North Harbour Ulysses Newsletter.
Edition 58
July 2019

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Hi All

Welcome to the August edition of your newsletter. Our next club night is this Thursday 1 August at the Pupuke Golf Club.

I've definitely been missing out by the looks of the pictures from the rides.  Life has been getting in the way of riding lately and I'm amping to get back on the bikes.  With winter sports coming to an end this will happen soon.

Continue reading the newsletter if you want to find out more on the ACC Rego Cash Back Scheme and also find out more about how ProRider are offering North Harbour Ulysses members free Ride Forever courses.

So you can do the course free course that helps you become a better rider and as a bonus it gets you part way to getting your Rego Cash back.  Check out the ProRider link below and click on the button below the ProRider ad for Q&As on the Rego Cashback Scheme.

Remember I'm always looking for stories and content and I'm happy with any length and most subjects. The more disgraceful the better.

This Sunday is looking like it will be a stunner so let's all get out and head to Waipu Cove with Linda.  Details  in the Upcoming Rides section below.

Happy & Safe Riding  
Craig McEwan #9243
Editor - Ulysses North Harbour
Ulysses North Harbour Facebook Page
Ulysses North Harbour Website

I would have to say this has been a very cold month but one that has warmed my heart and made me even prouder to call myself a Ulyssean and a member of the North Harbour Branch.
You guys and gals really stepped up to the plate with the fund raising for The Wilson Home Trust.
The goal started at $2,500 then went out to $3,000 and hit the $4,000 mark on the presentation night which only took 2 months. Given that Wilson Home was expecting that we might get something together for them by Christmas. So when we invited them along to the presentation Carol was expecting to give a talk to give an insight as to what they do to help motivate the members with the fund raising needless to say they were totally blown away and so thankful for what we achieved.

I personally would like to give an enormous thank-you to Peter Webb for his efforts, efforts that were made possible by the generosity of members. Now we are thinking about the next charity and have started talks with NS Hospice. In saying this you can still donate to any of our current Charities through the bank account. See the website for details. 

I attended the twists and turns this month and it was great to get back into the slow riding bought back memories of riding in the Drill Team, if you haven’t been along to these, I urge you to get out and give it a go. Now talking about rider training the following information should interest all our members.



ACC Motorcycle Rego Cash Back Programme

I spoke with ProRider and have arranged the following deal with Pro Rider for North Harbour Branch Members and this has been extended to Auckland Branch Members 

Get cash back by doing your Ride Forever Silver and Gold courses with Pro Rider

As part of the Cashback Offer Pro Rider will waive the $50 registration fee for all Ulysses members attending a Ride Forever course. Just use the code ULYR4E when you make your course booking.

Find a course date that suits you
•          You can book on to an existing SILVER or GOLD course using the code ULYR4E.
•          Or we can create one for you on a date to suit; for this to go ahead we need a minimum of 4 riders and a maximum of 6. Just contact the office on 09 973 3456 or email and we can set this up for you, then we’ll send you a registration link so that friends can attend too.
Cashback Pilot
Get $100 cashback - this is exactly what ACC is offering riders who do Ride Forever Silver and Gold courses.
The cashback offer is a pilot scheme and will be trialled for two years, it is open to riders who live in NZ and who’ve held a full New Zealand Class 6 licence for five years or more and have a current motorcycle registration. 
Riders can claim their cashback, paid into their New Zealand bank account, by supplying a photo of their current motorcycle rego. Simply take two courses (at least three months apart) and you can claim $100 cashback and then in 12 months’ time you can claim another $100 which = $200 all up. 
There’s good news for anyone who has already been on a Ride Forever Silver or Gold course - so long as it was taken after 1 July 2016 it can count as the first course in your cashback claim.
The cashback adds to existing incentives, including several discounts and reimbursements on things like insurance. This is on top of the substantial subsidy on the courses themselves (ACC pays $249 per course while each rider contributes a maximum of $50 per course).
To find out if you are eligible here is the criteria -
•          For riders living in NZ who have had their full NZ Class 6 licence for at              least 5 years
•          Who will have completed two Ride Forever Silver or Gold courses (one            can be historical)
•          Have a current registration label for their bike
•          Cashback offer is per rider, not per motorcycle, you can only apply once            regardless of how many motorcycles you have
•          $200 cashback is paid in 2 x $100 instalments over two years
For full details about the cashback, see
The Mid-Winter Social and Dance
This was great for me, it warmed me up and I clocked up 8.5klm’s just dancing now I know I’m not the greatest dancer and defiantly no contender for dancing with the star’s but it’s great for losing weight, so I’d like to challenge you all to get up and hit the floor especially at our Christmas Dinner and Dance.

