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.
Kylie wrote to us in April telling us about her experience as a female riding a Kawasaki Ninja 250.
“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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