North Harbour Ulysses Newsletter.
Edition 57
July 2019

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Hi All

I have very good news for you all.  We have passed the winter solstice so the days will start to get longer......slowly.  Spring is less than 70 days away. 

There is some important information for you in Robs President's Report so please read it if you intend on coming to the July club night, Social night or the Mid Winter Social.

Remember the latest information on our rides and events will be posted on Facebook.  All ride and events are on the North Harbour Ulysses Facebook page under Events.  If you aren't a member of our Facebook page simply navigate to the North Harbour Ulysses Facebook page and click on "JOIN".

If you are not on Facebook and you are intending on attending a ride.  You can find all the ride information on our website.  If you require any further information you can call or text the RIC.  The RICs phone numbers are listed in the event on the North Harbour Ulysses website under Events.

Links to our website and Facebook page are listed below.

I look forward to seeing you all at the next club meeting on 4 July.
Happy & Safe Riding  
Craig McEwan #9243
Editor - Ulysses North Harbour
Ulysses North Harbour Facebook Page
Ulysses North Harbour Website

Well its been another busy month and it is defiantly getting colder but still we have had lots of good riding days, with more to come I am sure. Please be careful when out on your bike as the roads can be greasy.

The month of June kick off with Barry, Johan, John, Opie, Bill, myself and a few others headed over to Auckland’s Branch meeting, all was going well until the raffle was being drawn and North Harbour members scored the first 2 prizes, but then Auckland members started winning a few so that was fine we received a warm welcome and had some good conversations, we will be doing a few joint rides with Auckland the first will be Sunday 23rd June which will have happened by the time you read this.

1. Mid-winter Social 6 th July 7:30pm at North Harbour Squash Club, there will be a different band to the one announced but I am assured that the “Rock Gypsies” are great and play our kind of music please get your tickets ASAP contact Sonia on 0212522390 for tickets.

2. July's Club Night will be a great one with Wilson Home being presented with the gear they requested plus a reasonable amount of cash. Warning there will be no kitchen open I will be organising pizza from Dominos we will charge $5 per person for this so this requires that you reply to the email that is sent out we will need to know numbers and any special dietary needs. So please RSVP ASAP.

3. July’s Wednesday Branch Dinner will be held at Elevations in Titirangi. Shane has offered to drive a bus over it will depart the Pupuke Golf course at 6:15 sharp, there will be an email sent out. Please RSVP ASAP as we need to know what size bus is needed at present it will be a 20-seater. Sonia is looking into more venue’s so let’s give it a good go.

This month will see Steve Crow riding across Russia. 

We have opened up a fundraising account with the Kiwibank. Funnily enough it’s called the Fund Raising account and if you wish to donate money to any cause such as Ronnie Run, The Wilson home or maybe the Hospice (we are currently looking into them at the moment) then you can deposit funds directly in to the account: 38-9015-0847301-02.

You will also see a new page on the website called fund-raising, it is in its infancy and will be developed further when I get some spare time. 

I have kept up the walking but must say I have been a bit slack with the cold weather. Going walking in the evening is a tad chilly but I will persevere.

We had a Coffee and Conversations the other week and myself and 2 others bikes went for a ride one a member from the  Wellsford area and his friend who is new to riding and is looking for a group to ride with.  We headed off west though Kumeu out through Helensville and up one to Orewa over the Hill and into Puhoi where we got drenched and then dried out at the pub with a drink and a bowl of hot chips. I was wearing my vest with patch on and an Australian guy from Victoria came up and introduced himself and was a Ulyssian for Victoria he admired the ability to wear our patch as we do. So a good thought if you are wearing your patch it can be a good point of contact, so wear it with pride as you never know who you will meet. Also you don’t know who is watching you.

I feel sorry for branches that have problems with gangs in their areas and are fearful to wear them, as they are a big part of our history and culture. Remember it’s not compulsory to wear the patch. It is a matter of choice and remember that Patches have always been worn by Motorcycle Riders Clubs (The Motorcycle Association of USA) since WWII, and 1%ers were not outlaws in the beginning. They were riders who took offence to some shoddy reporting in the newspaper and broke away. Bikers who wear 99% patch are the opposite of the outlaw bikers, meaning they are recognised members of the motorcycle association. In the biker world, members of motorcycle clubs are often considered to have “earned” their patch. However, there is no uniform rule to this and patches can vary from one club to another. So, let’s respect each other for who we are and what we are. After all we all enjoy the freedom of riding motorcycles. 

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


Next Club Night is Thursday 4 July
Click here to visit the Events Page on North Harbour Ulysses Website
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.
Barry's Bits
If you require any further information or assistance with booking the gravel course you can speak to Barry Holland who can answer questions or guide you through the booking process. 
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.
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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

June 12 - Charlie Tee
Eight riders today, and a ninth who came to socialise. The weather outlook wasn't great, so we decided on a short ride up SH16 and across Woodcocks Road, with the destination suggestion of The Garage Cafe in Barry's Point Road. After further discussion, we decided to have lunch at the Puhoi Cheese Factory instead, and go on for a coffee at The Garage later.

John Pearce led the ride. There was a brief shower of rain so we stopped at Kaukapakapa to put on wet weather gear. We got to Puhoi without further precipitation, and stopped at the cemetery there where Ben Becker's sister is buried.

After lunch the sky looked a bit threatening so we decided to skip The Garage. The ride home was dry!

June 19 - John Heebink

On the coldest day of the year, so far, 14 people turned up at the start of today’s ride. We even had an international guest from the Ulysses Club of Johannesburg East in our midst.

After a short discussion and a vote we decided to go to Mangawhai for lunch. Nobody was keen to be RIC so I was nominated by other members to do the honour. Charlie looked after the tail end.

