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North Harbour Ulysses Newsletter.
Edition 4
September 2014

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Monday 17th September
Edition No. 4.

A big thank you to the contributors for this months newsletter.  I have said before that this is your newsletter so please help me to keep members informed and entertained.  I also welcome any suggestions for improvement.

Ulysses raffle night at the North Shore Cossie Club this month is Friday August 29th so come and support the branch.  We make the profit out of the raffle sales.   See you there.

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

Jeni Van Driel
"Gee, I wish I had a top box!!"

September Coordinators Report

I am really proud of our branch, together we have achieved heaps in a short time and we are progressing nicely at a steady pace.  We are having some great rides, unfortunately Dale & I work a six day week so have to be selective in our choices, however I did get to do Dave McAnulty’s ride to Maungatapere and the Packard Museum.  This was a well organised ride with the Auckland Branch joining us at Wellsford so we had a great turnout.

The volunteer staff at the museum have made many changes to the display and I would recommend a visit if you get a chance.  The Office Café next door is also worth a visit, their Seafood chowder is the best.  Couldn't make Wayne Larsen’s ride today but we are looking forward to the Luge ride in Rotorua with Paul Morrison on Sunday 31st.

Our branch logo shirts are proving very popular and Dale has stocked up for the third time so come along to club-night and check out your size, buy one and show your pride in our branch, only $35.00. Dale has good stocks of Branch logo badges and patches plus National logo gear, if you want to know the history of our great club buy a copy of our book “Growing Old Disgracefully” it makes good reading. 

We have started organising next year’s special weekend event which will be in May.  Something different and to help make it work we will be asking members to billet out of town visitors on the Friday & Saturday.  Don’t be afraid to put your name forward to help host our visitors. 

Finally, none of us are perfect riders and some are too embarrassed to ask for help, ProRider gave us ten vouchers for rider training so if you want to improve your riding skills & confidence on the road come and get a voucher off me, no-one else will know,.. Vaughan has done an article praising these courses and one or two experienced riders have asked for a voucher, so don’t be shy, you will enjoy your riding more after doing a course. 

Thanks to 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 September 4th Club Night


CYCLESPO brought along a couple of new Victory Motorcycles to our August club night.  Niki Morrison tries one for size.  This bike comes with matching scarf.
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
Some poly carbonate helmets are made from melted down bottle crates.

Helmet manufacturer FM also made bottle crates. 
VTNZ Offer
VTNZ are again running a national spring campaign aimed at all motorcyclists with a $5 discount on WOF plus 10 Fly Buy points from 8th September – 9th November.  The offer will be posted on the VTNZ website from 8 September where a voucher can be downloaded and then taken to VTNZ to redeem.
Click here for a copy of the voucher for your reference to be presented from the 8th September
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
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 August Rides
Thanks to contributions from Barbara Hampe
and Rob and Sue Boyle
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.  Take your pick!
Images from Packard Pioneer Museum, Maungatapere
Hampton Downs Play Day
Route 66:

(Richard Legae #5280, Rex Ewen #6763,
Sandy Evans #4706 & Jim Dickie #8908)
On the 24th July 2014 four of us from Ulysses and a couple of other mates and partners embarked on the trip of a lifetime; a motorcycle tour of Route 66 on Harley Davidson’s from Chicago to Los Angeles, ending at Santa Monica pier almost 3000 miles later. For any motorcycle enthusiast, this is the ultimate road trip, living the dream back in the 50s and 60s era.

We were part of an Eaglerider guided tour group of 24 people on 18 bikes. The group consisted of mainly Kiwis and Poms and over the 15 days we had a hell of a lot of fun together and bonded well as a group, forging long lasting friendships. Our tour leader DJ and his wife 
April were very professional, experienced and fun to deal with. They did a great job of looking after us, keeping us all together and planning their stops to show us the best sites on Route 66. Their easy going nature combined with their knowledge of the areas we visited made the trip so much more enjoyable.

