Hein has been riding motorcycles, on and off, for the last 36+ years since the age of 14. Starting off in a mining community near Rustenburg, learning from a friend and stupidly riding around without helmet or gear, exploring in the bush. His first introduction to training was in Rhundu, during his military service in 1987-1988, when certain officers were issued with Honda XL350R motorcycles. That’s where it really started. Since then he has made every effort to stay in touch with learning and developing new skills whenever he had the opportunity and sharing what he learned with friends. Officially he only started training other riders in 2004, and then on a more permanent basis when he founded Bike Talk in January 2006.
Apart from his training during his military service, Hein completed Rider Training Courses with BMW Motorrad SA and Honda SA, spending years researching and testing new methods of rider instruction under various road conditions and scenarios. He has also ridden and tested over 300 different motorcycles since July 2004, something he continues to enjoy to this day.
Hein Jonker is the Chief Instructor and Editor at Bike Talk, a renowned Motorcycle Skills Instructor and an Expert in Motorcycle Manipulation. Over the years Hein has trained well over 3500 riders, in South Africa and from all over the world, coaching them to ride with skill and confidence.
Hein has been sponsored by Honda SA for 8 years (2006 – 2014) and enjoyed Brand Ambassadorships for Victory Motorcycles (2015) and Buell Motorcycles (2016), Xkulcha (2008 to present).
He has written and compiled many Training Manuals (Road Captain Guide, Motorcycle Safety Booklet, and the BRC, SRC, and ARC Training Manuals), used in South Africa and abroad to train and develop skill among motorcycle operators. He has done extensive research and testing on motorcycle safety and skill, with more than 100 skill and safety articles published on the MSI website.
Hein is the Motorcycle Safety Expert for Arrive Alive South Africa and writes frequent articles on Road Safety matters involving Motorcycles. He is an extremely focused individual, committed to the growth and development of people riding and operating motorcycles, no matter skin colour or motorcycle type.
“I’d much rather focus on educating the minority road user (the motorcyclist) who has a lot to lose (life and limb), than the other road users who have very little to lose.” – Hein Jonker
Hein is available for training and presentations on Motorcycle Skill & Safety throughout South Africa:-
Cell: 083 7937975 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org