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North Harbour Ulysses Newsletter.
Edition 3
August 2014

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Monday 21st August
Edition No. 3.

July proved to be very social month.  The large number of members attending the social events demonstrate that our club is not just about riding although of course that is a big part of Ulysses with club rides being organised for nearly every weekend.  Make sure you check out what is coming up on the runs calendar for this month.

The North Shore Cosmopolitan Club provides a great venue so become a member and use their facilities.   A few of us meet nearly every Friday night from about 4.30 so please come and join us, either for a meal or just to socialise.  Ulysses raffle night at the club this month is Friday August 29th so come and support the branch.  We make the profit out of the raffle sales. 

I have included a new section in this month's mag.  'You Asked For It!"  Members can ask me to find information on whatever they would like to know (within reason).  This month has a recipe after members requested  it following our House Warming BBQ.

I have got some great photos to include in the "Who Is This?" segment but don't stop sending me your old photos.

Any ads, news, gossip or photos can be sent to   Email: Editor

Jeni Van Driel
The Chief and his Chieftain

August Coordinators Report

We have just got home from our branch Waitangi Copthorne weekend, more about this later.
This has been a busy social month for the Branch, firstly Club Night is continuing to attract 80-90 members who enjoy dinner and a quiet drink with fellow Branch Members and our raffles are proving popular.  Quartermaster Dale is getting more & more gear to sell and now has the smart new North Harbour Branch polo shirts with our branch logo.  These are a good quality shirt and we are selling it at cost so everyone can afford one.  Don’t forget to bring a bottle of wine for the raffles on your birthday month, the Sheriff will be checking up on you.

55 members came to our Wednesday evening dinner at Mad Dogs & Englishmen, the number just keeps growing.  This is a great way of meeting other members; why not join in next month. Don’t forget to reply to the email to let us know you are coming.

Our Sunday afternoon BBQ was a great success with visitors (including the National Vice President) coming from Whangamata, Waikato and of course some of our friends from across the bridge joining us, giving us a total of 80 people to cook for. We decided to do it a bit differently so made our own meat patties including those suitable for vegetarians, thanks to Wayne Larsen and his helpers & John Johnstone who made the vege patties. Joy Zaloum coordinated the baking crew who produced a large range of goodies for deserts & all sorts of cakes & sweet stuff.  The Cossie Club did a great range of salads.  Thank You everyone who helped us make this a very successful function, all our guests really enjoyed themselves and we even made a small profit. Thanks to TECHMOTO for the two $100.00 vouchers which we were able to give away to lucky ticket holders.

Our weekend away at the Waitangi Copthorne was enjoyed by 22 members, 6 bikes and one car left Kaukapakapa at 9.30 on Saturday morning  (yes I took the car) heading to Wellsford to pick up another couple, unfortunately we missed them but no problem on to Maungatoroto for morning tea then Dargaville for gas and on to Maungatapere for lunch.  Once we left our lunch stop, Paul took us to Kaikohe via Twin Bridges, the weather was reasonable with the occasional shower, the roads weren't bad until we hit a really rough spot. We had to stop at the temporary traffic light for a while, once we took off, the road turned to sh*t for quite a way but no-one fell off, the recent storms have really damaged Northland’s roads.  After booking in and rounding up those who made their own way it was into the introductions and more socializing over a bevvy or two or three. One member was heard to say she hadn’t had so much fun or laughed so much in ages.  These weekends away are also a great way to get to know your fellow members, and I hear a whisper that a weekend somewhere in the Coromandel area is being planned so keep an eye out for details.

All this socializing is what the branch is about  and then the Runs Committee give you some great rides. What more can you ask for.

ProRider have given us ten vouchers for rider training, if you want to improve your riding skills you should attend one of these courses, come and get a voucher off me.  Thanks Karel & Howard from ProRider.
That’s it from me.
Chieftain Wayne #1756
“Do not regret growing older, it is a privilege denied to many”

North Harbour Ulysses Branch Shirts
Black & Maroon Dri Gear Branch Shirts 
with North Harbour Branch Logo, now available.

