or after the event.

Nicky Quinn
Everywhere Africa
Tel: +263 777 045 833
Skype: nickyglynn

Feel free to contact her and get the ball rolling.

I will keep you updated with more information as and when it happens.

Stay well.

Kind regards

A Message regarding Accommodation for the National Rally in Masterton over Easter 2017

Hello fellow Ulyssians,
The 2017 National Rally is being held in Masterton, Wairarapa over the Easter weekend.
Local motel accommodation is at a premium at this time so members wishing to attend the rally should book now

* Most on line booking sites will indicate the Motels are full over this period.

* Members should Ring the Motels direct and indicate you are from the Ulysses Club as most (not all) motels are holding rooms for us.

There are a number of conflicting events now being held in Masterton over the Easter Weekend so accommodation is filling fast in Masterton and the the surrounding areas.

Remember - You can always cancel a booking but you can't always make one! ----------- Don't miss out!  :-) 

Greg Evans
Ulysses Wairarapa Branch Secretary (temp).
The Matakana Village Pub
We have a Biker Burger deal at the Matakana Village Pub.
Homemade Beef Burger & a Beer for only $20.

Come and see us soon.

Norah Yelverton
The Matakana Village Pub
M: 0275164047
God's Plan for Aging 
Most seniors never get enough exercise. In His Wisdom God decreed that seniors become forgetful so they would have to search for their glasses, keys and other things thus doing more walking. And God looked down and saw that it was good. 
Then God saw there was another need. In His Wisdom he made seniors lose coordination so they would drop things requiring them to bend, reach & stretch. And God looked down and saw that it was good. 
Then God considered the function of bladders and decided seniors would have additional calls of nature requiring more trips to the bathroom, thus 
providing more exercise.  God looked down and saw that it was good. 
So if you find as you age, you are getting up and down more, remember it's 
God's will. It is all in your best interest even though you mutter under your breath. 
Nine Important Facts To Remember As We Grow Older 
#9 Death is the number 1 killer in the world. 
#8 Life is sexually transmitted. 
#7 Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die. 
#6 Men have 2 motivations: hunger and hanky panky, and they can't tell them apart. If you see a gleam in his eyes, make him a sandwich. 
#5 Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to use the Internet and they won't bother you for weeks, months, maybe years 
#4 Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospital, dying of nothing. 
#3 All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism. 
#2 In the 60's, people took LSD to make the world weird. Now the world is weird, and people take Prozac to make it normal. 
#1 Life is like a jar of jalapeno peppers. What you do today may be a burning issue tomorrow. 
Please share this wisdom with others while I go to the bathroom.
Talk to Barry Holland regarding rider training or visit the Prorider website for course and booking information. 
Become part of the Pro Rider Community
Visit your local motorcycle/scooter shop and ask about a Ride Forever voucher from Pro Rider, get one for a friend. Book via the Pro Rider website and have your say on our Facebook page!
The Pro Rider Riders Club is coming soon. Keep an eye on Facebook!
Check out ProRider Website for all available courses.
I have all the money I’ll ever need – if I die by 4:00 p.m. today.

Need that badge sewn on, then call in on Merine.
Phone 021 708677
Our Club Insurances have been renewed again for the coming year with AON.
Please note, our insurer has made particular mention that we communicate to all members that in the event of a incident that may require activating our insurance policy that the insured party (that's all of us as members of the Club) does NOT admit liability for, or settle any claim or incur any defence costs without the prior written consent of the insurer (that's AON).  In other words admit nothing and immediately advise Natcom of the situation.
This information is posted on the links page of the Club website.  

ULYSSES 2016  

            AON has a New Policy Wording with a New Underwriter:
In collaboration with NZI, Aon has a new improved policy wording for Motorcycles.  This Prestige Motorcycle Policy gives you the best of the best in cover for all types of On-Road Motorcycles including 3 wheelers, Off-Road Motorcycles including Quad Bikes, Competition Motorcycles (not covered whilst racing), Motorcycle Collections and Classic/Vintage Motorcycles.  A new policy wording will be sent out shortly.
Some of the BENEFITS:
New replacement Motorcycle if a total loss occurs within 12 months of the insured motorcycle being first registered as a new Motorcycle up to 20,000km – this increases to 24 months and 30,000km for Ulysses Members.
Windscreen/shield, headlights or tail lights covered – Nil excess
Roadside Assistance is now provided on comprehensively covered motorcycles by
FIRST ASSISTANCE – 0800 120 102
AUTOMATIC RIDING APPAREL cover - $5,000 (indemnity value) any one claim per year.
Option to have REPLACEMENT RIDING APPAREL cover - $5,000 (REPLACEMENT value) any one claim per year.  Premium for Ulysses Members $50 plus GST.  (Normally $75+GST)
DISCOUNTS DISCOUNTS DISCOUNTS – Age Discounts, Multiple Bike Discount (conditions apply), Loyalty Discounts, Trike Discounts, Named Rider Discounts and the Restricted Usage Discount – this is now based on riding less than 7,500km per year, per bike! (was 5,000km)
LOWER EXCESSES – The standard policy excess is now $250 (plus underage excesses applying), $500 theft excess and on approved track days a $750 excess only will apply.
RIDE FOREVER If you complete a Ride Forever training course, provide us with your certificate and we will apply a NIL excess for one claim within 12 months of completing this course.
Call us on 0800 65 62 64 and ask for Leonie, Annaliese or Brandon if you have any queries.
ASURE Accommodation Group
Welcome to ASURE Accommodation Group – a nationwide group of motels, motor inns, motor lodges and apartments strategically placed throughout New Zealand, offering you quality, affordable accommodation. 
10% discount is available to all Ulysses Club Members for bookings made online on using the promo code Ulysses  
In addition, all members are eligible to receive our ASURE Loyalty Programme – stay at three or more ASURE properties and receive $100 off your tenth night stay.
Completed loyalty cards must be redeemed direct with the ASURE property and cannot be redeemed online.
Terms & Conditions: Discount available on room only, excludes public holidays and special events and cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion.
You will need to enter your Ulysses Club membership card number to complete your booking – see screenshots below, and you will need your card when you arrive at the accommodation.
A discount of 10% off the best available fare applies for travel dates
1 February through to 19 December 2016
Booking conditions and instructions for members are:
Each reservation must be made direct with Interislander online at
Also check out our Premium Plus onboard lounge upgrades for total comfort at for 18yrs plus
Simply insert the Promo code “XULY1”on the “Payment details” page then click on “enter” and this will apply the discount.
Membership card is required at the terminal on check in.  No membership card and retail fares will be charged.
Space is subject to availability at the time of the booking request.
The normal conditions of the above fare type apply - e.g. Easy Change is 100% refundable if cancelled.
Bookings made through our call centre are at regular rates.
Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia: Fear of long words.
Members Free Ads

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Paul #8047 & Niki Morrison #8052
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Steve Brackenridge  New Member
Ben Becker 
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