Ulysses Club Adelaide Branch Home Page
Postal address: 2 Hughes Court, Craigburn Farm, SA 5051.
Monthly meetings are held at the European Catering Reception Pty Ltd, 2 Chief St, Hindmarsh 5007.
7.30pm start, each first Thursday in the month. Come early and have dinner with us from 6pm.
Click here for more info and a map link.
Website last updated: 5 August 2018.
5/8/18 Can anyone help with this? From a contact form:
Hi, I am hoping your club can help me.
I have a cousin  who has cerebral palsy who is desperate to go on a motorbike ride in either a side car [preferred] or a trike.
He needs back support but is well able to wear a helmet.
We used to use Valkyrie tours a few years ago and went on a 1.5 hour ride along beaches/country.
Darrell's birthday is on 10/10 so hoping to arrange ride on or near this date.
We expect to pay for the privilege!!!
Can you please advise if possible or if you have an alternative suggestion.
Thanks in anticipation, Helen.
If you can help, please contact Ken (prez) or Glenda (secretary).
4/8/18 Tidbits from The August Meeting (from Glenda).
Clarification on the Renewal of Membership Process:
1- The expiry date of your membership will be on the postage page of each Riding On under your membership number.
2- You will be sent an email when you are due to renew.
3- You will be sent an email if it becomes overdue.
4-You will then be posted an overdue notice. Overdue over 3 months incurs a $5 fee.
Trailers: The branch is quitting both trailers and invites members to make an offer on the existing trailer and/or the two carryable BBQs in it. Contact our Treasurer, Peter Castle before the September meeting if you are interested. First in first served. Branches are being offered the new trailer.
The Odyssey will remain a quality bimonthly magazine but will be accessed online.
Members can be emailed a link to the full colour magazine when each edition becomes available.
There will be no cost for the online version.
A printed version will be available in black and white for $12 per year plus postage for those unable to access the online version.
Those already on Wendy’s mail out list will continue to receive the magazine.
They are posted out the day after the meeting so if you are there you can have yours then.
The new Editor welcomes articles, riding stories, jokes and cartoons etc. Lloyd’s details are the website (Committee page).
UCARF raffle books are available for order from Ulysses.
Branch Logo: Enquiries into printing a branch banner have revealed the need to simplify / update the branch logo. If you have views or ideas on what to include in the design, please contact me by the next meeting.
17/7/18 PONTIFEX, Wayne RELATIVES and FRIENDS of the late WAYNE PONTIFEX are respectfully informed his Funeral Service will be conducted ENTIRELY in the Distinctive Funerals Chapel, 414 Port Road, West Hindmarsh on THURSDAY July 19, 2018 commencing at 2.30 p. m. In lieu of flowers, donations to Cancer Council.
For those remember him the "grey ghost" was a popular rides leader of Adelaide Branch.
16/7/18 The July SABC at Melrose has been and gone. A good event, even if weather was cold, a bit wet, windy enough to blow over a couple of bikes.
(Some of the port purchased there got finished off at the VBC at Wycheproof the following Saturday!)
The August SABC is at Angaston. See the events page.
Thanks to all the helpers on Sunday, for the sausage sizzle, cake, biscuits, tea, coffee.
The BBQ trailer is currently parked on Ray's son's block at Warradale. But this is temporary, until he sells the block.
A more permanent home would be nice. Any volunteers?
5/7/18 A momentous occasion!
Tonight we saw Rob propose to Judy, in front of a bunch of witnesses, after making a spectacular entrance on Piper's electric scooter.
Well done, Rob.
As promised, a link that's nothing to do with motorcycling, but Uni SA has a "Mozzie Monitor" program going, that's worth supporting.
Have a look at their crowd funding page. $50 gets you involved.
The trailer refurbishment is finished. Ken hopes to pick it up tomorrow.
Thanks Lloyd for offering to take on editing the Odyssey from Wendy.
Yesterday Ken pinned an 85 year badge on Colin Leaker after the Wednesday ride when birthday cake was on offer at Meadows.
Still riding his Honda 700 quite quickly, Colin is an inspiration to us all.
His profile is in the Gallery.
8/6/18 From the June Meeting, by Glenda:
Workskil will be finished repairing and painting our BBQ trailer at the end of June.
With Wendy King, long term editor of the Odyssey, stepping away from the role at the end of the year, the magazine was in danger ceasing to exist. Thank you to the handful of people, who at last night’s meeting, volunteered to explore the options, line up the ducks and run with them. In other words, they will meet and work something out so the Odyssey, in some form, will continue.