See Dale on Club night.
These will be available for August 7th Club Night
CYCLESPOT will be bringing a couple of motorcycles to the Club night. Could be the latest Victory.  
So come along to the Cossie Club on August 7th and check them out.
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.
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
Hyabusa is the name of a Japanese falcon that preys on Blackbirds (You gotta laugh!) It was also the name of a WW2 Kamikaze fighter plane.
Motorcycle Trainers Wanted. 
Pro Rider Ltd is hiring motorcycle trainers.
An Instructor License (I6) is desirable but not essencial.
We want people who have a high level of experience, knowledge and skill as a rider, who communicates exceptionally  and wants to share their skills and knowledge with others.
We provide all nessessary training and support.
Yes, you can be paid to ride your bike!!
Contact Howard on 0211259052 or email, click here.
 Howard Mansell
Pro Rider Motorcycle Training
The Ulysses A Team
The Ulysses A Team is on a drive to find new members for next season. The Ulysses A Team is a motorcycle Drill Team which put on entertainment at different charity events to help raise money for the charities concerned.
Objectives of the team have not changed since we formed the team five years ago.
A/  to show with practice to everybody you can improve your riding skills no matter what age or bike you ride.
B/  to help raise money for charities by bringing  people back to these events offering a little entertainment.
C/  to have fun riding in circles and making new friends and yes we show off a little.
(Yes, I we are a Club within a Club with our own socials etc. These are important to me as we ride so close together it is important we get to know each other.)
The only real commitment to being in the team is to own a presentable bike, it does not matter what style, size or year as long as it road worthy and reliable and you must be able to attend practice almost every Wednesday night weather permitting from early September through to March in Manukau. If you can’t, you let the whole team down.
The Team also requires somebody to manage them and is looking for a sponsor. If you can help contact Trevor or any other past or present member of the team and they will point you in the right direction.
PS: if you go into my website below you can watch the Drill Team in action in Tauranga. Two past members of the Ulysses A Team in North Harbour Branch of the Ulysses Club are Barry Holland and John Heebink, if interested talk to them.
Trevor Birchall  Ulysses member # 4060

Ph: 09 2660092
Mob: 021 701466
E:  Click here
The Ulysses A Team at Work
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
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There is also a button if you really want to cancel your subscription.
Wine Bottle Caps
Bring along your bottle tops from your wine bottles to each monthly meeting. These get passed onto Lions Club who collect as a fundraiser for Child Dialysis. 
Photo Gallery from July Rides
Thanks to contributions from Rob & Sue Boyle
and Barbara Hampe
and iPad and me.
Funky Fish Cafe, Baylys Beach.
Overheard at the
North Harbour Branch House Warming

"That says it all!    
Which is worth stealing?  
Only one of these is
chained and padlocked!"
North Harbour Ulysses House Warming  held at Cossie Club.
Photos left to right.
1. Pat-a cake, Pat-a-cake, Bikie men.  2. New Banner & Sheriff's new scoot.
3. Paul and Neville man the BBQ  4. Just one of the tables of delicious desserts.
5. Dale, Niki and Joy doing all the mundane stuff. 6. Dale and Wayne  7. Old mates telling lies. 8. Jak Stone, Amazing.  Great to have her singing.                    
9.  Nigel and Rini, first in line for apple pie and cream. 10. Merv Hopkinson #27 and Nigel Scott #8232 11. Stoney.
North Harbour Ulysses trip to Waitangi, The Bay of Islands.  
26/27 July 2014   
    A weekend away  
by David and Barbara
On a cool winter’s morning we had gathered by 9 30am at Kaukapakapa Village for an early start, some finding hot coffee and muffins a great way to commence the day. Paul and Niki Morrison arrived on their ‘mean green machines’, and Paul as RIC gave the briefing laying out the route and scheduled stops. Six bikes and one 4-wheel ‘cruiser‘ made their way up Highway 16 for our first stop in Wellsford. Although it was a sunny morning the roads were a little wet so caution had to be taken on those slippery corners.
Our next stop was for coffee and snacks in Maungaturoto, followed by scooting along some great roads and having another break at the Office Café at Maungatapere. Great timing as the heavens opened just as we were tucking into our lunch and yet more coffee.

Although the roads were wet in places from passing showers it was still a great ride along roads seldom visited. 
The day’s ride was approx. 370km by the time we reached the beautifully positioned Copthorne Hotel in Waitangi, then we booked in to our sumptuous rooms. 
It didn’t take long to settle in, drop our gear, and then find a place in the sun on the pool deck, with views out over the bay. Many beers and wine bottles were embraced while chatting away as the sun settled slowly behind us. By late afternoon the group had grown to 22 cheerful Ulyssians, some travelling on 2, 3 and 4 wheels, and then the ‘stories’ began …… 
As it happened, we were fortunate to get a sneak preview of the latest north Harbour Ulysses Club polo shirts, promoted by our very own suave male model. 
We managed to get a good little collection of empties before moving indoors.
After sunset our group relocated to some comfy chairs gathered around the fire-place, then on to the restaurant for the excellent evening meal.
Another chance for a group gathering for breakfast before some people had to depart early on. The main group left at 10am and we meandered back down south towards home. 

