North Harbour Ulysses Newsletter.
Edition 25
August 2016 2016

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Edition 25
Hi All

We are now in the depths of winter but it is only 7 weeks until daylight savings starts again.  Although we have had some inclement weather lately. There are some perfect days to go riding. Like Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday , Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. So let's get out there and ride.

If you would like to lead a ride to your favourite place or on your favourite road then email Niki Morrison and let her know some dates and where you would like to ride to.  She would only be too happy to hear from you.

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

I'm looking for articles on interesting bikes.  If you have an interesting bike/s.  Take some photos and write a bit of a blurb about it/them and sent it to me on the link below.

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

Enjoy our July newsletter and safe riding.

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

The last month has been a bit gloomy to say the least.  Weather has not been the flashiest and cabin fever starting to spread out to the boroughs!  Kind of makes riding difficult which is usual for our winter season.  Although riding numbers are down and we seem to be spending more time in coffee shops than wearing down our tyres, we have still had a number of great moments and good to see the social side of the club well and truly alive.

On a personal note if I may, thank you all for your prayers and words of support.  I’ll give you an update at Club Night but just wanted to say thank you - cancer battle continues but we have seen many encouraging developments and are so fortunate in many ways.  Lots to be thankful for.

Don’t forget this week is our Monthly Club Night.  Break the cabin fever and come on out for a night of fun and friendship.  Wayne & Dale are in the States as you know, so hence why I am covering for Wayne.  I’ll address a few other things at Club Night - however want to update everyone about Facebook.  We will be using Facebook more and more, so if you haven’t registered for our North Harbour page - please do so.  This is where we can update all members quickly and efficiently as well as provide an interactive environment.  Posting photos, comments and content relevant to OUR branch.  Any Ulyssesian is allowed to be a member of our branches Facebook page, however it is primarily for the use of branch members and ALL members need to be respectful of each other and our branch policy when posting content.

May I also highly the Remembrance Weekend (13th and 14th August) and encourage you to attend?  Lora and I will be there, and if you don’t want to ride, take the car.  Service is at 2pm on the Saturday.  More details on our Website and Facebook Page.  Will also stop in at the Ride Forever Motorcycle Show at ASB Showgrounds on the Sunday on the way back from Taupo.

Thursday 4th  August, Club Night at PUPUKE GOLF CLUB. 5.30pm onwards.
Saturday 6th August, Twists and Turns
Saturday 13th August, Remembrance Weekend in Taupo
Remembrance Weekend  13th, 14th August. Book own accommodation
Wednesday 17th August, Social Dinner, Africa Bar, 1 William Pickering Drive.
Far North Rally 7th, 8th, 9th  October, Marsden Point,
Ronald McDonald Run  13th November, keep this date free, more details later

Ride safe.  Keep smiling.


Vaughan Nankivell #8990
Branch Vice-President, North Harbour Branch
Ulysses Club (NZ) Inc

Your North Harbour Executive for 2016
Committee Members
Andy Kelly is our Welfare Officer so if you know of a Branch Member who is sick, injured or in need of help from the Branch please contact Andy
on 021 144 9734 or Email Andy
Non Committee Positions
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We motorcyclists are (mostly) mad
Supplied by Marty Beets

Paul Charman on his Suzuki GW 250 in 2016. Photo / Supplied
For some of us, "the motorbike appeal" weighs heavily.
In my case it's been a lifelong obsession, and I feel I'm about to be joined by throngs of fellow travellers.
But they should know what they're getting into.
Bikes on the roads are going to increase as more homes shift out to city margins and thus further from places of employment.
For example, many Aucklanders have been left scratching their heads over how best to commute in from city fringes north and south.
You live way out where the rents and house prices are cheaper, but work in one of the big commercial hubs; you're fed-up with sharing bus or train seats with all those coughing, "phone-starring-zombies", and so - if you were born with what some of us call "the motorcycle gene" - the solution will seem simple: just buy a bike to commute to work . . .
On paper it all adds-up.
By lane-splitting (riding inbetween lines of stationary or slow-moving cars) you'll cut commuting time by up to half.
You can legally ride the bus lanes and parking is generally free.
Running costs and maintenance look good on paper too, so you could save hundreds of dollars-a-month by motorcycling.
But motorcycles are like "wine glittering in the cup".
At the last, they can leave you with a headache.
In fact, without wishing to sound overly dramatic, why not save yourself before it is too late.
Think before signing that hire purchase deal drawn with "Rob" down at the motorcycle shop.
(In a throwback to when names like "Smith" and "Miller" described occupations - bike shop salesmen seem to be loveable rogues named "Rob". But what Rob won't tell you as he waves you off on your new bike, is that - even if you survive with 10 fingers and 10 toes intact - riding will change you).
It's not just that, on average, the risk of being killed or injured in road crashes is 22 times higher for motorcyclists than for car drivers over same distance travelled.
No, it's more than that - think mental health.
Outwardly, motorcyclists stand out as a wee bit eccentric, of course, but that's not what I mean.
We tend to have bad helmet-compressed hairdos, possibly bloodshot eyes and (in winter at least) wet shoes.
Unless it's an automatic, the top of the left shoe will be stained black from contact with a rubberised gear-change lever.
(Note: Check the left shoes of anyone who wants to take your daughter out. If "the black stain" is discovered, take appropriate action).
We bike commuters walk round in ridiculous high-vis vests and hog coat-hanging areas with our dripping wet-weather gear.
Once arrived at work, greetings and instructions are repeated twice, or even three times, due to ringing ears (tinnitus) from exhaust note and general road noise.
But in any case, don't expect much out of bikers newly arrived at work stations. They'll be dazed, reviewing their most recent near-misses with cars and pedestrians.
All the above should diminish the perceived gains of bike commuting, but there are deeper issues.
What of the psychic changes - unseen, internalised long-term effects evident among bike commuters, like:

Mood swings
Rider self-esteem can rise and fall like a perpetual sine wave - even during a single commute. There's the thrill of firing up a machine in the driveway, or fair weather riding by the sea etc, followed by extreme dejection following those near misses with cars, or heedless pedestrians.

Bikers constantly choose "the path of pain", especially in winter. I mean everything from man-handling motorcycles (they can be quite heavy) in and out of tight parking spots; sitting stopped at a red light in pouring rain, with water running down the inside of your wet-weather-suit collar, and pooling at the crutch; freezing your hands off during hours on the motorway; getting virtually "elbowed" into the weeds by passing cars, and so forth. Remember, all this bad stuff is needless; riders could end the pain by taking the bus, but they/we don't.

Grand delusions
Bikers are just so mobile. Some zoom inbetween cars on the crowded motorways, ducking and diving between the lanes. There's the fast take-off, the panic stop, the big-engined "roar", needless heeling-over when cornering. Many ride with bare legs, or open-toed footwear. ACC offers us low-cost motorcycle safety courses but there are relatively few takers. And all the while, as regards road safety, the belief seems to be, "it could never happen to me".

Even after pushing our luck, we bikers seem convinced we're in the right, showing bad road manners or even signalling other road users with raised fingers, or fists. Encased in body armour and hard hats, we can act like avenging road warriors, apparently also trapped inside a belief system to the effect that the whole motoring world is against us.

Hearing things
An unusual psychosis this one. As most motorcycles don't have on-board hi fi, they (we) really can end up re-playing songs in our memories, so to speak. For me on wet days it's "Let's Ride the Rain", a tune by 60s Kiwi Band the Quincey Conserve; while scorching along the motorway, "Catch Us if you Can", by the Dave Clarke Five; following a bad lane-change beside a truck and trailer, the "Days of Pearly Spencer", (Avengers version) and so on . . .

Look, I've experienced most of these over 45 years or so of riding bikes, but can motorcycle commuting really be worth all this danger, discomfort and weirdness?
Well, here's a bob each way on that one:
I wouldn't want to swap my daily commute in the Auckland traffic -- it really wakes-me-up, makes me feel invigorated, is convenient and just so much fun.
But like the "Ancient Mariner", I tend to warn others not to do the same as me.
Mad, see.
NZ Herald
By Paul Charman
Andrew Leader runs the "Twists and Turns" low speed manoeuvring sessions that Ulysses set up some years ago.

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

All North Harbour members are invited to attend. 
It’s a great opportunity to practice all those key low speed skills in a safe, supportive environment.  For instance when did you last practice an emergency stop?  Plenty of skilled riders attend to help with technique and encouragement and they are not judgemental.  Better to practice where there are people to help pick the bike up if you lay it down!
 The school entrance is first on your right as you turn off Great North Road into Archibald Road: 
Andy #4460
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Contact Richard 021 337533  or
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Cyclespot Group, Major North Harbour Branch Sponsor
Grant donates vouchers monthly for Social Evenings and
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Pop into Cyclespot and check out the range of bikes & accessories.
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A Message from Ulysses Zimbabwe

Good Morning to you all,

I am pleased to be able to announce the dates for the Victoria Falls Indaba next year.

The event will be held over the weekend 23rd, 24th, 25th June 2017.

We will endeavour to provide you with contact information for accommodation and bike hire from either Johannesburg or Lusaka.

