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North Harbour Ulysses Newsletter.
Edition 13
July 2015

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Edition 13
Last month I missed mentioning two very important sponsors from our Poker Run.  Heritage Hotel gave a prize for a night's accommodation plus breakfast value $250.00 and ProRider donated vouchers for their worthwhile Motorcycle Training and Coaching Courses.

The Sheriff, Pete and his wife Diane do an amazing job of  selling the raffles at our club night.  Thanks to all who support the raffles by purchasing tickets or donating goodies for prizes.  A pair of bike boots donated by Nigel Scott and a muffler donated by Ken Dury were sold by Pete on Trademe  and then the monetary proceeds were raffled off last month.  At the upcoming BBQ, Pete has a bottle of whiskey, compliments of Les Duffield (twinkletoes) and a socket set from Wayne Larsen to be raffled.  

The Wednesday midweek rides are proving very popular.  Last week there were 11 bikes on the excursion to Awhitu Lighthouse.

If you have any items/motorcycles for sale, I always have a space to place an ad for you.  

I am always on the lookout for members articles.  I always feel a bit guilty when I pinch them from the Facebook page.

Jeni Van Driel
We have just arrived home from the “Last Okataina Rally”, apart from the weather on Saturday which was rubbish we had a great weekend and the Rotorua members do a great job as hosts, the new rally site will probably be at Waiotapu on the Rotorua  - Taupo road and have cabins instead of bunkrooms.
The Runs Committee still need more Ride Leaders , this is not an onerous job if we get enough people prepared to take a ride. If we don’t get a couple more RIC’s we could have less weekend rides. All you need to do is take one ride every 6-8 weeks and a monthly Runs Committee meeting. All successful branches need volunteers so give Rini van Driel a call on 027 279 0864 or 09 415 6814 to join an essential part of our branch.

Your committee recommends this course,
5 subsidised spots available for North Harbour members. Subsidised by NatCom and the Branch cost to you is only $45.00.

Motorcycle Accident Scene Training
Correct management of a motorcycle accident victim or accident scene
  • Minimise secondary injuries
  • Reduce the risk of others being injured
  • Save lives
Sat 29 August 8hr course, Venue to be advised closer to course date, possibly the Cosi Club.
North Harbour Ulysses members subsidised cost $45
(Normally $145) Limited spaces - 5 only, so book online now!
(Put your Ulysses membership no in the comments field when booking)
Freecall: 0508 PRORIDER (0508 776 743)
Dates to Remember
Sunday July 12th is our Mid Winter BBQ, entry forms are in this newsletter, we need your entry in early so we can start planning.
August 7th, 8th, 9th is Remembrance Weekend in Taupo, this is our way of paying our respects to members who have passed on. There is a service on Saturday afternoon at the Convention Centre then the Taupo Branch put on a social at the Taupo Cosi Club in the evening. Make your own accommodation booking, check the newsletter/NatMag for Friday and Saturday rides to Taupo.
13th September, Blue Ribbon Prostate Ride, more details later
27th September, The Ronald McDonald Run, we need your support on this our first Branch fundraising ride, let’s make it a memorable day for the children & their parents. Check out our website or Facebook page for early registrations and ways to donate to this cause.
3rd & 4th October, Omapere weekend away, make your own bookings.
Details have been sent to everyone with email by Mail Chimp.
9th, 10th 11th  October. Far North Rally, Marsden Point. Another great weekend.
19th December (Saturday),  Xmas breakup Dine & Dance.
Music by North Harbour Rockers, Menu & tickets available from October
That’s it from me, Stay Safe.
Do not regret growing older, it is a privilege denied to many.
Wayne Painter #1756, North Harbour Coordinator.
Ronnie Run September 27th
We have also set-up the Run on eventbrite to encourage earlybird registrations which will go into a special prize draw.
Ronnie Run Update
Posters are now out.  We have A3 (large poster size), A4 (standard page size) and A5 (small leave-behinds) which we need distributed around the Auclkland area.  Marketing is critical and it would be awesome to get as much help as possible to spread the word.  Posters in shop windows or counters.  Placement in cafes and bars, car and motorcycle dealerships, businesses, etc.  
Please contact me if you need more - email or 021-799-637.  You can collect anytime during the week at my office in Albany - Henry Schein, 23 William Pickering Drive, Albany.
Please register NOW.  It is really easy - go to 
This run NEEDS your support.  Thank you in advance.