Many thanks to Paul and Niki Morrison who organised the trip to the Bay of Islands, great roads and a great deal at the Hotel, a thoroughly enjoyable weekend was had, and we can’t wait for the next one!!
Barbara & David
Ulyssians doing what they do best.  Behaving disgracefully.
Top spot, awesome company.  A big thanks to Niki and Paul for organising this great weekend.  Photos from my trusty iPad.   --  Jeni
You asked for it.
Now here is something different for the Ulysses mag.  There were several requests for John Johnstone's Veggie patties recipe after members sampled these at the North Harbour Branch House Warming BBQ.  So here is the recipe.  Enjoy. 

Who is This?

Last month was Rob Bissett
Auckland Coordinator

"Who are you?"
Taken at Stillwater Motorcamp  1968.
Titled: James Dean stunt double.  Yeah Right.

I'll give you the answer next month. 
Please send me your photos.  You will enjoy digging through all those memories.

Brent donates vouchers monthly for the Social evenings.  Pop in to Spectrum and chat to Grant for bike services, bike sales and accessories. 

PRORIDER have donated ten vouchers for Rider training.
Thanks to Karel and Howard.
Playday on Track at Hampton Downs
Saturday August 16 

Gary Stirling from Playday on Track and Ash Hare from NZ California Superbike School have offered 2 x 15 minute cruises around Hampton Downs Saturday 16 August. First cruise 11 am, second cruise 2 pm. 

Ash Hare will give 10 lucky people a steering drill tutorial on the day. Register with Ash for the steering drill on the day 

