North Harbour Ulysses Newsletter.
Edition 56
June 2019

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Hi All

As I write this the weather has turned from quite mild to stormy with the lowest highs in some time forecast across the country.  This is quite a change from what we have been experiencing year to date.  Hopefully this weather doesn't hang around for long and doesn't interfere with our rides.

See the article below on "5 Tips to Stay Warm on a Cold Motorcycle Ride" which has some great information.  I apologise that the text is small.  I've added a printable version so you can print it and make it larger.  Just click on the button below the article and you can manipulate it to your hearts content.

Don't forget to see our Quartermaster Annette Bissett if you want any North Harbour or Ulysses gear. If you're looking for any bikes, bike gear or training.  Please support our club sponsors Cyclespot Group and Pro Rider (ads below).

Stay up to date with the club and club activities on our Facebook page (link below).  We only have 186 members on our Facebook page. If you're not a member on our Facebook page you can request to become a member and one of the admins will approve you.  Admins are Rob Bissett, John Heebink and Niki Morrison.  If you are not on Facebook then you can see all the upcoming rides and events on our website (link also below).  However to get the most up to date information you really need to be on Facebook.
Happy & Safe Riding  
Craig McEwan #9243
Editor - Ulysses North Harbour
Ulysses North Harbour Facebook Page
Ulysses North Harbour Website

As a branch we will welcome in another 3 new members next Branch Club night this brings us to a total of 6 new members in 2 months, this is great so let’s look after them introducing ourselves and making them feel welcome at Branch meetings and Rides.

This past month has been a busy month for me with a trip to Brisbane, Australia, for my son’s engagement party, house warming and his fiancé’s 25thBirthday. This has made for a lot of travel all over Brisbane. Given my physique I had started doing a steps program with my daily steps being counted and recorded. I have a daily target of 10,000 steps a day. Now this might not sound like a lot to those of you with awesome bodies and physics, but I can assure you it is a challenge for me. While in Australia I was hitting 200% plus of that daily target, so managed to get in a lot of walking. What good this has done is yet to be seen.

During our stay our daughter did a fund-raising event called “Tough Mudder” and it was Tough. Her along with some 3000 plus Ausi’s, Kiwi’s and other Nationalities paid $150 odd for the privilege of doing a military type obstacle course which involved crawling under a barb wire net through mud, a full emersion ice bath, a double wall climb called the Berlin walls” plus numerous other torturous challenges. I had to take my hat off to all the competitors. There were Armed forces groups that participated and even they struggled, but they raised many thousands of dollars. I was rather impressed.

In light of this I am pleased to announce that we have hit the “Initial target” for “The Wilson Home Trust” but this is by no means the end to our fundraising we will be having another quiz night, and maybe even throw in a Bingo night, with more gear sales etc. we will keep you posted. With this in mind we will be making a presentation to the Wilson Home on our Branch Club night of the 4th of July as long as Carol from the Wilson home is available.

Below is the list of gear that we will be presenting them with at that meeting, we also hope to give a cash amount as well. Big thanks go out to the Sheriff (Peter Webb, Webby) for the huge input he has had by collecting gear and auctioning it on Trade Me etc. also a big thanks to our members, you guys and girls for getting behind this fund raiser let’s keep it moving along.


  • Nintendo Switch Console
  • PlayStation Console Pro 1TB Black
  • Xbox console
  • Veon 55-inch TV


  • PS4 NBA Basketball
  • PS4 Spiderman
  • PS4 Just Dance
  • Nintendo Switch FIFA Soccer


Now with the cold and wet weather closing in we will be doing more Coffee, Conversations and ride outings, rides being optional. The committee have received a fair number of requests for them to change our format for the 3rdWednesday of the month Branch Dinner. So the committee have arranged for us to have our 17th July Wednesday night dinner at “Elevation” at 473 Scenic Dr, Waiatarua, Auckland, 0612.

Now I know this is out in  West Auckland but committee thinks it’s worth a try, so please let’s give it a go. Sonia and Les know the owners and have discussed menu’s and gone to considerable effort to make this happen. This would be a good opportunity to do some carpooling. We will continue to use Bar Africa for committee meetings etc. The committee would also like to try other venues later on even move it around like we do with Coffee and Conversations. If members would like to suggest a café/restaurant please let myself or one of the committee members know. 

Please check out the website. Niki is doing a great job there and our Run’s co-ordinator Johan and team are doing a fantastic job of organising runs and events for you. Well done Johan on the new printed copy format for some of the events coming up.

