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North Harbour Ulysses Newsletter.
Edition 1
June 2014
Greetings and a warm welcome to our very first Edition of the Ulysses North Harbour Branch Newsletter.

Through a few dedicated and committed members we now have our club up and running. There has been a generous donation from Auckland Ulysses branch and enthusiastic support from North Harbour members.  We couldn't be more excited to have made it to this point.

I welcome your comments and contributions to this newsletter.  I also have spaces for members free ads.  Email: Editor

Let me introduce you to a few of the committee club members.

Jeni Van Driel
Wayne Painter #1756, Life member
North Harbour Branch Coordinator

Born January 1943 in Parnell.  My first bike as a 16 year old was a step thru moped, this was too small & too slow so I purchased a 500cc AJS which I later swapped for a 600cc Matchless.  I had to give up bikes when my 1st  wifes tummy started to expand with child, she kept falling off the back.  Rode other people’s bikes off & on then got serious about getting back on bikes in 1991 after meeting Merv Hopkinson, the then Coordinator of the Auckland Branch.  Became a member in 1991, joined the Auckland committee 1993 and became the Auckland Branch Coordinator/President 1994-2004. I was honoured with a Life Membership at the 2003 Hamilton AGM.
I have ridden a variety of bikes and now ride a 2012 Gold Wing.
Rini Van Driel #1206
North Harbour - Runs Coordinator and Committee Member.

I started riding at 15 and had the usual run of British twins and Jap 2 strokes.  Competed in a few Scrambles then flagged it away for a lovely wife and kids.  I got back into bikes in 1989.  Joined Ulysses in 1990 where I helped on the Auckland committee and was Runs Coordinator for several years. Lifelong friends have been made and a lot of miles travelled and adventures had together over the past 24 years.  I have had quite a few bikes since then but still got the same wife.  At present, I ride a Suzuki Boulevard C109 1800.  I look forward to putting the fun back into riding and hope to see you all on the upcoming runs.

John M. Johnstone #6292
Ulysses Club - North Harbour - Committee Member

Just over 9 ½ years ago I got my motorcycle licence and started riding a Suzuki GSX250.  I was introduced to Ulysses by members who were running the ARHT- Westpac Helicopter Ride.
After many rides and meetings that year, I progressed to a Suzuki SV650.  I survived an incident with a blind driver and was back on the bike 6 months later.  2 years ago I decided to update my motorcycle.  Without telling my wife Tirza, I traded up to a Suzuki GSXR750.
A little over a year ago I had a health scare.  During my recovery I was made redundant.  It has made me realise life is short and we must make the most of what we have.
I’m looking forward to helping the club have fun and grow.
Wayne Larsen  #8494
North Harbour - Committee Member.

I had bikes from age sixteen.  My first was a Triumph 350 speed twin that kept breaking down on me so went Japanese and got a little 100cc Yamaha, then a 100 Kawasaki, killed both of them. Next was a 250 T Suzuki that I fitted a 350 motor to with single banger 185 pistons and a plate between the head and barrels for piston clearance. This could go quite quick didn’t like stopping though. Moved on to a T500 Suzuki for many years. Next was  Honda CB900 F2 Bol D'or.  Had this when I first joined Ulysses.  Next was a Moto Guzzi California then BMW1200LT.  Today I ride a BMW RT 1100, comfy seat for the girl friend.  Also I have a 79 Honda CB750 K that I play with.
I got involved with Ulysses around 15 years ago when I was working with Wayne and Dales son and he suggested I join the Club.  I let membership lapse and did other things for a while, Mobile home etc.  Met John Heebink at rock and roll and he suggested I come on some rides which we did and thoroughly enjoyed.  So rejoined two and a half years ago.
Cyclespot Group, Major North Harbour Branch Sponsor.

Cossie Club gathering 16th May

Photos thanks to Barry Holland

Mentor Project Workshop

Hello All
Last weekend I was fortunate to take part in a mentor project workshop organised by Jim Fernaux from the National Committee.  It was the first of three workshops to improve the riding, way of testing, coaching and administration of the mentoring within the Ulysses club in New Zealand.
Last weekend was all about our own riding standards and the way of testing all mentors, existing and new ones.  The level we are going to be tested on are similar to the new CBTA (Competency based training and assessment courses) standards which run parallel with the IAM (Institute of advanced motorists).  These courses are used in most countries for more then 30 years.

Later this year we will have another workshop weekend and talk about ways coaching mentors and mentorees.  The last workshop will be about the administration of the mentoring.

In the mean time anyone who want mentor training will be looked after as usual.  That includes people who want to become a mentor.  It will be a process that takes a long time and will not be done in a single weekend.

My experience with the IAM tells me that some people need only 4 or 5 observed rides to become good enough to do a riding test and some people are riding monthly for more than two years and still have not reached an acceptable riding standard.

Since I represent the whole Auckland area I will send a copy to the President and Secretary of the Auckland Branch.

With Kind regards,

John Heebink

Who is This?

