Ulysses Club

The Ulysses Club is an Australian motorcycle club that caters for the needs of the 'more mature' rider. The club was established in December 1983 and is the largest motorcycle club in the southern hemisphere.

Every ride we have joined with Ulysses groups has been well organised, friendly and great fun!

Ulysses members, please note your membership number in the notes area when ordering.

The following information is taken from the Ulysses web site.

Click on the logo to visit the Ulysses web site

How it all began

The original suggestion for a motorcycle club for over 50’s was put forward in a letter by Stephen Dearnley published in the August 1983 issue of Bike Australia. This drew two significant responses: one from Rob Hill, 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 people present approved a basic constitution and the Ulysses Club was duly formed.

From that tenuous beginning it has never looked back and the club now boasts a large and extensive network of members throughout Australia and in New Zealand.

Why Ulysses

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 indeed the sort of person who still has enough spark to go on riding into middle and later years. Too long to quote here, you will find it in any good poetry anthology such as the Albatross Book of Verse.

What Does it do

It publishes a quarterly newsletter, Riding On, which contains information about forthcoming events, provides a forum for members’ news and views and carries articles on topics of interest to geriatric bikers. It also produces an annual year book which lists members’ names and addresses throughout Australia so that a stranded traveller may not be too far from help and companionship, or a member can invite a convenient neighbour when looking for company on a ride.

Through a number of regional branches & groups, whose contact numbers are here, it arranges regular meetings, outings and social events.

The Annual General Meeting of the Ulysses Club Inc. is held sometime before the end of June and takes the form of a closed event rally. The venue is an interesting spot in the country and it is a great occasion for widely separated members to meet each other.

At selected rallies the club banner is raised as a focal point where members and their friends can join in good companionship.

What are its aims

  • 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.

Who can join

Any lady or gentleman who is over the age of 40, and who holds a current motorcycle licence, or who is a regular partner of such a person, and over 40, is eligible to join. Until you reach the grand old age of 50, you will be a "junior" member, but with full membership rights and privileges. It’s just that you might have to help some of the "seniors" off their machines sometime!

There is a joining fee of $10, and 3 year membership is mandatory, currently at $45. This we feel gives a considerable incentive to long term survival! (overseas members incur additional charges.)

How Do I join

Click here and you will be taken to the membership application form.