THE ULYSSES CLUB
The Ulysses Club for older motorcyclists, the largest
organization of it's kind in Australia, is now a familiar part of
this country's riding scene.
A club for over 50's motorcyclists
although over 40ís can join as junior members.
The Ulysses Club started in Sydney in December 1983
and the 25th Anniversary was celebrated by approximately
3700 members at the 2008 AGM held in Townsville QLD.
From that tenuous beginning it has never looked back
and the club now boasts a large and extensive network of members in
excess of 30,000 throughout Australia.
The name Ulysses 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.
The club has grown to over 120 branches spread
throughout Australia, and continues to grow.
The Eurobodalla Branch
was formed in February 2003 and has brought together a large group
from many different backgrounds but with the common enjoyment of
riding and talking about motorbikes amongst many other topics.
Regular Saturday morning social get togethers, Wednesday & Sunday
rides, functions and weekends away are arranged for the club members in the Eurobodalla region. By joining the
Ulysses Club, you can freely join any branch.
Each year, club members from all around Australia, as
well as some from overseas, travel to the designated location for
the Annual General Meeting, an event that has grown from a campover,
meeting and meal of the early days, to a major event spanning over a
week, and incorporating involvement by the 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. The 2007 AGM at Coffs
harbour saw a record attendance 6500 members. The 2013 was
on the Fraser Coast and Alice Springs will be hosting the 2014 AGM
with Albury in 2015.
Throughout the year, members raise the club banner at
rallies and events 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 recognizable throughout the country and
club members wear it with pride.
What are its aims
provide ways in which older motorcyclists can get together for
∑ To show by example that motorcycling can be an
enjoyable and practical activity for riders of all ages.
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 $30, and 3 year membership
is mandatory, currently at $90. This gives a considerable incentive
to long term survival! You can join by downloading a
membership form from our HOME page.
August 2008 -
Updated 19 April 2011 - updated 2 July 2013
Some sections were borrowed from the national Ulysses Club website