About Ulysses Club Torrens Valley Branch
The Ulysses Club for older motorcyclists, the largest organisation of it's kind in Australia, is now a familiar part of this country's riding scene. The original suggestion for a club for over 50's motorcyclists was put forward in a letter by Stephen Dearnley published in the August 1983 issue of Bike Australia.
Ulysses Club Inc.
We are a social club for motorcyclists over the age of 40. We are the largest organisation of this kind in Australia.
Torrens Valley Branch
We are an active Branch and extend a warm welcome to visitors and new members.
We meet on the third Tuesday of every month, from 6pm for meals, at the Parafield Gardens Community Club 65 Shepherdson Road Parafield Gardens.
Membership of the Club is open to any person, subject to the National Committee approval,
who has attained the age of 40 years and who holds a current motorcycle licence.
Additionally, the spouse or regular partner of a member, who has also attained the age of 40 years may also be admitted as a member upon application.
There is only one kind of membership, full individual membership. Any type of bike is welcome.
Ulysses Mission Statement
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.
Torrens Valley Branch History
Wednesday 25th August, 2004 in the shadow of Arnie's chair at Mannum on a Ulysses "sacred site", a small group of Northern riders held informal discussions about starting a new Branch.
Thursday 2nd September, at the Adelaide Branch meeting, Neville Gray and Rick Bedford (NatCom) announced to the members that a new branch was to be formed and a meeting was set for October 11th at the Somerset Hotel (Para Hills).
Monday October 11th the meeting at the Somerset Hotel was a huge success, with more than 220 members turning up and 6 new member signings. The first committee was formed being President: Rob "Aussie Rob" Wilson, Secretary: Lorraine "Luscious" Robinson and Treasurer: Rudi "Spike" Spykstra.
The new branch would become known as the "Torrens Valley Branch" and meetings were set to be held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Parafield Gardens Community Club and these meetings continue to be held at the same venue today with an average of about 150 members attending.