Upcoming runs and events
We are having a joint ride and lunch with Auckland Branch the lunch will be at Craig Moody’s the Auckland Branch President this will be on Saturday 27th July there will be a short run starting 11am (Covered Warehouse carpark) if you don’t wish to do the ride you are welcome to make your way directly to Craig’s for lunch at 12.30 at 278 Matua Road, Huapai. Please put this in your calendar and make it a priority to be a part of this, thanks.

There will be an RIC’s, TEC’s and group riding training. This will be held at the Bar Africa in the Conference room on a Tuesday evening on the 6th August, this is a proposed date and we will keep you notified of changes.
Mid-winter Social and Dance, 6thof July please get your tickets from Sonia our Treasurer or myself $20/member and partners or $25 for non-members this is an awesome night out with a fantastic band “Ran for Cover” supper provided.

North Island Remembrance service is fast approaching so please put the date in your calendar 11thof August, if you wish to make a weekend of it, as many do, there will be a ride going down Friday the 9thalso one on Saturday the 10th. It would be a good idea to book your accommodation early. This is another must do event; this is when we honour and remember our members who have passed on.

Please note: All runs start at the Covered Warehouse Carpark in Albany, unless otherwise advertised. All rides and events are open to friends and family members and you can rock up in the car, the coffee and conversations are great for this and a ride afterwards always optional and weather dependant. In saying this all rides are weather dependant and at this time of the year can be postponed or cancelled at short notice. I would encourage all our members to join the Facebook page as if rides are cancelled/changed it will be on the FB page.

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 6 June
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
Click here for a printable copy of this article
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
May 8 - Barry Holland
18 bikes met at Albany on this glorious winter's day. Two offers on the table as locations for our destination and Waipu Cove won the vote! Ian Secret led us (with Charlie Truell at the tail end) via SH16 to Wellsford with a quick regroup at the lookout. Up SH1 over the Brynderwyns to Waipu then on to the Cove for lunch. One rider left early and a couple left straight after lunch. Riders made their own various ways back. As I led out through Langs beach my breath was taken away by the stunning view of the beach with white water waves, almost pure white sand and total desertion. If I hadnt just set off I would have stopped and taken a picture but I'll just have to go back again one sunny day! I went with JP back to Wellsford where I had seen petrol at the Mobil garage on the way up for $213.9. Imagine our pleasant surprise when we pulled in to fill up that the price had gone down to $207.9 ! I treated my Hornet to a tank of the good stuff for $218.9 but with my Mobil card paid only $207.9. My Hornet will thank me for it. A super day for a super ride. Great day out with great company. Thanks to Ian Secret and Charlie Truell for running the ride. Those of you who were unable to make it really missed out!
May 15 - John Heebink
After a short debate at the start the majority voted for Omaha as our destination today.
Harry volunteered to do the leading and Charlie took the tail end.
Thanks guys for that. Harry took us for a tour via Green Road to Kaukapakapa. From there via Woodcocks road to …… yes a bit confusing, first to Sandspit and then to Omaha.
All of us had a lunch there. Just one of us managed to have his lunch at the moment he sat down.!
He brought his own. He bought a coffee to be fair. Afterwards he had the nerve to ask the friendly staff to take a picture of us all…! Very disgraceful .
But all enjoyed the day which started off in some rain but a strong wind blew most of the clouds away.

May 19 - Ben Payne
Great ride today lead by Johan Meyer There will be a couple of fines that will need to be reported to the Sheriff at the next meeting...

The last photo is to prove to Barry Holland that my bike was cleaned before I put it away

May 22 - Charlie Tee (Truell)
Today's ride was going south, with two meeting points arranged. Ten people came to the usual meeting point at Albany Warehouse carpark, but three weren't interested in going south. The other seven had an easy ride down the motorway to Papakura.

The second meeting point was at Papakura Autobahn, and eight people gathered there, including some regular Tuesday riders, to whom I had mentioned today's ride.

After the usual stand-up meeting and vote on destinations, we agreed I would lead to Onewhero, and then we would break into two groups, one for gravel roads and the other sticking to tarmac, and rendezvous at Nikau Caves for lunch.

From the splitting point, I led eight people on the Wairamarama-Onewhero Road, which is sealed for about the first 15 km and then turns to gravel. The road goes along a ridgeline, with magnificent views in each direction. The sealed road is narrow and twisty but in good condition. However, we were alarmed by a cropduster which passed only a few metres over our heads as we rode. The last few km of this part of the road is new seal, and the next 18 km has been scraped back to packed earth along most of its length, then thick gravel added back in places to keep it from becoming too slippery. There were a couple of graders half-way along the gravel section, so I think they might be sealing the entire road. That would make this a great road for normal rides. However, at the moment the inconsistent conditions on the road made it a relatively difficult gravel ride. A brief shower, and sheep on the road, didn't help.

