North Harbour Ulysses Newsletter.
Edition 61
November 2019

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Hi All

It's only eight weeks until Christmas. How time has flown this year with the end of the year just around the corner.

We have our major charity event of the year, The Ronnie Run coming up this Sunday 3rd November.  We need as many people there as possible to ensure success. See the flyer below for more details or check the Nth Harbour Ulysses website.

Recently my job has changed and I now spend every second week working in Australia so we are looking for someone to take over producing the newsletter from me.  The package we use is very easy to use and full training and support will be given.  So if you are keen please let Rob or Myself know.

Now that the warmer weather is looming it is time to sharpen your riding skills. We have Twists and Turns on this weekend which is free to Ulysses members and well worth the 2 hour investment.

If you would like a bit more you could always sign yourself up to the ACC Ride Forever courses through ProRider.  Make sure you investigate the ACC Cashback offer when you do the Ride Forever courses.

Happy & Safe Riding  
Craig McEwan #9243
Editor - Ulysses North Harbour
Ulysses North Harbour Facebook Page
Ulysses North Harbour Website
Next Club Night is Thursday 7 October
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
For those riders who are taking advantage the ACC Cashback Offer and did a Ride Forever Silver or Gold course in July, they will be eligible to sit another Gold course in October to claim their Cashback. 

Use Promo Code ULYR4E when booking your course.
Click Here to View Cashback Q&As
Click Here for More Information
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
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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.  
Click Here to Visit the NZ Ulysses Website
Out Cruising
24 October - Charlie Tee

Six riders today, and a couple more came to the meeting point to socialise. It was gusty with some drizzle. Ben Becker agreed to lead us to Omaha Beach Cafe for lunch. 

Along the way, we turned right from Wilks Road onto Dairy Flat Road. There was a line of trucks which delayed some of the riders from making the turn. One rider gave his bike a bit of throttle to catch up to the rest, and a cop coming in the other direction took umbrage and pulled him over. It's the first ticket anyone has got on a mid-week ride, as far as I know. We bought the rider lunch as a small compensation for his ordeal. 

The drizzle turned to showers, some of them heavy, and then the showers turned to persistent rain, so we abandoned our plan and stopped at the Puhoi Valley Cafe and Cheese Store for lunch instead. 

Thanks to Don Baverstock for being TEC.

October 22 - Charlie Tee
Nine riders today, and another who came to the meeting point to socialise. There was a heavy shower just before we left but it was almost over by the time we saddled up, and although there were a few threatening clouds, no further rain fell during the ride. Ole Falkenhaugtook us to Hopin Stopin cafe in Taupiri via Highway 22, Rotowaro and Glen Afton.

We came home via Rutherfurd Road, Waikare Road and Island Block roads. At the intersection of Waerenga and Falls roads, we came across a recent accident between a ute and a small car. The ute was in a ditch and the car was extensively damaged along one side. We didn't stop as there were already many people there, but we saw a fire engine heading for the scene a little later. I thought we might also see an ambulance, but maybe one came from a different direction.

Ice-creams at Pokeno rounded out the day nicely!

October 20 - North Harbour Poker Run
Great Day for the North Harbour Ulysses Poker Run. Led by John Heebink, leaving the Club Rooms at 9.30am, off to Stillwater then off to Matakana, then on to Wellsford for lunch, then down H/W16 to Shelly Beach then to Bar Africa, till 4.30pm. I didn't think a 7 hour run would work but it did, great company, nearly 300kms, no offs. Sonia got Third cash prize, Carlos got a close Second Cash prize and Jarrod scored first place.
Thanks everybody, for helping out marking the corners. Thanks Charlie Tee for being "Tail end Charlie" Thanks to Robert, Ben, Dale, Wayne and Sonia for looking after the poker "situations".
October 16 - Charlie Tee

Nine people came to the meeting point today, three of them to socialise and the rest to both socialise and ride. Brian Henry led us across Woodcocks Road to Sandspit for lunch. We were joined there by a seventh rider, who was delayed coming to the meeting point by a flat tyre. It was gusty but not wet.

After lunch we went our separate ways home. I took Kaipara Hill Road west, then Makarau Road and Haruru Road back east, getting in my gravel fix for the week. The gravel roads were easy riding, apart from the wind, and a bit of damage from the storm a couple of nights ago. There were a couple of substantial trees down across part of the road, some areas where runoff had scoured grooves across the road, and a flooded area. Just keeping the ride interesting!

October 13 - Mike Davies
Great day at the office. 12 riders 9 arrived safely at caff. None lost. Sunny day little traffic. Thanks tec Barry and fellow ulyssian made the day. Mike
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 7.30pm during summer months.
Our next social dinner is on 20 Nov - 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

The 2019 Ronnie Run

Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 9 AM
Africa Bar 1 William Pickering Drive

This is North Harbour Branches big fund raiser for the Year Please!!! Can ALL our members support this ride by turning up and doing the ride or assisting with the ride and please buy a badge and a Tee shirt. 
The run leaves from Africa Bar in Albany at 10.30am on Sunday 10th November. Registration (offline) is from 9.00am and the riders briefing will take place at around 10.15am. The course will be from Africa Bar to Ronald McDonald House in Grafton Rd near the Auckland Hospital. There are awesome prizes for lucky raffle ticket holders and prize giving. Come and join us for a funtastic motorcycle ride and help raise funds for a much deserved charity, Ronald McDonald House charity.

Waiomu Beach Cafe with Wayne

Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 9 AM – 3 PM
Leaving from Caltex Oteha Valley Rd
256 Oteha Valley Road
Ph 027 289 1018

Mike's Mystery Ride

Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 9:30 AM – 4 PM
Departing from Caltex filling station @ 256 Oteha Valley Rd, Albany
Mike Davies 027 518 0960
Upcoming Events




Nov 15 at 4 PM – Nov 17 at 1 PM
Port Waikato School Camp, Port Waikato-Waikaretu Road, Port Waikato 2695.
Registration Opens 4.00PM Friday 15th Nov 2019.
See Page 64 June edition Ulyssian Mag.
Entry Form available on Auckland Ulysses Website (Link below)

Giving Older People a Thrill (GOPAT)

Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 10 AM – 2 PM
Settlers Lifestyle Village, 550 Albany Hwy, Albany, Auckland 0632, New Zealand
Well it is that time of year again for the Settlers annual Market Day and North Harbour Ulysses have been contacted to "Bring the Thrill"
If you ride a Cruiser or Trike and available on THURSDAY 21st November 10am - 2pm PLEASE contact me.
If you do NOT ride an 'easy bike' for a "young" pillion then PLEASE contact me as we need as many hands as we can to help the 'Punters'
on/off the bikes with safety gear.
It is Always fun!
Contact Johan @ 027 527 6300
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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