A peek at the Rides Calendar will show you that as of last night, there is a new team of ride leaders with Mike Green as the Rides Coordinator.
The new Entertainment Book is now on sale. The club gets a commission on sales over 10. Contact Debbie Sherman on 0438 358 811.
Online registration is open for the Robe Odyssey, and speakers from Fleurieu Branch updated us on the details.
Adelaide Branch is hosting (and paying) for a visit and lunch at the Greenock Aviation Museum. The details are on the Events Page. You need to let Glenda know if you want lunch. There are 29 on the list to date.
The Christmas dinner will be at our meeting venue (2 Chief St Hindmarsh) on Friday 30th November.
A committee has formed to manage it, with members from Adelaide, Fleurieu and Torrens Valley.
For those who don't follow our Facebook page, you can click here for Shelley's video from the Sunday ride to Hahndorf.
7/6/18 The July SABC breakfast, Sat 7th July at 9.30am, will be at Store 54, 24 Stuart Street, Melrose.
4/6/18 We had 40 at the SABC breakfast at Whalers Inn on Saturday. Great venue and view.
But I didn't realise just how far it must be from Parafield Gardens!
Vicki has posted some photos on the Fleurieu Facebook page.
My first planned ride on Sunday went off without any dramas. 26 bikes plus 5 pillions was a good turnout. The weather was great.
There are a few photos, writeup & map, in the Gallery, but none of us munching at the Old Mill hotel where I had a delicious lunch. Peter evidently doesn't do pubs. :)
If you aren't too exhausted from going to the Wintersun rally in Mildura next weekend, then tell Sue you'll be coming to the dinner on the 15th at the Hackney.
28/5/18 No we haven't been asleep here at Adelaide Central. Just a bit overwhelmed by the Riverland AGM, which I think went off quite well.
Online registration is now live for the 25th SA Odyssey at Robe. Click on the link in the menu.
Frank Pellas has now retired as Rides Coordinator. Thanks for the great rides, Frank.
Anyone who wants the job, please step forward at the next meeting. We think we have enough riders who will lead rides, just need a coordinator.
3/5/18 The calendars are now in a pulldown in the menu.
They include individual branches, and instructions on how members can add their branch calendar to their phone calendar.
If you haven't already done it, give it a go. (And let me know if I got something wrong.)
Note: You need your browser's popup blocker turned off. The calendars open in a new tab.
20/4/18 Lower Murray are now in our SA calendar.
So if you are at a loose end on a non-Adelaide-ride-Sunday, or maybe want to go away with some friendly folk, check out the SA Calendar page to see who is doing what.
We had around 35 at the April SABC breakfast. Piccies are at our
Facebook page. Thanks Shelley.
The May SABC breakfast will be at Flavours of the Riverland, Barmera. Details on the Events page, in our Calendar, and on our Facebook page.
We will be shouting a visit to the Greenock Museum in June. Details on our Events page and in our Calendar.
26/3/18 AGM Volunteers -come to the next meeting (Thu 5th April) We will have volunteer induction, saving you having to do it at the AGM, and also someone to test & tag your extension cord if you are planning on using a powered site at the AGM. (Cost $4 for a 3 month tag, $5 for a 12 month tag. Bring cash.)
8/3/18 The April SABC breakfast is at The Birkenhead Tavern, 3 Riverview Street (formerly 3 Elder Road) Birkenhead SA 5015
from 9.30am, 7th April 2018.
4/3/18 We had 51 at yesterday's SABC breakfast. You can see photos courtesy of Vicki at Fleurieu's Facebook.
If you missed Thursday’s meeting...
The BBQ trailer is still with Workskill being refurbished.
A ride to the Greenock Aviation Museum will go ahead later in the year with the branch paying for entry and lunch. The date is yet to be decided.
Stay Upright are doing Roadsmart 2 rider training at Mallala on two dates this year, May 11 and November 23. Ridersafe returning rider course, Roadcraft Rider Training and Radskills also offer varying levels of rider training. Remember that Ulysses reimburses half the cost of rider training.
A warning about a Moto Air inflatable airbag jacket made in Pakistan. The member purchased it from a stand at the Wauchope AGM for $200. It failed to inflate under circumstances that it should have.
2/3/18 SABC breakfast is tomorrow at Strath. An Adelaide ride group leaves from Top O' Taps at 8.30am.
