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Remembering Kevin Ash

By January 24, 2013

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Kevin Ash

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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January 24, 2013 at 8:03 pm
(1) Joe says:

Very sad, he will be missed in the MC world.

January 25, 2013 at 5:37 pm
(2) Miles says:

My familiarity with Kevin Ash was limited to reading his wonderful blog, Ashonbikes. I was a huge fan and eagerly awaited each new article. His reviews were unfailingly honest, insightful, and to the point, without the sort of “clever” metaphorical nonsense that infects the writings of so many other motorcycle journalists. There is no way to fill the void his death has left.

January 28, 2013 at 6:13 am
(3) bill says:

first page i turned to in mcn every week sorely missed condolences to his family

January 28, 2013 at 12:29 pm
(4) Ninja Kev says:

May you rest in peace Kevin, my condolences to his family and friends. I hope he’s still riding up in Heaven where there’s no speed limit, no cagers and perfect road conditions all of the time.

January 29, 2013 at 1:54 pm
(5) Dabber says:

He will be missed. I enjoyed reading his articles. Wish his family and friends peace as well as the whole Moto community.

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