North Harbour Ulysses Newsletter.
Edition 31
March 2017

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Hi All

Recently I had the misfortune to have my son come off his bike on SH16 just south of Glorit.  It was a pretty traumatic experience for a father to see his son crash and end up in a ditch on the side of the road(not  to mention traumatic for the son too).  Fortunately even though it was sweltering hot.  Josh had all his gear on which minimised injury and he ended up with a broken collar bone and a bit of gravel rash which was not bad for hitting the road at 100KPH.

We had police, fire, ambulance and Westpac rescue all there assisting.  They were all very professional and did an excellent job.

Fortunately the third vehicle to stop was a intensive care doctor who took over looking after Josh and made me feel more at ease.  Josh is well on the way to recovery now after having a pin inserted in hid collar bone.

We were very lucky to have so many people stop and offer assistance. Nearly every biker stopped or slowed to ensure things were under control.  What a community we have.

I would like to thank all the emergency services that assisted and I urge you to support their charity rides.

Also it goes without saying that I'll be visiting our club sponsors for some new gear.

Craig McEwan #9243
Editor - Ulysses North Harbour
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(Next Club Night Thursday 2nd March)

The National AGM is next month (April) in Masterton, I presume those who are going have booked your accommodation, BUT! have you sent in your registration form. There is nothing worse than trying to organise an event when you don’t know who is coming, how can you arrange meals etc. when you don’t have the numbers. REGISTER NOW!!
       On another tack, have you read the Remits and Resolutions which are published in the December/Summer Edition of the Ulyssian?  These remits effect your club, if you are not going to the AGM do a Postal Vote. We can discuss the Remits at Club Night.
         Our Branch AGM is being held 6th April at the Pupuke Golf Club, nominations for committee positions close 7th March. If you want a say in how our branch is run be there.
         On Tuesday 28th Feb, John Heebink & Barry Holland are holding a Rider in Charge evening, if you are interested in taking a ride join us at 6.30pm at the Africa Bar, 1 William Pickering Drive, Albany. We are waiting for final approval from NatCom to confirm Barry & John’s  position as Ride Mentors.
         We only have  21 National Motorcycle Raffle tickets left for sale on club night, the proceeds from this raffle go towards Ride Forever & Rider Improvement/Training courses, tickets are always in great demand so get in quick. Tickets are only available to Club Members $10.00ea or $50.00 a book of 5.
Buy & Sell Table
We all have something we no longer need but could be useful to some-one else, if you have something you want to sell bring it along for the sellers table. This is an experiment to see how popular it will be, it worked well last month.  Don’t forget to put your name and price on your items.
         When you need something motorcycle related please remember our Sponsors, 
The CycleSpot Group, (Honda, BMW, Victory, Indian, Husqvarna, KTM, Ducati, Norton & Vespa), Spectrum Motorcycles, (Hyosung, Kawasaki & HD imports) and Techmoto for Helmets, Clothing and accessories. Ronnie Run Ride sponsors are Heritage Hotels and Apex Trophies & Engraving.

Wayne Painter #1756NZ L/M
Branch President, North Harbour Branch

Your North Harbour Executive 
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
Click here for Printer Friendly Runs Sheet
North Harbour Ulysses AGM is coming up in April 2017. Nominations close on 7 March. Get your nomination in now.
Click here to open the Nomination Form for the 2017 North Harbour Committee 
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.
North Harbour Ulysses Facebook Page
North Harbour Ulysses Website
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
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.  
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
Do you want to earn month for Ulysses North Harbour Branch and upskill at the same time?

Calling all Ulysses IAM (Institute of Advance Motorists) Advanced Motorcycle Division Members  , or those who would like to become members.  According to the last Ulyssian NatCom will give $20 to our branch for each member who has passed (or when they pass) their IAM Advanced Motorcycle test!

So if you have already passed. Please scan and email your certificate to Wayne Painter, Who can then claim the $20 back for the North Harbour Branch coffers.  Likewise when you pass, email a copy of the certificate to Wayne so the money can be claimed.

What a great way to really improve your riding skills and raise a bit of cash for the branch. If you would like to know more about IAM, how you can improve your riding skills and increase your chances of staying safe on our roads (and don’t forget the $20 for the branch)!!

Contact Barry Holland or John Heebink who can give you all the necessary Information.
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. 
How to Give your Motorcycle Helmet a Safety Inspection
Click Here for Printer Friendly Runs List
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 15 March - 5:30pm onwards.  Please email Wayne Painter by Monday 13 if you intend to attend.
Africa is located at 1b William Pickering Drive, Albany
Midweek Tuesday and Wednesday Rides (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

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 reservations.

Twists and Turns - 2 -4pm Kelston Girls High School, 1 Archibald Rd, Kelston.  The school entrance is first on the right as you turn off Great North Rd.

Ulysses Waikato Child Cancer Charity Run finishing at Frankton Thunder - Frankton Village, Hamilton - Leaving Autobahn Cafe Papakura at 8.30am sharp _ RICs Paul Morrison and Pete Unstead.

