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Dear All.

I have just read the very sad news that Kev has been killed on the BMW test in South Africa

I was delighted to have gotten to personally know Kev over the past few years and it was only a matter of weeks ago that the two of us were sharing a good laugh at the show in Milan.

The motorcycling world has lost an iconic figure and words shall never be enough at times like these.

As the longest serving member of this site I hope you do not find it presumptuous of me to send, on behalf of us all our very deepest and sincerest condolences to his family. We share in your pain and sorrow and can only say that Kev brought so much to his writing that we all felt like he was part of our biking life and we on this, his place on the web, place our eternal respect and condolences.

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Dear All.

I have just read the very sad news that Kev has been killed on the BMW test in South Africa

I was delighted to have gotten to personally know Kev over the past few years and it was only a matter of weeks ago that the two of us were sharing a good laugh at the show in Milan.

The motorcycling world has lost an iconic figure and words shall never be enough at times like these.

As the longest serving member of this site I hope you do not find it presumptuous of me to send, on behalf of us all our very deepest and sincerest condolences to his family. We share in your pain and sorrow and can only say that Kev brought so much to his writing that we all felt like he was part of our biking life and we on this, his place on the web, place our eternal respect and condolences.

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Well said. RIP Kev

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Such sad news. Kev was a great bloke and a fine journalist. He will be sorely missed.

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Absolute numbing shock to hear such terrible news. I`m so sorry to all of Kevin`s family, colleagues and friends.

Kevin was a fantastic journalist. He had the ability to write about the finer technical details of motorcycle engineering and make it understandable and interesting for non-technical people like me. His columns in the Telegraph were always highly informed, free from hyperbole and honest. But it was on this site ashonbikes, that I really got to know Kev - his basic niceness, his enthusiasm for biking and good bloke status were always clear to see. He always took the time to contribute to discussions, was helpful to all readers and his helpfulness made this a very civilised place to post ideas.

Kevin`s strapline was `the most outspoken man in motorcycling`. I always felt this did a disservice to him as his views were always considered, educated and written with conviction. Kev loved motorcycling, and his stories about riding in his youth, different bikes etc showed that he was a man for whom bikes had been an enriching part of his life. I draw no comfort from the thought that Kev died doing something he loved, but I do acknowledge the truth that bikes gave him a life full of experiences and enjoyment, and that in the end is what life is all about.

If Kevin`s family are reading this forum, my sincere condolences on your loss. I`m sure there will be many more people like myself who post messages to say what a professional Kev was, what a good guy he was, and how sorry we are that he is gone.

RIP Kevin.

Mark

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This is very upsetting news. He was such a great man and brought us all together under this great forum of like minded souls.

Like Shuggs, I had gotten to know Kevin personally through many offline emails. He was always curteous and thankful for mine and all other contributions to this site; a real gentleman.

He was also of great help to me writing my novel last year, providing me with insite to his own experiences with regards to agents and publishers, recommended great materials for writing and proof reading manuscripts profficiently. And in short, doing everything he could to remain humble about his own brilliant writing and boost my confidence more, to just go for it.

We all know Kevin has a wife and kids and I'm sure all our hearts all go out to them. This is just so tragic, so unfair, I feel quite tearful writing this.

As you will now know, if God really does ride a Harley Kev, you can at least tell him that you didn't rib me or RIC for buying one.

You'll never be forgotten bro.

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What a shock. I met Kev a couple of times whilst working for Triumph and enjoyed his enthusiasm and professionalism. RIP

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Very very sad news. My thoughts are with his family and all his friends incluuding those on this site.. I spent years lurking on this site and it has been invaluable to my motorcycle riding.

A very well respected man as I have read many comments and seen his name written as a validator of information throughout many arguments on the net.

he will be missed by all.

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Truly sorry to hear of this, condolences to Kevins loved ones.

A good guy and journalist trying things, like here, a little differently.

Such a shame.

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RIP Kevin.

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I was just in a live tech support chat with a guy in India. He asked how my day was going? I replied that I was sad, because a friend had died. He replied 'May your friends soul, rest in peace'. Even in the afterlife, Kevin's influence is reaching out to people across the world.

