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Ulysses Club Inc - Ipswich Branch

Montville Ride - Ride report by Gunther

Fathers Day ride - Ride report by Lindz

Redcliffe Odyssey ride - Ride report by Howza

Documents to download

Remittance form

Rebate claim form

Members Profile form

2018 Nomination Form

AGM proposal for 2020 Warwick.

As some of you may be aware, there has been some interest from the South East branches of the Ulysses Club Inc. for an AGM to be held in the Warwick area for 2020 or 2021. This interest is still in it's infancy, but to give you an idea of the work required, here are a couple of documents from NATCOM as to requirements:

More information will be forthcoming at the next branch Presidents meeting, which will be relayed to the members at the next info night.

Stay tuned!

Received from NatCom for your info.

We've talked before about how to attract new members and we know it's not always easy, so here are some suggestions for you to consider in your Branch Committee meetings:

  • Be sensitive to a new members needs and availability. Potential members (39 or 40) often have young children which is a change from a 39 or 40 year old of 30 years ago (back in the old days we remember so well…).
  • Have a wine and cheese night and ask each member invite 2 people and give a small informal talk about what your Branch does that may entice a new member.
  • Have lunches / rides outside of normal meetings / rides and invite friends and co-workers.
  • Invite women in pairs to events - they may feel less pressure than when by themselves.
  • Be conscious of people you meet in your everyday activities – they may be potential members.
  • Do ice-breaker activities, and hold social events for new members
  • Actively Welcome people at meetings. We often hear that a new member went to a Branch meeting but didn't feel welcome – how sad! Give the Branch Extrovert a job to do. We all have a Branch Extrovert who loves talking about the latest ride, where's the best coffee stop etc; harness that energy towards new members.
  • Belonging to the club would be far more attractive for a new or potential new member if the fun factor, cohesiveness and respectfulness are portrayed.
  • "Old member” - ask an old member to give a five-minute personal talk about his club experiences —so a new person can learn what seasoned members are all about!
  • Feature a Bio and picture of the new member in your Branch newsletter or on your Branch website

We are often our own worst enemies and aren't inclusive towards new members – think about what it was like when you first walked into the meeting.

We've talked about it before…

We will have the Members Guidebook finished soon (yes, it's been a time consuming update) and all Branches will be sent a copy.

The Heavy Stuff

It is timely to remind Branches that we are one club and the Branches are a mechanism for members to come together, and not a mechanism for a power struggle. Branch Committees are elected to serve the members, and to enhance their time spent with a Branch so that a members experience as part of the Ulysses Club is an enjoyable and positive one.

Happy members are the best advertising we can have.

Sadly the National Committee hears comments from our members about Branch stacking to manipulate the result of a Branch committee at an AGM, or members simply not being open to new ideas because "it's the way we've always done it”. We need to be mindful that although committees may have a different approach, they should operate in accordance with the Club Constitution and within the parameters of the Members Guidebook. At the same time, if you are unsure about how things work, please contact us – the best way is via National Secretary Mark, [email protected]

The National Committee

Helena, Jen, Mark, John, Henry, Allan and Peter

Some interesting reading:

How To Pick Up Bikes | STREET SAVVY

Gravity always wins. Some riders learn this lesson when they overcook a corner, others when they put a foot down on an oily spot at a stoplight. No matter if it happens in front of dozens of witnesses or alone in the middle of nowhere, when you drop your bike, adrenaline and embarrassment push rational thought aside, and it’s easy to make the situation even worse as you struggle to pick it up. Take a breath, take it slowly, and you’ll be back in the rubber-side-down club almost before anyone notices you were gone.

Before you tend to the bike, assess your own physical status. Were you hurt in the crash? Did you pull a muscle trying to prevent the tipover? Then check your surroundings. Are you in traffic? In the middle of a blind corner? Get yourself to a safe place first, then worry about the bike.

Turn off the ignition and, if possible, the fuel supply; injected bikes will take care of this for you. If the bike is on its right side, put the transmission in gear so it won’t roll, and put the sidestand down so it’ll stop you from pushing over center as you lift. Don’t worry if there’s gas leaking out of the tank unless it’s pouring out of the open cap and flowing toward hot metal parts. If it looks like a barbecue is about to erupt, get away from the bike, pronto.

