ULYSSES Motorcycle Association of South Africa

The Ulysses Motorcycle Association of South Africa offers 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.

The founder

The Ulysses Club was formed by Stephen Dearnley, a self-confessed motorcycle fanatic who came to Australia from Britain in 1947 after going through the hell of World War Two. His aim was to create a movement that encouraged older people to get out and enjoy life in their later years.

The movement has grown from 5 to more than 20,000 members across Australia.

Stephen Dearnley's wife, Jo, died in 1996 after a long battle with rheumatoid arthritis. That's why the Ulysses Club's major charitible beneficiary is the Arthritis Foundation of Australia.

Stephen Dearnley died on 11 February, 2012 at the age of 90.

Stephen Dearnley - 27 November 1922 to 11 February 2012

The name

The name comes from a poem of the same title by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. 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.

Ridden On


Want to be a member?

If you are 40 years or older, a biking enthusiast and enjoy socializing with a bunch of like-minded people, then Ulysses is probably what you are looking for!

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Ulysses Logo

Official logo of Ulysses SA

Policy: the use of the Ulysses SA logo [published February 2011]

National Committee

  • Hannes Wentzel : President
  • Vernon de la Rey : Vice President
  • Leon Roux : Treasurer
  • Julian Middleton : Secretary
  • Julian Middleton : Administrator

National Constitution (2015)

National Constitution of Ulysses SA [accepted on 08 May 2015 AGM]


2016 National Rally

Hosts: Welkom & Kroonstad. Details will be published on the website.


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