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"Fast Bikes", April 1, 2013

Kevin Ash

So long pal, we will never forget you...

It is with the utmost sadness that we have to report the death of Kevin Ash, one of the founding journalists at the inception of Fast Bikes. Kevin was killed on the launch of the BMW R 1200 GS in South Africa, and this is a huge loss to the motorcycle world.

Kevin – or Kev, Ashy, Nashy, Big Nose, The Gash, as he was often referred to – worked for the courier company that Colin Schiller ran at the time, and when Colin set up Fast Bikes he dragged in Kevin to be his technical guru. Kev was clearly destined for bigger and better things, and sick of the long hours, Kev took off to find respectability at MCN. He found it, and further enhanced his reputation later becoming the Daily Telegraph’s motorcycle correspondent where he really forged his reputation as one of the most knowledgeable, considered and respected journalists in the world.

But better than all of that was that all of the current team on Fast Bikes just saw him as a mate – a bloke you could quiz about bikes, shoot the shit with at an airport, and someone who took the piss out of you as much as we did out of him.

Bikes weren’t his first passion, his family was, and he was so proud of them all. Fast Bikes extends its condolences to his wife Caroline, and three daughters, Laurien, Kirsten and Ingrid.

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