We are a social club for motorcyclists over the age of 40. We are the largest organisation of this kind in Australia.
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, U.K., Vietnam, Norway, Holland, 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.
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