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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-13-2011, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
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Terblanche joins Norton

Norton Motorcycles has hired Pierre Terblanche, the man responsible for creating a range of successful models for Ducati including the 749, 888, 999, the MH900e and the Multistrada.

Terblanche left Ducati in 2007, later working for Piaggio, designing the Moto Guzzi V12 concept bikes.

Norton CEO Stuart Garner said of Terblanche’s appointment “Pierre’s experience of bringing innovative new products to the marketplace will be a vital factor in developing the Norton range, whilst paying due respect to (Norton’s) traditions. Combining his flair for original concepts with Norton’s sporting traditions, will allow us to create a range of motorcycles bearing the historic Norton badge that will be unlike anything else in the marketplace.”


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That's a shame. The Norton was a beautiful bike.
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That's a shame. The Norton was a beautiful bike.
Exactly. They'll be fugly now....

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Did you say the man responsible for creating a range of successful models for Ducati including the 749, 888, 999??
Hahahaaha!!!!
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post #5 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-13-2011, 11:12 AM
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That's a shame. The Norton was a beautiful bike.
I'm glad that guy never got to mess with the F4. Those 999 series Dukes were bad enough but the Multistrada is one ugly MF.


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lol that is funny... but so true.

its a shame in a way, since almost every motorcycle designer after the ducati 916 will always be compared to Tamburini work.
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Did you say the man responsible for creating a range of successful models for Ducati including the 749, 888, 999??
Hahahaaha!!!!
How about the Supermono, MH900, Hypermotard, Sport Classics, and the 888 (if he really did design that is questionable). All very cool looking bikes by anyone's standards and all done by Terblanche. Personally I even kind of like the look of the 999 series, I just never liked the feel of that bike.

The current "new" Norton does not look anything special really. I hope Terblanch will give it a bit more flair.

Not to rag on MV but they have come up with exactly 2 designs in the last 15 years (okay 3 if you count the F3 which must be considered a prototype as it has not yet reached production). The 2010s can not really be considered all new designs from a styling standpoint. It is way harder to come up with over a dozen new designs and make them all look outstanding... Ducati has done very well in that arena IMHO. Unlike the crap looking bikes theJapanese or even the Germans and Austrians put out on the market.
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I'm glad that guy never got to mess with the F4. Those 999 series Dukes were bad enough but the Multistrada is one ugly MF.
John, you are so right, the worst looking Ducati's EVER
Silly South African he was too ....lol

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Not to rag on MV but they have come up with exactly 2 designs in the last 15 years (okay 3 if you count the F3 which must be considered a prototype as it has not yet reached production).

Yes, but what fantastic designs. Honda bring out a new Fireblade every year but they just seem to get more bland as the years go by.

Ducati's 1098/1198 bikes design hark back to the 916 look in order to regain their lost kudos. Terblanche isn't worthy to scratch Tamburini's arse IMHO.


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Well I've seen some comments that the F3 is the most beautiful bike ever created. It is not designed by Tamburini - so there may be someone even better than the Great Tambo?!?

I agree that Tamburini is the best designer to date. Not just because of the way his creations look, but also because of the way his motorcycles are put together - simple but effective. Tambo's designed bikes are the nicest to work on. He understood motorcycles in their entirity, not just the styling aspect.
The lesser understanding of the big picture is what makes all other designers inferior to Tamburini, IMO.

None the less, Terblanche did create many beautiful bikes but they are not nearly as nice to work on as Tamburini bikes. To lable him as a bad designer is a bit ignorant. Anyone seen the prototype Guzzis at EICMA he did a year ago or so? Stunning!!!
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