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Old 01-25-2013, 10:19 PM   #91
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Another review http://www.bennetts.co.uk/bikesocial.../#.UQJmEr-6cfU
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:36 AM   #92
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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"
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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Old 01-26-2013, 05:33 AM   #93
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So where is Shawn?
There is a mention about a second rider down. Hope Shawn is OK.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:53 AM   #94
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So where is Shawn?
There is a mention about a second rider down. Hope Shawn is OK.
It wasn't Shawn, it was another UK journalist...I didn't recognize his name.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:59 AM   #95
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Bmw crash

Kevin Ash !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/...-Ash-dies.html
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:55 PM   #96
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I'll be interested to read the final analysis of exactly what happened to Kevin Ash. Of course, none of us have a clue - but a straight road, highly experienced rider, a controlled pace and suddenly he just crashes? Im seriously wondering if he had a heart attack, maybe passed out, had a sudden stroke? Apparently he made contact with another rider which would make sense if that guy was right behind him. Who knows??? Prayers for his family and colleagues.
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Old 01-26-2013, 03:23 PM   #97
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I'll be interested to read the final analysis of exactly what happened to Kevin Ash. Of course, none of us have a clue - but a straight road, highly experienced rider, a controlled pace and suddenly he just crashes? Im seriously wondering if he had a heart attack, maybe passed out, had a sudden stroke? Apparently he made contact with another rider which would make sense if that guy was right behind him. Who knows??? Prayers for his family and colleagues.
Or had he activated the cruise control and not been able to turn it off quickly???
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:01 PM   #98
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No word from Shawn for three days doesn't bode well for the launch. Such a shame to lose a well respected rider/writer on a new bike launch.

RIP Kevin
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:48 PM   #99
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It wasn't Shawn, it was another UK journalist...I didn't recognize his name.
Dude, really! I know all that.
This guy was ape shit excited on Africa and the BMW test ride. Where the fuck is he? Have you wondered?
Shawn, I hope and pray you are OK. I have been deployed to 3rd world countries and know this, even a simple enterits can bite you for good. I am a Doc. !!!
You dont have to post a detailed report on the bike, but just a quick post that all is well would be fine.

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Old 01-26-2013, 06:14 PM   #100
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Dude, really! I know all that.
This guy was ape shit excited on Africa and the BMW test ride. Where the fuck is he? Have you wondered?
Shawn, I hope and pray you are OK. I have been deployed to 3rd world countries and know this, even a simple enterits can bite you for good. I am a Doc. !!!
You don't have to post a detailed report on the bike, but just a quick post that all is well would be fine.
Only wondering, why not give the OP a break?
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:29 PM   #101
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Only wondering, why not give the OP a break?
Agreed. For those unlucky enough to have witnessed a fellow rider die on the side of the road ... I can assure you it's catastrophic for all involved.

A good friend used to write (no names or requests for names please) for a major MC mag. On a group ride back from Willow Springs a fellow editor crashed and died. They had all been by his side as he expired. Not a pleasant memory I expect.

My friend quit the magazine. Done. Can be a dangerous business.
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:50 PM   #102
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You guys know Shawn has a Facebook page, and he posted on his Facebook page when he was at the airport waiting for his flight back to the States. Possibly the last thing on Shawn's mind is this forum.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:27 PM   #103
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Dude, really! I know all that.
This guy was ape shit excited on Africa and the BMW test ride. Where the fuck is he? Have you wondered?
Shawn, I hope and pray you are OK. I have been deployed to 3rd world countries and know this, even a simple enterits can bite you for good. I am a Doc. !!!
You dont have to post a detailed report on the bike, but just a quick post that all is well would be fine.
If you know it, why did you ask if the second rider down was Shawn?

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Old 01-27-2013, 12:34 AM   #104
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Glad that all is well. :)
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:56 AM   #105
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Kevin Ash

Friends,

My apologies on the delay in my reply. This experience has been quite a rollercoaster, and upon returning home I have taken advantage of some much needed rest & family time.

I realize I failed to forward along my post regarding Kevin Ash…:
“I have received a number of questions regarding the tragic death of Motorcycle Journalist Kevin Ash in South Africa.

I did not know him personally, but have come to know that Kevin was a well known and loved member of the motorcycle industry. The people close to Kevin have described him as charismatically friendly, witty, and wise. Suffice to say, the feeling of loss is palpable. I am unable to find words that will appropriately describe my heartbreak for Kevin, his friends, colleagues, wife and 3 daughters.

I am certain the how’s and why’s in regards to the accident are forthcoming. In the meantime, please raise a glass in homage to a great man. He will be missed.”
I have been trying to wrap my head around what happened. It is never easy to lose someone in our world of motorcycle riding… But in the instance of Kevin, I am stricken by the parallels of our chosen paths in life; career motorcycle enthusiasts with a wife and kids at home. This has plucked a chord within me that commands my waking thoughts.

For me, this has been cause for some soul searching and private reflection. I remain in need of answers regarding Kevin’s death, and with you, will be watching with great interest as the details surface. In the meantime, I am compelled to continue reporting to this forum in the manner originally intended… That is, to offer up thoughts on the new BMW R 1200 GS Motorcycle I have had the distinct opportunity to ride. That is, it you are still interested…!

Thanks for all the well wishes and kind words. Be safe out there. Rock on!
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