From Fleuriue Branch, Ross "Rosscoe" Anderson's Funeral details:
Ceremony to be held at Alfred James Funeral Home, 272 Main South Rd Morphett Vale, on Friday 23rd March at 2pm.
Please wear your club/branch shirt.
Don't forget that you will be able to buy Entertainment Books from Deb at Adelaide Branch meetings. You can call her on 0438 358 811.
19/2/18 According to Judy, Flavio is doing Ok, but a bit sore and sorry with a cracked collar bone and two cracked ribs, after his off.
14/2/18 Jack's Cafe is the venue for the March SABC. 9.30, 3rd March, 24 High St Strathalbyn. See the Events page for details.
6/2/18 There are a few snaps of the Feb SABC breakfast in the Gallery.
We had 31 attend. It went well.
The Lower Murray president has the task of coming up with the March location. It will most likely be in Strathalbyn or Murray Bridge.
The April SABC location will probably be much further from Adelaide.
Our new committee is on the Committee page.
1/2/18 The AGM is over, the committee is chosen. The branch rolls on as usual.
Seans' funeral is at 4pm Wed 7th Feb at Enfield Acacia Chapel.
As discussed at the MRG meeting on 29 January 2018, the Minister for Road Safety, Hon Chris Picton MP, is seeking your feedback about the attached CASR report: Recommendations for a Graduated Licensing System for Motorcyclists in South Australia. To assist with broader public consultation, an online YourSAy survey has been set up as per the following link.
31/1/18 Sad to report that Sean Harvey died yesterday after a cardiac arrest some days before.
We won't be seeing the cheerful big bear at the back of the room on Thursday nights any more. RIP Sean.
23/1/18 Our AGM is drawing near. See you there. Possible speaker!
The trailer is finally with WorkSkil for refurbishing.
Have you booked accommodation at Mt Gambier for the Pt Macdonnell February SABC breakfast? Some of us are staying at the Blue Lake Caravan Park.
9/1/18 From Fleurieu Branch:
I am very sorry to inform you all, that one of our own, Ross Anderson "Rosscoe", died in a two car collision near Strathalbyn yesterday afternoon. Ross's wife, Tina was airlifted to Flinders Medical Centre in a critical condition and remains in a coma. We are grateful to Ross's next door neighbour in Encounter Bay, Ian Bancroft, who let us know this terrible news a short while ago. Ross's daughter and grand-daughter are coming over from Melbourne, and Ian will keep us informed regarding Tina's condition and Ross's funeral details once they are made. Ross was a very friendly intelligent man, much loved by the members who were lucky enough to enjoy some good conversations with him. Ross was enjoying retirement with relish, with many cruises under his belt, not bad for a naval man! He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Our hearts go out to Tina and the family and all of Ross's friends.
We will keep you informed as we know anything more.
On a happier note... we had 70 at the SABC Hahndorf breakfast, including 9 from Victoria, 1 from Cairns, and 2 from Ulysses Switzerland!
A few wimps came by car, but many rode there. Some of us wandered over to the German Arms for lunch. It was a great day.
5/1/18 Happy New Year everyone. Our Sunday rides are planned out for the year on the Calendar page. Next 3 dinners are on the Events page. -These are in the Calendar also.
Our December meeting was the last chance to get committee nominations in, with some current members retiring.
Well, there won't be any vote counting at our AGM in February... Here are the nominations in for committee:
President Ken Wagnitz; Secretary Glenda George; Treasurer Peter Castle; Committee Jann Baker, Gary Priest, Judy Manoel.
See you at the SA Breakfast Club Breakfast tomorrow at Hahndorf Old Mill. Remember, its not a ride. Come by car if you want.
9/12/17 December meeting and Xmas dinner are done. I think most enjoyed the band? Photos will appear as people provide them.
Thanks to Michelle Stevens for organising the dinner. Thank you Torrens Valley Branch, who contributed to dinner/band costs.
And thank you to Joe, Frank, Rae and crew for venue and catering. They are a pretty obliging bunch.
Time to look toward the new year. The next three dinners are on the events page.
Consider joining the committee next year. We will need a treasurer, and Glenda is happy to hand over the secretary's role to anyone who wants to do it.
Click here for a committee nomination form PDF to print, fill in, and hand in at the January meeting.
The presentation from Nicole of Sama Tours was informative and visual. Made me want to visit South Africa again.
(Too bad about lousy wrinkly wall she was projecting onto. Maybe we should buy a decent screen?)
If you are interested in Sama Tours, our Links page has a link to their website.
22/11/17 The December meeting promises to be a busy one.