We had a nice lunch at Nikau, as always. One of the gravelistas found his front tyre was very low in pressure. We couldn't find any sign of a puncture, but John Heebink had a can of Tyre Panda (or similar) which brought it back up to pressure and added a sealant.

After lunch, I led a group of eight - not quite the same as the previous group - back on the gravel road to Port Waikato. I was looking forward to an easier gravel road, but this one was also being worked on, so we had to dodge heavy machinery, and the road had been scraped and bruised but not yet healed. There were also goats on the road. As we approached Port Waikato, I pulled over for a regroup, and the riders behind me reported that the same rider's front tyre had deflated again and he was limping in to the regroup. I asked a man mowing lawns nearby if there was anywhere we could inflate a tyre, and he said sure, he had a compressor right next door! I thanked him, and as I turned to direct the group he saw the Auckland Branch Ulysses logo on my vest and exclaimed that he knew us through our annual camps in Port Waikato! A few minutes later, we had found and plugged the puncture, and reinflated the tyre. Some riders left at this point, the rest of us kept an eye on the rider in case the problem reoccurred. Unfortunately, about 12 km later he pulled over, and his tyre was flat again. I suggested attempting further repairs was probably futile at this point, and suggested he call the AA. While he was on the phone to them, the rider who had been ahead of him noticed he was no longer following and returned to help, then the rider in front of them came back, and so on for several riders, so we soon had a group of Ulyssians to offer advice. We're supposed to keep an eye on each other while riding and this time it really worked well.The AA dispatched a tow-truck, and we left the rider in a safe place waiting for it.

A good but eventful ride! Thanks to John Heebink for being my TEC, and to Grant Douglas for being the sealed route RIC and John Pearce as his TEC.

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. 
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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 19 June - 5:30pm onwards.   
Africa is located at 1b William Pickering Drive, Albany
Our next social dinner is on 19 June - 5:30pm onwards.  Please email Julia by Monday 13 if you intend to attend.
Africa is located at 1b William Pickering Drive, Albany
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

Your Yearly Dementia Test ! (only 4 questions this year)  

Yep, it's that time of year again for us to take our annual brain fitness test.

Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles.

As we grow older, it’s important to keep mentally alert.

If you don’t use it, you will lose it !!!

Here is a very private way to gauge how your memory compares to your last test.

Some may think it is too easy, but the ones with memory problems may have difficulty.

Take this test to determine if you’re losing it or not.

The spaces below are so you don’t see the answers until you’ve answered.

OK, RELAX, clear your mind and begin.







#1. What do you put in a toaster ?










Answer: 'bread.' If you said 'toast', just give up now and go do something else.

And, try not to hurt yourself.  

If you said, bread, go to Question #2.





# 2. Say 'silk' ten times. Now spell 'silk.' What do cows drink ?








Answer: Cows drink water. If you said 'milk,' don't attempt the next question.


Your brain is already over-stressed and may even overheat.


Content yourself with reading more appropriate literature such as Women's Weekly or Auto World.

However, if you did say 'water', proceed to Question #3.






# 3. If a red house is made from red bricks and a blue house is made from blue bricks and a pink house is made from pink bricks and a black house is made from black bricks, what is a green house made from ?









Answer: Greenhouses are made from glass.

If you said 'green bricks', why are you still reading this ??? 

PLEASE, go lie down !



But, if you said 'glass,' go on to Question #4.








# 4. Please do not use a calculator for this for it would be cheating:

You are driving a bus from New York City to Philadelphia.

In Staten Island, 17 people got on the bus.

In New Brunswick, 6 people get off the bus and 9 people get on.

In Windsor, 2 people get off and 4 get on.

In Trenton, 11 people get off and 16 people get on.

In Bristol, 3 people get off and 5 people get on.

And, in Camden, 6 people get off and 3 get on.



You then arrive at Philadelphia Station.





Without going back to review, how old is the bus driver ?






Answer: Oh, for crying out loud !

Don't you remember your own age?!?!

It was YOU driving the bus!


If you pass this along to your friends, pray they do better than you.

PS: 95% of people fail most of the questions!

Sorry for all the spaces. You'd be tempted to cheat otherwise. 



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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