RIP Cycle News Editor Henny Ray Abrams

Cycle News contributing editor and long-time motorcycle racing journalist and photographer Henny Ray Abrams was found dead in his apartment in New York today, 28th February. Abrams was found at his computer by friends, sent to the apartment after the veteran reporter had failed to reply to emails and phone calls, something which was totally out of character.

Abrams was a respected reporter and well-liked face around the paddock, and had been involved in reporting on motorcycle racing since the 1970s. He was a stalwart of the AMA for a long time, but also reported on MotoGP for a number of publications. His longest association was with Cycle News, both in print and online once the print magazine folded. Readers outside the US will have known him for his contributions to Sport Rider magazine and GPWeek, and latterly, the online version of Cycle News. Abrams also wrote and photographed for non-motorcycle news organizations, including contributing to the AP and Corbis press agencies.

A cause of death is yet to be established, though circumstances suggest Abrams' death was from natural causes. Abrams was 57.

Our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

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We have lost an original, fearless and authoritative voice. Henny Ray was never afraid to call BS when he saw it, and he saw plenty in the US racing scene over the years. He will be missed.

In the last two years, we've lost Ken Wooton, Jeremy Bowdler, Kevin Ash and now Heny Ray Abrams. Only Kevin passed away from a motor cycle accident, the others all too young and well before their time.

I expect that there's some serious good copy being written up their at the moment.


I've had the Honor of knowing HRay for only a year. And had some great talks and he always had some insight to what was going on in racing. I just saw him when he got back from Sepang 1 and was planing on going to Austin for the test there. HRay you will be missed. Say hi to SuperSic and Barry and all the other racer up there!


Henny was one of the VERY few people in the AMA press room who didn't look at new people coming in and not feel the need to put the Eye of Sauron on them. He looked at your work and attitude and judged you based on that.