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Old 01-26-2013, 02:36 AM   #92
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Originally Posted by tallguy-09 View Post
Translation from 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"
Thanks for posting that. There is another report from Motorrad here.

A quote, in translation:

"The accident occurred on Tuesday during the second of two days of driving the British journalist group on the southern edge of the Great Karoo desert north of the South African town of George. Were next, the BMW planning, the German journalists to be your turn. MOTORCYCLE [i.e. Motorrad] for test-chief Gert Thöle had already left for South Africa, when the news arrived in the newsroom."

So it appears Mr Thole was still on his way to the launch when the incident occurred. He is openly speculating, and may not have all the facts.
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