Vaughan Nankivell
We have set-up a fund-raising page through Give-A-Little where you can make a donation online and 100% of the funds goes to Ronald McDonald House Auckland.  You get a tax deductible receipt.  If everyone gave up the cost of a coffee once a month ($5) - that would raise over $12,000 per year from Ulysses North Harbour for RMHA.
Let’s get behind it and set the benchmark as far as what this branch of the Ulysses Club can do for our community.
Givealittle Donations Update   
We have raised $355 so far for Ronald McDonald House.  This is a simple and easy way to support the House monthly - every $5, $10, $20 or more goes a long way. Remember that 100% of your donation goes through to the House and anything above $5 is tax deductible.  You will get an emailed receipt within a few minutes of making your donation.  So whether you want to support it with a one-off donation or a regular amount - we appreciate your support.                                                                                                  
North Shore Cossie Club News

26th July, Sunday
For North Shore Cosmopolitan Club members, the AGM will be held on Sunday 26th July at 11.00am.  This will be followed by a Games Day starting at 2.30pm. There will be a maximum of 12 teams, each with a maximum of 6 players. Games will include golf, darts, fishing, pool, bowls all held at the Cossie Club. This is a fun day so register your interest with
Wayne Painter ph 4442770.  
The cost is $5.00 a team.  $5.00 BBQ with each team to bring one plate (of food) per team.

Thursday Nights, the Cossie Club have started a Joker Draw with each draw costing $2.00 plus there are $10.00 meals for Gold Card Holders.  Next Thursday is our Club Meeting so come along and enjoy great company.
North Harbour Ulysses Branch Shirts and Ulysses Gear
Black & Maroon Dri Gear Branch Shirts 
with North Harbour Branch Logo, now available.
Dale has a large selection of Ulysses gear for sale, from buckles to t-shirts.
See Dale on Club night.
Please support North Harbour Branch sponsors.
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.
Hyosung Motorcycles are located at 73 Barrys Point Rd, Takapuna. We are New Zealand’s biggest Hyosung dealership and also New Zealand’s distributors for these excellent Korean made bikes carrying a full range of demonstrators from 50cc scooters to the four 650cc LAMS models. Our spare parts inventory incorporates 25,000 items and we regularly achieve a 98% supply rate. Our extremely talented technician has all the factory diagnostic equipment on hand and even better he really knows how to use it!
Savings up to $1000 on new Hyosung's. Demonstrators in store, MTF finance available T.A.P and discounted insurance through Protecta or Vero.
Email: Click to email Sales or Click here to email Workshop.
Still a few bargains to be had.
Business Hours
Mon 8:30am – 5:30pm      Tue 8:30am – 5:30pm 
Wed 8:30am – 5:30pm      Thu 8:30am – 5:30pm 
Fri 8:30am – 5:30pm          Sat 9:00am – 4.00pm
Sun Closed
Techmoto: Sponsor of Monthly Meat Raffles 
Discounts for Ulysses and SuperGold card holders, located in the iconic former industrial area now converted to shops and plenty of bars, cafes and above all, good coffee!
Phil and Gail Scott's Techmoto store caters for road and adventure riders with high quality helmets and apparel from Arai, Nolan and Spidi.  There is a huge range of Givi and Ventura luggage, plus motorcycle-specific tools as well as spares and accessories. 
Open weekdays 9.30-5.30 and 9.00-4.00 on Saturday Phone 
09 4461610
Two silk worms had a race.  They ended up in a tie.
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.
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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.  
Another fine North Shore restaurant that saves Wine Bottle Caps to help the Lions Club fundraiser for Child Dialysis.
Reviews and Photo Gallery 
Sunday Ride to Matakana by Barbara Hampe.
The Year That Was -
North Harbour Ulysses.
Photos from last years BBQ and events from the past year.
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. 
If a man has enough horse sense to treat his wife like a thoroughbred, she will never turn into an old nag.

Who is This?