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I met Kevin on quite a few bike launches, where he always was a bit different from "the other" British journo's. Kevin was quiet, sometimes almost shy, but always ready for a joke or a friendly word. He started working for Testmotor.nl just a few months ago, we were quite proud with his reputation. Just yesterday we put up his test on the CB1100. Now it's unbelievable what has happened. We wish his family, relatives and friends all the strength they need to carry this big loss. Kevin will forever be missed. RIP Kevin.

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Gutted. Like everyone else on here - i thoroughly enjoyed Kev's style. My deepest commiseration's to all of his family.

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The world will miss a truly honest and respected man.
May his family and close friends be strengthened by the power of his wider worldwide audience collective wish for his memory to live long after the man.

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Such sad news. I shall miss his columns in MCN and elsewhere and his comments here which were as clear and interesting to me as a non-engineer as to others. And his bike tests always seemed more honest to me than most. We will miss Kevin. RIP, Kevin. And to his family, my condolences.

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Devastating. RIP, Kev

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Awful. Really awful.

I can't quite believe it to be honest. Sincerest condolences to his family. We've lost a cracking bloke - As simple as that.

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Very sad news indeed, my sincerest condolences to Kevin's family.

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Very very sad news from South Africa. International motorcycle journalism has lost a very fine colleague. I have seen Kevin several times at presentations and bike exhibitions, and it was always nice to talk with him. Thanks Kevin, it was a pleasure having met you.
A mate from Germany

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This is devastating.
Condoleances to the family and friends.
RIP, Kevin

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I am numb, in shock.

I never had the privilege of meeting Kevin but considered him a friend, a supportive and considerate friend.

My memories of Kevin will be good ones, the shared exchanges on this site, e-mails, articles and smiles from his incisive journalism and, often, witty responses to this forum.

Condolences to his family, friends and all who knew him.

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Bugger :-(. Condolences to Kevin's friends and particularly to his family.

We do sometimes forget that however hard we strive to be better riders, to improve our odds, to make sure that we should be the ones that park our bikes for the last time and hang up the keys on our own terms rather than at the behest of the capricious hand of cruel fate, riding motorcycles remains the most dangerous thing most of us do in our daily lives. Kevin Ash was as skilled on the road as any motorcyclist anywhere, more skilled than most. He will be greatly missed :-(.

Ride on ahead a little way, Kevin - we'll catch you up in a bit...

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He was a top guy, he'll be sorely missed not just in the biking world. All over web lists are expressing their shock and sadness.

My sincerest condolences to Kevin's family and friends.

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Shocked at the news.R.I.P.Condolences to family and friends.

roundincircles
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A fine tribute from his colleagues at the Telegraph

Kevin Ash remembered
The Telegraph's motorcycle correspondent Kevin Ash remembered by his colleague and friend, motoring correspondent Andrew English.

