North Harbour Ulysses Newsletter.
Edition 55
May 2019

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Hi All

Another new year has started for the North Harbour Ulysses Club with a new committee formed and in place.  Thanks to all who volunteered for the committee and thanks to Rob who stepped up to take the Branch President position.

I'd also like to thank everyone who provides content for the newsletter.  This is your newsletter and it's only as good as the content you provide.  I'd like to see more photos and stories about our Sunday rides.  The stories don't have to be huge.  Just a couple of photos and a brief on where the ride went etc.  The mid-week riders seem to have this down-pat with something on our Facebook page each week. Just email me on

Are you aware our members business ads are at the bottom of the newsletter? If not scroll to the bottom and check out what's on offer.  If you'd like your business advertised in the newsletter.  Simply send me the ad you'd like in here.

Don't forget to come with your wallets open for our quiz night this Thursday in support of Wilson Home.  This is a great cause. All welcome including non-members.  See the ad below Rob's Presidents Report.
Happy & Safe Riding  
Craig McEwan #9243
Editor - Ulysses North Harbour
Ulysses North Harbour Facebook Page
Ulysses North Harbour Website

Next Club Night is Thursday May 2 2019 @ 7.00pm

Well I have been in the job for just on a month and it’s time for my first report. I am pleased to say we have gotten off to a great start. Firstly, I must say a big thanks to Wayne and Dale for all the work they have put into the Branch since its conception, “Thank-you both very much” also congratulations to Wayne on his appointment to the role of National Vice President.

This brings to mind the National Rally and AGM. The National Rally and AGM proved to be an awesome event well run and what a fantastic venue, Friday night saw us socialising along with some great fun games. Then we were all seated and out came dinner, Lamb shank on potato mash with Bok Choy some of us had already had a desert of enormous cream doughnuts and the excess were distributed around the tables for those who were still hungry to have as their desert.

Saturday we had our AGM we had a talk from the ACC which said that they had listened to all the submissions and were going to make changes to our ACC levy on our registration that will amount to a $200 rebate on the levy for those that had completed 2 ride for life courses in the previous 12 months a silver and a gold or 2 gold’s.

Some of us then went on a well organised ride to a lovely pub with great food and more socialising then it was back for the evenings meal which was a smorgasbord meal including a desert, there was plenty for all, Sundays breakfast was Bacon, eggs, hash browns, baked beans and a tomato, a great feed to get us on our way. Well Done Hastings, you have given us a lot to think about and work on for our hosting in 2023.

This leads on to the National Rally 2023 hosted by North Harbour, Wayne Painter has been asked by the committee to head up a sub committee to start planning and organising this he will be approaching members to help him the committee has appointed Steve Crow to be their representative on the organising committee. If you would like to help in some way then please talk to Wayne about this. I know he has had members approach him already.

We had  our first event under the new leadership of North Harbour, that we attended that being the PAWS ride for justice, I made a comment to Clive Thomas the recently retired Auckland President that it was rather ironic that here we were at an event organised to raise funds for animals and we get 2000 odd bikes turn out, but when we organise an event for the benefit of humanity, our fellow human beings, we struggle to get 200 bikes turn out, admittedly it’s obvious that the prize of an Indian motorcycle is a big draw card, and please don’t misunderstand me I do love animals and I am against animal cruelty, but still it is rather a sad indictment on our society these days.

Sadly there was some shocking riding on display along with 2 bikes and a car involved in a crash. We need to ride with respect for the road laws and other motorists and especially for ourselves and loved ones. All this aside we had 6 new member enquires, so all going well we will have some new members joining us shortly. Thought for the month wouldn’t it be amazing if we could get 500 plus motorcycles along to our Ronnie run this year.

We had our first committee meeting with the new committee and I must say we have a great team on committee, our commitment to the Ronnie Run was reinforced also it was confirmed that we will be doing fund raising for “The Wilson Home Trust” our local charity. Fund raising for this will start immediately after May’s Branch meeting with a quiz night, $5 per person 8 - 10per team, the invitation goes out to non-members to make up teams the quiz will start straight after the meeting, so it may be best that non-members attend the meeting, who knows they might decide to become members.

There will be prizes at the end of the night, so let’s get behind this charity and let’s make it happen, there will be more. Thanks to Steve we will have a barometer poster to follow our fund-raising target, this being $2,563 for the purchase of specific electronic equipment for the home.

Please see the list below:-
Nintendo Switch Console – portable so can be moved easily               $509.00 
PlayStation Console Pro 1TB Black                                                      $599.00
Xbox console                                                                                         $439.00
Veon 55-inch TV – compatible with gaming consoles                           $700.00

Nintendo Switch Fifa Soccer                                                                  $59.00
PS4 NBA Basketball                                                                               $99.00
PS4 Spiderman                                                                                      $99.00
PS4 Just Dance                                                                                     $59.00

Please note that this is not a definitive figure we could aim for $3500 or even $4000 and give a cash amount to the Wilson Home along with the equipment. First target is the $2563 for the gear.
Well that’s about all to report for this month I look forward to leading you into a bright future and welcome any suggestions or thoughts you may have about our Branch.

