Who are we?
The Ulysses Club is a social club for motorcyclists over the age of 40 years. We are proud of being the largest social club in Australia.
Membership of the Club is open to any person 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 that so many members treasure.
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, France, Great Britain, Vietnam, Norway, Namibia, The Netherlands, Thailand, Switzerland, The Kingdom of Cambodia, Zimbabwe, Cuba and Botswana.
The Ulysses Club has around 130 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 and to meet new people!
As a benefit to being a member, you will receive the quality magazine, Riding On, which contains information about what we all love - bikes and bike related topics. Riding On is published in print format on a quarterly basis, and is complemented by a website, www.ridingonline.com.au Ultimately we are a social club so the Riding On is an important reference for all kinds of information for members. The main website and Facebook page provide up to date information about rides, Odysseys, rallies, Toy Runs, 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 NationalRally 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, Weeknight 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 the logo with pride. Many members put effort into living our logo – “Grow Old Disgracefully”!
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.