The Motorcycle Fatal Five

Your Ride Craft is really just a combination of your head, your heart and your gut that helps you 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.


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.


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


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

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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Routine motorcycle maintenance

Perform the checks on the guide daily to make sure your motorcycle is in a good and safe condition to ride.

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Queensland’s favourite rides

Check out these maps to discover some great local rides.

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Queensland Motorcycle Riders’ Guide

This free essential guide contains information on motorcycle licensing and registration in Queensland, road rules for riders, rider protection, safe riding tips and attitudes, children’s safety, modifications, makes and models, classic and vintage motorcycles, imports and custom motorcycles, scooters and mopeds, sidecars and trikes, off‐road riding, motorcycle roadworthiness, routine motorcycle maintenance, offences and penalties.

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Simple advice for motorists

  • Actively look out for motorcycle riders.
  • Check your surroundings, blind spots, and indicate before changing lanes or turning.
  • Obey the road rules.
  • Be extra careful around motorcycles in wet weather—the road can become oily or slippery and reduce visibility.