Registrations Please to Niki Morrison

Kenny Smith has a garage at Hampton downs, if he is around that day you will get to have a tour though his garage.  Look out for Niki's newsletter updates.
Part Two of Endless Summers and Motorcycles.
By Peter Hyde
The year was 1969 and an iconic movie hit the big screen, Easy Rider.  It was a movie that was to have a big impact on our young impressionable minds. Me and my bike crazy mates decided to ride into Queen Street and see this much advertised movie.  It captured our imaginations with its scenes of  guys who had nothing better to do but cruise down big American freeways on Harley choppers and smoke dodgy cigarettes, everything we didn’t have……well except the dodgy ciggies.
We roared into Queen Street and parked on the footpath outside His Majesties theatre (the things you could do in the 60’s) and wearing our long army great coats, no helmets and long hair traipsed into the theatre.  We were captivated for 90 minutes until the end scene which left us stunned and disbelieving, we never saw it coming.  We stumbled out into the bright sunlight, hating ordinary citizens and anything that looked like a cop and authority, how could the heroes be killed off seemingly just because they rode bikes and were searching for a country they thought existed….ok ok and they might have sold a few drugs along the way to finance the whole thing but was that reason to shoot them.
Our feelings wore off in time but it did leave an impression on us.  Life was so good to us in the 1960’s; we had not a care in the world and spent all our spare time tinkering and riding bikes. At that time there were two factions on the North Shore, the bikers and the surfies, much the same as mods and rockers in the UK I suppose. There was never any conflict, they did their thing we did ours.  With the advent of computers yet to hit, laws were very lax, none of the government departments talked to each other so it was easy to get away with anything.  Traffic cops were easy going and you could actually talk to them and most times avoid a ticket with promises on top of promises to get a WOF the very next day or a registration the day after that. There was a local motorcycle cop who rode a 650cc Matchless with crash bars and canvass leg protectors, whenever he saw us coming in the opposite direction he would quickly drop his machine over and do an expert U turn behind us and pull us over just to cast an eye over us and our machines.  There was always friendly banter unlike today where all that is gone.
I rode a motorbike for years before I decided to get a licence (actually persuaded by the judge in the traffic offences court).  I went to the Traffic cop shop in Takapuna which was behind the central post office which is now the new mall/arcade thing in Hurstmere Road.  The testing cop told me to get on my bike on do the tightest figure 8 I could do  in the gravel out the back of the station with my feet up on the pegs.  That was the test.  Likewise getting a WOF, we went to an old garage in Albany where the mechanic got on your bike roared down the road did a skid and wrote out the WOF.  You can’t help but get all misty eyed thinking about how simple things were back then.
We rode like idiots with no regard for safety gear, helmets were not required by law and really the only ones that were available were Bells from the USA which couldn’t have ever afforded anyway.  If it was raining we wore ex-army great coats, took our boots or shoes off, stuffed the socks inside, tied the laces together and hung them over the handle bars so they wouldn’t get as wet as if they were on our feet!!!!!!
One wet day I was riding in this fashion and a cop pulled me over and expressed his concern that I was riding without any goggles on ……..don’t ya just love it !!
Our long hair was everything, what a sight we must have looked to the general public, long haired hoons on bikes, but the truth was we had a lot of fun and never hurt anyone in the process.  How we survived I will never know, we got so pissed that we could hardly stand and still got on our bikes. One morning I got up and cast a bleary hung over eye out of the bedroom window and there was my bike lying on its side in the middle of the lawn exactly where I had left it the night before.  I know a lot didn’t make it but we did, all except my mate Barry who didn’t, he was killed and it was the first time I really cried and cried and it took along time to stop.
In 1971 the lads decided to go on a summer road trip down to Wellington via New Plymouth and Wanganui.  I remember really pissing my father off because my grandmother had just died.  I told him that I wouldn’t be going to the funeral because we were going on a road trip come hell or high water or grannies funeral.  With a hiss and roar we headed out of Auckland, south towards New Plymouth. There was an assortment of bikes, I had just ditched my pommy shitter and bought a new CB 350 Honda twin with an electric kick starter WOW.  One of my mates on the trip was called Blair Harrison or more universally known as Horace, he was to become NZ champion 250cc motocross rider. This guy could really ride a bike, he was fearless and half mad, he was discovered by the Los Angeles Hell drivers and was recruited by them to perform motorcycle stunts touring the world.  We rode into New Plymouth and ended up down town at the local beach.  Sitting on our bikes we noticed a large sign saying “No bikes on beach or sand dunes”.
 For Horace this was like red rag to a bull.  He fired up his bike and shot straight off the road into the sand dunes. We sat on our bikes watching Horace have a wonderful time charging up and down the dunes putting on a real show for us. We didn’t notice the motorcycle cop turn up next to us.  He enquired over the noise who the idiot was and of course didn’t know.  Seeing the cop, Horace stopped on top of a large sand dune and proceeded to give the cop the fingers (two finger in those days). To our surprise the cop fired up his machine banged it into gear and took off into the dunes in hot pursuit. Horace led him deeper and deeper into the dunes until the cop and bike were hopelessly bogged down in the sand, Horace roared around him in showers of sand amid laughs and jeers from us up on the road.  Horace joined us and we departed for Wanganui with lots of waves and advice for the poor old cop who was furiously trying to free his stuck bike.  I wonder what he told his boss.  A lot of fun was had on our road trips we were always getting into strife.  Another memorable trip was down to Rotorua.  My girlfriend was on the back and we ended up in a motor camp on the shores of Lake Rotorua.  It was pouring with rain so rented a rough and ready bunk room with no showers just a sink.  After a couple of wet miserable days my girlfriend Julie said she wanted to have an all over wash in the sink so we all retired to the pool room to give her some privacy (we did have some sort of manners).  After a while we noticed that Horace was missing so we went looking for him and found him peeping through the key hole at my girlfriend having a bird bath.  We grabbed him and dragged him into the room yelling and kicking and that was just from my girlfriend clutching a towel around herself.  We stripped Horace naked and covered him in handfuls of raspberry jam from a large tin found in the cupboard. He sent the next hour standing outside in the rain trying to wash the very sticky mess off himself in the rain to much hollering and hooting from us watching from the balcony.  Of course we got thrown out of that place as well.
I guess I have my father to thank for my long motorcycling life. When I was living at home as a young teen we had very little parking for cars so my father said that I could not get a car, it was a motorbike or nothing, god bless him. That was forty six years and a lot of bikes ago.
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.
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.

When you are riding lead - - - don't spit.


Pete's Raglan Meander
Departs Papakura Service Centre at 10.00am
RIC: Pete Zaloum
Mobile: 021 1807840
Home: 09 4190725
Medium for Anyone
South Island Remembrance Weekend

Remembrance Run, South Island, Hanmer Springs

Contact: Robert Edgeler
Coordinator, Ulysses Canterbury Branch.
Ulyssian #6969
Ph: 03 352 6553 evenings

Click Here for the programme
August 7th. 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
9th and 10th
Remembrance Run Weekend

Remembrance Run, Taupo
Wayne Painter will be leaving the Papakura Service Centre at 1.00pm on Friday 8th August, for those wishing to travel to Taupo in a group. 
Click Here for Saturday ride information.

