Hein Jonker and his team of experts spend their lives researching, writing, testing, training and consulting on issues Motorcycle Safety and Rider Skills Development. Excessive Speed and Rider Error, not ruling out other Road Users and Road Conditions, are the biggest contributing factors to motorcycle crashes on our roads today. Learn and Live!

Operation Young Rider

The Motorcycle Safety Institute of South Africa call upon the motorcycle industry and community, radio and other media, parents, teachers,...

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Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide

Daydreaming about hitting the open road on 2-wheels, wind in your face, on your favourite motorcycle? It’s a fantasy for...

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Motorcycle Hand Signals

Although motorcycle hand gestures are something that most riders learn as part of a club or group, often they are...

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I didn’t Crash

We learn of motorcycle crashes every day, stories of pain and trauma, stories of loss and suffering, but we hardly...

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bad habits

Bad Habits and Motorcycles

Bad habits are negative behaviour patterns, and in motorcycle terms, this can most certainly be the difference between life and...

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Crash: Cause and Result

Causes, in most cases, are speculative. With no first-hand eyewitness or proper investigation, the cause of such a crash will...

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The Physics of Speed

A motorcycle ridden at 40km/h or slower can stop in 12 metres or less, giving the rider a good chance...

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Crash not an Accident

In Motorcycle Terms, what’s the difference? What we assume and the grammar or language we use to describe our assumption...

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Fools Drink and Ride

With long weekends, holidays, or any other day for that matter giving an opportunity to the ride of a lifetime...

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Towing a Motorcycle

There are numerous ways to tow a motorcycle, and a more creative but common way has recently surfaced in Johannesburg...

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Bikes & Booze don’t Mix

THEORY: Alcohol and Motorcycles are Incompatible At a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) of 0.01 to 0.04%, judgment begins to lessen,...

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The Visible Reserve

I’d like to address an issue unheard of by some and often overlooked by most; it’s called the Visible Reserve....

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Staying Dry

Motorcycling can be an incredible way to connect with your surroundings, but when temperatures dip, the line between pleasure and...

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Group Riding Safety

What is the Difference between a Group Ride and a Mass Ride? Some might say a Mass Ride is a...

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Maximize Visibility

“I never saw the rider” is one of the most common things other road users say after they’ve struck a...

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Plan for the Long Haul

Know your limits and plan your trip around them. If the longest ride you have ever taken is 500 kilometres...

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Motorcycle Crashes

Accident Facts

Research Findings Continued on-scene, in-depth accident investigations have provided a large volume of data related to the general characteristics of...

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You didn’t SEE me

I saw you pull your child closer when we passed each other on the sidewalk. But you didn’t see me...

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Riding in the Winter

Time for an ice-cold slap in the face! Here are a few chilling safety reminders for the winter months ahead....

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Why Ride a Motorcycle

Why ride a motorcycle? Riding is something most people don’t have to do, but rather feel compelled to–for a wide...

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Young Riders

The car insurance industry regards the young driver as being a specifically “high risk” group – do you believe the...

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Why get Trained

Riding is something most people don’t have to do, but rather feel compelled to do, for a wide variety of...

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Delivery Rider

It is often said that the delivery bike rider is asked whether he has a licence, given the bike, keys...

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Tyre Feelings

Once again I heard experienced riders only partially explain to some newbies that they needed to be careful after putting...

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Through the Curve

Anybody can ride a motorcycle in a straight line. Here you learn how to ride in a curve. Taking curves...

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The Right Fit

Your motorcycle helmet is a vital piece of equipment designed to protect your head in the event of an accident....

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The Come-Back

You used to live to ride, but then life took a different turn–varsity, a family, a career–and you sold your...

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Surface & Traction

We all know to retain ones balance a couple of things need to be in your favour. Many of these...

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Street Braking

Most riders would agree that while the sensation of speed on a motorcycle is exhilarating, stopping quickly, efficiently and safely...

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Steering Explained

You are riding along a country road, and can see the road ahead curving sharply to the right. It’s a...

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Steering Damping

A steering damper, steering stabiliser or sprint damper is a damping device designed to inhibit an undesirable, uncontrolled movement or...

