North Harbour Ulysses Newsletter.
Edition 23
June 2016

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Edition 23
Hi All

Another month down and we are heading for half way through 2016. Where has the year gone?? Winter solstice is coming up on 21 June which is just over three weeks away. The days will start to get longer and we will get more daylight riding time in.

Are you a member of our Facebook page and do you visit our website?  These are the best places to get the most up to date information on our Club and activities.  Visit and join or visit . You can also see what fellow members get up to on their rides and take part in Peter Webb's weekly "Caption This" competition.

Last month's Mystery North Harbour Ulyssian was guessed by Tracy Unstead. Tracy correctly guessed Laura Nankivell as the child going for her first motorbike ride with her dad.

Do you run your own business?  Make sure your fellow club members know what you do and get some free advertising in this newsletter.  Send me an ad and I'll include it every month.

Also check out my tips and tricks section that I'll be running every month. Email me if you have something that you think our members should know about.

Send me your stories, pictures, comments and feedback to me by clicking this link NH Editor

Enjoy our June newsletter

Craig McEwan #9243
Ulysses North Harbour Facebook Page
Ulysses North Harbour Website

Our branch is going well with our membership up over 200 again, best of all we are attracting some younger members (under 50) but for the health of the Club and our Branch we need more young members. If you meet riders over 40 who are not Club members and they live in the North Harbour area introduce them to the club/branch. We have branch business cards available with website & contact details for you to hand out. (see Wayne or Dale) of course if they live on the other side point them towards the Auckland Branch website.

    I believe our branch has a good variety of rides, social events and weekends away however we can always do with more ideas so if you have a favourite destination for a day ride or weekend away or if you are happy to take a ride contact Niki on Runs Email or talk to a Runs Committee/R.I.C person. If you haven’t filled in Niki’s survey do it now, your answers help us improve the branch.

    OK! I picked the wrong date for our Mother’s Day Poker Run, however we ended up with 33 bikes and 48 poker hands. Highest hand went to Joy Zaloum, 2nd was Terri and 3rd was Bill Lowman. Thanks to John Heebink for a very interesting well organised ride. Keep an eye out for John’s version of Twists & Turns coming shortly which will help you with slow manoeuvre bike handling.

    Our Mid Month dinners at the Africa Bar are attracting 40- 45 members and partners, the food is very tasty and good value, the V.I.P. card gives you a discount and a small bonus to the Branch, the only complaint I’ve heard is that the meals are a bit large, yes! having cubicles can be awkward but when the warmer weather arrives we can sit outside in a better group situation.  V.I.P Cards are available on dinner night or club night from me or ph/txt  027 289-1018, these cards can be used at any time.

    Invitations for our SUNDAY JULY 10th SOCIAL BBQ are on the website or at club night, cost is only $12.50 per person and every-one is welcome the more the merrier. We need to have numbers by 4th July for catering purposes so don’t hang around REGISTER NOW. The music will continue on until 5.00pm.

    Keep an eye out for a weekend away to Stratford in October and Andy Kelly is looking into arranging a Saturday dance night at the Africa Bar later in the year.

   Don’t forget! the newsletter is your news, if you don’t send items, ride reviews and photos there won’t be an interesting newsletter. Send items to

Remember!!  We must support our sponsors so they can support us.


Club Night 2nd  June, Pupuke Golf Club 5.30pm onwards
Social Dinner Wednesday 15th June, Africa Bar, 1 William Pickering Drive, North Harbour,  5.30pm – 9.00pm. V.I.P cards available from Wayne Painter. 027 289 1018.
Club Night Thursday 7th  July, Pupuke Golf Club. 5.30pm onwards
Mid Winter BBQ Sunday 10th July. , Africa Bar. 2.00-6.00pm, Every-one welcome
Social Dinner Wednesday 20th July, , Africa Bar, 1 William Pickering Drive.
Ronald McDonald Run  13th November, keep this date free, more details later

Okataina Rally (Rotorua), 17th, 18th, 19th June. Entry form in NatMag
Remembrance Weekend 13th, 14th August. Book own accommodation,
Details below or see NatMag.
Far North Rally 7th, 8th, 9th  October, Marsden Point,

Wayne Painter #1756NZ L/M,
Branch President, North Harbour Branch
Ulysses Club (NZ) Inc