Rob Bissett #7822
North Harbour Branch President
+64 027 733 3923


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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.
Click Here to Book Your Ride Forever Course Now
Use Promo Code PROCL when booking your course.
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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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.
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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.  
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Out Cruising

23 April - Charlie Truell
Eight riders today. It was very foggy south of the Bombay Hills, but more by good luck than good management we avoided all but a few wisps of it. I led us out along Ararimu Road to Mangatawhiri, then south on roads to the east of the Waikato River.

We had lunch at the Classics Museum in Hamilton, and spent a happy time looking at their motorcycle and car display. So many of the vehicles there had been owned by one of us, or our parents!

Back to Auckland via Whatawhata and the roads to the west of the Waikato.

Thanks to Sig Falkenhaug for being TEC.

17 April - Charlie Truell
Seventeen of us hit the highway today. I took us up SH16 and across Woodcocks Road, then south on the Mahurangi peninsula to Martins Bay. After a rest there we went on to Scotts Landing, where six of us walked around Casnell Island. That earned us all lunch at Snells Beach.

As we finished lunch, a guy turned up on a Ural 750 with a sidecar. He bought the rig new in New Zealand earlier this year, and has ridden it down to Bluff and back. I thought Urals were not up to modern technology standards, but this bike had disc brakes on each wheel, Brembo brakes, and two-wheel drive.

Thanks to Pip Sutherland for being TEC.

16 April - Barry Holland
Three bikes met for a quick morning ride today. Port Albert got the vote so John Pearce led the way and I was TEC. A beautiful day and stunning views across the Port.......pity the fish and chip shop closes all day Tuesday!! I led us to a nice little cafe in Wellsford so coffee and a snack and headed off along SH1 for home. Back home for 1pm after a terrific short ride! No pics for this "unofficial" ride. Looking forward to normal services being resumed tomorrow morning
14 April - Barry Holland
Today Barry Holland took a group of 9 people on 7 bikes to Awhitu Peninsula.
The ride left Albany and during a stop in Papakura two more bikers joint the group.
Via the back roads Barry led us to the first stop in Waiuku. He luckily changed his plan and included a visit to the lighthouse on the South Head of the Manukau Heads. Some of us have never been there.
We were very lucky because the Lighthouse door was open and we all climbed to the top.
We saw a rain shower hanging over Huia and Cornwallis and by the time we rode back to Waiuku for lunch we had to ride through it. It looked very bad but nobody bothered to put on wet weather gear because it was just a greasy sort of mist.
Just before the kitchen was to close we all could still order our drinks and food and had our usual discussions and laughs.
Thanks Barry for an excellent ride and thanks to Rob and Annette for being Tail End ..Couple!
10 April - John Heebink
Thirteen in a dozen today……No, all great characters who turned up in Albany this morning.
After a short debate and a vote the destination for today was to be Huia.
Nobody else was very quick to put their hand up to lead the ride, so I volunteered to do it.
Kindly Charlie was already prepared to be TEC while wearing a different colour high vision vest.
Thanks Charlie!
We left Albany and convoluted our way towards Huia via roads that a lot of the group never had been on before. We had a stop and a chat at Parrs Park and took on the views on the Huia Point Look out. Today it was extra beautiful because of the sunny weather and the tide was in.
Some of us went straight to the Huia Café and some others had a look at Little Huia as well.
We all enjoyed a good lunch and as a bonus the Huia Café staff supplied us with some extra nibbles afterwards as well.
It was a great day out with a nice bunch of people.
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. 
Click here to visit the Events Page on North Harbour Ulysses Website
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 7.00pm during winter months.
Our next social dinner is on 15 May - 5:30pm onwards.   
Africa is located at 1b William Pickering Drive, Albany
Our next social dinner is on 15 May - 5:30pm onwards.  Please email Julia by Monday 13 if you intend to attend.
Africa is located at 1b William Pickering Drive, Albany
Midweek Wednesday Rides (check out NH Ulysses facebook page for details.)
Are you free to ride Midweek?
Why not join fellow Ulyssians on Wednesday's

Departing Warehouse covered carpark in Albany at 10.00am
Destination decided on the day.
These rides are proving very popular.
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
Life in the Australian  Army...