For the record, Rex had the noisiest bike; his Heritage Softail had a set of straight shots on it that could be heard for miles. Always made the girls jump when he fired it up with comments from them like “bloody hell Rex” and Rex would be sitting there with a big grin on his face. 
Jimmy had the flashest bike; a near new Ultra Glide classic so his partner Liz could ride in comfort. This fact was constantly pointed out by my partner Sandy who was on the back of our Road King and complaining of a sore backside! The bikes were really reliable and gave no trouble and better still, there were no mishaps as well!
The tour passed through such iconic Route 66 towns as; Joliet, Pontiac, Joplin, Claremore, Amarillo, Albuquerque, Seligman, Hackberry and Winslow just to name a few. We jumped off Route 66 for stopovers at Santa Fe, Grand Canyon and Las Vegas, taking in the Hoover Dam as well. America is such a huge country and as such the terrain is so contrasting and diverse.  You have farms with fields of corn, maize, soy 
beans etc in Illinois through to Oklahoma, the rolling hills in Missouri where we rode the “Devil’s Elbow” and where the movie Deliverance was filmed (couldn’t hear the banjos over the sound of the Harley though). The Texas Panhandle was flatter than I could ever have imagined,
just flat as far as the eye could see with bugger all on it. We then headed into high desert Indian country in New Mexico which in contrast, is amazing with its red dirt vistas of various shapes and sizes – real cowboy and Indian country!
We were lucky crossing through the Arizona desert as a storm front had passed through the day before, keeping  
the temperatures to around 90°F (32°C).  However crossing the Mojave Desert into California the temperature was 105°F (41°C) and man that was hard work! We stopped every hour or so for a drink break where we were sprayed with water to cool us down. Needless to say at days end, we were glad to get off our bikes and jump in the pool at the hotel to cool off with a few beers!
All too soon we ride through the San Fernando Valley to our finishing point at Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles. There is a strong sense of satisfaction among the group that we have achieved another milestone; something we can treasure, reminisce and talk about for the rest of our lives to our friends and family. There is also sadness when we realise that the group that we have all been a part of for the last 15 days will now disband and go their own separate ways. The farewell party that night was a good one – email addresses were exchanged with promises to keep in touch.
You asked for it.
Requests came in for Maureen Lowman's Apple Pie recipe after members sampled this at the North Harbour Branch House Warming BBQ.  So here is the recipe.  Enjoy. 
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Who is This?

Last month was Peter Hyde
Photo circa: 1968.
The bike frame is a 1954 Sprung hub with a 1956 Thunderbird Crankcase and barrels and a 1962 Bonneville head, twin chrome carbs and ape hangers. Seat was a re upholstered Original 1954

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. 

Ask Niki Morrison for more information.  Phone 027 885 3614


When entering let us know which group you wish to be in.

Expert - For the Racer or sport rider very experienced on the track

Medium - Sports Bikes & Motards

Novice - For riders new to the Track or those not wanting any pressure to go fast but still want to stretch the legs on the straights



