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North Harbour Ulysses Newsletter.
Edition 70
October 2020

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Welcome to the October 2020 Newsletter,

So September turned out to be another slightly weird month, especially for us in the Auckland region, with some events and rides being impacted by the level 2.5 restrictions.

Hopefully were are now back on track to get to level one before the end of October but I guess we just have to wait and see...

In the meantime, we ARE having a branch meeting on 1st October, see below for details, and we are now gearing up for other events like the Ronnie Run and our Xmas function... again - see below for more details about what is happening and not just with North Harbour.

Hope to see lots of you at the branch meeting and that you will all be taking part in upcoming rides and events.

Take care out there..

Simon Slater
What a busy 2 months, even though we were still at level 3 and then 2.5, I am looking forward to catching up with everyone on Club night at the Hobsonville RSA on the 1st of October. We have a several 30yr, 20yr and 10yr service awards to present.

There is also a lot going on over the next few months, and I can hardly believe there is only 3 months before Christmas, I wonder what sort of a presence (please note the pun) that Santa will have this year, Santa has had to have a medical to prove he is fit be Santa this year due to Covid-19. There will be social distancing and Santa has to be able to wear his face mask for up to 3-hour stints. Please guys, no requests for new bikes this year, as none of you have been good enough to get one.

Now I need to make it clear here if there are any mistakes in this report you can thank my office assistant, “Bootsie” she has been walking on the keyboard, trying to help me with this report.
This manoeuvre shut the laptop down in the middle of typing and a phone call from my mother.
This one all but closed the lid during typing, preventing further typing.
Then she wouldn’t let me open the lid...
Well, with all the Covid-19 Lockdown happening, we have still managed to get a few rides in, John took us on a Coastal Cruise on the back roads where he took us up into the Waitakere Ranges and to the highest peak at the end of the ranges what an awesome view.
Then we ended up at Muriwai for lunch where we had a great feed and something to drink it was a refreshing ride, fine but very cool.
Coffee and Conversations was a big hit we ended up with a group of 14 plus for breakfast and coffee, then we had an enjoyable ride to the Sawmill café up in Leigh, which was closed so we rode back to Walkworth to the River View Café for lunch.

Last weekend Harry took us on a real tiki tour to Maungawhai township no one managed to get lost we had 12 bikes and 1 trike.

Also, a group of us did a Tuesday ride up to Maungawhai because none of us could do the Wednesday ride. Speaking of the Wednesday rides they have been well attended the last one John took us to a hidden lake “Lake Ototoa” that is down a side road South Head, then it goes without say it was back to Shelly Beach for lunch.

On the 11th of October we will be combining with Auckland and heading up to Whangarei to do the Far North St Johns Ambulance Run.

Remembrance weekend is fast approaching, it is Labour weekend the service will be held on the Sunday 25th of October. Annette and I are making a long weekend of it heading down Friday coming back Monday.

Well that’s enough from me for now see you on Club Night.

Ride Well and Ride Safe and keep the Shiny Side Up.

Rob Bissett #7822
North Harbour Branch

Next Club Night
1st October
Hobsonville RSA

Numbers are limited to 100, which should be sufficient but if you want to attend you MUST reply to the email from Vicky (our secretary) which you should have received already to confirm your attendance and to provide numbers for catering if you wish to eat.
It's all confirmed! North Harbour Ulysses Christmas Dinner will be at the North Shore Squash Club on the Saturday 12th Dec.

Starting at 6:30pm, dinner is served at 7pm and we will go with a Spotify playlist again this year for some dancing after.

Please contact Sonia on for more details.
Twists and Turns

The next session is on Saturday 3rd October

Contact John Heebink for more information:
Home: 09 8109160
Mobile:021 1285806

Click on the map below to view the location in Google Maps
Please support North Harbour Branch sponsors.
Cyclespot Group, a major North Harbour Branch Sponsor donates vouchers every month for Social Evenings.
Pop into the Cyclespot branches to check out the range of bikes & accessories.

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.
Use Promo Code ULYR4E when booking your course. This will get you a free course in the case of Ride Forever courses.
Barry's Bits
Talk to Barry Holland regarding rider training, alterntively visit the Riderskills or Prorider websites for course and booking information. 
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 and Beer Bottle Caps plus Crushed Aluminium Cans

Save your bottle tops from your wine and beer bottles and all aluminium drink cans (all cans crushed please) and bring along to each monthly meeting. These go to the recycle station and the funds collected get passed onto a Lions Club who collect as a fundraiser for Child Dialysis.  Get your local restaurant or bar on board and have them keep the bottle tops and cans for you. 

