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MCN columnist Kevin Ash dies

MCN is deeply saddened to report the death of long-time columnist, former staffer and hugely respected freelance motorcycle journalist Kevin Ash. ‘Ashy’, as he was fondly known throughout the motorcycling industry, died following an accident during a BMW press launch in South Africa on Tuesday. BMW have released the following official statement: “It is with deep regret that BMW Motorrad confirms the fatal...

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Sep 09

Posts: 17

stuarthw says:

Mud doctor wrote .."While not perhaps quite as eloquent, I always considered Kevin to be the LJK Setright of motorcycling journalism. Whatever you read, it was always clear and concise, but not always what you wanted to hear." Wow , what a great way of putting it . You have absolutely summed him up, well done. I'm so so sad and still totally upset about this . I always turned first to his page whether in the MCN , Sunday Times or other publication.

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Apr 12

Posts: 143

69Fastback says:

Guzzi Riders

From one Moto Guzzi guy to another: I always knew where you were coming from. Sadly missed, deepest sympathy to your loved ones.

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Feb 09

Posts: 320

bryfor59 says:

Kevin Ash RIP

Shocked and saddened, He always said it as he saw it, he will be missed badly!!!!!

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Mar 09

Posts: 71

Kingsil says:

one of the best

So sad, one of the best motorcycle journalists of his generation.

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Sep 09

Posts: 905

Rogerborg says:


Up to now, I'd never actually twigged that it was Kevin's columns that I most enjoyed when I bought my occasional copy of MCN. Reading his work in the whole over at though, I've made the connection. And I'm blown away by the level of detail, his thoughtfulness, courtesy and absolutely bang on op/eds. I can't find anything there that I disagree with. I wish I'd caught on earlier. He seemed like a properly decent bloke.

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Apr 09

Posts: 28

trainerphil says:

Very sad news, condolences to Ash's family. God bless.

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Aug 07

Posts: 42

charlesq_70 says:


So much motorcycle writing is either hyperbolic and egotistical, or bland and sycophantic. Kevin just told the truth, as plainly as possible. And, probably uniquely, he understood every technical aspect of a bike and appreciated every form of riding. He was the writer you directed you non-riding friends to when you wanted to show them how sane and intelligent bikers really were. I'm not sure what we'll do without him.

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Nov 06

Posts: 22

LEV42 says:


Deeply saddened to hear the tragic news that Kevin Ash has passed away during the test of the B.M.W in South Africa. A superb journalist and technician always forthright in his views I was persuaded to buy the Ducati MTS 1200 by his opinion on the bike. My condolences go to his immediate family, friends and colleagues of numerous publications....

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Sep 11

Posts: 48

sovrec says:


Very sad news indeed - I can't say I agreed with everything that Kevin wrote, but perhaps that is what made him a great journalist - tremendous insight with an opinion - sincere condolences to all those close to him. It does bring home to us all I'm sure, what it means to ride a bike and the things that come with it - very sobering. Motorcycling has lost a true champion and enthusiast. RIP

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Aug 10

Posts: 2

Never again shall we read your outspoken columns in the MCN. My thoughts go out to your family, friends and colleagues. R.I.P. Kevin. Ride On.

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