SUNDAY 5 OCTOBER                                                            $150

Groups for Fast, Medium & Slow

ProRider Course

By Vaughan Nankivell

Statistically I am one of the problem motorcyclists that ACC is worried about - the "born-again" biker in his 40's returning to riding again after the child-rearing years are over.  While motorcyclists account less than 10% of all injuries in the road, we make up approximately 30% of the cost of recovery.  Check out some stats:
When I returned to daily riding in July 2013, I assured my wife that I would wear the best protective gear and take defensive riding courses.  As some of you know, I had to go through the new graduating licensing system here in New Zealand to gain my full license as I never held a class 6 license here as rode mostly trail and off-road.  And my US license was not able to be used as was still held at a certain California courthouse waiting for me to have a chat with a judge (long story but it ain't gonna happen!).  So, a prisoner to the new system but I can tell you now - having come through it that it has a tremendous amount of merit especially when going down the Competency-based Training Assessment (CBTA) path.  This puts the training and certification in the hands of authorised training providers which is how I came to meet Karel and Howard at Pro Rider.
I know that Karel and Howard are well known to many in our Club (check out  The training courses that they provide are sponsored and funded by ACC.  This is a great way to get some of your ACC premiums back!  There are three course levels - bronze, silver and gold.  Even for someone who has been riding for years - I will still recommend starting at the Bronze.  This full day course will set you back the princely sum of $20!  Talk about value for money.  They cover slow speed handling, emergency braking, group riding, technique for twisties and beyond that - the basics of keeping yourself and others alive when you are on the road.  This training was invaluable and put to use at the end of the day when I avoided being clipped at the roundabout on Oteha Valley Road by changing down and moving the bike to another lane as I saw a car enter the roundabout and was not confident that they saw me.
After the Bronze course, I took my CBTA full assessment test with Karel - twice.  I missed it the first time due to missing some key things that are over and above bike handling skills.  These were scanning at intersections, blind spot checks, observation, defensive positioning, etc.  I took the instruction from the first assessment and practiced, then came back last month to do the test again and passed.  I would hazard a guess that probably less than 50% of our club could pass the new test.  Having ridden on a few rides so far and heard stories from other members, there are more than a few of us that could do with going through a ProRider course.  And with ACC footing most of the bill, why don't we all do it?
The Silver course costs only $50 and I will be doing that in October.  And this time on the Indian.  Who want's to join me?
Karel, Howard and the team are outstanding instructors.  Our motto is to grow old disgracefully.  We might get the disgraceful part right from time to time, but the growing old part requires us to stay alive apparently and I think we all owe to ourselves, our loved ones and our club members to be as safe and skilled as possible when getting on two wheels.

These images were a mere 74 years ago....

Makes complaining about no mobile service, high petrol prices, not enough cable channels, seem a bit ludicrous.

No credit cards to buy what you want, but don't need!

Remind our children and others of what really tough times are like. They don't have a clue.

If you don't know what the Great Depression was, here's the motto:
"Use it up -- wear it out", make it do or do without!!!!!

This reminds me to be grateful for what I do have.
"Yesterday is history, Tomorrow is a mystery.   And Today?
Today is a gift. That's why we call it the present."

Only Bikers understand why dogs love to stick their heads out of car windows.
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.

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

Mobile: 021 909350
Home: 09 4203247
September 4th. 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
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
September 17th.  It's the 3rd Wednesday of the month so it's North Shore dinner night at Mad Dogs and Englishman, Link Drive.  Reservations Here


Island Night
at the North Shore Cossie Club
Everyone Welcome
Starts at 6.30pm
Entry is $15.00
which includes entertainment and finger food supper.
Meals will also be available.


Red Knights Burns Unit Run
Support the 
Children of the Burns Unit.
This ride will be combined with Auckland Ulysses.
Leaves Dairy Flat Service Centre
at 9.30 a.m.
Waipu Fire Station will have Tea and Coffee available plus sausage sizzle and steak sandwiches for sale.
This is a Badge Event.


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

Mobile: 021 1844100
Home: 09 810 9798
Medium to Long

Held over Weekend of
3 -5 October
October 4th

For more event details Click Here:
Aroha Cruise In
3 - 5 October

The date of NH Ulysses ride to this event has been changed to Saturday to allow members to enjoy a full program of events.
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

Join the Facebook community at
This is not a club ride.  
Look out for Niki's mail-out if you want more information. 
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

7th to 9th
South Taranaki Tourers Weekend
Departs Papakura  Service Centre
at 10.30am

RIC: Wayne Painter
Mobile: 027 2891018

Shop phone: 09 410 4715
Excellent weekend away with the South Taranaki Tourers organising a poker run on the Saturday.
South Taranaki Tourers Weekend, Hawera
This year, The Mount View Motel owners, Ron and Paula Nicholl are offering our rally visitors 10% DISCOUNT for the weekend, they will also provide a free courtesy van for their guests to and from the South Taranaki Club until midnight.
Mount View Motel can be contacted by e-mail:   Click here  
Phone 06 2784091.   Just mention the South Taranaki Tourers Rally when making your bookings.
Other accommodation available; 

Avon Lodge Motel……....06 278 7144          Rembrandt Motel……..06 278 5500
Central Motor Lodge……06 278 8831         The Park Motel………..06 278 7275
Tudor Lodge………….....06 278 6800         Kiwi Court Motel………06 278 8167

Pete's Raglan Recycled Cruise
Departs Papakura Service Station
at 10.00am

RIC: Pete Zaloum

Mobile: 021 1807840
Home: 09 419 0725
Ride Abandoned in August due to inclement weather.  

