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Really sad news. He's someone I wish I'd met. Kevin's site ashonbikes.com was a regular read for me. Went out doing what he loved.

Ride on, brother...


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Yeah and he would always reply to questions we'd ask about the bikes he'd review. A gentlemen like we rarely see anymore.
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Gee I just heard, so sorry for his family. That's a big loss for the riding community.
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Still in shock.

Checking ashonbikes.com was part of my daily routine. I have read every word Kev has written since I started riding, and his journalism has always stood out. It was clear that he was also a really good bloke. I will miss his words of wisdom, and feel so sad for his family.

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So sad. I liked him as a motorcycle journalist as he was honest and relatively unbiased in his reviews and did not universally praise every bike he wrote about. He did not hesitate to point out the flaws when they existed in the bikes he rode and wrote about. A rare quality in motorcycle journalism and something that is non existent in advertising funded NA motorcycle journalism.
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Here's some talk from the ADVrider forum. A member is hearing from a friend who was at the BMW launch event where Kevin was killed:


This just in from another British journalist friend:
"Adam, I've been getting more than a little spooked lately at press intros.
Or should I say "the journalist GP". I've been at a point
of not wanting to click into the mode needed to
run with the pack. It's been invading my confidence and I've spent a lot
of days thinking "I don't want to ride this fast on a public road anymore".
I've seen them fall before. Kevin was a great guy.
Mild mannered, polite, one of the boys. Good at this job, always with
a good word. He will be missed. That could have been me. Or you. One of a
handful of journalists in South Africa on BMWs. A bullet dodged?"


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Here's some talk from the ADVrider forum. A member is hearing from a friend who was at the BMW launch event where Kevin was killed:


This just in from another British journalist friend:
"Adam, I've been getting more than a little spooked lately at press intros.
Or should I say "the journalist GP". I've been at a point
of not wanting to click into the mode needed to
run with the pack. It's been invading my confidence and I've spent a lot
of days thinking "I don't want to ride this fast on a public road anymore".
I've seen them fall before. Kevin was a great guy.
Mild mannered, polite, one of the boys. Good at this job, always with
a good word. He will be missed. That could have been me. Or you. One of a
handful of journalists in South Africa on BMWs. A bullet dodged?"
Most of us have done stupid things on public roads. I know I have. I usually picked places where I wouldn't involve anyone else if something did go wrong, but still, I like riding my bike too much to end my career short. With time I calmed down, eliminated all inline-4 engines of my menu (hard to enjoy those engines without revving the crap out of them), and enjoy riding at more decent speeds.

Ride safe everyone!
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From Cycleworld.com...wording would appear to confirm another report that Ash died at the scene.


Cycle World Editor-in-Chief Mark Hoyer arrived on the scene approximately 10 minutes after the accident. He was able to aid a second downed rider, who was not immediately identified.

“I worked on him with another American who also had some medical training,” said Hoyer, “and then I assisted the medics. He looked like he was going to be okay. He appeared to have suffered a broken humerus and/or shoulder. We put him on a backboard when the medics arrived about 30-40 minutes after I contacted the second patient.”

Hoyer reported they were riding on a straight, dusty, gravel road.


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