Peter Hyde made a suggestion to send in your oldest bike photo and club members can have a guess
"Who are you?"

This month is easy, taken in 1972 on a DOT 250cc Scrambler.
I'll give you the answer next month. 

Please send me your photos.  You will enjoy digging through all those memories.
Peter Webb and mates enjoying a good day at Rosebank Rd Speedway
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.

Welcome to Group Riding With the
North Harbour Branch,

Ulysses Club of NZ Inc Runs Committee.


Mission Statement:


Respect your fellow members, as you would like them to respect you – remember Ulysses is a social club of people with a common interest and a need to grow old disgracefully.  Your charge is therefore plain to see – be disgraceful but not disrespectful.  We are not on Earth for a long time; let’s make it a good time.

We do not set rules for club rides, but we do ask you, please, to read this set of protocols that explain each individual rider’s responsibilities.  They have been evolved by experienced riders, all volunteers on the Runs Committee (past and present), and are distributed in the interests of keeping us all safe while we’re out on the road as a group. This is probably the longest document the club will ever ask you to read, after this it’s all fun!


The Three Critical Points.

(If we did have hard rules, these would be them.)
  1. Fill out your details on the run sheet.
  2. The rider in front has total use of the marked lane for choosing his/her line when entering or riding through a corner  or an intersection– do not overtake!
    On straight sections, if waved through, indicate to confirm your intention and overtake.
    If  not waved through, assume the rider in front has not seen you and overtake only if you can leave plenty of space between your bikes.
  3. If you plan to leave the group, inform the Rider in Charge (RIC) or Tail End Charlie (TEC), or ask another rider to inform them.

Etiquette Prior to a group ride.

  • Arrive at the meeting point ten minutes early with a full tank of gas, gold coins for the run money and raffle, and an empty bladder.
  • Don’t be shy or embarrassed to introduce yourself, and remember we all have Alzheimer’s, wear your name badge so we can remember your name.
  • Identify the RIC and TEC, and their bikes/cars.  Listen carefully to the run briefing (THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT)ask if you don’t understand; there are no dumb questions, there may be insufficient answers, so keep asking. Staggered Group Riding as in a parade is simply not always possible or practical on our roads and you may well become separated from the group. The TEC can become involved in other issues and may not come along to help you straight away.
  • Bring a touring map with you, that way if you are separated from the group you will be able to find your way to the next re-group point.
  • Ensure your bike is roadworthy, and your own and your passenger’s clothing is adequate.
  • Consider providing yourself with a first aid kit.
  • Consider your personal skills versus the nature of the run – if you have doubts, discuss them with the RIC or another rider.  Many rides now are marked as “Cruise” or “Experienced”. A cruise ride will be of  a shorter duration. Experienced rides are for experienced riders, generally have a greater distance to cover and so will not be able to cater for a new rider or a smaller capacity bike. Particularly if you are new to, or coming back to riding, it is very easy to over reach your stamina.  Start cautious and work up.
  • The RIC is a volunteer who will try to provide a good day out for the group, you are responsible for your own safety, for your not becoming lost, and for your behaviour on the ride.
  • If you have a learner license or would like a mentor on the ride, let the RIC know.
  • Introduce any non-Ulyssian (or other Branch) guests you invite on a run to the RIC, and explain our protocols to your guests.

During a group ride:

  • Be responsible for your passenger’s (pillion, sidechair or trike) welfare.
  • Ride in your comfort zone, between RIC and TEC.  It is totally accepted (indeed, expected) that you drop off the pace if it is too fast for you, but please wave on riders behind you who may wish to keep a closer contact with the front riders. This is why it is essential that you listen at the Ride Brief for the destination or next re-group point.
  • Be aware of the rider behind you – he/she is your friend, not a competitor on the racetrack.
    Signal turns and stops clearly.
    Unless instructed otherwise at the run briefing, when the run changes direction, wait at the corner until you are sure the rider behind can see where to go.
    If the rider behind is out of sight, stop.  (This will allow the run to regroup.)
  • A group ride is not a test of skills or a race – just a group of riders with different bikes and different skill levels out for an excursion.  Don’t test the upper levels of your, or your bike’s, abilities on a group ride.
  • Ride staggered when riding in close formation, i.e., front rider rides in the right hand wheel track, next in the left, next in the right, etc. keeping a two second gap between bikes on the same road line. (N.B. Staggered riding has nothing to do with intoxicating liquor or a position from the Karma Sutra.)
  • After overtaking a slower vehicle, move towards the left side of the lane to allow room for the rider following to pass safely too.. The generally accepted policy when passing a line of traffic is “One Bike Per Gap”, committing yourself to a pass with another bike is not only dangerous but is discourteous to other road users. Ulysses expects members to promote an image of responsible behaviour and forcing other drivers to take evasive action to let you in is contrary to that philosophy.
  • Don’t fixate on the bike in front; scan continuously.  Look where you want your bike to go.
  • In the event of an emergency, assist riders in distress, and carry out any instructions the RIC or TEC may give.
  • Dehydration is a hidden danger, headache and dizziness will affect your riding. Drink plenty of water at stops  to avoid this.

