It is with a very heavy heart that we report the passing of famed moto-journalist Kevin Ash, who died of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash today. Riding north of Cape Town, South Africa, Kevin was taking part in the press launch of the 2013 BMW R1200GS adventure-touring motorcycle, with the launch now being cancelled after this tragic news.
A legend in the industry, Kevin’s work could be found in a countless number of publications, including MCN and the Daily Telegraph, not to mention his own blog Ash on Bikes. Known for his technical knowledge, clear writing, and honest reviews, Kevin’s work was seen by many in the industry as the gold standard of motorcycle reviews.
On a personal level, I am saddened that I never got to meet Kevin face-to-face at a launch or show (or listen to one of his stories over a pint), though he made it a point to contact me when I was first starting Asphalt & Rubber, which only speaks to his character and professionalism.
Trading friendly emails ever since, it was clear to me why the British journalist was so profoundly well-liked and highly regarded amongst his colleagues. Missing him now, we all can only feel the vacuum left behind by his absence.
From the out-pouring of articles already circulating about him in publications around the world, it is evident that Kevin will be openly mourned by our close-knit community, and we here at A&R can only find solace in the fact that Kevin died doing something that he loved with such intensity.
He is survived by his wife and three daughters. Our thoughts are with them, along with Kevin’s friends and extended family.