Backing up into the bike provides the best leverage and is the safest way to right a downed bike, protecting both the bike and your body.

Look at the ground around the bike. You won’t have much traction on oily pavement or gravel-strewn dirt; both your feet and the bike could slide out from under you. If you’re on a slope, trying to pick up the bike might just send it sliding farther down. Wait for help.

Now you’re ready for the main event. Turn the front wheel so it’s pointing at the ground, leaving the low-side handgrip close to the gas tank. Plant your butt and lower back against the seat then grab the handgrip with one hand and something solid—a grab rail or a luggage bracket—with the other. Don’t try to lift holding the seat or a hot muffler. Wear your gloves if it gives you more grip. Put your feet out in front of you, about a foot apart, with your knees slightly bent. Lock your arms and take small backward steps, using your leg muscles to lift the bike, keeping your back straight. Lift slowly, especially if you don’t have a deployed sidestand waiting for you on the high side. If you get impatient and go over center, you’ll have to do it all again.

Once you’re back on two wheels, roll the bike to a safe spot and look for damage that could prevent you from riding away, like bent levers or pedals, oil or coolant leaks, a tweaked fork, or mangled handlebars. The engine might not fire up right away until fuel flows back into the carbs or the fuel-pump pickup. Then give yourself another once-over to make sure you’re uninjured, and take some time to calm down enough to ride. Before you go, check out your surroundings and replay the sequence of events leading up to the tipover to see if you can pinpoint why you dropped it. Learn from your mistakes, or risk repeating them.

Quick Facts

Fuel-injected bikes have a tipover sensor that cuts the fuel pump if the ECU believes the bike is on its side. This sensor is supposed to reset automatically once the bike is righted, but some bikes have them mounted in such a way that they could come adrift. If the bike cranks but won’t actually start, locate the tipover sensor and confirm that it’s plugged in and properly oriented.

Ride Practices From the Ulysses Club Guidebook to members 5th edition.

Guide book available here.

Safety is always the prime consideration whenever planning, leading or taking part in an organised ride. Leaders and organisers of rides should always take into account the age of participants, riding abilities, road and weather conditions and any other issue which may affect the ride when leading or planning a ride.

The ride needs to be well publicised in advance. As well as informing members of the ride destination, the start time and the meeting point, it is also useful to provide intending riders with information about the length of the ride and an indication of the rider skill level required. It is also useful to publish the contact details of the ride leader so that members may contact that person if they require more information about the ride.

A pre ride briefing is a good opportunity for the ride leader to advise the riders about the ride details. The briefing should identify key personnel and include information about any stops along the way, rider formation, what to do at corners and intersections, what to do if riders become separated from the group, refuelling arrangements, and contact phone numbers, etc.

All riders must have a current motorcycle licence or an appropriate learner’s permit and their motorcycle must be registered and roadworthy. The presence of an unlicensed rider or an unregistered or un-roadworthy motorcycle places the safety of other road users at risk. Ride leaders or committee members who are aware that a person participating in a club ride is unlicensed or riding an unregistered or un- roadworthy motorcycle should ask that person to leave the ride.

Members on an organised club ride are usually easily identifiable as members of the Ulysses club. Members should ride within the limits of their capabilities and behave in a manner which will bring credit to the club. Members should be encouraged to comply with all relevant road rules and to ride in a manner which is safe for all road users. Ride leaders or committee members who become aware of a rider who frequently shows a lack of respect for the safety of other riders and road users should ask that person to leave the ride.

The National Committee has advised and directed that branches are to abolish any Branch Ride Rules, either written or otherwise. The Club does not carry insurance for members on rides, as members are required to comply with State laws in relation to registration and insurance of their vehicles, and to comply with the requirements of the various laws and also the conditions of their insurance policies. The Club policy is that “the Club does not endorse any ride procedure, rather a meeting place for rides to leave from, and individual’s choice as to where and how they ride, subject to road and traffic conditions and regulations. Members are also reminded here again of the Club rule regarding the wearing of the

‘Old Man Logo’ as a back patch in that no other patch, badge or symbol can be worn with it.

The Club has appointed a Road Safety Officer in an ex-officio position, for matters concerning road safety; members are encouraged to bring their concerns to the attention of this person, or to the Road Safety Committee. Contact details are listed in the Club journal “Riding On” and on the Ulysses Club website at

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