As well as our xmas stalls, Nicole from South African Sama Tours will be giving a presentation.
(There is a link to her website on the Links page.)
18/11/17 Today a few of us tried out the Hahndorf Old Mill for breakfast. Pretty good and lots of sealed parking out back.
So it is chosen.
The Hahndorf Old Mill is the venue for the inaugural SA Breakfast Club on the 6th Jan 2018, from 9.30am.
(Breakfast is until 10.30.) Plenty of sealed parking out back.
For those coming a long way, they have queen-bed ensuite upstairs rooms for $95, and motel rooms from $160.
Old Mill website. Book early!
14/11/17 The Quorn weekender is proving very popular. An updated flyer for it is on the Events page.
Poor old Don has done it again, and Sue is no doubt tearing her hair out. :(
Don Freene has had a ladder mishap, adding to his broken bone count total. (More bike injuries than Evil Knievel.)
Mend quick, Don.
15/10/17 Thanks Jenny Hills, for the dinner photos on the
We had a good time, despite the band being somwhat loud. :) Afterwards it was coffee and cake at the Waggies'.
10/10/17 It's official. The 2018 Odyssey will be on the October long weekend, at Robe, hosted by Fleurieu Branch.
Thanks Ray & Jo.
As preparations evolve, you'll see info here, and eventually the usual online registration.
3/10/17 Here's hoping you all set your clocks forward successfully. Now the curtains start to fade. :)
Odyssey survey: In the interests of improving Odysseys,
Julie Hendrickx has knocked up a survey that members and partners can fill in to give us feedback.
In the menu on the left, you'll see an Odyssey Survey item. Please use that to do a short survey, once per SA member or partner.
You can also download a printed version of the survey for use by non-computer people.
But I'd prefer you do the online version, because someone (me) will have transfer paper copies to online.
30/9/17 A late comment on the Odyssey: It went well. Low numbers (95 registrations), but attendees seemed happy with the meals, entertainment and activities.
You can find some unflattering pics and video at: Adelaide Facebook, and Fleurieu Facebook.
If anyone else has photos or videos they want to share, please get in touch.
The auction of a photographic print of Pondalowie Bay, donated by Vicki Freer (Raw Funk Photography) raised $200 + $93 for the Ardrossan Skate Park.
The raffle raised $513 for the Riley Nixon Trust Fund. -Riley is a local child who lost his hands and feet to meningococcal disease.
18/9/17 Registration for the Odyssey is now closed. See you all there!
14/9/17 Rod has some BMW R1200RT and general accessories on the Classifieds page.
7/9/17 There is a BMW G650GS on the Classifieds page.
Links to the flyers for the Coffin Bay weekend (27-30 Oct) and Quorn weekend (24-27 Nov) are on the Events page.
11/8/17 From Glenda:
When Adelaide was being lashed with wild winds and torrential rain, the 17 optimistic souls from Adelaide and Torrens Valley branches that were prepared to brave the elements were rewarded with sunshine, food and great company. With a few heaters, pots of pasta and some port the camp Kitchen was cosy for Friday night’s meet and greet and again for the cooked breakfasts each morning (minus the port). The camping ground was walking distance to the local pub and Cobdogla proved to be a great base to check out the attractions of the area. Cafes, wineries and the brewery were popular choices. Thanks to Michele for organising a location that ticked all the boxes, to the Waggies for hearty food and treats, Pete for getting it there by car and all those who provided their friendship.
And Shelley has a writeup and piccies on the Torrens Valley Facebook page.
1/8/17 (Jeez the year is flying by, ain't it?)
Crazee (Philip) Jenkins funeral is at Alfred James Funeral Directors, 272 Main Sth Rd, Morphett Vale, 10am Friday 4th August.
Pam is asking for attendees to bring one single yellow rose, and there will be the opportunity to make a donation to The Cancer Foundation in memory of Crazee.
Wear your club shirts and ride your bikes if you can, to give Crazee a good send off and support Pam, Mark, family and friends.
We had a good ride to Kevin's place on Sunday for a nice lunch. Didn't get rained on at all.
We were joined for lunch by folk from the Mallee Branch.
Always good to natter with members from other branches.
Thanks Kevin and Denise for all your effort, and thanks Salty for bringing some Mallee mob along.
And thanks to Frank for leading the ride, despite having a waterbag trip to get from home way down South, to Civic Park. (Frank got wet on the way.)