Provisionally the Itinerary will be as follows:

Friday 23 -  Arrival, Registration, meet and greet and cocktail evening.
Saturday 24th - Ride to Hwange Main Camp, brunch, game drives as required.  Gala Dinner
Sunday 25th - 3 country ride (Borders,Visa's, costs permitting). Zambezi river cruise and dinner.
Monday 26th - Disband and farewells.

We will attempt to meet groups at border points to escort them through to ease any issues on the road. We hope to have the Police Traffic involved in his to make the travel problem free. It is currently perfectly safe to travel through the country.  Updates on any changes in the situation will be advertised as they happen.  Currently, Beitbridge is not the route to enter Zimbabwe, all other entry points are fine. Roads conditions outside of the cities and towns is very good.

Tours before and after the event can be organised to suit your needs.  More information on this to come.

Ok that is a synopsis of what is happening.  The final details will be advertised as they occur.

Thank you all for your interest. With your support I have no doubt this will be a superb event.
Kind regards

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.  
Reviews and Photo Gallery 
Only Bikers understand why dogs love to stick their heads out car windows.
One fine summer’s evening, Paddy, Mick and Liam are riding back home from the bar, all three of them on Paddy’s motorcycle.

Of course, they get stopped by a cop who says to them, “This motorcycle is only licensed to carry two people, and there are three of you. One of you will have to get off and walk.”

“Three of us?” says Paddy as he turns to Mick. “Jeez, what happened to Rory and Niall?”

Pics from Wayne and Dale's North American Adventure

Great days riding. Tok to Anchorage
515km's at a reasonable pace. Brisk. 
Great scenery mostly good roads but can be undulating causing Dale & I to become airborne.

VIsited the North Pole.

We did it Tok to Dawson City via the Chicken Road and Top of the World Highway. 280k with 160k+ of hardpack gravel, mud, slush, soft patches and lots of slippery bits. Crossed the border from Alaska to Yukon Territory, up 4800 ft. At least we got thru before the rain. Very tiring riding. Drank the Pickled Toe in the Dawson Saloon


Cruising with Charlie Truell

Five of us on today's ride. It rained heavily last night but we thought the rain might have ended. However, showers continued through the day. We planned to go to Waihi Beach and Bowentown, but once we reached Paeroa we decided the weather wasn't nice enough to do justice to a beach
town and turned back to Ngatea, where we had lunch with Trevor Birchall. After lunch Sig Falkenhaug led us to Kawakawa Bay, where we disbanded.

On my way home, I took the Clevedon-Takanini Road - flat, straight, good surface, little traffic. Completely out of the blue, a large log bounced off my helmet. It took me a few seconds to react - a branch must have fallen off a tree, I thought. I stopped and looked back. It was a full-sized tree, now blocking the road. By the time I had gone back and taken photos, there was already someone cutting it up and removing it from the road. No damage to me or the bike, but my new intercom system is going to need some duct tape!

19 July by John Heebink
Charlie has done several times now what not many RIC’s have managed to do in the past.
To get a group of bikers off their bikes and do a walk.
Two girls and 6 boys took part today and Sig came to see us off.
Today he took us to the Otuataua Stonefields Historic Reserve in Mangere. 
Here we did a 20 minute walk and afterwards we celebrated the event with a lunch in Mangere Bridge.

Charlie Truell Thanks to Martin Glover for leading the ride from Otuataua Stonefields to Mangere Bridge, and to John Stephens for being tail end Charlie.

Midweek Wednesday Rides and now Tuesday (check out NH Ulysses facebook page for details.)
Peter Webb
Raffle Prizes and Tattle-Tales Wanted
 “Sheriff wants unwanted gifts and wine for birthdays and worthy events in your LIVES “
And please email ‘SHERIFF, I HAVE A TALE’ to Pete. 
Motorcycle Tips and Tricks

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

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

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

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


Top up and charge

MOST BATTERIES are usually situated hidden beneath a bike's seat or petrol tank, so it's hardly surprising many get overlooked when it comes to routine maintenance.

If a battery is allowed to run dry or drop into a deep state of discharge then this usually results in the end of its life, so routine checks should be made on its condition.

Ideally, remove the battery from its holder before carrying out any work. Remember, batteries contain strong acid, which can be harmful if it comes into contact with your skin.

Check the acid level in your battery by placing it on a level surface. If the level's low then top up with de-ionised water before placing the battery on charge, using a car or motorcycle charger. Remember not to overfill, as acid will drain out the overflow pipe when you're on the move. Many moden batteries are sealed, so you won't be able to top them up.