South Head and Around
Lunch and Ice Cream Run
Departs Cossie Club
at 10.00am

RIC: Wayne Larsen

Mobile: 021 02828442
Home: 09 4768071

Kaiaua Fish and Chip Run
For Lunch 
Departs Cossie Club
at 10.00am

RIC: Rini Van Driel

Mobile: 027 2790864
Home:  09 415 6814
Coromandel Town
Coromandel Overnight
After overwhelming  response at NH Ulysses dinner night, the Abbey Court Motel is completely booked prior to publicising this event in the newsletter.  We don't want anyone to miss out so I have included a list of accommodation situated close to the township, for those who wish to book their own place to stay. We will ride together and all meet up for Saturday night.  Email Nigel to advise if you are attending this ride.
Coromandel TOP 10 Holiday Park 
636 Rings Rd, Coromandel
07-866 8830

Admirals Arms Hotel,
146 Wharf Rd, Coromandel 3506 
07-866 7992 

Coromandel Court Motel
365 Kapanga Rd, Coromandel
07-866 8402 
Coromandel Colonial Cottage Motel
1737 Rings Rd, Coromandel,
07-866 8857 

6th and 7th

Departs Papakura Service Centre on Saturday at 10.00 a.m.
Coromandel Overnight
Let Nigel know if you are attending this overnighter so arrangements can be made for Saturday night.
RIC:  Nigel Scott
Email:  Click Here

Mob: 021 2447724
Home: 09 4283714

Last ride of the year.

John's Manukau Coastal Cruise

Departs Manukau Cruising Club at 10.00am
Bring along a picnic lunch
RIC: John Heebink

Mobile: 021 1285806
Home: 09 810 9160
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.

Wednesday 17th December
Christmas Dinner Night at Mad Dogs.
Always popular and open to all Ulyssians and families. 

We have not got a final date yet but North Harbour Ulysses will be holding a weekend poker run, possibly in May.  More information coming soon...........
Why? Why? Why?

Why do supermarkets make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front?

Why is it that doctors and attorneys call what they do 'practice'?


Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin? 

Why is 'abbreviated' such a long word? 

Aging Aunt Mildred was a 93 year old woman who was particularly despondent over the recent death of her husband.  She decided that she would just kill herself and join him in death.

Thinking that it would be best to get it over with quickly, she took out his old Army pistol and made the decision to shoot herself in the heart, since it was badly broken in the first place. 

Not wanting to miss the vital organ and become a vegetable and a burden to someone, she called her doctor's office to inquire as to just exactly where the heart would be on a woman. The doctor said, 'Your heart would be just below your left breast'.


Later that night........ Mildred was admitted to the hospital with a gunshot wound to her knee.

As I age

When I was ready to check out and pay for my groceries the cashier said,
"Strip down, facing me."

Making a mental note, so I could complain to my local MP about this security rubbish, I did just as she had instructed.

After the shrieking and hysterical remarks finally subsided, I found out that she was referring to how I should position my credit card.

Nonetheless, I've been asked to shop elsewhere in the future.

They need to make their instructions a little clearer for seniors.

Man, I hate this getting older stuff.
Trust British Paints!!!!
A new business was opening and one of the owner's friends wanted to send him flowers for the occasion.

They arrived at the new business site and the owner read the card, "Rest in Peace."

The friend was angry and called the florist to complain.

After he had told the florist of the obvious mistake and how angry he was, the florist replied, "Sir, I'm really sorry for the mistake, but rather than getting angry, you should imagine this ... somewhere there is a funeral taking place today, and they have flowers with a note saying, 'Congratulations on your new location.''
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