If you can separate the caps from the crushed cans into different bags or box that would be great as we get more for the aluminium.   However, we appreciate any caps and crushed cans that do arrive.
Out Cruising
Fish and Chips at Thames 5th September - Linda

Great ride, lovely fish and chips.. weather a bit "iffy" but we managed to keep out of the rain (mostly..).
Mangawhai for lunch 23rd September  - Harry. 
A lovely day with good weather.
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.
Ulysses North Harbour Home Page
2023 National AGM & Rally
Last Year the North Harbour Branch committed to organising & running the 2023 National AGM & Rally. The Branch Committee asked me to be the AGM Coordinator & nominated Steve Crow as Committee Liaison person, now we need to start putting together a sub-committee of branch members to organise individual parts of this important event. 

From past experience we can expect between 350-400+ people attending many of them from other branches and requiring accommodation, I would like to be able to billet visitors with branch members so would need some-one to take on this responsibility as well as teeing up motels.

Also needed are; Assistant AGM Coordinator, Venue Liaison, Scribe, Treasurer, Sponsorship/Event Display Liaison, Transport Liaison person, Catering Liaison person, Gear Sales Person, Registration person, (would also need someone to help prepare the registration form to go on National Website) and finally some-one to look after entertainment. There may be other jobs created as time goes on.
I envisage these people being team leaders so they don’t carry the whole burden of their job by themselves and would also have a team member to continue in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

Personally, I will be 80 by the AGM time and although I have no intention of taking my last ride before then, who knows??

If you think you have the skills and energy to be part of this exciting event please email me on or phone me.
Wayne Painter #1756NZ L/M
National Vice President
(National Raffle Organiser)
2023 National AGM & Rally Coordinator.
027 289 1018

A man was dining alone in a fancy restaurant and there was a gorgeous redhead sitting at the next table. He had been checking her out since he sat down, but lacked the nerve to talk with her.

Suddenly she sneezed and her glass eye came flying out of its socket towards the man. He reflexively reached out, grabbed it out of the air and handed it back. 

'Oh my, I am so sorry,' the woman said, as she popped her eye back in place. 'Let me buy your dinner to make it up to you.' 

They enjoyed a wonderful dinner together, and afterwards they went to the theatre followed by drinks.. They talked, they laughed, she shared her deepest dreams and he shared his. She listened to him with interest.

After paying for everything, she asked him if he would like to come to her place for a nightcap and stay for breakfast. They had a wonderful, wonderful time.

The next morning, she cooked a gourmet meal with all the trimmings. The bloke was amazed. Everything had been so incredible! 

'You know,' he said, 'you are the perfect woman. Are you this nice to every man you meet?' 

'No,' she replies. 


( The suspense is killing you, isn't it ) ?

She said ......... 


" You're just the first man who happened to catch my eye. " 

Sunday 25th October 2020 2:00 pm
at the Great Lake Centre, Taupo
Ulysses Auckland Branch, in association with the Taupo Branch, invite all Ulyssians to come together and remember members who have passed away.
The remembrance service will now take place on
SUNDAY 25th October at 2 p.m.

Weekend events summary:
  • Saturday 11:30am Dice run organised by Taupo Branch departing from Stag Park at 11.30 a.m
  • Sunday morning ride leaving Taupo-a-nui College on Spa Road at 10 am sharp, going to Whakarewarewa meeting up there for ride back to Taupo
  • Remembrance Ride to the service leaving Whakarewarewa at 12 noon going to the Spa rd Pool complex carpark.
  • Rememberance ride in meet at the Spa Rd Pool complex 1pm
  • Remembrance service 2pm Great Lakes Convention Centre
  • Sunday night social and dinner at the Taupo Cosmopolitan Club 6pm onwards.

If you have any questions please contact:
Auckland Branch President Craig Moodie or Auckland Branch Secretary Tony Kay 
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
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.

Members Free Ads

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Alex came to a branch meeting a while ago to introduce himself and his services -  he seems to be gaining a good reputation, see facebook for members comments.
Liberio "Libby" Riosa #9789
Proud Sponsors of the Ronnie Run
Paul Gallagher # 3266
Steve Brackenridge  
Ben Becker 
Steve Crow #9841
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