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Africa Twin legend reborn

MY telephone rang on a cold, wet and windy winter’s day and someone asked if I rode adventure bikes. My answer being yes, the next question was “Would you like to road test a new Honda Africa Twin?”. `Love to’ was my immediate response! A couple of days later I rode to the Honda workshop…

Leaca’s 10 year anniversary with Ulysses Club

Leaca has been with the Ulysses Club, working in the National Administration office, for 10 years. Leaca says this about her work at the office “I started working with the Ulysses Club on 14.08.2007 in the gear shop, picking packing and sending orders and maintaining the gear shop stock.  In 2008, I progressed into the…

Adventure Riders SIG Annual Gathering – Wirrealpa 2017 (Part 2)

From Part 1 “Wirrealpa”, a 1,500 square kms sheep and cattle station in the northern Flinders Ranges in South Australia, was the location for our annual Adventure Riders Gathering for 2017… Wednesday was a free day that started with a cooked breakfast at the Shearers kitchen. Some people kicked back and had a rest or…

Einbunpin Festival

For many years Redcliffe Branch of Ulysses Club has had a stall at the Einbunpin Festival which is an annual celebration held at Sandgate, Qld. Previously we had cooked a sausage sizzle every year, which is a lot of work, and with many other competing food stalls provided not a lot of profit. So this…

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Riding The Loop The Hard Way

Riding The Loop The Hard Way

THERE are not many challenges left. Forty-five years have passed since the first recorded motorcycle ride around Australia, and since then “riding The Loop” has found its way on to many bucket lists. It’s easier today of course, on better roads and much better motorcycles, built for long journeys and equipped with lots of comfort…

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Pablo’s early start on being disgraceful

Pablo’s early start on being disgraceful

This is a true story from over 50 years ago (with a present-day photo).  ‘Pablo Pank’ is a pseudonym taken by this ex-Ulyssean, the ‘hero’ of this story.  If anyone identifies him from the photo he’s not worried.  As you can see, this fella started growing old disgracefully very early on in his riding career. …

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Growing Old Disgracefully?

I’m responding to Michael Tong Lee’s challenge in the Summer Edition of Riding On to define ‘disgraceful behaviour’ as pertaining to Ulyssians. Let me start by going back to our late Founding Father, Ol’ #1, who came up with the original recipe for the Ulysses pie. By all accounts, Stephen was quite a gentleman, but…

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30 big ones for Darling Downs

30 big ones for Darling Downs

This was a bit late arriving, but it was obviously a big night for Darling Downs, and better late than never, as the actress said to the bishop. Ed. 2016 marked the 30th Anniversary of the formation of the Darling Downs Branch of the Ulysses Club.  We celebrated by having a reunion dinner at our…

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BIG BEAR, Small Bear

BIG BEAR, Small Bear

IT is with great pleasure that we welcome the return to Riding On of Peter ‘The Bear’ Thoeming, Editor Emeritus of Australian MOTORCYCLIST Magazine and Ulyssean #675. `Bear’ has been a member since he helped launch the Ulyssers Club, and is responsible for our famous `Old Man’ – sketched on a napkin.  He has been…

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WA takes Motorcycle Friendly to a new level

WA takes Motorcycle Friendly to a new level

IT was a big time for everybody at the 2017 York Motorcycle Festival. Thousands flocked to the annual event in the Avon Valley, just under 100kms from Perth, to see motorcycles everywhere. Crowds were thrilled by the skills of stunt rider Dave McKenna, and heard the big announcement; never mind your motorcycle friendly towns, Avon Valley…

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Chiang Mai Thailand 2016

The spectacular northern Thailand Bodil and I left Sydney on 19th October for Bangkok, where we would have a 4 days stay, before flying to the northern Thailand Chiang Mai. It is our second visit to the area, the first time was in March 2014, and since then we have always wanted to come back…

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Chiang Mai Thailand 2016 Part 2

In our last issue, Niels and Bodil were taking us on a journey through spectacular Thailand, and are now leaving the Mae Hong Son Loop where we left them. On the road to Sukhothai, Lampang,Chaing Rai and back to Chaing Mai Day 12: Today we have a long ride, half way to Sukhothai, which is…

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Chiang Mai Thailand 2016 Part 3

In part 2 of their journey, Niles and Bodil continued to find new experiences every day. Continue with them in part three of their journey through Thailand Part 3 Day 22: There are 3 must see places in Chaing Rai. First one is Wat Rong Khun  or the White Temple 15 km outside Chiang Rai.…

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Anthony’s Search for a New Jacket

AFTER seven years and a large number of kilometres, it was time to find a new jacket. Mostly because the multiple doses of dust, buffalo dung and other animal waste encountered on back roads through the mountains of Vietnam. There was so much ingrained dirt, quarantine in Australia would have had a fit if I…

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Twenty up for Echuca

Twenty up for Echuca

Echuca Branch’s 20th anniversary was held on the 7th December 2016, and the big event was extremely well attended. No less than78 people, (all affiliated with the branch), turned up to help celebrate. There were also several founding members who came along. Sadly they don’t ride anymore, but they reminisced with us about the formation…

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Midweek Scroungers Ride

WHAT do your mid-week riders do to get away from it away from it all? Here in Geraldton on the mid-west coast of WA, a quiet ride with mates for afternoon coffee or tea at the historic Greenough Settlement is all we need. It gets a little windy here, the trees grow along the ground,…

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Fanging on a fossil

Fanging on a fossil

So you think you are a pretty good rider, hey?? We are spoilt today with traction control now being offered, lightning fast handling, massive power, sticky tyres and even variable suspension available. We may even have cruise control on our pampered pet. The roads are, in the main, smooth and predictable. Think back to the…

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Riding with arthritis and other chronic pain

Riding with arthritis and other chronic pain Riders like to think of themselves as tough and able to ride through pain, heat, cold, rain and other adversities to do what they love – riding! However, chronic pain such as arthritis can sideline many of us. Mark Hinchliffe, publisher of respected website https://motorbikewriter.com , had realised…

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Touring Portugal

Touring the best of Portugal PORTUGUESE could have been the official language of Australia. A 16th century map is said to prove that Portuguese seafarer Christopher de Mendonca sailed into Botany Bay in 1522 — almost 250 years before Britain’s Captain James Cook. That is something to think about if you book a spot in…

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START you mongrel

START…… YOU MONGREL! Jack wheeled his motorcycle from the shed into the sun, And gave the tank a polish prior to heading for a run. He donned his jacket, lid and gloves and mounted his new toy, The road was waiting, weather warm, this day he would enjoy.   He turned the key, on went…

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