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North Harbour Ulysses Newsletter.
Edition 5
October 2014

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Edition No. 5.

Lora Nankivell's article on the Centenary Tea in the former Farmers Building had me reminiscing about school holiday trips to town.  My brothers and I were dressed in our best outfits, shiny patent leather shoes and a shilling in our hand from Grandad. The bus trip from Howick took over an hour to reach the city.  The Children's Play area beside the Grand Tea Room was always a compulsory visit as was the stop to say hello to Hector, Farmers resident white cockatoo.  

Thanks for all your positive comments regarding the newsletter.  I must be doing something right 'cos I have not had any complaints or you are all just too polite.  If you view the newsletter in your email, it will probably truncate showing the message "This email is truncated, press here to view more."  Or it may be easier to click on "View this email in your browser" at the very top of this newsletter.

It seems that the Wednesday rides are always a lot of fun, looking at the comments and photos on Facebook.  Not everyone has access to Facebook so perhaps you could share  some of your escapades in the newsletter.

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

Jeni Van Driel

October Coordinators Report
This month we welcome a new sponsor/branch supporter with Hyosung  Motorcycles of Barry’s Point Road coming on board.  Beau Dobson will be bringing a selection of bikes to our October club-night, he tells me a large proportion of Hyosung riders are over 40.  Look for their article further on in this newsletter.

When you go into a sponsors shop make sure to tell them you are a North Harbour member and you appreciate their support , let them know we are supporting them, what goes around comes around & completes the circle.

By now you should have received your National Magazine, please look at the Rider Training subsidy section on page 14, our Branch & NatCom will subsidise these courses as funds allow.  You MUST notify Niki or myself  BEFORE you attend the course so we can notify NatCom who will put aside the funds to subsidise your course, if you don’t let us know first there will be no subsidy.  Many of our members have done these courses and recommend them.

Why not join the Cossie Club, if you take out a full membership, that covers you for entry to any Chartered Club in New Zealand including some Fishing Clubs, you can get a full list from the Cossie club.  For the period 1.10.14 – 31.3.15 the subscription charges are: Single $16.50 inc GST plus $10 one off admin fee, Couple $27.50 inc GST plus $10 one off admin fee. Wayne Cameron, the Cossie Club President has agreed to waive the Admin Fee if you join before 31st October.   Thereafter the subscription fees for 1.4.15 – 31.3.16 are:  Single $34.50 inc GST,  Double $57.50 inc GST.  See the Bar person for further info and entry forms.

If you are considering going to the National AGM in Tauranga I suggest you book your accommodation early so you can get within walking distance of the venue, details on page 12 of the NatMag.

Once more, please book in for meals at club-night and our Wednesday night dinners it helps with the organising.  If you haven’t done a North Harbour Xmas Dinner before make sure you book in for this year, we usually get 70-80+ people along and it is a fun night. If we get 90+ registrations Maddogs & Englishmen will give us exclusive use for the night. Check out the menu further down and book early.
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 October 2nd Club Night
Peter and Dave from CYCLESPOT  arrived at our September club night on a Victory and a Ducati for club members to view.  
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.
The directors of Hyosung Motorcycles are Richard Scott and Ken Dobson. Both have vast experience in the motorcycle world starting as apprentice mechanics, to competing at International Road Races throughout the world including; Bathurst, Isle of Man TT, Daytona, Ulster Grand Prix, Assen TT, Castrol 6 Hours, and Le Mans 24 Hours. Events which encompassed the World TT F1 Championships, World Endurance Championships and World 500cc Grand Prix. Although well retired from that pace of riding we still put time and funding into the sport by way of the highly successful WIL Sport Hyosung Cup, a dedicated class of road racing for the Hyosung 250’s.
Nowadays we both enjoy a more sedate form of motorcycling like sunny Sunday rides for a coffee or to the fish and chip shop, when time permits.
Along with Ken and Richard are Beau, Stan and Mark who complete the team with part timers Kasey, Denise and Cindy. All are passionate about Motorcycles, customer service and choose to spend their time outside riding or racing motorcycles.
Email: Click to email Sales or Click here to email Workshop.
Business Hours
Mon 8:30am – 5:30pm      Tue 8:30am – 5:30pm 
Wed 8:30am – 5:30pm      Thu 8:30am – 5:30pm 
Fri 8:30am – 5:30pm          Sat 9:00am – 4.00pm
Sun Closed
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
Q: How do you keep your man from reading your e-mail?
A: Rename the mail folder 'Instruction Manuals'
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
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.  
Photo Gallery from September Rides
Thanks to contributions from Rob and Sue Boyle
Barbara Hampe
Vaughan Nankivell
Fathers Day
Fathers Day ride September 7th
Fathers Day
 Bikers in Blue Ride Supporting Prostate Cancer Foundation
Bikers in Blue
Friday Night at the Cossie Club with Brett Wallace entertaining.
Cossie Club
You asked for it......

