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A social club for motorcyclists over the age of 40
Who we are
Ulysses Club Inc.
We are a social club for motorcyclists over the age of 40. We are the largest organisation of this kind in Australia.

Membership

Membership of the Club is open to any person, subject to the National Committee approval, who has attained the age of 40 years and who holds a current motorcycle licence. Additionally, the spouse or regular partner of a member, who has also attained the age of 40 years may also be admitted as a member upon application.

There is only one kind of membership, full individual membership. Any type of bike is welcome.

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 of their choice. As well, there are sister 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 grown to 139 branches and 2 Special Interest Groups spread throughout Australia, and continues to grow. Our branches arrange rides and social functions for club members in their location.

You will receive a quarterly journal called Riding On, which contains information about your interests - bikes and bike related topics. But ultimately we are a social club so you get to see upcoming events, you can be part of a web site forum for members', share news and views and receive articles on topics that interest you. 
 
Join the journey - each year, club members from all around Australia, as well as some from overseas, travel to the designated location for the Annual General Meeting and the AGM Event which has grown from a campover, meeting and meal of the early days, to a major event spanning 7 days, and incorporating involvement by major motorcycle manufacturers and suppliers putting on trade displays and test rides of the latest machinery, a Grand Parade through the town or city, several nights of various entertainment, Friday and Saturday night social events, 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 it's original hand drawn form as our registered trademark, is recognisable throughout the country and club members wear it with pride.

 

Rides

One of the purposes of the Club is to enable members to get together for companionship and mutual support and one of the best ways to do this is on an organised branch ride. Members get a lot of enjoyment out of taking part in rides and socialising with other members with similar interests.

Most branches have organised rides and social outings one day every weekend or every second weekend, as well as mid week rides, of various length and duration, as well as the occasional weekend away.

There is no specific format for rides, length or appropriate destinations, each branch differs. A variety of rides is often most popular.

Why the name Ulysses?

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

Meet the Originals

Jack Lewin #3, Stephen Dearnley #1, Bill Vann #2
The 'No Bull' Committee at the Second AGM Tumut 1985

Stephen's No Bull 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 ...