The photo from May and June edition was Cedric Chambers.
We will give this section a rest for a while.  Thanks to all who have contributed over the past 12 months.
Giggles & Groans from the Grandson

What did the astronaut say about the restaurant on the moon?
Great food but no atmosphere.
From the bookshelf:
My Most Embarrassing Moment by Lucy Lastick
Stranded on the Motorway by Buster Tyre 
Parachute Jumping by Willie Maykit
"My new horse is well mannered."
"That's nice."
"Yes, isn't it?  Every time we come to a jump he stops and lets me go first"

Brent donates vouchers monthly for the Social evenings.  Pop in to Spectrum and chat to Grant for bike services, bike sales and accessories. 
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.
If four out of five people SUFFER  from diarrhea...does that mean that one out of five enjoys!

Need that badge sewn on, then call in on Merine.
Why do croutons come in airtight packages?
Aren't they just stale bread to begin with?
Rini is still looking for members to join the fun team of the Run's Committee.  The crew have diminished due to members moving out of town and with John taking an extensive overseas holidays, help is needed.

If you cannot commit fully but you would like to take a ride then don't hesitate to speak to someone on the committee.  Any suggestions for destinations is always welcome.  Phone: Rini 027 2790864

Gotchastraps Ltd

I would like to introduce you to our company, Gotcha Straps Ltd. We are a proudly NZ owned company based in Auckland. We manufacture a multi-purpose nylon strap and market these on our website

Over the past couple of years we have had increasing numbers of orders from motorcycle enthusiasts around the world, but especially from our friends across the Tasman. You will see from the testimonials below that the straps are an ideal addition to riders wishing to secure their loads when travelling.

We would appreciate you passing this email onto your members. If they wish to purchase online we would be happy to provide them with a 20% discount off all purchases (not already on sale). They would just need to register online and then send a quick email letting us know that they are a member of your club and we would set up the discount permanently. 

Dear bikers friends, amateur riders and bike lovers,
We would like to share our common passion for motorcycling with you and maybe even tour together in Thailand.
We are your traveling partner specialized in motorbike tours in Thailand with a personal passion for riding. Our goal is to create a unique touring experience that will be what the “Easy Rider” spirit in you needs … with a relaxed friendly approach. 
Thanks to  our professionalism and our several years of experience of riding across Thailand, we offer tailored Tours made especially for you. This way  we will you can count on amaximum pleasure and a unique experience in a safe riding environment!
Our tours drive past the most beautiful locations full of history and the typical Thai postcard landscapes. Imagine yourself driving through the lovely nature of Sukhothai, the waterfalls of Kanchanaburi or the white beaches of the famous Samui or Phuket.
Our aim is to offer guided motorbike tours in a small group for motorcyclists looking to discover in a few days the real Thailand…. the unseen… the beautiful. We will stay in small, cosy and comfortable hotels and eat in local restaurants. Our motorbike Tours will provide a real insight into the countries you are visiting combining the culture, the history, the landscape and the natural world providing the opportunity to interact with the local people. You will find yourself into regions where tourist buses can hardly go …
Do not hesitate do go on our website for more information:
Or to contact us:
·         Email : 
·         Phone : +66 27417866
We would like to hear from you,

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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 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 North Shore Cosmopolitan Club,  
65 Paul Mathews Drive, Albany
1st Thursday of the Month.
Meals available from 5.30pm and meeting starts at 7.30pm
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month 2014 (6 pm onwards), Bar & kitchen open at 5.30 pm.


Railway Cafe, Helensville

Departs North Shore Cossie Club at 10.00am

RIC: Wayne Larsen
Mobile: 021 02828442
Home: 09 4768071
Short Ride
July 2nd. It's the 1st Thursday of the month so don't forget it's the North Harbour Ulysses general meeting night at the North Shore Cosmopolitan Club.  Meals available from 5.30pm.  Reservations Here

Karioitahi Beach 

Departs  Papakura Service Station at 10.00am
Lunch at the cafe and enjoy the views.