There are photos from our intrepid photographer Peter on the
21/7/17 2017 Odyssey:
The Ardrossan caravan park is full on the Odyssey weekend (all cabins gone, some site ensuites left ). The CFS are gathering in the town that weekend, and there's a wedding!
But there are plenty of weekend houses to share, and motel rooms. $10 camping on the oval is still OK. See accommodation details on the info page.
If you are going, and haven't already done so, please register, preferably online.
If you are going to the Cobdogla weekend (4-6 August), please let Michele know on 0429 673 381.
Carolyn has a friend selling boots and jacket on the Classifieds page. (They look like the Rossi boots I wear and love, but sadly too small for me.)
11/7/17 The funeral for Gordon Woods is at 12 noon Monday 17th July 2017, North Haven Football Club, Victoria Road, Largs North.
5/7/17 From Lorraine Robinson:
Gordon Woods (was a member of the Ulysses club and attended both Adelaide and Torrens Valley) sadly passed away 4/7/17 from internal injuries due to a motorcycle accident on Sunday 2/7/17 when he hit a kangaroo.
The flyer for the Cobdogla weekend (4-6 August) is up.
See the Events page for details.
24/6/17 The June Odyssey magazine is on the website.
(Yep, Ken, Michele and Pete are baaaaaaaack, 11,220kms later.)
26/5/17 Great weather here at Pt Macquarie. :)
10/5/17 Registration for the 2017 SA Odyssey is live.
Click on the menu 2017 Odyssey link, then click on the register online link there.
Further info will be posted as it comes to hand, but enough details are up. Camping around the oval will be $10 per tent/RV.
3/5/17 I thought this link on Motorbike Lane Filtering in SA might be useful.
Ken, John and Peter rode to Morgan to attend the Mallee Branch BBQ there, where we met Kevin, Denise and Ivan.
Good ride, company, and food. Made possible by the SA Event Calendar, which allows us to see the events from other branches.
12/4/17 The 2017 Odyssey will be at Ardrossan, hosted by Adelaide branch.
A link to the info page is in the menu. Details will be added as they are known. Online registration will be up once meals and rides are determined.
Details and a registration page will be in the June Odyssey.
The next event to look forward to is the AGM, or Not The AGM Weekend if you aren't AGMing. See the Events page for details.
Torrens Valley is now added to the SA Event Calendar. Only Lower Murray and Broken Hill to work on now.
25/3/17 The SA Event Calendar (link in Menu) is coming along.
Now have Mallee, Fleurieu and Eyre Peninsula branches on board.
The idea is that SA members can see what rides and events are on all round the state, to promote more inter-branch mingling.
18/3/17 A great time was had by all at the Loonies On The Lake weekend at Milang. Its a lovely spot.
Vicki has posted some pictures here.
It was attended by Torrens Valley, Adelaide and Fleurieu branch members. And we met up with a couple of Victorian members.
Just how branch events should work! Thanks Bob, for organising it and leading the ride.
2/3/17 An email we got from the Timbertown folk about accommodation there for the 2017 AGM can be read here.
3/2/17 Well another AGM has been and gone. Once again Neville Gray officiated for a few minutes, thanks Nev.
The 2017 committee is on the Committee page. Its goodbye to David and Brett, hello to John.
If anyone feels like trying the secretary's job, get in touch.
Thanks to Craig for his presentation on the Oxley Highway. Now if we could only get that video projector working better...
25/1/17 Michele has done a flyer on the weekenders she's planned for this year.
Get it here.
Copies will be at the February meeting. We hope the dates don't conflict too much with what other branches are doing.
They are all on our Events page as well as our Event Calendar, along with a few items from other branches.
Individual flyers will appear closer to the events.
15/1/17 Nashy has seriously dropped the price of his Honda CB250 on the Classifieds page.
The national committee will be in town this weekend.
If you'd like to have dinner with them, its at the Duke of York Hotel, 82 Currie St Adelaide, Friday 20th January from 7pm. (You pay for yourself.)
Seating is limited, so "first in, best dressed" they reckon.
10/1/17 As mentioned at the January meeting, the Loonies On The Lake and Great Ocean Road events are on our
The GOR trip must be a secret, cos I can't find it on the Torrens Valley website.
So click here to get some details of its itinerary. 13th-17th March, on the end of the Loonies rally.
-See if you can figure out the two letter codes at the front of each event title.
4/1/17 Hope you all had a good New Years Eve. Time to start thinking about what you want to do with your Ulysses mates in 2017.
The Loonies On The Lake gathering is happening at Milang, March 10th-13th. Get the flyer here.
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