Speaking of which it is on Saturday the 7thof Dec @ 7pm – 11pm at the NS Squash club, so please put this event in your diary and get yourselves along, we will start selling tickets soon.

Branch Dinner: Elevations
What a great night we had sorry for those who weren’t able to make it, a big thanks to Sonia  for organising the venue, and not forgetting Shane aka “Pork Bone” for arranging and driving the bus 11 of us arrived on the bus all up we had 27 turn up for the dinner and from what I heard everyone reckoned we should do it again 



1.August’s Branch Dinner will be held at Hobsonville RSA 114 Hobsonville Rd, Hobsonville, Auckland 0618.

2.September’s Branch Dinner will be held at Goode Brothers Shop 5, North West Shopping Mall, Maki Street, Massey, Auckland 0814 

3.RIC Training with John Heebink at Bar Africa Meeting Room. Training for anyone interested to gain knowledge and an understanding of how to host a social ride. ALL WELCOME! 

4.North Island Remembrance Service
August the 10th Auckland Branch will be hosting The Remembrance Service at Great Lake Centre Taupo. Wayne will lead a ride down on Friday the 9thand there will be a ride most likely combined with Auckland down early Saturday morning. If you are planning on staying in Taupo, please make your own accommodation arrangements.
Note that evening meals are available at the Taupo Cosi Club and that the Taupo Branch have organised a social there which starts at 8 pm. Come along and catch up with old mates, make new friends, mingle and reminisce about the good old days.
A Raffle will run on the night, A DJ will keep things moving along. Badges and Patches will be sold on the day, both at the venue and at some of the organised rides. In the Foyer at Great Lakes, Tea, Coffee, milo and biscuits (gold coin donation please) 

6.The Ronnie Run. Les has the event planning well underway we need to start promoting this ride from now on.

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 1 August
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 to View Cashback Q&As
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
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.
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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.  
Click Here to Visit the NZ Ulysses Website
Out Cruising
Twists & Turns with Barry and John
July 10 - Charlie Tee
Eight riders today. I suggested either Muriwai or Dargaville as destinations, and people preferred the shorter ride. Colin Crawford led us via Waitoki and Old North Road. On Foster Road there was new seal on a corner and it had very little grip, so almost all of us lost traction briefly, but no one came to harm. After a stop at the gannet colony, we arrived at Muriwai cafe about 11:30, and sat in the sun chatting over lunch until 1 pm.

17 July - Charlie Tee
Five people on the ride today, and four more came to the meeting point. Two of those were planning to ride with us, but one of their bikes had a flat battery, so they came in a car. Philip Burns led us to Helensville, up SH16 to Wellsford, then to Whanga Eats, a new container cafe on Matakana Valley Road near the intersection with Whangaripo Valley Road. They do good food. 

During lunch, the usual tall tales turned to the subject of encounters we've had with aircraft while riding. The best story, which is probably true, was from one of our number who found a light aircraft parked on a beach near Pouto point. He rode a few donuts around it, as you do. On his way back to Dargaville, there was a loud buzzing to his side and he looked around to see the aircraft flying a few metres away from him. The pilot waved to him, then opened his throttle and soared off!

After lunch we went through Matakana to Warkworth, and the others continued on Woodcocks Road while I went home on SH1. Good ride, and the weather behaved itself.

