About The Ulysses Club
The name comes from the poem of the same title by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (click here to read the poem).
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 Ulysses club is about similar ideals.
We've mostly all done our bit in life and feel that getting bogged down in the rigours of later life is just not on.
The club offers the opportunities for over-forty-year-olds to get out there and show the world that we still have what it takes to enjoy the excitement that awaits every skilled rider and would be rider.
To show that we aren't ready to lay back and watch the weeds grow and then look back and wonder "could I have done better".
No, for us it is the open road and the friendship that comes with the great companionship of many others who wish to enjoy the biking way of life.
What Does Ulysses, Perth Branch Do?
We have a social gathering - meeting at the Carlisle Hotel, 174 Rutland Avenue, Carlisle, WA, 6101 on the last Wednesday of each month at 8 pm (no meeting held in December). Lots of members come early, around 6:30 pm to have a meal and chat first.
We organise rides from a designated starting point in East Perth. Check out the Ride Calendar for more details.
Rides can vary from 100 to 300 Km, or even more. Some rides will also include an activity and some are for overnight or for a weekend. All rides are planned in advance, routes are marked and everybody is guaranteed a warm welcome.
We promote safe motor cycling and increase awareness of other road users for the safety of motor cyclists.
We produce a monthly newsletter "The Ithaca Times", available online, as well as a weekly "Flyer" for up-to-date ride information.
Who Can Join Ulysses?
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 (mandatory) of $40, and membership is for 3 years at a time, costing $100. So the current total fee to become a member is $140. This we feel gives a considerable incentive to long term survival of our Club. (overseas members incur additional charges.)
How Do I Join
To become a member of the Perth Branch of the Ulysses Club, have a look at this link.
What are its Aims?
To provide ways in which older motor cyclists can get together for companionship and mutual support.
To show by example that motor cycling can be an enjoyable and practical activity for riders of all ages.
To draw to the attention of public and private institutions to the needs and views of older riders.
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.
The formal constitution of the Ulysses Club can be read here.