The New BMW R1200GS Press Launch - My "EPIC" Journey to South Africa

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by ShawnWorks, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. RichBMW

    RichBMW Long timer

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    Very sad indeed. The only consolation is that he died doing what he loved. R.I.P Kevin :cry
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  2. Frey Bentos

    Frey Bentos not listening

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    ^Yes. RIP Kevin.
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  3. EJ_92606

    EJ_92606 Rider

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    Whoa, where is this?
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  4. tonsawy

    tonsawy n00b

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    wow wonderful :D
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  5. EJ_92606

    EJ_92606 Rider

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    Oh my...I had been checking his blog several times a day waiting for a report. Tragic.. :cry
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  6. steveWFL

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    sad....RIP
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  7. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    Saddest news. A motorcycle enthusiast, excellent writer, detailed on his analysis of motorcycle products. I didn't know him personally, never met the guy, don't know his personal story. But I know what he provided to us within the Telegraph and the Ash on Bikes. That is a void that will be impossible to be filled. My condolences to his family, his close friends, his collaborators. And to us: it's a major loss to our community!
    Respectfully
    Lion
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  8. littonlad

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    I'm stunned. I have been following Ashonbikes for some time and was looking forward to his insight. Such a shame. Thoughts with his family.
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  9. GB

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    Very tragic indeed. I frequented his site frequently. Our thoughts are with his family.:cry

    I've also read that BMW had postponed the world press introduction due to this tragic accident.
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  10. Haroon

    Haroon RIDE for PASSION

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    The news says it happened north of George. Was it the spectacular Outeniqua Pass?
    Very Tragic. RIP Kevin Ash.
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  11. JustKip

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    Well said. I always enjoyed his reviews, even on bikes I had no interest in. He was my favorite motojournalist. Condolences to family and friends
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  12. sotirisrg50

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    R.I.P Kevin.
    Life is the most unpredictable adventure of all.
    My condolences to his beloved one's.
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  13. tallguy-09

    tallguy-09 Smile 4 Miles

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    That would be the right thing to do.
    So ultimate and tragic, basically impossible to accept.
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  14. Adam Arcane

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    Where did you read that?

    This Godspeed will be in the next On The Level BMW rag, along with a big photo spread from the GS Challenge competition:

    Early this a.m. I heard the noted British moto journalist Kevin Ash was killed during the South African R1200GS "Waterboxer" press launch. There were road testers from all around the world in attendance, including our own associate Shawn Thomas. No details of how it happened, but it's a reminder that what we do for fun is very dangerous indeed. Our hearts go out to Kevin's wife and his children. He'll be sorely missed.

    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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  15. Sock Monkey

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    "Respected journalist Kevin Ash died after being involved in an accident during a BMW press launch in South Africa. Ash was testing the 2013 R1200GS on a gravel road when the incident occurred. "

    So so sad. Thoughts and prayers to his wife and daughters. :cry :cry :cry

    -SM
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  16. Montauk

    Montauk Been here awhile

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    Extremely tragic. My condolences to family and friends.

    Shawn, you have any news for us whatsoever?
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  17. RichBMW

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    I'm guessing that everyone in attendance is on VERY strict instructions to say nothing right now. Rightly so.
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  18. NLS

    NLS My bike needs washing...

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    VERY sad news. Just found out in MCN and in his own site.
    Very respected in motorcycle journalism and motorcycle community in general.
    Dammit, I was waiting for his GS report. :(

    RIP Kevin, ride those long twisties up there.
    Condolences to his family.

    The event was naturally postponed.
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  19. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Very tragic. Whether or not you agreed with his conclusions his reviews were always very thoughtful and his website was a real service to the motorcycle community.RIP Kevin. :cry
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  20. jimbowie

    jimbowie Been here awhile

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    That is just horrible. He surely was a breath of fresh air in the motojournalist community. He will be watching us from above for sure.
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