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Christmas Edition 62
December 2019

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Merry Christmas 

With less than 4 weeks until Christmas life is getting even more busy and manic than it has been. Especially as I'm spending half my time in Sydney.  Unfortunately I won't be able to make it to the December club night on the 12th or the Christmas Dinner & Social on the 14th due to work commitments so I won't be able to wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year personally.

Please note the change in club night for December only.  Club night is 12 December. 

By the looks of the pictures below and the articles on North Harbour Ulysses facebook page there have been some awesome rides and with the weather getting warmer and warmer, now is the time to dust off the bike.

You will see below in the ad that Indian Motorcycles - Cyclespot USA have now moved to The Garage at 57 Barrys Point Rd.  Call in and say hello and check out their new home.

As this is the last newsletter of the year.  I'd like to thank all the people who have contributed to the newsletter this year as well as our sponsors. You all know who you are.  You make putting the newsletter together a lot easier. Thank you.

Until next year I wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

Happy & Safe Riding  
Craig McEwan #9243
Editor - Ulysses North Harbour
Ulysses North Harbour Facebook Page
Ulysses North Harbour Website
Next Club Night is Thursday 12 December
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 ULYR4E when booking your course.
Click Here to View Cashback Q&As
Click Here for More Information
Barry's Bits
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.
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.  
Click Here to Visit the NZ Ulysses Website
Out Cruising
Nov 3 - Ronnie Run
Awesome effort on the Ronnie Run Guys and Gals, I have to make a correction the Amount raised was around $5,000.00 there was a small accounting error understandable as the pressure was on. There is nothing stopping our members in donating more if they wish.  Watch the video here
Nov 6 - Charlie Tee

Harry Handley led ten of us to Tawharanui today, with a stop in Warkworth so we could each buy a picnic lunch. The tide was coming in, so I went out to the flat rock straight after lunch, and got back to the others just before the rising water covered the access point for the rock. As always, a beautiful spot and a great oad leading to it.

Nov 14 - Charlie Tee
A dozen riders on Wednesday, led to Karekare and Piha by Grant Douglas. At Karekare I checked that the path to the waterfall was open, as I thought it might have been closed due to kauri dieback. Good ride, good company.
Nov 20 - Barry Holland
Eight Riders who were in for the whole ride, one who planned to leave half way, two motorcyclist well wishers and two tintop well wishers saw us off from the Albany meeting place this morning. We were late leaving as one of those present kept us well entertained retelling the story of his recent escapades running out of petrol on his bike! Philip Burns led us to Waipu via Kaukapakapa and Wellsford. Weather held with only a few spots of insignificant rain on the way.On arrival at Waipu one of the party went off on his own to explore the beach, fell over a fence, cut his hand and was attended to by some passers by! (Yet more stories!) No major harm done but maybe people shouldn't wander off without supervision or a lead!🤣Thanks to Grant Douglas for acting as TEC.
Nov 21 - Johan Meyer

GoPat 2019 at Settlers Lifestyle village done & dusted! Big smiles on their faces. 
Big shout out to Barry, Cedric, Rob, Craig Brown, Peter Zaloum, & John Pearce for helping out! 
Glenda will send me the numbers on the $$ made by us on this event for Hospice once known.

Nov 24 - Faye Jackson & Max Kenny
Just a phew pics of a fabulous day.
Such an amazing turn out. way more than expected..Well planned ride and for a great cause!!!!

Nov 27 - Sheriff
The Wednesday Riders were led by Harry at a good clip to Port Albert for fish and chips,14 bikes of all descriptions. These pensioners WONT STAY HOME!!!! lawns are being neglected, rest home gates need oiling, what's the world coming too???
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
12 December (note change of date).
Meals available from 5.30pm and meeting starts at 7.30pm during summer months.
Our next social dinner is on 18 Dec - 6:00pm - 9:00pm.   
Change of venue this month to Elevations - 473 Scenic Drive, Waitarua, Auckland
Register with Julia Kelly 0210403938
Shane (PorkBone) and Sue are organizing a Bus from Pupuke Golf Club to Elevations for those wanting to Car Pool. Please contact them to confirm a seat 021 022 31237
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

Mike's Mystery Ride

Sunday, December 1, 2019
9:30 AM – 4 PM

Departing from Caltex filling station @ 256 Oteha Valley Rd, Albany
Mike Davies 027 518 0960

Hard Arse Ride with Paul heading North
Sunday December 8

Dare you.... Hard Arses

Registrations required so Nikki can organise lunch stop up north for the group.
Please get in touch with Niki & Paul to register.