Playday on Track
Hampton Downs
See more information above.
Registrations please to
Niki Morrison.
Maungatapere Packard & Pioneer Museum
Departs Dairy Flat BP Service Centre at 10.00am
RIC: Dave McAnulty

Mobile: 021 1844100
Home: 09 810 9798
Medium for Anyone
Come along to see a great collection of classic & vintage motorcycles (60+), classic cars, Packard's, steam & traction equipment.  We will have a guided tour at a special rate of $10.  If you don't want to take the tour, come along anyway for the trip, there is a cafe next door.  Round trip aprrox. 325km.
August 20th.  It's the 3rd Wednesday of the month so it's North Shore dinner night at Mad Dogs and Englishman, Link Drive.


Waihi and About, Lunch Cruise
Departs Papakura BP Service Centre at 10.00am
RIC: Wayne Larsen

Mobile: 021 02828442
Home: 09 4768071

Rotorua Gondola Cafe with optional Luge Ride
Departs Papakura BP Service Centre at 9.00am
RIC: Paul Morrison

Mobile: 021 909350
Home: 09 4203247
John's Fathers Day Leisure Cruise
Departs Westgate Carpark at 10.00am
RIC: John Heebink

Mobile: 021 1285806
Home: 09 810 9160
Short  to Medium

Bikers in Blue Ride
Assemble 9.30am at Placemakers Pakuranga,
depart 10:30am and ride to Placemakers Albany
for raffles, auctions BBQ, etc.
Support the Prostate Foundation



Burns Ride
Support the 
Children of the Burns Unit.
Assemble at Kaiwaka Fire Station where ride will leave
at 12.00 for Waipu Fire Station
More details, closer to the event.  There will be an organised ride leaving Auckland to Kaiwaka.


Waiomu Beach Cafe
Departs Papakura Service Centre at 10.00am
RIC: Dave McAnulty

Mobile: 021 1844100
Home: 09 810 9798
Medium to Long
Aroha Cruise In
3 - 5 October
Another fantastic weekend of Cars, bikes, prizes, rock and roll, live music, stalls, bouncy castles, V8 simulators, poker run, face painting - in face, fun for all ages.  The weekend is all about cars, bikes, Te Aroha and raising funds for some very deserving groups including the Te Aroha Fire Brigade and St Johns ambulance. 

NH Ulysses ride
Departs Papakura BP Service Centre at 10.00am

RIC: Wayne Larsen
Mobile: 021 02828442
Home: 09 4768071
10th to 12th
Ulysses Far North Rally
Registrations in National Mag.
Make your own way there
Tauwhare Military Museum
Departs Papakura Service Centre 
 at 10.00am
Guest RIC: Peter Hyde
Mobile: 021 997926
Medium for Anyone
$5.00 Entry to Museum
Labour Weekend
Destination Unknown
Meet at the Cossie Club
at 10.00am
Pick your own destination.

Whangarei Basin Lunch Cruise
Departs Dairy Flat Service Station
at 10.00am

RIC: Rini Van Driel

Mobile: 027 2790864
Home: 09 415 6814
Medium to Long
Dave's Midweek Wednesday Rides
RIC: Dave Moore
Mobile: 027 3225599
Home: 09 4451540
Are you free to ride Midweek?
Why not join Dave on Wednesday's
Departs NS Cossie Club at 11.00am
Destination decided on the day.
Highlight your calendar with these upcoming rides or events.