18 July - Wayne Painter
North Harbour members enjoy a dinner night at  
Elevations on the Scenic Drive. great views.
thanks Shane for taking us by coach

21 July - John Heebink
A Scenic Leisure Tour.

A dozen people came on this ride today for an easy ride on beautiful roads. An extra bonus today was the good company and thanks Peter for organising the sunny weather. On a day as today it should be Sunny being a Sunday…! 
We meandered from Albany and Ridge Road towards Riverhead and on to Kaukapakapa.
We had our first stop next to the Fire station.
By this time the fog was completely gone. Via Highway 16 and Woodcocks Road we crossed Highway 1.
Two people needed to go home on time to earn some brownie points and left the group in Warkworth.
With 10 people we stopped in Warkworth lunch at the lovely Little & Local Coffee Kitchen.
After lunch 2 riders followed me to Martin’s Bay and 1 rider came with me to Mahurangi West. It was a first time visit for him and we admired the quietness at the sunny peaceful beach.

Thank you all for joining me and thanks Dave for being tail end Charlie.

23 August - Charlie Tee
Thirteen riders today, and two more came to the meeting point to socialise. It was a glorious winter's day. Tony Kay led us through back roads I didn't even know existed to Whitford, then we took the loop around Maraetai and came back west to find even more obscure back roads to the south of Waiuku. This all took some time, so we were famished by the time we got to our lunch stop at Karaka General Store!

24 July - John Heebink
Fifteen men and their mighty machine arose from sometimes heavy fog to meet in Albany under a blazing sun.

Some machine where mightier than others, but one was so big and beautiful that it had three wheels.

After a short debate and a vote we selected to go to Tawharanui Regional Park and have lunch in Omaha afterwards.

Nobody came forward to lead the ride, so I offered my service. Thanks Charlie to look after the tail end.

Two riders said there goodbye at the first stop in Kaukapakapa. And another rider left us just before lunch.

To our surprise the carpark was almost full in Tawharanui and the reason became clear when we walked toward the beach.

The surf was up and a lot of people like us did not do any work and took the opportunity to enjoy the “sun and the surf”, or in our case "sun and ride”.

Thanks you all for the company and remember we have a nice day coming up this Saturday.

If it rains, come in the car. Watch this space.

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
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 21 Aug - 6:30pm - 9:30pm.   
Change of venue this month to Hobsonville RSA, 114 Hobsonville Rd, Hobsonville, Auckland
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
Saturday 27 July
Across the Bridge Ride
11am - 2pm
Departing from Warehouse Covered car park Albany, Or make your way to Raewyn and Craig's Place in Huapai by Car or Bike No charge for lunch, Koha tim will be there). Lets get together in numbers as Ulyssians and celebrate our Club.
Sunday 28 July
Waipu Cove with Linda
Departing from Warehouse covered car park, Albany, Auckland

Sunday 4 August
Coffee & Conversations
Oliver's Cafe
340 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa
Come by bike or car and we'll decide where we go on the day

Upcoming Events

Tuesday 6 August
RIC Training with John Heebink 021 128 5806

Bar Africa
1 William Pickering Drive, Albany
All Welcome

21 August
August Branch Dinner
Hobsonville RSA
114 Hobsonville Road, Hobsonville

Story from a Kansas State Highway Patrol officer :

  Description: Description: C:\Users\Brenda\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\WNQNHZ5F\MP900402673[1].jpgI made a traffic stop on an elderly lady the other day for speeding

on U.S. 166 Eastbound at Mile Marker 73 just East of Sedan, KS.

I asked for her driver's license, registration, and proof of insurance.

The lady took out the required information and handed it to me.

In with the cards I was somewhat surprised (due to her advanced age)

to see she had a conceal carry permit. I looked at her and ask if

she had a weapon in her possession at this time.

She responded that she indeed had a .45 automatic in her glove box.

Something---body language, or the way she said it---made me want

to ask if she had any other firearms. She did admit to also having

a 9mm Glock in her center console. Now I had to ask one more

time if that was all. She responded once again that she did have

just one more, a .38 special in her purse. I then asked her what

was she so afraid of.

She looked me right in the eye and said, "Not a fucking thing!"


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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