Departing: Carpark between Kaukapakapa Fire Station & Memorial Hall
@ 947 Kaipara Coast Hwy, Kaukapakapa
Time: 8:30am

RIC: Paul Morrison – 021 909 350

Manukau Coastal Cruise 
Sunday 15 December

10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Let's celebrate summer!
Pack a Picnic lunch and let's enjoy this awesome place we call Home!

Departing: Manukau Cruising Club
Departing Time: 10.00am
Ride Scale: Short but very Scenic...!
RIC: John Heebink @ 021 128 5806
Pizza Social with Far North Branch in Waipu
Sunday 22 December
9am - 3pm
Let's catchup with Far-north Branch while having a
Pizza Lunch at McLeod's Pizza Barn in Waipu.
Either Linda or Myself will lead you there via some awesome
back-roads. Last one for the year!
Departing 9:00am from Caltex filling station
@ 256 Oteha Valley Rd, Albany (12pm we meet with Far-North in Waipu)
RIC: Linda Bleasdale @ 0274 503 101 OR Johan Meyer @ 027 527 6300
Ride Scale: Medium
Milk Bar Run 2020
1 January 2020
9am - 3pm
This is an annual event, traditionally hosted by Auckland Branch.
This is a great way to bring in the New Year with a gentle cruise around
Auckland when there is barely any traffic, possibly the only chance we will get to do this is early on the first day of the year.

Have a laugh with your club mates, celebrate the fact the new year is beginning without a hangover. Those of you who regularly come on this run,
please note the later start time.

Departing: Quay Street McDonald's car-park 
Departing Time: 09.00 am
This Years RIC: John Heebink @ 021 128 5806
Ride Scale: Medium
Upcoming Events


Saturday 14 December 2019
07:30 PM - 11:00 PM
This year we will be Having a Christmas Dinner and Social (Dance) at the Hobsonville RSA.
We will have a great range of music for listening, singing-a-long to and to dance the night away.
Tickets are limited and now on sale see Sonia Foote for these.
RSA Address: 114 Hobsonville Rd, Hobsonville

Trump has a heart attack and dies . He goes to Hell where the Devil is waiting for him. " I don't know what to do " says the Devil ." You're on my list but I have no room for you . But you definitely have to stay here , so I'll tell you what I'm going to do . I've got three people here who weren't quite as bad as you . I'll let one of them go , but you have to take their place . I'll even let YOU decide who leaves ."  Trump thought that sounded pretty good so he agreed . The Devil opened the door to the first room. In it was Richard Nixon and a large pool of water. He kept diving in and surfacing empty handed over and over and over , such was his fate in Hell.   "No !" Trump said . " I don't think so . I'm not a good swimmer and I don't think I could do that all day long ."

The Devil opened the door to the first room. In it was Richard Nixon and a large pool of water. He kept diving in and surfacing empty handed over and over and over , such was his fate in Hell.   "No !" Trump said . " I don't think so . I'm not a good swimmer and I don't think I could do that all day long ."

The Devil led him to the next room . In it was Tony Blair with a sledgehammer and a room full of rocks . All he did was swing that hammer , time after time after time . "No ! I've got this problem with my shoulder. I would be in constant agony if all I could do was break rocks all day ! " commented Trump .

The devil opened a third door. In it , Trump saw Bill Clinton lying naked on the floor with his arms staked over his head and his legs staked in spread-eagle pose. Bent over him was Monica Lewinsky , doing what she does best . 

Trump looked at this in disbelief for a while and finally said , " Yeah, I can handle this ." 

      The Devil smiled and said , " Monica , you're free to go”

Answering machine message,
"I am not available right now,
But thank you for caring enough to call.
I am making some changes in my life.
Please leave a message after the beep.
If I do not return your call,
you are one of the changes."
Just took a leaflet out of my mailbox,
informing me that I can have sex at 73.
I'm so happy, because I live at number 71.
So it's not too far to walk home afterwards.
And it's the same side of the street.
I don't even have to cross the road!
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

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Proud Sponsors of the Ronnie Run
Paul Gallagher # 3266
Steve Brackenridge  
Ben Becker 
Steve Crow
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