The Runs and Events list in a printable Version
so here it is for the first time...
Click Here to print your Runs List
I was asked by The Sheriff  to find out some history on The Arkansas Kid.
An Interview with
David Moore #6998
Vice President, North Harbour Ulysses

Ed: What is your favourite biker Movie?

DM: My favourite bike movie would have to be Wild Hogs.  I can relate to all the characters in the movie, but mostly with the character of the dentist.  He was just an average guy that enjoyed riding to remove the stresses of life and feel some freedom.

Ed: What do you remember about your first ride?

DM: My first motorcycle ride was not actually on the motorbike.  My dad invented a new way of babysitting.  He would tie a canvas tarp to the back of his old Harley Davidson and put us kids on the tarp in the backyard.  He would cruise pretty slowly around the yard but of course he would pick up the speed a little too much and one or more of us would roll off the canvas.  Dad’s rule was very simple:  If you are not crying when he came back around, he would stop and let you get back on the tarp.  If you were still crying, he would keep circling until you finished, then he would stop and let you get back on.

Ed: How did you become interested in motorcycles?

DM: As you can imagine, I became very interested in biking at a very young age.  This was a combination of being around my dad and his many motorbikes and the way we would gather worms for fishing.   He would adjust the spark on his old Harley so the motorbike would actually just jump up and down on the kickstand.  After just a short time, the earthworms would surface and picking them up was kid’s work... literally.

Ed: Where is your favourite place to ride regularly?

DM: My favourite rides would be more of a list than one item.  I enjoyed the summit ride through the Port Hills around Christchurch, the summit road from Little River to Akaroa and the main road to Akaroa from Halswell.  But as you can imagine, the earthquakes really ruined those rides.  The Port Hills summit road has been closed and only a small section still is tolerable to ride.  But the other rides are munted also, from the earthquakes.  I also really enjoy the Coromandel rides, Arthur’s Pass, Lewis Pass, the back roads to Helensville, rode to Milford and the National Park Road.  Always ready to try suggested roads though so keep them coming.

Ed: Could you tell us about the motorcycle you currently ride?

DM: My current bike is a memorial bike that belonged to a good friend that passed at the age of 41 on my 50th Birthday. Craig died of  Esophagus Cancer after a hard bout with cancer, but his final months he enjoyed riding the Rocket as much as he could.  He was so proud to have finished the TT2000 just a few months before he passed.  I have owned it just over 2 years now purchasing it on the anniversary of his passing and for my 51st birthday.  That was 61,000 k’s ago.  Craig’s only wish for the bike was for me to ride it.  I think he would be pleased.

Ed: What was your first bike?

DM:  I began my riding on a Honda CB350 Four, riding it mostly on the shingle roads in Southern Arkansas.  At the young age of 11, it was more bike than most thought I could handle, but my dad insisted that I have a motorcycle large enough to GET THE HELL OUT OF THE WAY!  This argument came in handy when he purchased a Honda Goldwing and I fell in love with riding it.  Finally a motorcycle big enough to be seen and enough power to GET THE HELL OUT OF THE WAY. 

I enjoyed riding it and actually used it to take my motorcycle license test.  The cop told my dad that I couldn’t ride that motorcycle upon our arrival  for the test and dad told him he thought that was what the test was for.  I completed the ride and received my license, which I have had since I was 14.  I rode that Goldwing for many years, and upon retiring from the US Marines, I returned home to find it being stored (not so lovingly) in the barn.  I tried for several months to purchase it and finally purchased my dad’s best friends twin bike, canary yellow and loaded.  The only difference being the stereo on the other bike.  After a couple of years riding the other bike, my dad decided to sell me his bike for spare parts.  But after a very short clean up and maintenance, and pulling the bike behind a jeep for about a mile and a half of sputtering and backfires, the bike came to life and I rode it 30 miles  home.  I kept both bikes running and riding until I departed for NZ in 2001. In 2007 I purchased a Harley Davidson Road King and rode it for 5 years until the accident a couple of years ago, replacing it with the Rocket.  After 5 years, I had accumulated 122,000 k’s on the Road King. 

