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KTM Brand History
KTM was founded in 1934 by Hans Trunkenpolz and was initially known as Kraftfahrzeuge Trunkenpolz. Because the company was actually a metalworking shop and sales were pretty low, the owners decided to start manufacturing motorcycles. Two years later, in 1953, an Austrian businessman named Ernst Kronreif bought a large share of the company which was the renamed to Kronreif & Trunkenpolz Mattighofen (KTM).
In the first year of existence, they had only 20 employees and they were producing approximately three bikes per day, including the 98cc R100, a project which began in 1951. KTM first participated in motorsports events in 1953 in the 5th Gaisberg competition in which it won the first three places.
One year later, KTM celebrated the delivery of their 1000th motorcycle and, during the same year, it won the Austrian 125 national championship. Two years later, in 1956, KTM participated in the International Six Days race for the first time and Egon Dornauer won the gold.
In 1959, the KTM engineer Ludwig Apfelbeck developed a new racing motorcycle which Erwin Lechner uses to win multiple offroad competitions. Although the things were going pretty good for the company, KTM starts manufacturing bicycles in 1964.
Two years later, KTM started the production of the crosscountry Penton Six Days, a motorcycle which was meant to be exported to the USA. The same year marks the winning of the Austrian national championship by Manfred Klerr using the new 250cc Motorcross bike.
More important, in 1973, KTM starts the serial production of the 250 Motorcross and Enduro while the same year, the Austrian team records the first World Championship points and the first Grand Prix wins. Until 1974, KTM had a range of no less than 42 models, but even so, the company starts the production of KTM Hobby III in the same year.
KTM started the 80s with an important hit as they introduced the first watercooled 125cc Motorcross bikes in 1981 while one year later they implemented the new Pro Lever rear suspension to all their motorcross models.
In 1984, KTM started making radiators and sold them to competitors (Suzuki being one of the most important names). However, in the same time they were manufacturing motorcycle parts, the company celebrated their 100,000th KTM engine which came with a displacement of 500cc, with liquid cooling system and could produce more than 50bhp.
Series production of the KTM 4 stroke liquid cooled engine started in 1987 but one year later, one of the company's founders, Eric Trunkenpolz dies. Due to bankruptcy, the company was divided into independent divisions, which either continued making radiators or building motorcycles and bicycles. In 1992, the new KTM Sportmotorcycle GmbH was officially founded, having a new management team, a new Hard Enduro and a new motorcycle design.
Latest News about KTM
Even though I could vouch KTM would be selling the Patriot version of their mind-blowing 1290 Superduke R by the dozens in no time, this will never happen: this awesome machine is a one off creation. KISKA, the design agency behind the mighty KTM 1290 Superduke R has decided to deliver a special bike for the US la... Continue Reading →
One month ahead of the 2014 Dakar, the motorcycling community is still mourning the passing of Kurt Caselli, KTM factory rider who died in the 2013 Baja 1000 rally last month. Caselli, 30, had recently signed a 3-year deal with KTM as a full factory rider, after successfully replacing Marc Coma in the 2012 Dakar, ... Continue Reading →
Indian sources report that KTM has just raised the price of their long-awaited and altogether cool 390 Duke. As far as we can tell, the price hike was reported for the Indian market only, but this move is only causing more "booo". The initial price of the 390 Duke was around $2,910 (€2,140, ex showr... Continue Reading →
The KTM 990 Adventure is one of the best enduro-touring bikes in the world, and it needs no further proof for this. However, when it comes to traction in tight situations, nothing suits such a bike better than an all-wheel drive system from Christini AWD Motorcycles. Just like the very name says it, Christini is o... Continue Reading →
Lucky shot for a Colombian KTM rider in the capital city of Bogota, as he hits a puddle really hard while appearing to be doing several mph above the legal limit. Just like it always happens in such situations, the bike loses firm traction on the asphalt, front wheel first, and starts to shake violently. The gu... Continue Reading →
KTM is really busy putting a lot of pressure on both the Indian and the worldwide markets as 5 to 6 RC-series models are to be expected in 2014, according to Autocar India. It looks like KTM and Bajaj are not wasting their time at all, and Stefan Pierer was not at all kidding as he declared earlier this yea that h... Continue Reading →
9-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb is planning a return to motorcycle racing, as he will be attending the 2013 Scorpion Masters, a tournaments which will brings many other top-drawer names in motorsport for a premium racing event on November 30. The Scorpion Masters will take place at the Paul Ricard circu... Continue Reading →
It's a dream come true for Aleix Espargaro, the 2013 CRT/ Open Class MotoGP champion: he was offered the opportunity to run a CEV Repsol (Campeonato de España de Velocidad) team, and he decided to accept it. The CEV Repsol was the very championship Aleix Espargaro raced in back in 2004 in the 125cc cla... Continue Reading →
Still not offering too much info on availability or pricing for the North American market, the 2014 KTM 390 Duke ABS was shown in its alternate, black livery for the European customers. Even more, the price tag was revealed and it treads €5,390 ($7,280), a completely different story from the €2,230 ($3,0... Continue Reading →
This official action video of the 2014 KTM Super Duke R is the final unlocked special of the Beast's dedicated website and by all means, it really makes this bike look even better. I can hardly wait to see how will the Beast fare against the other big-bore baked machinery in 2014. So far it looks like this 18... Continue Reading →