Your North Harbour Executive for 2016
Committee Members
Andy Kelly 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 Andy
on 021 144 9734 or Email Andy
Non Committee Positions
Click here for Printer Friendly Runs Sheet
Click Here For a Printable Form for the Mid Winter Social BBQ
Congratulations to Joy Zaloum
Winner of the
We're conducting a survey and your input would be appreciated. Click the button below to start the survey. Thank you for your participation!
Begin Survey
Please support North Harbour Branch sponsors.
Come in to Cyclespot USA and check out Indian Motorcycle’s
newest addition to the family,  
“The Springfield”        
Priced from $35,995 plus ORC – available in Thunder Black or Indian Red
Contact Mike 021 486 422 or
61 Barrys Point Road Takapuna – 09 4861136
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.
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.  
Does my bum look big on this??
Reviews and Photo Gallery 
Snapped at the North Harbour Mothers Day Poker Run
Young riders pick a destination and go... Old riders pick a direction and go!!
East Cape Trip
with Charlie Truell
Wearing Your Jacket Backwards!
Two guys were roaring down the road on a motorcycle when the driver slowed up and pulled over. His leather jacket had a broken zip and he told his friend, "I can't drive anymore with the air hitting me in the chest like that." "Just put the jacket on backwards." His friend advised. They continued down the road but around the next bend, they lost control and wiped out. A nearby farmer came upon the accident and ran to call the police. They asked him, "Are they showing any signs of life?" "Well," the farmer explained, "the driver was until I turned his head around the right way!"
Cruising with Charlie Truell
Tuesdays Ride

Midweek Wednesday Rides and now Tuesday (check out NH Ulysses facebook page for details.)
May 10
Seven guys had a marvelous day out today. Sig led us via the backroads in the Hunua ranges to Thames where we visited Trevor in the Hospital. He is getting better because he wanted to ride with us.
John Hinds led us straight to a nice café in Te Aroha.
After lunch we followed John Hinds via some nice back roads via Tahuna to Highway one where we said our good buys and went home.
Another nice day out in good company. Thanks to tail end Charlies Charlie and Sig.
May 17
Three riders out enjoying the day today. Sig Falkenhaug took us around the back roads near Karaka. Lunch at Clarks Beach, and then back to Auckland via Aka Aka.
May 24
Just two of us on the ride today. We knew there would be rain and dressed accordingly, but apart from rain on the Bombay Hills and a few scattered showers the weather was kind to us. We went along Island Block Road, Falls Road, Taniwha Road and Matahuru Road. All nice country roads, and Matahuru was the nicest of all. It turns to gravel half way along, and gradually deteriorates over the next nine km with the final section quite slippery. All part of the fun! Had lunch in Ngatea with Trevor and Di.
Peter Webb
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. 
Motorcycle Tips and Tricks

YOU DON'T have to have the mechanical know-how of a MotoGP technician to perform simple home-servicing tasks; some decent tools and a little common sense are all you need to keep your bike in tip-top shape.

Ideally, get hold of a workshop manual for your machine for a better understanding of how each task should be carried out. Most will give pictures detailing each part of the process; a good manual will also list the tools you'll need to complete the job. 

Like a chef's knives, using quality tools are half the battle to a successful job, so avoid using the underseat toolkit if you can.

Obviously, if you're not 100 per cent comfortable working on your own bike then ask a knowledgeable mate to watch over you.

TYRES - Pressures

When was the last time you checked your bike's tyre pressures? It should be done on a weekly basis, but many of us forget to keep an eye on one of the most vital parts of our bike's set-up.

Underinflated tyres tend to affect handling and braking as the lack of pressure means the tyre wall isn't firm enough to properly cope with the forces exterted on it. Overinflation can also result in a deterioration in handling, as well as a reduced contact patch with the road. This can result in a lack of grip under braking.

Use a quality pressure gauge to accurately check your bike's tyre pressures. Consult the owner's manual for the correct pressure. Remember, your tyres may need more pressure if you regularly ride with a pillion passenger. Always check your pressures when they're cold.

It's also worth checking the condition and tread depth of the tyres while you're at it.

