Thursday, July 25, 2013

Royal Enfield Cannon by Glynn Kerr

Glynn Kerr has been described as "one of the world's leading motorcycle designers"
British-born Glynn Kerr has specialized in motorcycle design for over a quarter of a century. A graduate of Coventry University's Transport Design course, he worked briefly for TVR Sports Cars in the UK before moving to Munich to join BMW as an exterior designer in 1982. Two years later, he transferred to the motorcycle division, since when he has worked exclusively with bikes.

From 1987-90 he was Chief Designer with Amsterdam-based Global Design (now GK Design Europe), the styling studio for Yamaha's European operations. Here, he penned such models the TDM 850 and TDR 125, while contributing to projects as varied as the GTS, Superténéré, XT600 and BW's scooter.

As an independent consultant, he has since worked with a large majority of the world's top motorcycle manufacturers, including Ducati, Honda, Triumph, Aprilia, Harley-Davidson, Kymco, Voxan and Kawasaki. For two decades, he has also been senior consultant to Bajaj in India, helping the company transform the market for smaller-capacity domestic models such as the highly successful Pulsar. As well as commissions from the major producers, Glynn has worked with smaller enterprises and start-up companies, creating the Midual Roadster, the Boxer 654, VB1 & B2, Voxan Scrambler, and more recently, the American-built Fischer MRX.

Glynn started this project speculating the possible results of the Polaris-Eicher tie-up, and the merging of technologies between Victory/Indian and Royal Enfield. One result could be a new series of Enfield Vee-twins, reminiscent of the Carberry-Enfields (and perhaps even the Vincent) what he calls the Royal Enfield Cannon. 

Truth be told Glynn we would love a Royal Enfield Cannon 1000 scrambler in the Helmet Stories garages actually maybe two so there will be no fighting on who gets to ride it.