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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…

Adventure Riders SIG Annual Gathering – Wirrealpa 2017 (Part 1)

Friday 28th April dawned cool and foggy as I rode my heavily laden KTM690 across to Woodend to rendezvous with Peter and Dete (both riding Suzuki DR650’s) and Finn (Triumph Tiger 800) to commence our ride to Wirrealpa. Our ride plan as pretty simple really. Ride as much as possible on dirt roads and tracks…

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…

How lucky am I to win the Malaysian Motorcycle Tour

After returning from Tasmania following the Launceston AGM Event, I had a surprise call from Peter Baulch (Natcom).  It was a good news/bad news sort of call.  The bad news was that the winner of the early bird registration prize (John Paulger) had been involved in a motorbike accident and could not accept the prize. …

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In love with The Isle of Man, Part Two

In our last issue, Trevor and Karen Franklin began recounting their visit to a place famous for fast motorcycling. They found there is far more to it than the TT; Having flown in on our previous visit to the Isle of Man, this time we arrived by `fast cat’ out from Liverpool to Douglas. This was…

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Psychs on Bikes riding for mental health

A LITTLE  earlier in this century Dr Joe  Dunn, esteemed psychiatrist of Sydney, was in the midst of yet another mid-life crisis, and enjoying it immensely. He had convinced his wife that a motorcycle would be cheaper and safer than a mistress. He describes, in an awkwardly affectionate kind of way, his wife as “a…

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Willing and able, very able

TAMWORTH Branch of Ulysses was asked to participate on July 9 in the Festival of Abilities, which was held at the Tamworth Sports Dome. We’d had a couple of weeks of rainy cold weather, but the skies cleared up for the day and gave us a nice dry day and some warm sunshine. Eleven members…

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Telemachus Medal recipients 2016

A GREAT accolade for a dedicated Ulyssean is the Telemachus Medal. It is named for the son of Ulysses, who searched faithfully for his father and helped him overcome his enemies. Presented by the National Committee of Ulysees Club Inc, (NatCom) its recipients must first be nominated by members of the Branch with which the…

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Fossils on the loose

TOWNSVILLE Ulysses has around 300 names on the National Register, yet I’ve only ever seen 40 at our functions. Where the heck are they hiding? At the AGM, I’ve run into people I’ve not met before, who came from our town! What’s that about? It’s a mystery to me. It is possible that some are…

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Camino de Santiago – the long walk

In a twist on our Club’s motto, riding had nothing to do with the journey of this septuagenarian couple, they walked 800 kilometres of a pilgrimage trail. And just for the record, neither is of the Roman Catholic faith. ARE we crazy? We are at Leon in Spain with no Spanish language skills, it’s raining,…

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Safer riding on `The Putty’

PUTTY Road is renowned as one of the most enjoyable riding (or driving) roads in NSW, or in Australia for that matter. Its 174 kilometres wend their way through scenic delights and many bends, which have made it a favourite with motorcyclists. Just as popular with all users of Putty Road is a business known as…

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Taking it slow in Vietnam

Patricia Cristina seemed almost apologetic for reporting on her experience with a Riding On advertiser. We don’t think anyone will mind; HAVING recently travelled to Vietnam with Slow Cruze Tours, who advertise in Riding On, I want to tell you all about the experience. I had been looking forward to this for years and finally…

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Better to prang in New Zealand

UPDATING our report on ambulance cover in our Winter edition, South Australians have won their fight to have ambulance cover when they travel across the state border – but they will pay an extra $15 a year for the service. SA Ambulance will continue to offer nationwide ambulance cover to its members despite its plan…

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Editorial 1-9-16

The urge to grow old disgracefully solidified in my cranial tissue while I was sitting under a pine tree at Sydney’s Newport beach in 1986, keeping an eye on my K100RT and sipping a latte.  Flicking through a bike mag, I stumbled on an article about some crazy Pommie immigrant who had started an Aussie…

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Raising funds for UCARF and the Royal Flying Doctor Service

JUST two days into her fundraising ride around Australia, Liz Tester #52236 was reminded yet again why she is a Ulyssean. Raising funds for UCARF and the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Liz departed from home at Capel, 212 kms south of Perth, on her 650cc Yamaha V-Star on Sunday July 31. Followed by husband John…

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Ulysses Club Great Britain Trip to Ireland, July 2016

The plan for a short trip to Ireland had been discussed between a few of us for some time and after some planning, we finally put the plan into action last month, 13 members ventured over the Irish Sea by various crossings and we congregated at Tullamore, Co. Offaly in central Ireland as a rendezvous…

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Southern Highlands Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Show

The Wollondilly Wanderers and Macarthur branches of the Ulysses MC Club will be conducting a display at the ‘Southern Highlands Outdoor Recreation & Adventure Show’ from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th November, 2016. Show organiser Wayne Boatwright, is a motorcycle enthusiast himself and originally approached Jennifer Woods (National VP) earlier this year with an offer…

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Isle of Man Story – Part 1

I am standing at my first Marshall Point named “Union Mills”, The village was known from 1511 as Mullin Doway (The Mill on the Black Ford). In 1807 a cloth mill was added to the original corn mill. A church hall is beside the local old shop (from where the Bee Gees in their youth…

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Canberra Branch Time Capsule

With the Canberra Branch celebrating 30 years this year, we thought it time for a Time Capsule – Canberra Branch story.  The inaugural meeting of the Canberra Branch of the Ulysses Club was held on the 12 Feb 1986, and the new Committee was formed;  Peter Newark as the President, Frank Wallace the Secretary /…

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Licensing and Insurance for Motorbikes in Vietnam

In this day and age there are more and more Australians, and in particular Many Ulysses Club members are travelling overseas and riding motorcycles as part of their adventure, and Vietnam is a popular destination. Many of these lucky people are heading for Vietnam. Recently one of our members, Darryl Arnold from the Gold Coast,…

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