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.
Click Here for Printer Friendly Runs List
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 7.30pm
Our next social dinner is on 15 June - 5:30pm onwards.  Please email Wayne by Monday 13 if you intend to attend.
Africa is located at 1b William Pickering Drive, Albany

The Cove Cafe

With Niki & Paul Morrison
Departing Kaukapakapa Hall at 10am
Reservations Essential
Txt Niki on 027 885 3614 
Sunday 19

Meet at 10.30 am  for
Brunch and a Chat
The Collins Cafe
in Greenhithe

20 Greenhithe Road
Caffeine & Classics at Smales Farm

Sunday May

Short ride to Smales Farm to check out the Classic Cars and Hot Rods. And of course get some caffeine into us.  
Meet at Smales Farm
Midweek Wednesday Rides and now Tuesday (check out NH Ulysses facebook page for details.)
Are you free to ride Midweek?
Why not join fellow Ulyssians on Wednesday's
Departs NS Cossie Club at 10.30am
Destination decided on the day.
These rides are proving very popular.
Highlight your calendar with these upcoming rides or events.

Runs & Rallies
2                    Monthly Club Night @ Pupuke Golf Club
                      Our monthly club meeting and social evening at Pupuke Golf Club,
                      231 East Coast Rd, Campbells Bay. Bar opens at 5:30pm and meals
                      are available.
                      MUST RSVP for meals at least two days before to Wayne Painter.
                      Time: 05:30 PM - 09:00 PM

5                    Annette and Rob Breakfast Meet Details to Come. Check Facebook

11                 Matakana Markets with John Heebink 100 km return from Albany
                     Departing Cosi Club 65 Paul Matthews  9.30 am Bring a picnic or
                     purchase at the market Picnic at Goat Island  after the market 

12                  The Cove Café Waipu with Niki and Paul Morrison. Departing
                      Kaukapapa Hall at 10am. Bookings are required at the destination
                      Please txt Niki on 027 885 3614 if you are coming. 230km return  
15                 Social Dinner - 5:30pm onwards.  Please email Wayne
                     by Monday 16 if you intend to attend.
                     Africa Bar is located at 1b William Pickering Drive, Albany

19                 Chew the fat
Chew the fat Meet at 10.30 am Brunch and a chat at
                     The Collins Cafe in Greenhithe, 20 Greenhithe Road

17 – 19          Not Final Okataina Rally - Entry form in the Ulyssian Magazine
                      Rotorua Branch

26                 Caffeine and Classics Taking place at Smales Farm on Auckland's
                     North shore from 10am. Meet there and decide if a run is imminent.


7                    Monthly Club Night @ Pupuke Golf Club
                      Our monthly club meeting and social evening at Pupuke Golf Club,
                      231 East Coast Rd, Campbells Bay. Bar opens at 5:30pm and meals
                      are available.
                      MUST RSVP for meals at least two days before to Wayne Painter.
                      Time: 05:30 PM - 09:00 PM

10                  Mid Winter BBQ - Africa Bar 1 William Pickering Drive, Albany. 
                      Everyone Welcome - Please register using the form above.

NOTE:  Ulysses’ events in BOLD
For more details of each event see ad at end of The Ulyssian, or Ulysses website – or, contact local Coordinator or, use Google.

Need that badge sewn on, then call in on Merine.
Phone 021 708677

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.
                   An Invitation from Zimbabwe Ulysses

It gives me great pleasure to invite you and your members to our proposed International gathering mid 2017.

The attached flyer will give you an idea of what we propose to do.

With FIM's support the event has the prospect of being a once in a lifetim
e event.

We also have motorcycle agents in nearby South Africa on standby for bike hire, so the adventure can begin and end there

Naturally we need to get a feel for the interest out there so we can plan accordingly.  So may I appeal to you all to send this out to all your members.
 Many thanks.

                                       Kind regards,
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.
A discount of 10% off the best available fare applies for travel dates
18 January through to 19 December 2016
Booking conditions and instructions for members are:
Each reservation must be made direct with Interislander online at
Also check out our Premium Plus onboard lounge upgrades for total comfort at for 18yrs plus
Simply insert the Promo code “XULY1”on the “Payment details” page then click on “enter” and this will apply the discount.
Membership card is required at the terminal on check in.  No membership card and retail fares will be charged.
Space is subject to availability at the time of the booking request.
The normal conditions of the above fare type apply - e.g. Easy Change is 100% refundable if cancelled.
Bookings made through our call centre are at regular rates.
A dyslexic man walked into a bra.
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