Alan Thoreson is a Ulysses members who races his Kawasaki on Bonneville Salt Flats. Following the success of the first Frankton Thunder Event in 2016, we are pleased to announce the 2017 Frankton Thunder Event will be held on March 4th and 5th 2017 In the heart of the Frankton business area in Hamilton.
A motoring event with Cars and Bikes that will entertain you all weekend.

Featuring Cars and bikes of all motoring disciplines, Bands and Music from yesteryear and today, Tattoo Competition, Burlesque Show, Miss Frankton Thunder Competition, Markets, Demonstrations, Classic Cars and Bikes, Custom Bikes and Hot-rods, Race Bikes and cars and more. Now is the time to mark this event on your calendar. –This is one event not to be missed!! – Frankton Thunder getting bigger and better every year.

Check out the video clip from this year’s event.
Check out Frankton Thunder on Facebook for more information

Event organised by Frankton Thunder Organising Committee in conjunction with the Ulysses Child Cancer Fundraiser 

TBA - details to come - if weather is good possibly a camping night away leaving 1 pm Saturday - return Mike Orr Sunday. Alternatively a ride Sunday - Mike to confirm closer to the date 

North Shore Dinner Night 
- Africa Bar, 1b William Pickering Drive, Albany Every 3rd Wednesday of the month (5:30 onwards), Bar & kitchen. 5:30 onward. Email Wayne if you are attending.

Iron Thunder MC Poker Run 100% of entry fee equally donated to the Auckland Spinal Unit and the Westpac Helicopter Service. $25 entry. $1500 prize. Prizes for additional hands + spot prizes. Registration opens 8.00am to 10.00 am Departing 10.30am sharp.

All makes of motorcycle welcome. 712 Great South Road, Manukau City.
Permission to wear the Ulysses patch at the event has been granted by ITMC.

Date: Sat 18 Mar 2017 Time: 10:30 AM - 01:30 PM 

Cruisey Ride to Matakana with David & Barbara -
Meet at BP Northern Motorway Services Dairy Flat(SH1) for departure at 10am. It will be a cruisey ride over to SH16 then up to Welsford, then across to Matakana via the back roads. Choose your route home; down to Warkworth then take either Woodcocks Rd to SH16, or down SH1 to the Shore. Approx 150km. RIC David McAnulty ph 021 844 100

Tauranga Ulysses Charity Easter Egg & Toy Run - 11:00 AM - 01:30 PM Departs at Papamoa Plaza, Domain Road, Tauranga. You can support the ride and help by joining in, making a donation, buying a badge, bring an Easter Egg, an educational toy, puzzle or game.

PROPOSED WAIHEKE OVERNIGHTER - please email Niki if you are interested so we can organise accommodation deals and meals etc.


Twists and Turns
 - 2 -4pm Kelston Girls High School, 1 Archibald Rd, Kelston.  The school entrance is first on the right as you turn off Great North Rd.

nominations close 7th March 2017 ALL POSITIONS AVAILABLE

Held at Pupuke Golf Club, 231 East Coast Road (opp Sunnynook Rd) Campbells Bay, Meals are available from 5.30pm and meeting starts at 7.30pm 

Whangaparoa Soapbox Derby - Whangaparoa 10th Anniversary Soap Box Derby 2017, the theme is …. SPEED. On Saturday 8th April 2017 is the Whangaparaoa Local Race, with Sunday 9th April 2017 the NZ finals. The 2017 Fund Recipients will be donated to the Coastguard Hibiscus & Red Beach Surf Lifesaving Club. Once again I call on the generosity of you time and your members to be part of Parade of Champions on Sunday 9th April 2017 at Brightside Road, Stanmore Bay, starting at 9:00am and Finishers at 9:30am, it will be the same as last year, same place, same time, same everything. As this is a special event and the theme is speed we would like to promote the Ulysses Motor Cycle Club, maybe a static display, handing out pamphlets etc. or after the parade and before the trolley races start run the bikes up and down the track while the track announcer reads our something about the Club, please advise your thoughts.  Rob Bissett ph 027 733 3923

Paw Justice Charity Ride - MAJOR PRIZE 2017 VICTORY Highball Bikes Valued at $24,295 $20.00 entry Starting Wynard Quarter Viaduct Event Centre and finishing at Puhoi
Buy Tickets here
Facebook link 

NATIONAL RALLY AGM 2017 Hosted by the Wairarapa Branch in Masterton. Registration from 12 noon Friday. Details in Ulyssian Date: Fri 14 Apr 2017 - Sun 16 Apr 2017

North Shore Dinner Night - Africa Bar, 1b William Pickering Drive, Albany Every 3rd Wednesday of the month (5:30 onwards), Bar & kitchen. 5:30 onward. Email Wayne if you are attending.

Ulysses Napier End of Summer Rally
- Hawkes Bay Ulysses Branch


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 reservations.

Twists and Turns - 2 -4pm Kelston Girls High School, 1 Archibald Rd, Kelston.  The school entrance is first on the right as you turn off Great North Rd.

North Shore Dinner Night - Africa Bar, 1b William Pickering Drive, Albany Every 3rd Wednesday of the month (5:30 onwards), Bar & kitchen. 5:30 onward. Email Wayne if you are attending.

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.
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.
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
1 February 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.
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Phone 021 708677
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