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North Harbour Ulysses Newsletter.
Edition 69
September 2020

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Welcome to the September 2020 Newsletter,

How frustrating is that?

Just as we were getting back into the swing of normality we have to take two steps back.. back to working from home (for those of us cursed enough to still have to work ), back to social distancing, mask wearing etc. etc.  and almost worst of all  - back to massively reduced riding possibilities.

However despite the frustrations we feel at least the lockdown system here in NZ appears to be holding back a serious resurgence of Covid-19. Whereas in the USA for example, large gatherings are potentially spreading the disease far and wide  - see extract of a report regarding Sturgis below.. (thanks to Marty Beets for sending this to me).

A few rides have been possible in August one way or another but obviously official meetings, social gatherings and large group rides have been off the cards since Auckland returned to Level 3. Let’s hope that when we return to Level 2  (very shortly after you get this newsletter) we can stay there and return to Level 1 soon so that we can socialise and ride together as much as we like.

In the meantime, the Branch Meeting originally planned for 3rd September is most definitely cancelled.

Now as we appear to be heading back to “freedom” again perhaps it’s a good time to thinking about brushing up those riding skills? Watch our homepage and Facebook for information about Twist and Turns. Check out the adverts below from Riderskills and Prorider for information about improving you skills. Also, if you are quick, you might be able to get some free training from Prorider.. subscribe to their newsletter, next issue out on 1st September, for details of free Ride Forever courses offer available if you book before 07:00 on Thursday 3rd September.
Stay safe, ride safe, hope to see you all again at a Branch meeting soon.

Simon Slater

Covid-19 coronavirus: Revved by biker rally, infections move fast and far.


The hundreds of thousands of bikers who attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally may have departed western South Dakota, but US health officials are still on their trail.

Public health departments in multiple American states are trying to measure how much and how quickly the coronavirus spread in bars, tattoo shops and gatherings before bikers returned to their home states.

From the city of Sturgis, which is conducting mass testing for its roughly 7000 residents, to health departments in at least six states, health officials are trying to track outbreaks from the 10-day rally which ended on August 16.

South Dakota transportation officials counted 460,000 vehicles at the rally.

They face the task of tracking an invisible virus that spread among bar-hoppers and rallygoers, who then travelled to over half of the counties in the United States.

Well it’s that time again, another month has passed with us spending 3 weeks at Level 3, at least it has been Level 3 for Auckland.., this has meant little or no riding. The Covid-19 epidemic is not looking like it will end any time soon, so, we will be having to look at new ways of doing things from now on. I heard on the news this morning someone in Hong Kong has contracted the virus for the second time, and there are also reported in Canada 46  cases of secondary infection, if this is accurate it does not bode well for a vaccine anytime soon, or any time at all.

I trust you all are keeping well and staying safe, as for me I am glad that I left my job at the hospital as it was starting to affect my health. Interestingly, I had my 3 monthly WOF check on the ICD/Pacemaker and they asked me what I had been doing differently over the past 2 weeks, “why?” I asked, their response was that 2 weeks ago my heart mysteriously had returned to normal rate, it had been in fibrillation for the past 2 years. My response was that the only thing that I have done differently was that I had resigned from my job at the Hospital! No more stress even though I have taken a pay cut by doing so, I reckon my health is more important than the money. Covid-19, has not just seen the loss of pay from the DHB, my acting work/income has been non-existent, thank the Good Lord that I had several streams of income and the IT (Gecko Computers) side of the business has been picking up, it would seem that in these difficult times our computers are becoming a very necessary household item.

Well,  as for meetings, the September Branch meeting was on for a brief moment, I even went as far as to list it on the website and Facebook only to have to cancel it again, it’s rather ironic that if we chose to have a meeting in Hamilton or in Wellsford it would be fine but the Govt. in their infinite wisdom have decided that event though Auckland goes to Level 2 we are still restricted to a meeting of 10 people unlike the rest of the country that can have meetings of up to 100. I had checked the official website and it tells us what Level 2 meetings restrictions are but no indication of the Auckland restrictions until you dig down a few layers.

All being well, on the 6th September, we will have a group ride to Thames Wholesale Fisheries for fish and chips, Linda as RIC, and before you ask  - Thames is not included as part of Auckland and does not fall under the Auckland restrictions.

We conducted last month’s committee meeting via Zoom, and I would have to say this was a great way of doing the meeting, for one thing it makes for a quick meeting as you have time constraints, and keeps people on track. Annette is still working at the hospital and just the other day had to carry out job interviews via Zoom meetings and she found them better than face to face meetings. With that in mind we will probably have the next Committee meeting the same way, via Zoom.

We have raised sufficient funds to purchase 1 of the 2 pain relief pumps for the Hospice, given the massive interruptions Covid-19 has bought upon us the committee decided that we will purchase 1 and present that at a branch meeting as soon as possible then we will continue on and fund raise for the 2nd one when possible.

Roll on level “2.5” and back to riding all be it in smaller groups while in Auckland’s boundary, and hopefully we get the go ahead into the real Level 2 and then quickly back to Level 1.

Well that’s about all from me for now, so, Stay Safe and stick to the rules, we will all get through this and most importantly keep in touch I happy to chat at any time.
Rob Bissett #7822
North Harbour Branch

Next Club Night
Who knows..?
Definitely NOT September 3rd

Watch Facebook, your email or the next newsletter for an update.
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.

The next session is on Saturday 5th September.

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

Click on the map below to view in Google Maps
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, 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.
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
9th August  - Beekepers Wife
Rob Bissett

An impressive 23 turned out for coffee and conversations at The Beekeepers Wife on Sunday.

3 bikes and 4 people continuing on with a ride to Leigh and Lunch at The Sawmill cafe.
5th August - Muriwai
Peter Webb

18 Wednesday Riders from North Harbour and a couple from Auckland Branch, took off in two groups to have lunch in Muriwai. I went with the first group of 12 led by John Heebink, stopping at scenic lookout Pukemateo. I don't know why there are water restrictions out West. The bloody Waitakere dam was over flowing!!!.

The other six wanted to find gravel to have a play.

The fog was lifting when I left home,  8deg turned into a 18 deg day. 2 hours later we reached Muriwai, thats Albany to Muriwai, the longest possible way to get there, some roads never been used, in fact I had to remind riders that the roads were not one way and that you are in West Auckland.

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 doctor in St. John's, Newfoundland wanted to get off work and go hunting, so
he approached his janitor.
"I am goin' huntin' tomorrow Buddy and don't want to close the clinic. I want you to take care of the clinic and take care of all my patients and I'll give you fifty bucks."
  "Yes, sir!" answers Buddy.
The doctor goes hunting and returns the following day and asks: "So, Buddy, How was your day?"
Buddy told him that he took care of three patients.
 "The first one had a headache so I gave him TYLENOL."
"Bravo Buddy! The second one?" asks the doctor.
 "The second one had a bad stomach and I gave him MAALOX, sir", says Buddy.
"Bravo, bravo! You're good at this and what about the third one?" asks the Doctor.
 "Well Sir, I was sitting here having a smoke and suddenly the door flies opens and a woman enters. Like a flame, she undresses herself, taking off everything including
her bra and her panties and lies down on the table and shouts: "HELP ME - I haven't seen a man in over two years!"
"Lard Tunderin' Yeezus, Buddy!!! What did you do?"
 asked the doctor.. 
  "I put drops in her eyes"
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.  
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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