RIC: David McAnulty
Mobile: 021 1844100
Home: 09 8109798

North Harbour Ulysses
Mid-Winter BBQ

Held at the North Shore Cossie Club
1.00pm to 4.30pm

Entry Forms Attached.
$15.00 per person.
July 15th.  It's the 3rd Wednesday of the month so it's North Shore dinner night at Mad Dogs and Englishman, Link Drive.  Reservations Here.
Rhubarb Cafe, Arapuni
Departs Papakura Service Centre at 10.00am
RIC: Paul Morrison
Mobile:  021 909350
Home: 09 4203247 

July 26th
Smashed Pipi, Mangawhai

Departs Dairy Flat Service Centre at 10.00am
RIC: Nigel Scott
Mobile:  021 2447724
Home: 09 4283714
Sawmill Cafe, Leigh
Departs Dairy Flat Service Centre at 10.00am
RIC: Peter Zaloum
Mobile:  021 1807840
Home: 09 4190725
August 6th. It's the 1st Thursday of the month so don't forget it's the North Harbour Ulysses general meeting night at the North Shore Cosmopolitan Club.  Meals available from 5.30pm.  Reservations Here
7, 8 and 9th

Remembrance Run,
hosted by Auckland Ulysses

The service will held at the Great Lakes Centre, Story Place, Taupo 
Departs Papakura Service Centre at 12.00 midday on Friday. 
RIC: Wayne Painter
Mobile:  021 2891018
August 15th to 16th.  Classic & Custom Bike Show 
ASB Showgrounds.  See brochure above for more details.
August 19th.  It's the 3rd Wednesday of the month so it's North Shore dinner night at Mad Dogs and Englishman, Link Drive.  Reservations Here.

Classics Museum

Departs  Papakura Service Station at 10.00am
Lunch at the cafe and then enjoy the fine display of classic cars and vintage collectables

RIC: Rini Van Driel
Mobile: 027 2790864
Home: 09 415 6814
Midweek Wednesday Rides
Are you free to ride Midweek?
Why not join fellow Ulyssians on Wednesday's
Departs NS Cossie Club at 11.00am
Destination decided on the day.
These rides are proving very popular.
Highlight your calendar with these upcoming rides or events.

Omapere Overnighter
3rd October

Coromandel Overnighter
31st October
Details to be confirmed.

North Harbour Ulysses  Ronnie Run supporting Ronald McDonald House
27th September
Why I like Retirement.
Saint Peter is sitting at the Pearly Gates
When two guys wearing dark hoodies, and sagging pants, arrive.
St. Peter looked out through the Gates and said, “Wait here - I'll be right back."
St. Peter goes over to God's chambers and tells him who is waiting for entrance.
God says to Peter: "How many times do I have to tell you that you can't be judgmental here.  This is heaven.  All are loved.  All are brothers.  Go back and let them in!"
St. Peter goes back to the Gates, looks around, and lets out a heavy sigh.
He returns to God's chambers and says " Well,  they're gone."
"The guys wearing hoodies?" asked God.
"No. The Pearly Gates."

Unwanted Gift
A constantly nagged and harried husband decided to buy his mother-in-law a cemetery plot as a Christmas gift.

The next year Christmas came again and this year he didn't buy her any present.

His mother-in-law was upset and asked the son-in-law why was she forgotten this time.

The angry son-in-law responded, 'Well, you still haven't used the gift I bought you last year.'

The daughter asks her Dad, "Dad there is something that my boyfriend said to me, that I didn't understand."
"He said that I have a beautiful chassis, lovely airbags and a fantastic bumper."

Her Dad said, "You tell your boyfriend that if he opens your bonnet and tries to check your oil with his dipstick"
"I will tighten his nuts so hard that his headlights will pop out and he will start leaking out of his exhaust pipe." 
From the Friends of Irony

Paddy & Murphy are working on a building site.

Paddy says to Murphy “'I’m gonna have the day off, I'm gonna pretend I'm mad!”

He climbs up the rafters, hangs upside down & shouts “I'M A LIGHTBULB! I'M A LIGHTBULB!” 

Murphy watches in amazement!

The Foreman shouts “Paddy you're mad, go home.”

So he leaves the site.

Murphy starts packing his kit up to leave as well.

“'Where the hell are you going?” asks the Foreman.

“I can’t work in the friggin dark!“ says Murphy.

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