Kevin had a spot spot for the fabulous but flawed Moto Guzzi marque. Here, he's pictured during the launch of the Guzzi California Vintage in 2006
By Andrew English3:07PM GMT 23 Jan 2013
"So do you reckon I could make a go of being a freelance motorcycle journalist?" asked Kevin Ash.
I paused. The year was 1997 and Kevin was still road test editor of the essential biking weekly, Motor Cycle News. All around me The Daily Telegraph's news desk crackled with activity. Science, medical, legal, consumer affairs, motoring, even technology, had their own correspondents, but motorcycling?
Paul Sample, creator of Ogri, the mythical cartoon biker, had drawn a cartoon in the earliest days of Telegraph Motoring showing his hero astride his mighty Norvin eating his chips out of a copy of The Daily Telegraph emblazoned with the headline; "ESTABLISHMENT EMBRACE OGRI SHOCK HORROR!? Is this young man respectable?"
Could Kevin become our own Ogri? Was he respectable?
"Yeah, you'll be all right," I said from behind the safe parapet of a staff job. "We'll take some copy off you."
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And so the 15-year relationship began. This was at the peak of a boom in leisure motorcycling characterised by what became known as "born-again bikers"; blokes who'd had a bike in their youth and now wanted to return to two wheels with a rocket-fast race replica. In those early days we guessed that Telegraph readers would like to read about motorcycles, even though they wouldn't necessarily ride one themselves. Kevin opened the door to a world of high-powered, two-wheeled fun and provided a cipher for the bewildering alphanumeric hieroglyphics that delineated the great from the plodding.
"How about the new VR SS 189 Stormtrooper?" we'd ask Kevin.
"It's a moped," would come his deadpan reply.
In the end we handed the whole shooting match over to Kevin to choose the bikes and supply the copy. He had an unerring feel for the machines that would interest Telegraph readers and he was judicious and courageous in his verdicts. He was once banned from Triumph launches after they took umbridge at his opinion of a new machine. BMW, too, was not backward in expressing its disapproval of his opinions on its Telelever front suspension, nor Suzuki when he expressed disquiet with the notorious rotary damper on its TL1000.
Yet it was in the field of four wheels rather than two where Kevin provided Telegraph readers with perhaps their greatest boost. We were insanely jealous. This was the time of "Rip-off Britain" in the late 1990s, when car makers were chiselling thousands out British new car buyers compared with their continental counterparts. Rumour had it that cheaper deals were available in Holland, but few had the nouse or guts to go over and put their own money behind a deal. Kevin's wife Caroline is Dutch, so he had a head start.
"I'm thinking of buying an Alfa Romeo in Holland," Kevin told us. Brave decision on two fronts, we thought.
It wasn't easy, but showing characteristic patience, fortitude and a cool intelligence, Kevin cleanly jumped the hurdles and brought back his scarlet Alfa 156. His booklet, Going Dutch, showed others how to do the same. It sold in the tens of thousands and basically paid for that brand-new Alfa.
And while motorcycle journalists have something of a reputation for being tearaways, Kevin wasn't from that school of riding. While he could be devastatingly fast on track, his road riding was measured and well judged. "This seems unbelievable. Of all the bike journalists, Kevin was the most sensible, responsible and capable," said one contemporary when he heard the news.

Yet no one is perfect, as Kevin was well aware. A broken wrist, cracked after he was hustled off the track by a colleague at a bike launch, put him out of action for a couple of months. Then there was the infamous KTM launch where, as Kevin admitted, he misjudged a corner on a winding Alpine route and slid off the road on to a gravel-surfaced car park. The machine dug in and spun to a halt, while Kevin slid clean across the car park and off the edge of a cliff. "I thought that was my day," he recounted as he explained how he landed on a small ledge, winded but otherwise unharmed.
My recollection is of a contemporary, a family man with a big sense of responsibility, a sharp and enquiring mind and seemingly endless patience, with a big toothy smile and a deep fund of stories. There was no such thing as a quick phone call with Kevin and you always put the phone down that bit wiser and, most often, laughing. I also loved him because like me he had a soft spot for the flawed but magnificent Moto Guzzi marque. Most might call this a character defect, I'd call it insight.
"As well as being a friend he was a complete professional," said motorcycle journalist and photographer Roland Brown. "He was always enthusiastic and he loved the job, not just the riding, but the sense of being on the inside, talking to people in the factories and the management. His family were really the other main interest in his life and he'd always have a story to tell about them, he was very proud of them."
We're all going to miss him. Our condolences to his wife and three daughters.

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He was up there amongst the greats like LJK Setright - with an excellent technical understanding which he would communicate in an understandable way. Condolences to his family.

MikeM
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I read on The Telegraph website. Such awful news. So sorry.
Mike

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Terrible news - rest in peace Kev, my thoughts are with your family.

Rob

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Just in from work, tuned in for my regular fix of Ash On Bikes and - phew! - one hell of a shock.

RIP Kev, an awful lot of people are going to miss you.

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Very sad news indeed :(

RIP Kev

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I am shocked, what a loss ! Kevin wrote it like it was , I'll miss him.