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.
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 riders over the age of 40.
Joining the Ulysses Club
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.
*It is important to note that all membership applications are subject to the approval of the National Committee.
Membership forms are available from the Branch Secretary or you can complete a membership application directly on the Ulysses website. You will need to upload a copy of your licence with your application and pay the fee.
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. See our Rides page and Events page for CVUB rides list.
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 National Rally 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”!
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.