The Ulysses Club may have a cartoon logo of an old man with a big nose, but the club also has plenty to offer younger female riders, says Kylie Sonter, 46, of Bendigo.
“Yes, it is possible to be female and ride a motorbike without coming across as a tough and ‘beer-sculling biker chick from hell’ type of image,” she said.
The single female rider joined her Bendigo Ulysses branch more than two years ago and recommends other women join up.
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In her own words, here is Kylie’s letter of encouragement to other women riders to join up:
Ulysses Club members welcome diversity and have been nothing but encouraging towards my Ninja Kawasaki 250 and there is always someone to buddy up with on a casual ride.
Through Ulysses I have camped solo at two overnight rallies and I have been on three organised group rides.
I wish I could go on more rides but my shift work keeps getting in the way.
With a social club like Ulysses they have heaps of social gatherings and the chance to sit around and exchange stories with like-minded people.
However, because I don’t know much about bikes, I’m limited when the conversation turns mechanical.
Fishermen will talk about ‘the one that got away’ – bikers talk about ‘near misses’ they have with questionable drivers and when you’ve been riding for a while you will, unintentionally, earn ‘bragging rights’.
Some of these could be – Who’s ridden through the worst weather/had luggage fall off (I lost a sleeping bag off the back of my bike) or had a ‘wee’ experience with a semi-trailer transporting livestock.
Not sure I like the Ulysses ‘Old Man’ logo though, but hey, I’m open-minded and because of the demographical age (over 40) of Ulysses, I AM YOUNG. That boosts my ego no end. It shouldn’t, but it does.
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