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Christmas Edition 63
February 2020

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Happy New Year

I know it's a bit late to be saying this as it's now February but this is the first newsletter of the year.  As I sit here putting the final touches on the newsletter with the sun beaming into our home office.  I can't help thinking I should have been out on my bike for an early morning ride.

Hasn't the weather been outstanding.  There's certainly no complaints from me about the heat.  I'd prefer to be hot on the bike than freezing or wet.  The sun and heat does come with its issues that we need to be mindful of though.  Wet tar, heat exhaustion, dehydration and sun blindness when the sun hits my chrome headlight and shines like a laser into my eyes.  You can't beat the summer though!!.

As you may be aware I've been spending a lot of time overseas with my job.  Predominately in Sydney where I've been exposed to a lot of the smoke from the bush fires.  My office is by the airport and some days you can't see 500m.  It is really shocking and I really feel for the people that have been affected by the fires.

Then we roll onto what the NZ Herald is now calling a "Pandemic" with the CoronaVirus.  Some people are saying the media are scare mongering. From what I see I'd much rather be safe than sorry.  The risk to the global economy will be significant if we don't get it under control. My company has put a travel ban on all travel into and out of Asia Pacific (so I'm staying in NZ until the situation gets better - YAY!!) and we are seeing our suppliers that are based in China closing their factories.  I also read that numerous airlines are cancelling flights to China including Air NZ who have reduced the number of weekly flights. Let's hope they come up with a vaccine soon.

I'm looking forward to going on a few club rides while I'm in NZ and hope to see you at the club meeting or on a ride.

Happy & Safe Riding  
Craig McEwan #9243
Editor - Ulysses North Harbour
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****Change of date of Club night****

Next Club Night is Thursday 13 February
Click here to visit the Events Page on North Harbour Ulysses Website
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Cyclespot Group, Major North Harbour Branch Sponsor
Grant donates vouchers monthly for Social Evenings and
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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!
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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
28 Jan - Charlie Tee

Martin Glover led a dozen riders up the Āwhitu peninsula today. We turned onto West Coast Road to go through Hamilton's Gap for our first rest stop, but several riders went past the corner marker, thinking he had pulled over for some other reason as his indicator wasn't on. When we regrouped, I talked to the corner marker, who was adamant that he was signalling. A quick inspection of his bike solved the mystery: his left rear indicator had a blown bulb.

We went on to the Manukau Heads lighthouse carpark, but I don't think anyone walked up to the lighthouse itself. Two of us walked across fields to the Manukau Heads Māori Carvings, which had informative signs explaining about the taniwha which guards the Manukau Harbour, and giving local history and mythology. There were great views over the harbour from this hilltop.

We rode back to Calendula Cottage Cafe in Glenbrook for lunch. I hadn't been there before. It's a nice cafe in lovely surrounds.

25 Jan - Ben Payne

Ben's Kaiaua fish and chip run rolled out of the Northshore meeting point this morning with 7 bikes and one pillion, thanks Johan, they met up with the southern contingent at the Soutern motorway BP where 5 bikes were waiting. We were joined by three of our brothers from an Auckland mother, which was nice.
After a quick briefing we headed off back up the motorway leaving at Takanini, heading over to Brookby then Whitford before a regroup and loo stop at Maraetai.
Then on around the coast admiring the view, back in land through Clevedon before heading back out around the coast through Kawakawa Bay and into Kaiaua. Sadly a number of cars thought today would be a good ride out around the coast too, so it was a tad slow.
We all made Kaiaua in one piece and pulled in for a feed, which was, as usual excellent. The club is clearly going up market as I saw at least one member eating his lunch with a knife and fork 😮
After lunch a couple headed off to explore a different way home, the bulk of us headed around to Mangatawhiri, then along Lyons Road and up to Hunua, back through Clevedon, finishing in a Whitford. The ride back was much more spirited as the traffic seemed to have disappeared. Sadly this will be my first and last time as RIC as I am told some clubs frown on losing the President on a group ride 😱
Anyway apart from that one small mishap, a very enjoyable day out.
Thank you to TEC's Rob and Annette, sorry we lost you at the end 😘
22 Jan - John Heebink

At the start of today’s ride 14 people did discuss and voted several times to work out where the ride was going. The day before there was a lovely invitation done by a couple to come to Whangamata were they have a holiday home, which included lunch and a swim.

But when it came to a vote nobody felt inclined to go that far on this hot day and then have to deal with the traffic in Auckland on the way back.

Harry led us up to Tawharanui. But on the way up we stopped on a new viaduct on Moir Hill Road that goes over the not quit finished new motorway between Puhoi and Warkworth.

Looking South it looks it is a lot dug out; but on the picture facing North there is to see that a whole mountain still has to be shifted.