Via the most scenic back roads we made our first stop on top of the hill just past Wenderholm.

All of us were ready to go again but one member was franticly pulling weeds out. When I got near him he said that he dropped his glasses. So I helped him looking for them during which I said to another member; “They are not on his head, are they?” He walked back to his bike and yes his second pair was on the bike and the other….on his nose…!!

Via Warkworth and Matakana we made our way towards our lunch destination but I accidently took a right hand turn too early. By the time I had the sun almost behind me again, I thought it was time to practise a U turn, just before the roads turned to being unsealed. Sorry a mistake made by me, but now we found another alternative route to Mangawhai via sealed roads.

During our lunch outside, a bird shat on me, so hopefully I get away with a fine by the sheriff.

How many times go through Mangawhai and not checked out the look-out which is signposted at the information side?

A large group followed me over the 50 meters dirt road and we started climbing to the look-out tower. There was a sign there that the track was closed because of logging going on. So as you do, we put that sign on the side and walked through. 20 meters further stood a mean looking logging worker waiting for us. I tried to bribe him with some dollars but because most of us where wearing high-vis vest he let us walk to the tower as long as we stayed on the track. So he was not that mean after all. I did put the sign back afterwards.

Thanks Charlie for being TEC, and all of you for the nice company.

25 June - Charlie Tee
14 riders today, and three more came to the meeting point to socialise. Peter Wooller took us to the Golden Cross mine near Waihi. 
On the way through Karangahake Gorge we had a lengthy stop at roadworks, at least ten minutes. As we were in the shade, it got quite chilly, and one rider made a U-turn and went off for lunch by himself.
I last went to the mine early this year. The road was a very nice twisty country road, all sealed except for the last 100 metres. I suggested riders avoid the unsealed part and park in a small area at the end of the seal. In winter, the road is quite different from my earlier experience, with lots of sunstrike even at 1 pm, and moss and drifts of pine needles over the surface. Still an enjoyable experience, but probably best saved for summer. Unfortunately the carpark at the top of the road was closed and used for helicopter landings. We saw a helicopter leave as we approached, and saw it return and land once we walked up the gravel road. I don't know what the helicopter is used for. Just as well we didn't try riding up the gravel part of the road, as we would have had to turn around on a steep slope with very little space at the top.
There's an information sign about the mine (which closed in 1998) in the carpark, but we weren't able to get close enough to read it.
After a nice lunch in Paeroa, we made our respective ways home.

26 June - John Heebink
Today when it was hotter in Paris then in Africa; 11 bikers came together at Papakura Autobahn under a sunny sky with balmy temperature of 8 degrees.

Charlie was our ride leader today and he took us via some beautiful backroads via Drury and Clevedon to Kawakawa Bay for our first pi{t(ss)}stop.

One rider turned back from here and the rest followed the coast from the Firth of Thames via the Kaiaua “backroad” towards our lunch stop at the Corner Stone Café.

The service there was excellent and quick so we had plenty of time to discuss the problems of the world and play with the very friendly cat.

Thanks for our Auckland guest to come along and even to be “Tail End Sig”.

John has found himself a new friend but the helmet didn't fit.
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 17 July - 6:30pm - 9:30pm.   
Change of venue this month to Elevation Brasserie, 473 Scenic Drive, Waitarua, Auckland.
Our next social dinner is on 17 July - 6:30-9:30pm.  Please email Sonia by Wednesday 3 July if you intend to attend. We need a minimum of 25 people.
We have a change of address this month. Shane (Porkbone) and Sue are organising a bus from Pupuke Golf Club.  Please contact PorkBone to 
book a seat.
Elevation Brasserie
473 Scenic Drive
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
Upcoming Sunday Runs
Sunday 14 July
Packard Museum with Mike Davies
Take a trip down memory lane

Departing from Warehouse Covered Car Park Albany. 

Sunday 21 July
Scenic Leisure Tour with John Heebink 
Departing from Warehouse Covered Car Park Albany

Saturday 27 July
Across the Bridge Ride
11am - 2pm
Departing from Warehouse Covered car park Albany, Or make your way to Raewyn and Craig's Place in Huapai by Car or Bike No charge for lunch, Koha tim will be there). Lets get together in numbers as Ulyssians and celebrate our Club.
Sunday 28 July
Waipu Cove with Linda
Departing from Warehouse covered car park, Albany, Auckland

Upcoming Events
This needs no explanation - and is a fun read, no matter your gender.
Men Are Just Happier People!
 What do you expect from such simple creatures? Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves.  Chocolate is just another snack.  You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park.
Car mechanics tell you the truth. The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky. You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Wrinkles add character.  Wedding dress - $5,000. Tux rental - $100. People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One mood all the time. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about tanks.
A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase. You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend. Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack. Two pairs of shoes are more than enough. You almost never have strap problems in public. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes. Everything on your face stays its original color. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. You only have to shave your face and neck.
You can play with toys all your life. One wallet and one pair of shoes - one color for all seasons.   You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look. You can 'do' your nails with a pocket knife.   You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache... You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes.
No wonder men are happier!
If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah.
If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Bubba and Wildman.
When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in $20, even though it's only for $32.50.  None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back.
When the girls get their bill, outcome the pocket calculators.
A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.
A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn't need but it's on sale.
A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel.
The average number of items in the typical woman's bathroom is 337 A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.
A woman has the last word in any argument.
Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.
A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.
 A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't .
 A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, but she does.
A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the trash, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail.
A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.
Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed.
Women somehow deteriorate during the night.
 Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favorite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams.
A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.
A married man should forget his mistakes.  There's no use in two people remembering the same thing!
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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