Mick Doohan standing in front of some fancy motorbikes

Motorcycle skills

Whether you’re new to bikes, you’ve been riding all your life, or you’re coming back to it after a while away, developing and honing your sixth sense will help you stay safe and get more out of life on two wheels.

Watch riding tips from Mick Doohan

What is your sixth sense?

Your sixth sense is that unique instinct all riders share that helps us read the road, the conditions, the potential hazards and stay focused and in control. The more you hone and develop it, the better your chances are of surviving to ride another day.

Mick talks

The fatal five

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Speed

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Speed

The faster you go, the harder you hit. And on a bike, you’ll always come off second-best. The only thing speeding gets you closer to is a crash.

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Alcohol and drugs

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Alcohol and drugs

Even small amounts of alcohol and drugs affect your riding ability. Whatever anyone tells you, there’s no such thing as a safe level.

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Fatigue

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Fatigue

Riding tired affects reaction times and impairs judgement. Take a break or don’t get on the bike in the first place if you’re tired.

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Distractions

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Distractions

At 80km/h you travel 44m in just 2 seconds, so always stay focused and leave time and space to react.

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Gear and maintenance

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Gear and maintenance

Look after yourself and look after your bike. The right gear and regular maintenance can save your life.

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Rider experience

Thousands of ks under your wheels or just starting out?

I'm an experienced or returning rider

Never been out of the saddle? You can still get better. Been off the bike for a while and coming back to riding? You need to rediscover and reboot your sixth sense.

Get the most out of group rides.

Tips for your next ride so everyone has a blast and gets home in one piece.

Buy the safest bike you can afford.

Stay up-to-date with new technology that could save your life. Visit the Vic Roads safe bikes finder.

Are you a returning rider? Get up to speed with these tips.

For returning riders, the most dangerous time is the first couple of months back on the bike.

Your guide to gear.

The right gear could make the difference between a nasty fall and injuries that prevent you from ever riding again.

Get the most out of group rides.

Buy the safest bike you can afford.

Are you a returning rider? Get up to speed with these tips.

Your guide to gear.

I’m a beginner rider

New to riding and want to develop your skills? The simple fact is, developing and making the most of your sixth sense can help you become a better rider and get more out of the open road.

Make honing your sixth sense a passion.

Watch Mick’s video to help you develop your sixth sense.

Basic roadcraft for riders.

Roadcraft is a vital part of your skill set and fundamental to developing your sixth sense. Put simply, roadcraft is observation, speed management, road position and attitude. For more tips, watch our guide to roadcraft.

Your guide to gear.

The right gear could make the difference between a nasty fall and injuries that prevent you from ever riding again.

What motorcycle maintenance should you be doing?

Regularly maintaining your motorcycle is important to keep it roadworthy and safe. Here’s a handy checklist to keep your bike in good condition.

Checklist for roadworthiness.

Keep it legal with our roadworthiness guide.

Make honing your sixth sense a passion.

Basic roadcraft for riders.

Your guide to gear.

What motorcycle maintenance should you be doing?

Checklist for roadworthiness.

Queensland’s favourite rides

Looking for inspiration? Check out these maps to discover some great local rides. Then get out there and enjoy yourself.

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Thank you

To Morgan and Wacker Motorcycles for providing the bikes and gear for the Sixth sense film shoot. We appreciate your passion and commitment to the safety and ongoing education of Queensland riders.