After that we bought something to eat for a picnic in Warkworth and carried on to Tawharanui.

Two people that had their swimming gear with them went for a lovely swim, while the others discussed the problems of the world.

Thanks Charlie for looking after the tail end of the group.

21 Jan - Charlie Tee

Eleven people riding with us today, and two more came to the meeting point to socialise. Peter Wooller led us north. The motif of the ride was "No right turns", so once we got on the motorway at Drury, we either turned left or continued straight at each intersection. We got off the motorway at Hillsborough Road, and had our first stop just past the ford at Little Huia. The next stop was the lookout at Pukematekeo. We then headed for our lunch stop, but the motif failed when part of Waitakere Road was closed by roadworks, and we had to make a right turn to get back on track. Lunch was at Kumeu Garden Hub, which has a very nice cafe with a couple of old railway cars.
19 Jan - Johan Meyer

Great roads with awesome company. a Magic day.
12 Jan - John Heebink

A thoroughly magical night out with good friends.
8 Jan - John Heebink

Port Albert Ride

About 13 or so bikers, from both Auckland Branches came together for today’s ride.

After a short discussion we agreed on a destination that most holiday makers don’t go.

Port Albert was the destination and the convoluting route I had in mind turned out to be the one with as little as possible rain.

Black clouds were visible around us but we kept going towards the blue sky.

Several members left for home along the way so with about 10 people we enjoyed lunch and discussed the problems of the world.

Thanks John P. for being Tail end Charlie.

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
13 February (note change of date).
Meals available from 5.30pm and meeting starts at 7.30pm during summer months.
Our next social dinner is on 19 Feb - 6:00pm - 9:00pm.   
Change of venue this month to Bar Africa - 1b William Pickering Drive, Albany
Register with Julia Kelly 0210403938
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

Waipu with John Pearce

2nd Feb
Departing 9:30am from Caltex filling station @ 256 Oteha Valley Rd, Albany
John Pearce is taking us on some great back roads to Waipu via Matakana valley.
RIC: John Pearce - 021 256 5416
Ride Scale: Medium

Coffee & Conversations

9 Feb
Meet at: Catalina Cafe
Address: Corner of Buckley Ave and Hastings Cres. Hobsinville Point
Come by Bike or by Car! We decide where we will be heading on the day.

Waiomu Beach Cafe with Wayne

16 Feb
Main Ride Departing 10:30am from BP Papakura (on Southern Motorway)
Join Wayne on some great back-roads with awesome scenery including a lunch stop at one of the best Cafe's around.
Rob (027 733 3923) will leave from Caltex in Othea Vally Rd carpark @ 9:30am to Papakura BP where we will meet-up with Wayne and any other members wishing to start from there.
RIC: Wayne Painter @ 027 289 1018
Ride Scale: Long

Thames Fish & Chips with Linda

1 March
Departing 9:30am from Caltex filling station @ 256 Oteha Valley Rd, Albany
Linda is leading us to Thames for fish & chips on the wharf as we enter the month of March 2020.
RIC: Linda Bleasdale - 0274 503 101
Ride Scale: Long
Upcoming Events
13 Feb
Held at Pupuke Golf Club, 231 East Coast Road (opp Sunnynook Rd) Campbells Bay.
Meals are available from 5.30pm and meeting starts at 7.30pm.
SUBJECT: FW: "Age shall not weary them"


It would seem that the frequency of sexual activity of senior males depends on where they were born.

Statistics just released from Statistics Canada and The United Nations B.O.H. Team, reveal that:

        * North American, Australian, New Zealand and British men between 60 and 80 years of age will, on average, have sex one or two times per week.
Whereas Japanese men, in exactly the same age group, will have sex only once or twice per month, if they are lucky.

This has come as very upsetting news to a lot of us at the pub, as none of us had any idea that we were Japanese.
Frozen Carburetor
 People frequently complain about the police, but you rarely hear  about the positive things they do, such as this incident involving a biker and a frozen carburetor.
Last January on a bitterly cold winter's day, a North Dakota State Trooper on patrol came upon a motorcyclist who was stalled by the roadside.
The biker was swathed in heavy protective clothing and wearing a full-face helmet to protect the face from the  cold weather.
"What's the matter?" asked the Trooper.
“Carburetor’s frozen," was the terse reply.
"Pee on it. That'll thaw it out."
"I can't," said the biker.
“OK, watch me closely and I'll show you."
The Trooper unzipped and promptly warmed the carburetor as promised.
Moments later the bike started and the rider drove off, waving.
A few days later, the local State Troopers' office received a note of thanks from the father of the motorcyclist.
It began:
"On behalf of my daughter Janice  . . . "
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.
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Proud Sponsors of the Ronnie Run
Paul Gallagher # 3266
Steve Brackenridge  
Ben Becker 
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