November 7th to 9th
South Taranaki Poker Run
Great weekend staying in Hawera
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Please Note:  
Your current Ulysses Membership Card as this is to be shown at check in?
If anyone turns up without their membership we will be charging full retail fares. 
Inaugral Ride
by Niki Morrison
Having completed several off road (on track) bike schools, and feeling relatively confident about bike control I thought it was about time I investigated other areas where I could up-skill, learn & be safer to myself and others on the road. 
Ulysses Mentor,  John Heebink is a trained mentor, and has wonderful life experiences in training.  I caught up with John and asked if it would be possible to do a session to learn what is involved, so I could learn and share through my personal experience. Did you know this is free of charge to Ulysses Paid up members? The mentor is gifting us time, experience, skills, and have the wonderful ability to pass on knowledge. 
We met in Helensville on Saturday  12 July.  The weather was very kind to us. John had a wonderful book Motorcycle Roadcraft,  (I have an old outdated copy at home).  Roadcraft is written and endorsed by police and other driving experts and trainers and is produced by the UK Police Foundation, an independent charity and TSO. The early chapters cover how your confidence and state of mind can increase or reduce your safety, and how to manage these influences. I skimmed through a page while John did a check on the bike - rego, warrant, tyre pressure, mirrors, etc. 
John asked if there was anything I wanted to work on - extreme surfaces give me the heebee geebees.  A couple of years ago my bike laid gently on me in our drive and pinned me under it. Crushing my ankle, leaving me with extreme nerve damage and nearly losing my leg with an internal ulcer, then gangrene.  (still no nerves) Therefore I'm apprehensive about having another body part  being squashed between the bike and the ground. Our drive at home is like a goat track and with the rain, its like a mud slide. I'm sort of ok going up (I'll do it) but not going down, I've got to relax and just do it (sometime).  In the mean time I have a patient husband (Paul) who rides the bike to the bottom of the drive for me. 
Generally I feel comfortable and really enjoy riding the bike, I consider myself an average rider, with reasonable control, cautious on the road around traffic.  I always ride whether on track or road, for me & the bike & to go out have fun then arrive home safely, shiny side up !! 
There were six major points covered in our session. 
Safety, System, Smoothness, Bends, Overtakes Rider factors.  
John provided a helmet to helmet intercom system and set this up in my helmet. I could talk to him & he could talk to me.  
First run, John followed me, giving clear precise directions so he could observe. Once we stopped John advised on changes that I could make. 
Second run, John lead and commentated on what he was doing.  This was absolutely fantastic. It was very clear as to what he was doing, what position, what gear, and why.  Safety, vision etc. 
This was an eye opener, I thought my position on the road was in the right hand wheel track, nope I was wrong, I sat in the center of the road, my perception of where I was on the road was incorrect.  Only following John and seeing what he was doing was I able to attempt to move over to a better position for safety.  It was really difficult to continue to stay in the right hand wheel track, it will take lots of practice and time on the road to make this position natural for me. 
Third run, once again I was in front for John to observe. A beautiful scenic ride out to Muriwai. Stopping at the top of the hill to take in the view, then back to Helensville for the debrief.  
I had STOPPED doing a few really important things. (And had no idea) 
I missed a 60 km sign that had been moved (cause I was too busy looking at a new retirement village).  I indicated, but not always, I often didn't do a head check at turns and lane changes, (other vehicles didn't know what I was doing, & I didn't look for sneaky cars), I  kept drifting into the center of the road, rather than staying in the right hand wheel track (for better visibility). 
John's overall observation report
I was good on the highway, but need improvement around town.  A good rider, but need to improve safety & concentration especially in familiar areas cause things do change....... 
I thoroughly enjoyed the session, and recommend that YOU contact a mentor and have a go yourself.  
John has given me quite a few things to work on to improve my safety and therefore the safety of other vehicles.  Go on give it a go, we can all learn a few things to help keep ourselves safe.  
Why? Why? Why?

Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes?

You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes?  Why don't they make the whole plane out of that stuff?


Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food? 

Why do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries and a diet coke? 
I was talking to a girl in the bar last night.
She said, "If you lost a few pounds, had a shave and got your hair cut, you'd look all right."
I said, "If I did that, I'd be talking to your friends over there instead of you."
I was telling a girl in the pub about my ability to guess what day a woman was born just by feeling her boobs.
"Really" she said, "Go on then...try."
After about thirty seconds of fondling her nipples she began to lose patience and said.
"Come on, what day was I born"?
I said, Yesterday."

I got caught taking a pee in the local swimming pool today.
The lifeguard shouted at me so loud, I nearly fell in.

I went to the pub last night and saw a fat chick dancing on a table...
I said, "Great legs."
The girl giggled and said with a smile, "Do you really think so."
I said "Definitely! Most tables would have collapsed by now.. "

At one stage of a baseball game the coach drew aside a 9 year old player and asked him "Do you understand what cooperation and what a team is?" and the little boy nodded to the affirmative. The coach continued "Then I'm sure you know that when an out is called you shouldn't argue, curse, attack the umpire and call him a pecker-head and a dickhead." The little boy nodded again. Continuing the coach said "And when I take you out of the game so another boy gets a chance to play, it's not good to call the coach "a dumb ass" or "shit head" is it?

 The little boy shook his head and said "No."

 "Good said the coach - now go over there and explain all that to your Grandma."

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