North Harbour Ulysses Newsletter.
Edition 68
August 2020

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Welcome to the August 2020 Newsletter,

July brought a return to near normality for the branch with the AGM and many rides and events taking place despite some rainy days.

I myself really enjoyed the ride led by Johan to Nikau Cave Cafe and am still in awe of all the beautiful classic Italian machinery which Rob took us to see at Dreamcycles.

It has been agreed that monthly dinners will continue and the very healthy attendance at New Brew in July confirmed the appetite for these meetings, the combination of good company, good food and good beer made for a very enjoyable evening. 

Paul and Nikki Morrisson hosted a superb mid-winter BBQ on the 18th July which several of our number attended, a great variety of delicious food was provided/brought, cooked and then devoured in very comfortable surroundings along with the occasional beer or wine. Has anybody got some pictures...?

Just in case you missed it - we have parted company with the golf club and in future branch meetings will now be held at Hobsonville RSA. The next meeting is on Thursday 6th August.

Clubs like ours cannot function without the efforts of volunteers so I'd like to extent thanks on behalf of all members to outgoing committee members for their service, to all remaining committee members for their ongoing efforts and to welcome new committee members.

Also please remember that contributions to the newsletter are always welcome - send your pictures, stories, adventures, etc. at any time.

Ride safe,  

Simon Slater
Gosh time is flying by, its hard to believe that we are more than halfway through the year. The new committee has hit the ground running, with our first meeting under our belt. We had Wayne Painter giving us an update and progress report on the 2023 National Rally and AGM that North Harbour is hosting. He has a small team that he is working with at present he will seek more help as and when it is needed.

As you all will be aware that at our AGM it was decided by way of vote that our new base would be the Hobsonville RSA, this gave rise to discussion of the Gold coin entry charge, it was decided that as the RSA was opening regardless of our being there that there was no need for any payment for opening and service, added to this the kitchen and bar are being well utilised putting a lot of funds into the RSA, that we no longer need to charge the gold coin entry.

For me I have decided to leave my job at the North Shore Hospital, I will be focusing on my own company, Gecko Trading Co. Ltd. – Gecko Computers, I look forward to joining the Wednesday rides from now on, something that I tried to achieve while back when I started working for the Hospital. The lock down and Covid-19 pandemic reminded me of my own personal philosophy that “Life is too short to be doing stuff you don’t enjoy doing” and all the joy of working for the DHB was long gone. Covid-19 also saw my business spike upwards; it has levelled out again but with a bit more effort I am sure we can see it go up again. If you do have any IT, PC, Laptop computer requirements please don’t hesitate to give me a call.

The runs committee will be meeting very shortly to get all our runs sorted out from now till December so if you have a ride that you would like to take then please let Steve Crow know and better still get along to the runs committee meeting.

On Saturday the 25th of July we had the Annual combined lunch with Auckland, and it was a great day lunch was awesome so was the comradery this was biker brotherhood and sisterhood at its best.
Then on the Sunday I lead a ride to Dream Cycles in Kaipra Village, then on to Omaha Beach Café for lunch.

We had a great turn out 14 bikes 18 members in attendance. It was a rusty old start to group riding again with Bill Lowman getting lost twice. He was our tail end Charlie, everything was going fine until 2 riders missed the corner marker to Old Woodcocks Road, this meant one rider had to take off after them to bring them back but by this time we had unknowingly continued on.

As the lead bike I was totally unaware of what was happening behind me. So this is a timely reminder to all when riding in a group to keep the bike behind you in your mirrors and if you lose sight of them stop and wait, if everyone does this then the lead bike will stop to see what is going on.

It would seem that no matter what you do by way of a ride briefing people still get it wrong and manage to get lost, the larger the group the greater the chance that this will happen. An intercom between lead rider and TEC, and if possible, a mid-group rider, would be one way of solving this issue, but sadly this is not possible as not all of us have intercom units. Probably the best option is to have corner markers regardless of the size of the group once over 10 bikes then they really need to be deployed.

Regardless of the temporarily misplaced riders we all had a great time. Dream Cycles was very interesting with some rare bikes on display and for sale. We left Dream Cycles in Kaipra Village and headed off for lunch at the Omaha Beach Front Café, Harry had decided to head home before lunch, Annette advised him to stick to the speed limit as there were lots of Traffic Cops out on the road and lots of changes in speed limits, Harry left before the main group then on our approach to Walkworth we caught up with Harry and he was having a chat with one of the local plain wrapper Traffic Cops, I am sure Harry had just stopped to say Hello 😊. A timely reminder that they are out there and have very little tolerance towards drivers/riders not adhering to the rules so watch your speed. Also, it is a good time to check your WOF and REGO before hitting the road.