Text of a  letter from a kid from Eromanga to Mum and Dad. (For Those of you not in  the know, Eromanga is a small    town, west of  Quilpie in the far south west of   Queensland )  

Dear Mum & Dad,

I am well. Hope youse are  too. Tell me big brothers Doug and Phil that the Army is better than  workin' on the farm - tell them to get in bloody quick smart before the  jobs are all gone! I wuz a bit slow in settling down at first, because  ya don't hafta get outta bed until 6am. But I like sleeping in now, cuz  all ya gotta do before brekky is make ya bed and shine ya boots and  clean ya uniform. No bloody cows to milk, no calves to feed, no feed to  stack - nothin'!! Ya haz gotta shower though, but its not so bad, coz  there's lotsa hot water and even a light to see what ya doing!  

At brekky ya get cereal, fruit and eggs but there's no kangaroo  steaks or possum stew like wot Mum makes. You don't get fed again until  noon and by that time all the city boys are buggered because we've been  on a 'route march' - geez its only just like walking to the windmill in  the back paddock!! 

This one will kill me brothers Doug and Phil  with laughter. I keep getting medals for shootin' - dunno why. The  bullseye is as big as a bloody possum's bum and it don't move and it's  not firing back at ya like the Johnsons did when our big scrubber bull  got into their prize cows before the Ekka last year! All ya gotta do is  make yourself comfortable and hit the target - it's a piece of piss!!  You don't even load your own cartridges, they comes in little boxes, and  ya don't have to steady yourself against the rollbar of the roo shooting  truck when you reload! 

Sometimes ya  gotta wrestle  with the city boys and I gotta be real careful coz they break easy -  it's not like fighting with Doug and Phil and Jack and Boori and Steve  and Muzza all at once like we do at home after the muster.
Turns out  I'm not a bad boxer either and it looks like I'm the best the platoon's  got, and I've only been beaten by this one bloke from the Engineers -  he's 6 foot 5 and 15 stone and three pick handles across the shoulders  and as ya know I'm only 5 foot 7 and eight stone wringin' wet, but I  fought him till the other blokes carried me off to the boozer. 

I  can't complain about the Army - tell the boys to get in quick before  word gets around how bloody good it is.

Your loving  daughter,

Great sex quotes
"There are a number of mechanical devices which increase sexual arousal, particularly in women. Chief among these is the Mercedes-Benz SL500."
Frank Sinatra
"It isn't premarital sex if you have no intention of getting married."
"Women might be able to fake orgasms. But men can fake a whole relationship."
 "My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son-of-a-bitch."
Jack Nicholson
 "Clinton lied. A man might forget where he parks or where he lives, but he never forgets oral sex, no matter how bad it is."
Barbara Bush (Former US First Lady)
 "Ah, yes, divorce, from the Latin word meaning to rip out a man's genitals through his wallet."
Robin Williams
"According to a new survey, women say they feel more comfortable undressing in front of men than they do undressing in front of other women. They say that women are too judgmental, where, of course, men are just grateful."
Robert De Niro
"There's a new medical crisis. Doctors are reporting that many men are having allergic reactions to latex condoms. They say they cause severe swelling. So what's the problem?"
Dustin Hoffman
"There's very little advice in men's magazines, because men think, 'I know what I'm doing. Just show me somebody naked!"
Jerry Seinfeld
"See, the problem is that God gives men a brain and a penis and only enough blood to run one at a time."
Robin Williams
"It's been so long since I've had sex, I've forgotten who ties up whom."
Joan Rivers
Sex is one of the most wholesome, beautiful and natural experiences money can buy.
Steve Martin
You don't appreciate a lot of stuff in school until you get older. Little things like being spanked every day by a middle-aged woman. Stuff you pay good money for later in life.
Bob Hope
"Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same."
Oscar Wilde
2019 Executive Members
Committee Members
Non Committee Positions
Linda Bleasedale 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 Linda on
Mobile 021 503 101
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.
StraitNZ has provided us with the following discount for members using the Bluebridge – this promotion runs through until 30 September 2019, although there are some peak dates (highlighted below) when it cannot be used.

The Club’s promo code is ULYSSES10
Full details / terms and conditions are:
• The 10% discount only applies to Ulysses club members.
• Upon check-in all passengers must provide proof they are part of the Ulysses club. Failure to do so will result in a fare difference being required to be paid prior to boarding.
• Travel exclusions: 15 December to 15 January and Easter weekend including Thursday before Good Friday and Tuesday after Easter Monday.
• The discount applies to all available fare types and cannot be used in conjunction with any other special offer.
• The deal can only be redeemed via the Bluebridge passenger service and does not apply to any Travel company or freight bookings.
• Standard fare terms and conditions apply.
• To take advantage of the special fares above simply contact us to make a reservation and quote ' ULYSSES10’. Alternatively you can book online by entering the following promo code: ULYSSES10. Please remember that you must present your official forms confirming you are related to the club.
Members Free Ads

Space here for Members advert.  Please include Your name and membership number.
Proud Sponsors of the Ronnie Run
Paul Gallagher # 3266
Steve Brackenridge  
Ben Becker 
Steve Crow
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