Being able to ride a motorcycle is one thing, but being able to ride it proficiently is another thing entirely. This is especially true when it comes to navigating corners during a street ride. Not only does the rider have to deal with the dynamics of the specific corner, but other things like road conditions and oncoming traffic are both important obstacles to consider.

In this video, provided by the Department of Transport and Main Roads in Queensland, Australia, five-time MotoGP world champion Mick Doohan gives some tips and tricks for reading certain corners, how to set up for them, and how to navigate them safely and properly. A tip for U.S. viewers: No, the rider in the video is not in the wrong lane; Australians ride/drive on the opposite side of the road.

  • john phyyt

    A BMW; Mick ? After all those World championships and dollars Honda help you with!

    As for Koalas on the side of the road; you live on Australia’s Gold coast and you are more likely to be distracted by Bikini bunnies.

    But what you say and how you say it is spot on. “Thank you”

  • Starmag

    Aww, you spoiled the punch lines with that tip for U.S. riders. Otherwise, good tips from one of the greats


    I would like to see stuff like this this in the US, by our top riders for the safety of motorcycles and wearing proper gear!!

  • Old MOron

    “Negative camber, on the other hand, is a bugger.” Fooking brilliant.
    Hey JohnB, here are some more data points for your exponential scale.

  • TonyG

    Interesting: the video says:’…. get all your braking done before the corner, never in it.’
    That seems to contrast a little (or a lot) with the fastersafer guys’ advice, at least as I comprehended it… from this youtube posting:

    • Glenn59

      Interesting video Tony, thanks for posting.
      I think the difference in advice is all about the context. Ken and Nick are aiming their talk at riders with an interest in maximising their level of performance riding. Mick is speaking in the context of a government campaign about how to ride safer. The ‘High Performance’ approach advocated by Ken and Nick is completely correct but it may simply be beyond the skill level of many street riders. I train new riders for a living. I would fully endorse Ken and Nicks advice but only for experienced riders. New riders could easily injure themselves trying to apply this in my opinion.

      • Ulysses Araujo

        Ienatsch also recommends the use of brakes throughout the corner in cold and/or wet conditions (link below), though it can be argued this is directed to experienced riders in trackdays. I’m also curious as to which approach is more effective when riding in the rain…

      • TonyG

        Hi Glenn. That was my thought initially and it certainly makes sense in the context of a conservative government campaign….even though the rider pictured is on a super bike…but then I came across this new positing which makes it clear that our friends ARE talking about street riders, even if that is at the more determined end. Cheers and Great Riding!

  • Mahatma

    It’s better to go in slow and exit fast rather than the other way around.

    Would have liked to see a more detailed video from Doohan aimed at experienced riders.

  • JMDonald

    I try to have all my breaking done before the corner.

  • FreelancerMG

    You can easily tell that this was shot with multiple takes and spliced cuts as it’s funny to see a government backed safety video on riding with a couple frames where the rider’s helmet chinstrap is undone and flapping about.

  • Randy R. Lebel

    Get all your braking done before the corner? WTH? Suicide advice. It’s called tire loading, which increases the grip of the front tire. Even works for cars. If you’re on an unfamiliar road, a lot of times, you’ll be braking into a turn. Better learn how to do it, or crash. Your choice!