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Want a Superbike?

First things first – before you buy a bike Before you buy a motorcycle, you need to buy some gear,...

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Seat Height

Why is Seat Height so Important? You’ve probably noticed seat height measurements mentioned in nearly every motorcycle and scooter review. But why...

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Should I Ride?

Riding a motorcycle is a unique experience. Riding is fun and invigorating, yet the skills needed for safe riding, combined...

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Side Stands

What could possibly be said about side-stands? In my opinion motorcycles should have a ‘walk around’ performed before every ride....

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SA Motorcycle Test

This has been a bone of contention for a very long time, and a way overdue point of implementation into...

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Road Rage

Everyone knows about road rage. It has been featured on TV shows, in movies, and even in video games, but...

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Road Racing

I may have mistitled this tip. Perhaps I should have called it: Testing Limits. On the other hand, since you’re...

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Riding in Rain

It’s 7 am Monday morning and you peer out your bedroom window. Although the weatherman on TV had announced the...

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Prepare for Track

If you’re serious about high-performance motorcycle riding, the first thing you’ll want to do is book track time in order...

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Motorcycle Theft

A friend of mine’s bike was stolen a little while ago and at first, you might think how do you...

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Safety Tips

Among all motor vehicles, motorcycles are the most vulnerable on the road. As motorcycles do not have seat belts, you...

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Lose Weight

Did you know you can lose weight while riding motorcycles? It seems strange because most riding is inactive and social...

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Save a Life

You are trained and competent at both CPR and First Aid and you come upon a scene that obviously requires...

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Lane Position

Placing your motorcycle in the correct part of the lane is a key factor in rider safety. You need to...

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helmet safety

Helmet Safety

What happens when you sustain a head injury during an accident? If your brain is injured, swelling and inflammation often...

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Hearing Protection

It’s not hard in this country to lose your hearing. In the 80’s everyone blamed it on the Angola war;...

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Kids & Bikes

We all love to ride motorcycles. And for those of us with children, there’s a sense of urgency to pass along...

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Planning a Trip

Motorcycle trips demand far more planning than the equivalent journey in a car. Though riding provides an inherent sense of...

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Group Basics

Riding with a group of motorcyclists is one of the great thrills of the two-wheeled lifestyle, but it can also...

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Good Passenger

It’s fair to acknowledge that there are many ladies out there who are happy never to own their own bike,...

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Flat Tyre

What to do with a flat tyre on a motorcycle? Get off the road! If you’re on a motorcycle and...

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Safety

First Ride

I’d like to address the issue of what a newbie has to confront when he buys his first motorcycle and...

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First Motorcycle

So you’ve learned your motorcycling basics, taken safety courses, and decided to take the plunge and buy your first bike?...

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Electrical Systems

Sooner or later you will need to find a failing component, a broken wire, or a short in your motorcycle’s...

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Size Matters

Squeezing a wide tyre onto a narrow rim can be a big mistake. Here’s why. Those low-profile 190-series tyres sure...

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Dangerous Emotions

You are riding on a busy four-lane road heading for an appointment. Suddenly a car swerves immediately in front of...

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Cross Winds

Sooner or later you are going to wonder about how to handle severe crosswinds – probably while fighting them. Surprise,...

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Carrying a Passenger

Company is always nice. Some pillions weigh 50kg, others weigh 100kg. Putting extra weight on the motorcycle will affect the...

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Indicator Killer

I for one, many moons ago, kept on forgetting to cancel the indicator. So I decided to strike up a...

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Braking Explained

Braking is one of the most important things you’ll learn to do on a motorcycle; though newbies tend to get...

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Beginner Mistakes

Are you interested in riding a motorcycle, or already on your way? Let’s say you’ve taken the first steps, learned...

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Rider Fatigue

Fatigue is identified as one of the “fatal five” causes of accidents responsible for as much as 20% of all...

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ABS or Not

Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS) are NOT designed to help you stop faster! Despite the general impression that ABS equipped vehicles...

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Hein on Safety

Hein – can you give us a brief overview of how long you have been a biker and how long...

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Choose your Kickers

So many boots, so many choices, and yet so little time to choose the perfect pair. At the end of...

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