Ed: What does motorcycling mean to you?

DM: I don’t believe I could possibly explain what motorcycling means to me.  It is just in my blood and I don’t know how to explain it any more than that.  Days I am not riding seem to be a waste and they feel like I am missing something. I enjoy riding so much, when I got the chance to take a mentoring course sponsored by the Ulysses Club and ACC, I jumped at the chance.  I figured after that many years of riding, I wouldn’t learn much.  But since it was subsidized by ACC and Ulysses Clubs, the price made me realize if I only picked up one single bit of information, it would be worth the effort and cost.  I learnt first off, that after more than 35 years of riding big bikes, I was the least experienced rider in the group of 12.  I was humbled by the experience of those present.  And I learnt a lot including better lines on corners (new), emergency braking (even though on that particular bike it was 100% front brake, as the instructor found out) and seeing things more clearly as I ride.  I then became the mentoring coordinator for the Canterbury Ulysses Club for the next 4 years (resigned when I came to Auckland).

Ed: and where to next?

DM: My next adventure?   Well, not sure but it would have to be riding somewhere.  I really enjoy the Wednesday rides with the Ulysses club and the Sunday rides as well. Plan to do more rides on the Coromandel and the far North.
A couple are lying in bed. The man says,  'I am going to make you the happiest woman in the world.'
The woman replies,  'I'll miss you...'

Who is This?

Last month was Sheriff Peter Webb
Important parts of this gentleman's life.
Bike, car and mother-in-law.
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. 
Q: Why do men whistle when they are sitting on the toilet?
A: It helps them remember which end they need to wipe.
Heritage Auckland Hotel' s Centenary Tea in the
Grand Tea Room of the former Farmers building.

Sunday  12 October 2014 2pm - 3:30pm   
(after the pink ribbon ride)

Many Aucklander’s will remember coming to Farmers and going up to the tea rooms, or the children’s play area for a cup of tea.
We are inviting you to come back and reminisce while we transport you back to the 1930’s.  You will dine on scrumptious nibbles while you drink tea served in china tea cups.  Heritage Auckland  is celebrating the building’s 100th birthday as it was first opened for Robert Laidlaw in 1914.
Come and help us celebrate.

Tickets:   $65pp
Seniors special: $60pp
Children: 4 - 14: $45pp
3 and under - free

To make a booking or enquire: 09 979 7438
Riding faster than everyone else only guarantees you'll ride alone.
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.

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 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.


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

Mobile: 021 1844100
Home: 09 810 9798
Medium to Long
October 2nd. 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

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


WIMA Pink Ribbon Ride
Charity Ride for New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.
Time: 0900 meet for a 1030 departure.
Meet: Auckland Netball Centre
7 Allison Ferguson Drive (off Stonefields Ave)
St Johns, Auckland
October 15th.  It's the 3rd Wednesday of the month so it's North Shore dinner night at Mad Dogs and Englishman, Link Drive.  Reservations Here

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.
Kaiaua Fish and Chip Run
For Lunch 
Departs Papakura Service Centre
at 10.00am

RIC: Rini Van Driel

Mobile: 027 2790864
Home:  09 415 6814

Note: Ride and Destination change
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.
Click for Registration Form and Rally Invite Letter
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.  

Hamilton North Special Schools'
8th Annual Charity Motorbike Run.
$5.00 Entry
Departs Papakura Service Centre
at 7.30am

RIC: Wayne Painter

Mobile: 027 2891018
Shop: 09 4104715
Help children with Special Needs.
Note: Ride and destination change
South Head and Around
Lunch and Ice Cream Run
Departs Cossie Club
at 10.00am

RIC: Wayne Larsen

Mobile: 021 02828442
Home: 09 4768071

Note: Ride and destination change
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
December 17th.  North Harbour Ulysses Christmas Dinner .
Reservations with meal choice essential to Wayne Painter

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.