Greasing your bike's battery terminals before placing the battery back in the bike will help avoid corrosion build up. Just remember not to touch both terminals at the same time.

Talk to Barry Holland regarding rider training or visit the Prorider website for course and booking information. 
Become part of the Pro Rider Community
Visit your local motorcycle/scooter shop and ask about a Ride Forever voucher from Pro Rider, get one for a friend. Book via the Pro Rider website and have your say on our Facebook page!
The Pro Rider Riders Club is coming soon. Keep an eye on Facebook!
Check out ProRider Website for all available courses.
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Ulysses North Harbour
Runs and Event Calendar
Runs Coordinator
Rider in Charge (RIC) would appreciate all participants of rides to be at the departure point 10 minutes early with a full tank of gas.  If the weather looks suspect then please phone the RIC or check out North Harbour Ulysses facebook page to see if the ride is postponed or cancelled. 

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

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

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

Please check your runs list as some rides or destinations may have changed from initial calendar entry.
Club Night Meeting and Social Evening
Held at Pupuke Golf Club  
 231 East Coast Road (opp Sunnynook Rd) Campbells Bay
1st Thursday of the Month.
Meals available from 5.30pm and meeting starts at 7.30pm
Our next social dinner is on 17 August - 5:30pm onwards.  Please email Andy Kelly by Monday 15 if you intend to attend.
Africa is located at 1b William Pickering Drive, Albany
August 6

Twists & Turns

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

Sunday 7

Coffee - breakie, decide on a ride. 9.30 am 

Albany Shopping Mall Food Court
109/219 Don Mckinnon Dr, Albany
For a coffee-Breakie. Come in your car or bike to meet. Decide on a ride, If on a bike please come with a full tank and an empty bladder, and help us decide on a destination. 

Remembrance Weekend
Great Lake Centre
13/14 August
Midweek Wednesday Rides and now Tuesday (check out NH Ulysses facebook page for details.)
Are you free to ride Midweek?
Why not join fellow Ulyssians on Wednesday's
Departs NS Cossie Club at 10.30am
Destination decided on the day.
These rides are proving very popular.
Highlight your calendar with these upcoming rides or events.

Runs & Rallies


4      North Harbour Ulysses Club Night - Pupuke Golf Club, 231 East Coast Road (opp               Sunnynook Rd Campbells Bay, Meals are available from 5.30pm and meeting starts at           7.30pm 

6      Twists & Turns - Kelston Girls High School,1 Archibald Road, Kelston, The school                 entrance is first on your right as you turn off Great North Road into Archibald Road: 2-             4pm  Andy Leader ph 027 222 4180 

7      Coffee - breakie, decide on a ride. - Albany Shopping Mall Food Court,109/219 Don             Mckinnon Dr, Albany For a coffee-Breakie. Come in your car or bike to meet. Decide on         a ride, If on a bike please come with a full tank and an empty bladder, and help us                   decide on  a  destination. Meet at 9:30am

13    Remembrance Weekend - See the info in the newsletter

14    Coffee - breakie, decide on a ride - Mozaik Café, 61 Silverdale Street, Silverdale For a         coffee-Breakie. Come in your car or bike to meet. Decide on a ride, If on a bike please             come with a full tank and an empty bladder, and help us decide on  a destination. Meet           at  9:30am

14    Ride Forever Motorbike Show - See ad below for details

17    North Harbour Ulysses Social Night - Africa Bar 1b William Pickering Drive, Albany             Bar and Kitchen open from 5:30.  Email Andy Kelly if you are going to attend.

21    Coffee - breakie, decide on a ride. - Papakura Autobahn Café,BP Motorway Service             Centre  State Highway 1, Papakura, For a coffee-Breakie. Come in your car or bike to             meet. Decide on  a ride, If on a bike please come with a full tank and an empty bladder,           and help us decide on  a destination. Meet at 9:30am

28    Coffee - breakie, decide on a ride. - Swanson Railway Café, 760 Swanson Rd,                     Swanson for a coffee-Breakie. Come in your car or bike to meet. Decide on a ride, If on           a bike please come with a full tank and an empty bladder, and help us decide on  a                destination. Meet at 9:30am


1    North Harbour Ulysses Club Night - Pupuke Golf Club, 231 East Coast Road (opp               Sunnynook Rd Campbells Bay, Meals are available from 5.30pm and meeting starts at           7.30pm, Email Wayne for dinner resevations. 

NOTE:  Ulysses’ events in BOLD
For more details of each event see ad at end of The Ulyssian, or Ulysses website – or, contact local Coordinator or, use Google.

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

ULYSSES 2016  

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