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North Harbour Ulysses Newsletter.
Edition 64
March 2020

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Hi All

After 4 years and 40+ newsletters it's time for me to pass the batten over to the next budding editor to put their touch on our newsletter.  I thank Simon Slater for putting up his hand and offering to take on the role as Editor.  Please join me in thanking Simon when you see him next.

I'd like to thank a few people that helped out a lot over my tenure.  Obviously Wayne and Rob being the two Presidents during my time who have given me the support needed to be successful, Barry Holland for all the Barry's Bits and Motorcycle Safety articles, Neville Dodds for all the hilarious jokes and cartoons, Sandra Melville from Cycle Spot Group and Monique Haines from ProRider for getting me their ads and articles on time every time and all the contributors on our Facebook page where I shamelessly stole photos and stories from.  I'd also like to thank the Sheriff for not fining me for the F'ups I made in the newsletter over the years, of which there were many.  You have all made my job a lot easier to do and I thank you.

While I'm on my soapbox I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the committee and all the volunteers in the club.  A club simply wouldn't exist if not for these people.  Thank You. 

This is a great segway into the AGM we have coming up on 5 April.  All positions are open so please take the time to nominate your fellow club mates for positions. The last day for nominations is Wednesday 6 March 2020 so you need to act now.  The downloadable AGM Nomination form is below in the red box.  Go on do it today.

Happy & Safe Riding  
Craig McEwan #9243
Editor - Ulysses North Harbour
Ulysses North Harbour Facebook Page
Ulysses North Harbour Website
North Harbour Ulysses AGM
5 April 2020 @ 7:30pm
Nominations close on Wednesday 6 March 2020
Click here to Download the AGM Nomination Form
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 ULYR4E when booking your course.
Click Here for More Information
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.
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
At the bottom of this newsletter is a link so you can update your subscriber details.  There is also a button if you really want to cancel your subscription.
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
5 Feb - Charlie Tee

Ten riders today, and an eleventh joined us at Wellsford. Harry Handley led us to Mangawhai Heads via SH16, Whangipo Valley Road, Waiteitei Road, and Mangawhai Road. After lunch we broke into smaller groups riding home. I led a group of four back along School Road, Tomarata Valley Road and Matakana Valley Road. A very pleasant day riding, and much cooler temperatures than yesterday.
12 Feb - Michael Davies

Wednesday old folks rest stop.. Port Albert wiggley ride.. Excellent TEC thanks Pip. Getting dry up here Charlie what's south like..?

16 Feb - Annette Bissett

The ride to Waiomu never disappoints, beautiful coastal roads were appreciated by new riders Paul and Ness, impressive fishy dish for lunch at Wayne's fav cafe, old friends Wayne and Janette caught up with us there. Peter had a little bike fault along the way, just a loose terminal then TEC Rob needed a little shove in the rear end to get going again, lol. I've had to do that a few times now. Anyway all 9 of us on 7 bikes had another super day of riding, summer is great 😃🏍🤗 See you next time 😉

25 Feb - Charlie Tee

Twelve riders out on a lovely day. Not too hot today. Ole Falkenhaug led us to Hopin Stopin in Taupiri via Ruawaro and the best backroads of the Waikato.

At Ruawaro, my GSX1250 'Dobbin' turned over 150,000 km. I'll buy you something nice Dobbin!

27 Feb - Charlie Tee

Thirteen riders today, and my suggestion to have a picnic at Matheson Bay was readily accepted. I took the group over back roads to Silverdale, then across Wainui Road, Upper Orewa Road and Weranui Road to a rendezvous at Waiwera. The only problem was that I only had three other riders still with me at the rendezvous. After about ten minutes I asked one rider to go back and round up the corner markers, but as he headed off the remaining riders turned up. Some riders had missed a corner marker at Silverdale, but they realised their mistake and returned, and all the subsequent corner markers held their positions for a long time so that the ride could re-establish itself. Well done to all of them.

From Waiwera, we headed north to Warkworth where we bought lunch at a bakery, then headed through Matakana towards Leigh, turning off on Matheson Bay Road. We had our picnic on the hill south of the bay to get the lovely sea views.

Thanks to Pip for being TEC.

It seems that many mid-week riding groups in Ulysses have an informal name, such as the Retreads, or their ride has a name such as the Zimmer Frame ride. It was suggested to me a couple of years ago that we should adopt a name, but it takes a while for my brain to come up with an idea, so it was only today that I proposed a name to the group. It was agreed that we will refer to ourselves as the "Ok Boomers"!

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
5 March
Meals available from 5.30pm and meeting starts at 7.30pm during summer months.
Our next social dinner is on 18 March- 6:00pm - 9:00pm.   
Venue to be confirmed
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.
Barry Holland, John Heebink and Mike Davies run 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: 
Upcoming Sunday Runs

Ride for Justice 2020

Sunday 1 March
Smales Farm Business Park

Welcome to the “Ride for Justice”, NZ largest motorbike ride, this is a charity motorcycle ride open to all riders who want to help us raise awareness of animal abuse and welfare issues in New Zealand.
By joining the ride, you are giving to our furry friends a voice, and helping us raise much-needed funds to support the Paw Justice Food Bank program and our rehoming and adoption arm, PetRescue so that animals can have a second chance at life. So join us and let your motorcycle be the voice of those animals that have none !
Head to their web site or Facebook page for more detail: See you there!

Thames Fish & Chips with Linda

Sunday 8 March 2020
Departing 9:30am from Caltex filling station @ 256 Oteha Valley Rd, Albany
RIC: Linda Bleasdale - 0274 503 101
Ride Scale: Long

Ulysses Club 2020 National Rally

Friday 13th – Sunday 15th March 2020
Ulysses Club 2020 National Rally Hosted by the Marlborough Branch in Blenheim
Venue: Waterlea Racecourse, end of Linton St (off Hutcheson St), Blenheim.
Registration: - From 1PM Friday 13th

Saturday Night Theme:- Pirates of the Marlborough Sounds.
Ahargh!! Shiver me timbers boys, We be gatherin’ at the racecourse in Blenheim town for makin’ merry, swash bucklin’ and countin’ our treasure. It’’ll be a gatherin’ you’ll not be forgettin’ – thems that die will be the lucky ones... aharrrggh!!

2020 Metzeler Elephant Run

Sunday 15 March 2020
09:30 AM - 02:30 PM

The Annual Elephant Run in 2020. 
Ideal for those members NOT going to the Ulysses AGM this specific weekend.

Details copied from hosting company below:
SAVE THE DATE!! Sunday, March 15, your favourite Summer Social Ride returns for 2020!
The Elephant Run is FREE and open to all riders, from learners to experienced, on any brand of bike and tyre. 
PLUS, you could WIN A SET OF METZELER TYRES for your bike! We'll also have a host of other prizes up for grabs on the day. 
We're currently finalising the ride route (around the Auckland area), so watch this space.
So get your mates together, and join us for this awesome ride event. To keep up to date with all the Elephant Run details follow us on Facebook or visit www,


Awhitu Peninsula with Barry

Sunday 22 March 2020
10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Join Barry on some great back-roads with awesome scenery through Awhitu Peninsula.
Main Ride Departing 10:00am from BP Papakura (on Southern Motorway)
RIC: Barry Holland @ 021 753 301
Ride Scale: Medium
Upcoming Events
5 March
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.
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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