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...........
Ulysses Club Manawatu Branch
Four Points Compass Rally – Motorcycle Poker Run

Complete all 4 Points in any order from Friday October 17th and finish with the drawing of the last card in Palmerston North on Saturday November 1st.
Click here for Registration Form
Northern Odyssey
Click Here for Information & Registration Form for the inaugural Northern Odyssey to be run by Waikato Branch over summer,
commencing on Boxing Day.
Check out the CAMS website – and click on the yellow Southern Classic Festival logo, this will link you through to the SCF page with relevant links to rider registration form, supplementary regulation details and links for all our supportive sponsors!! 
Why? Why? Why?

Why are you always waiting?  Tomorrow isn't guaranteed.

Why don't sheep shrink in the rain?


Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavoring, and dish washing liquid made with real lemons?

Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?

You Don't Need A Harley To Pick Up Chicks

On the farm lived a chicken an a horse, both of whom loved to play together. One day the two were playing when the horse fell into a bog and began to sink. Scared for his life, the horse whinnied for the chicken to go get the farmer for help! Off the chicken ran, back to the farm. Arriving at the farm, he searched and searched for the farmer, but to no avail, for the farmer had gone to town with the only tractor. Running around, the chicken s pied the farmer's new Harley. Finding the keys in the ignition, the chicken sped off with a length of rope hoping he still had time to save his friend's life. After tying the other end to the rear bumper of the farmer's bike, the chicken then drove slowly forward and, with the aid of the powerful bike, rescued the horse! Happy and proud, the chicken rode the Harley back to the farmhouse, and the farmer was none the wiser when he returned. The friendship between the two animals was cemented: Best Buddies, Best Pals. A few weeks later, the chicken fell into a mud pit, and soon, he too, began to sink and cried out to the horse to save his life! The horse thought a moment, walked over, and straddled the large puddle. Looking underneath, he told the chicken to grab his hangy-down thingy and he would then lift him out of the pit. The chicken got a good grip, and the horse pulled him up and out, saving his life. The moral of the story? (yep, you betcha, there is a moral!) "When You're Hung Like A Horse, You Don't Need A Harley To Pick Up Chicks" 

DO NOT wash your hair in the shower!
I just had to share this good advice.
It's so good to finally get a health warning that is useful!
It involves the shampoo that runs down your body while you are showering. I don't know why I didn't figure this out sooner!
I use shampoo in the shower!
When I wash my hair, the shampoo runs down my whole body, and printed very clearly on the shampoo label is this warning:
No wonder I have been gaining weight!
Well! I got rid of that shampoo and I am going to start showering with Dawn Dishwashing Soap. Its label reads:
Problem solved! 

A young Glaswegian guy takes his new girlfriend home to meet the family.
The dad looks up and says “Who’s is this lovely young lady?”
Boy says “It’s Amanda.”
The dad jumps up and shouts “It’s a f.....g  what?”

Three virgin sisters were all getting married within a short time period.  Mum was a  bit worried about how their sex life would get started and made them all promise to send a postcard from the honeymoon with a few words on their first impressions of marital sex.

The first girl sent a card from Hawaii two days after the wedding. The card said 
nothing but:  "Nescafe".  Puzzled at first, Mum went to her kitchen and got out the Nescafe jar.  It said:  "Great from beginning to end". Mum blushed, but was pleased for her daughter.

The second girl sent the card from the Maldives a week after the wedding, and 
the card read:   "Rothmans".  Mum now knew to go straight to her husband's cigarettes to read from the pack:   "Super strong  King Size".  She was again slightly embarrassed but still happy for her daughter..
The third girl departed for her honeymoon in New Zealand .. Mum waited for a week, 
nothing. Another week went by and still nothing. A month passed; still nothing.. A card finally arrived from Auckland on which was written with shaky hand, "Air New Zealand "..
Mum took out her latest travel magazine, flipped through the pages fearing the worst, 
and finally found the ad for Air NZ.
'Ten times a day, seven days a week, in all directions.' 

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Wayne #1756 & Dale Painter #1774
Paul #8047 & Niki Morrison #8052
Paul Gallagher # 3266
A good rider has balance, judgement and good timing.
So does a good lover.  (Amen!!!)
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