Originally Posted by Adv Grifter
I'm a little concerned about how quiet the moto world is about this so far regards details of the accident. I guess it's a good thing ... respect the family and Kevin's memory.
BMW seems to have really put a lid on this. Very tight indeed. Did something happen that might reflect poorly on BMW ... or the bike? The Brit press are ruthless and I'm sure will be all over this as soon as some grieving time has passed.
I'm sure in the next week will get an eye witness account of this very sad drama. I've read Ash for over 20 years. One of the best ever. God Speed Kevin
Translation from www.motorradonline.de
with some minor corrections.
"Motorcycle Tester Ash road with a group of fellow British motorcycle journalists on the new BMW R 1200 GS on a straight gravel road.
The trail was flat, but dusty, so that the individual riders had to hold significant distance from each other.
A BMW guide rode ahead of them and set the pace. The group rode with a maximum speed of 100 km/h, what was perfectly adequate
for the road conditions.
The fall, as reported by MOTORRAD head of testing Gert Thöle happened on the open road, for no apparent reason.
Thöle spoke with locals involved and assumes that probably exactly the harmlessness of the route was the reason for the accident: "I believe that Kevin,
who was not a fast rider taking any unnecessary risk, but a calm and careful rider, has been inattentive for a moment or has perhaps focused on
something different about the new bike. "He might have overlooked rain gutters that ran left and right of the road, and therefore lost control of the motorcycle.
According to the current investigation BMW flew it's own accident specialists to South Africa, it is clear that Kevin Ash's bike subsequently overturned.
The 53-year-old motorcycle tester was killed instantly"