Twist and turns now has a new venue, further details are below. This is great training and revision session and I recommend that everyone attends it at least once.

Remembrance weekend is fast approaching The service will be held on the 25th of October, which is also Labour weekend, hence the early notice, if you are going to make a weekend of it then it would be a good idea to book your accommodation now. Taupo Branch are holding a poker run on the Saturday. There will be a group of us heading down Friday doing the poker run Saturday and the Remembrance Service Sunday and returning home on Monday, well that’s the plan at this point in time.
Well that’s about all from me for now, so, Ride Well and Ride Safe, and keep the Shiny Side Up.

Rob Bissett #7822
North Harbour Branch

Next Club Night
Thursday 6th August
Hobsonville RSA

Meeting to start at 7pm, with dinners available from 5pm onwards.

Meal registrations are essential by 9:00pm Tuesday 4th August so please RSVP ASAP to the email invitation you should have already received.
Twists and Turns has a New Venue

Twists and Turns is now being held in Manukau at the big carpark next to the Homai Railway station at the corner of Browns Road and Dalgety Drive, Manukau.

Around 10 riders made it to the 1st session here on 1st August.

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

Click on the map below to view in Google Maps
2020-2021 Committee Members

All the nominees below were duly elected to post at the AGM at Hobsonville RSA in July.

Mugshots and committee member contact details will be updated in next months newsletter. 

Huge thanks to all remaining and outgoing committee members.
Far North Rally

Details of the rally are on the registration form below which you can download from the link below or by clicking on the form.
You can also contact the organiser by mail at
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.
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.
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
Several rides and events took place last month, so many that it is impossible to list them all so here are a few snaps and highlights.. Check Facebook for more details and photos.
Wed 29th July - Charlie Tee.
Gravel, beach, deer and a hawk.. this ride sounds like it had it all!
28th July - Bob Watters
Willow Glen Cafe in Gordonton with a little bit of gravel and rain followed by ice creams at Pokeno.
26th July - Rob Bissett
Dreamcycles - (perfectly named in my opinion - editor)
21st July - Tony Kay
Waiomu Beach
5th July - Johan  Meyer
Nikau Cave Cafe (the long way round).

Awesome day with great company. 12 Riders left Papakura service station, carved up lots of twisties and managed to stay dry (most of us..).
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.
Upcoming Runs & Events
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 dentist noticed that his next patient, an older woman, was nervous, so he decided to tell her a little joke as he put on his gloves.
'Do you know how they make these gloves?' he asked.
'No, I don't,' she replied.
'Well,' he said, 'there's a building in Auckland with a big tank of latex, and workers of all hand sizes walk up to the tank, dip in their hands, let them dry,  then peel off the gloves and throw them into boxes of the right size.'
She didn't even crack a smile.
'Oh, well... I tried,' he thought.
But five minutes later, during a delicate portion of the procedure, she burst out laughing.
'What's so funny?' he asked.
'I was just envisioning how condoms are made!'
The priest asked if anyone in the congregation would like to express praise for answered prayers..
Lynn stood and walked to the podium. She said, "I have a praise".
"Two months ago, my husband, Lou, had a terrible motorcycle crash and his scrotum was completely crushed. The pain was excruciating and the doctors didn’t know if they could help him".
You could hear a muffled gasp from the men in the congregation as they imagine the  pain that poor Lou must have experienced.
"Lou was unable to hold me or the grand-children," she went on, "and every move caused him terrible pain. We prayed as the doctors performed a delicate operation, and it turned out they were able to piece together the crushed remnants of Lou's scrotum, and wrap wire around it to hold it in place."
Again, the men in congregation cringed and squirmed uncomfortably as they imagined the  horrible surgery performed on Lou.
"Now," she announced in a quivering voice, "thank the Lord, Lou is out of the hospital and the doctors say that with time, his scrotum should recover completely".
All the men sighed with unified relief. The priest rose and tentatively asked if anyone else had something to say.
A man stood up and walked slowly to the podium. He said, "Hi, I'm Lou." The entire congregation held its breath.
"I just want to tell my wife, the word is Sternum."
2021 Executive Members
(under construction... ready for the next issue)
Committee Members
(under construction... ready for the next issue)
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.
Members Free Ads

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Liberio "Libby" Riosa #9789
Proud Sponsors of the Ronnie Run
Paul Gallagher # 3266
Steve Brackenridge  
Ben Becker 
Steve Crow #9841
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