Though now famed for his motorcycle designs, Mr. Terblanche – born in South Africa in 1956 – began his career in advertising working on the Ford Motor account with Young & Rubicam in Cape Town.
His passion for automotive design soon led him to enroll in the Masters program in Transport Design at the Royal College of Art in London. Upon graduation, he took a position in Volkswagen’s advanced design studio, Design Dusseldorf (Germany), where he worked on VW Golf interiors and the VW Polo project from 1986 to 1989.
In 1989, Mr. Terblanche traded four wheels for two and joined Ducati Rimini, where he worked for two years with Massimo Tamburini on the Paso restyling and the Ducati 888. In 1992, he moved to Morazzone Varese, Italy and the Cagiva Design Center, where he created the landmark Ducati Supermono and the Cagiva 600 Enduro, also known as the “Canyon.”
The Supermono became one of the most important motorcycle designs of the modern era, and is the inspiration for the powerhouse Superbike winner, the 916.
In 1994, Mr. Terblanche moved to San Marino to join Cagiva Research Center (CRC) as Design Director under Tamburini, where he designed the larger capacity Canyon 900.
In 1997, after Ducati became an independent company, Terblanche joined Ducati as Director of Design for the Bologna company. His first work in this position is the new Supersport 900.
The neo-classic MHe900 Evoluzione presented at the 1998 Munich Show was the first motorcycle successfully sold on the internet.
The Ducati Multistrada presented in 2001 created a new niche for practical sporting motorcycling.
One of his most important design achievements was the Ducati 999, the successor to the multi world championship winning 916, launched in July 2002.
At the 2003 Tokyo Motorshow, Ducati presented a range of Sport Classic show bikes, with no plans to put the designs into production.
The overwhelming popularty all three designs, however, subsequently led to their full scale commercial production – a fitting tribute to their designer.
The final project that he designed for Ducati was the HyperMotard presented at the Milan show EICMA in 2005.
In 2006 Mr. Terblanche left Ducati to work as an independant design consultant.
Working for Moto Guzzi, he designed the three universally acclaimed V-12 concepts bikes, which won the Motorcycle Design Association Award for Best Design at the EICMA in Milan.
Following Moto Guzzi, he worked on various other projects for clients including Norton Motorcycles in Britain and a major Japanese manufacturer.
In April 2013, Terblanche began working with the boutique manufacturer Confederate Motorcycles in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. His first motorcycle for Confederate, the X132 Hellcat Speedster, was presented in September 2014. The Speedster was acclaimed as the most beautiful Confederate Motorcycle ever made.
In November 2014, Terblanche joined Royal Enfield, where he will be working in England as Design Director.