Though none of us are ignorant to the dangers of riding, it's always a shock when we lose a fellow motorcyclist to the sport.
Kevin Ash was the Daily Telegraph's motorcycle correspondent for 15 years, and his recent death at the South African press launch for the BMW R1200GS sent shockwaves through the tightly knit community of motorcycle journalists, not to mention his readers and fans around the globe. Few details have been revealed about the crash, which took place 150 miles east of Cape Town, but Cycle World indicates that it occurred on a "straight, dusty, gravel road" 150 miles east of Cape Town, and also involved another rider.
Kevin was a deeply knowledgeable authority on all things two-wheeled, a fixture at international bike launches, and one of those great guys who combined experience and riding skill with warmth and enthusiasm. Though I usually saw him at press intros, I'll never forget the time I ran into Kevin on a San Francisco sidewalk. He had been traveling up the California coast with his family as a send-off for his daughter, who was going off to college; as always, he was gracious, cheerful, and happy, and seeing him in this context enabled me to put his life into a bigger perspective.
Though much has been said about his professional drive, perhaps the most striking words about Kevin Ash have been written by his family, which can be read at the top of his website.
Goodbye, Kevin. You'll be sorely missed.
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