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.

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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.

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Mick talks the fatal five...

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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

Even small amounts of alcohol and drugs affect your riding ability. If you’re under the influence, don’t get on the bike in the first place.

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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

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

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

Rider experience

Thousands of ks under your wheels or just starting out?

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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.

Hone your skills
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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.

Develop your skills

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Share the road

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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.

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