General etiquette:

  • Ride safe, ride courteous.  Use your mirrors, your indicators, your commonsense.
  • Consider training courses – old dogs can learn new tricks.  (Advanced Riding, Ride Right, Ride Safe, First Aid etc.) Ulysses Auckland subsidises Ride Right, Ride Safe courses.
  • Talk with other riders about different runs to get a feel for what would suit you.
  • Consider going on a weekend away to get to know your clubmates – in vino veritas!

Special Signals:

Left or right arm held bent (stop sign) = caution, may be trouble ahead.
Left or right arm held straight above rider’s head = Help!  Bike or rider in trouble!  Do not hesitate to use this signal if you are tired or have lost concentration.  The club prefers to recover you and your bike to home undamaged, not scuffed up or worse after an accident caused by fatigue.  (If you see this signal, stop and provide assistance.)

Here endeth the lesson.  Phew!!

Enjoy your riding; we’ll see you out there.

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.

Shelly Beach & MacNut
Lunch Cruise.
Departs NS Cossie Club at 10.00am
RIC: Wayne Larsen
Mobile: 021 02828442
Home: 09 4768071
Just cruising.
June 5th. 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
Waharoa Cheese & Bugger It Cafe Cruise
Departs Papakura Service Centre at 10.00am
RIC: Rini Van Driel
Mobile: 027 2790864
Home: 09 415 6814
Medium for Anyone
Puhoi and About Cruise
Departs NS Cossie Club at 10.00am
RIC: Dave Moore
Mobile: 027 3225599
Home: 09 4451540
Short Anyone
June 18th.  It's the 3rd Wednesday of the month so don't forget about Mad Dogs and Englishman Dinner night.
Dave & Barbara's Matakana Cruise
Departs NS Cossie Club at 10.00am
RIC: Dave McAnulty
Mobile: 021 1844100
Home: 09 810 9798
Short Anyone
Arapuni Rhubarb Café Cruise
Departs Papakura Service Centre at 10.00am
RIC: Paul Morrison
Mobile: 021 909350
Home: 09 420 3247
Medium to Long for Anyone
John’s Scenic Leisure Tour
Departs Westgate Burger King
Car park at 10.00am
RIC: John Heebink
Mobile: 021 1285806
Home: 09 810 9160
Short for Anyone
Funky Fish Cafe Cruise,
Baylys Beach

Departs NS Cossie Club at 10.00am
RIC: Dave Moore
Mobile: 027 322 5599
Home: 09 445 1540
Medium to Long
North Harbour Branch
House Warming BBQ

North Shore Cosmopolitan Club
65 Paul Matthews Drive, Albany
1.00pm to 4.00pm
Cars Welcome
Must register for this event.
26th and 27th
Saturday & Sunday
Mystery Weekend Away
Venue to be Advised

Departs ??? at ???
RIC: Paul and Niki Morrison
Mobile: 021 909350
Home: 09 4203247
Pete's Raglan Meander
Departs Papakura Service Centre at 10.00am
RIC: Pete Zaloum
Mobile: 021 1807840
Home: 09 4190725
Medium for Anyone
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.

June 20th - 22nd June
Okataina Rally

August 9th - 10th
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. 

November 7th to 9th
South Taranaki Poker Run
Great weekend staying in Hawera
Okataina Rally
Registration Form
Click Here:
North Island
Remembrance Run
Click Here:
Inaugral Ride
Inaugral Ride to Waipu May 25th 2014
Well! Did we have luck on our side with the weather, or what!!

The ride left from the Cossie club with Wayne Painter taking the lead of over 30 bikes. Riding tail end Charlie was OK , giving us a great spectacle of the bikes riding formation through the windies.

As we passed through the countryside, the horses kicked up their heels, the cows scattered and crapped themselves and the sheep looked longingly after the bikers.

We picked up a few extra country folk from Kaukapakapa, then Wellsford where Paul Morrison took the lead to Waipu Pizza Barn. After all were fed and watered, the raffle was drawn. Thanks to David Moore for his donation of prize money back to the club.

Hope everyone enjoyed the day and we look forward to seeing more of you on future rides.

Rini (Runs coordinator)

A man received a text message from his neighbour which said:

"Sorry Jim, but I have been taking advantage of your wife... day and night whenever you've not been at home. In fact, probably more than you
I'm confessing now because I feel really guilty. I hope you will accept my sincerest apologies. I will ask your permission in the future."

Upon reading this, Jim gets his gun and, without uttering a word, he shoots his wife.

A few minutes later he receives another text

"Sorry Jim, bloody predictive text! I meant ‘wifi’ not ‘wife’.”
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Wayne #1756 & Dale Painter #1774
Paul #8047 & Niki Morrison #8052


Showroom 500 New North Rd Kingsland Auckland
Open weekdays 9.30-5.30 and 9.00-4.00 on sats

 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.
Keep your bike in good repair: Motorcycle boots are NOT comfortable for walking.
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