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A social club for motorcyclists over the age of 40
Who we are
Ulysses Club Inc.

Who are we?

The Ulysses Club Inc., as a social club for older motorcyclists welcomes riders aged 40 years and over to join. We are proud of being the largest social club in Australia.

Membership

Membership of the Club is open to any person aged 40 who holds a current motorcycle licence.* We also welcome applications for membership from the spouse or regular partner (also aged 40 years and over) of a member.

There is only one kind of membership, full individual membership. However, riders with a Learners Permit will be accepted although conditions apply. We do welcome all types of bikes, in fact Trike Riders from a State that allows a Trike to be ridden on a car license, are also welcome to apply for membership. We also have club plate schemes in most states, for those historic bikes.

What we're all about

By joining the club, a member can choose to attend any branch or a number of branches, branch rides and functions. If you travel overseas, there are also Ulysses Clubs in New Zealand, South Africa, Germany, Great Britain, Vietnam, Norway, Namibia, The Netherlands, Switzerland, The Kingdom of Cambodia, Zimbabwe and Botswana.

Ulysses Club has around 137 branches and 2 Special Interest Groups right throughout Australia, so opportunity exists to make new friends as you travel around. Join in a local ride, or attend a social meeting in a different location just for fun!

As a benefit to being a member, you will receive the quarterly journal, Riding On, which contains information about what we all love - bikes and bike related topics. Ultimately we are a social club so the Riding On is an important reference for all kind of information for members. The website and Facebook page provide up to date information about rides, Odysseys, rallies, Toy Run, Branch BBQs, best bikes to ride – you name it!   And if it’s not there, start a conversation in the Forum – you’ll soon have answers!  Of course, you’ll need to be a member to access the Forum, and also view the other benefits that membership of the Ulysses Club includes.
 
Join the journey - each year, club members from all around Australia, as well as some from overseas, travel to the chosen location for the club’s Annual General Meeting and the AGM Event which has grown from a camp over, meeting and meal of the early days, to a major event spanning 7 days, incorporating involvement by major motorcycle manufacturers and suppliers who provide trade displays and even test rides of the latest machinery. There is also a Grand Parade through the town or city, several nights of great entertainment, Friday and Saturday night social get togethers, a church service and of course the official meetings and ceremonies.
 
Throughout the year, members raise the club banner at rallies and odysseys around the country as a focal point where members and their friends can join in good companionship. Our "Old Man" logo, which has been preserved from its original hand drawn form as our registered trademark, is recognisable throughout the country and club members wear it with pride. Many members put effort into living our logo – “Grow Old Disgracefully”!

 Rides

With one of the purposes of the Club being to enable members to come together for companionship and mutual support, there are many organised rides to participate in, led by the local Branch. Coffee mornings, visits to the local Bakery, overnight stays to the coast or into the mountains, mid week rides - the list is endless with a variety of ride lengths, degree of difficulty, and times.

Why the name Ulysses?

Ulysses describes the spark for adventure which you seek through riding motorcycles. The name comes from a poem of the same title by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. It tells the tale of the great Greek hero Ulysses, now middle-aged and securely in charge of his kingdom of Ithaca, who is becoming bored in retirement and longs to go adventuring again with his shipmates of old. Sound familiar? It describes very well the sort of person who still has enough spark to go on riding into middle and later years.

*It is important to note that all membership applications are subject to the approval of the National Committee.

The Aims of the Club
  • To provide ways in which older motorcyclists can get together for companionship and mutual support.
  • To show by example that motorcycling can be an enjoyable and practical activity for riders of all ages.
  • To draw the attention of public and private institutions to the needs and views of older riders.
The Story

How did Ulysses Club begin?

Stephen DearnleyUlysses Club Inc. is a social club for motorcyclists over the age of 40 however the original suggestion for the club  was for over 50's motorcyclists and was put forward in a letter by Stephen Dearnley published in the August 1983 issue of Bike Australia.
 
Stephen had initially responded to some comments by 'Wrench McTaggart', aka Grant Roff, who had suggested to an over 50's rider; "Hasn't anyone ever told you about growing old gracefully ..."
 
This drew two significant responses: one from Rob Hall, a reader at Albion Park NSW, who suggested the present name and motto for the club: the other from Peter Thoeming, then the editor of Bike Australia who sketched the logo and offered support from his magazine if Stephen could get the club off the ground. This was done at an inaugural meeting in Sydney on 6th December, 1983 when the five founding members approved a basic constitution and the Ulysses Club was duly formed.
 
The concept of over 50's only lasted three short months and from that point on Ulysses Club became a social club for motorcyclists over the age of 40. From that tenuous beginning it has never looked back and the club now boasts a large and extensive network of members throughout Australia and Internationally.

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Testimonials

Hi, Thanks to the Ulysses Club I now have a very full life and am surrounded by great people from all walks of life who are full of great stories and have become like a second fami...
After my wife passed away in 2006 I was in a state of shock, I didn't want to do anything. My family were worried that I was just waiting to go myself .My son suggested that I try ...