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KTM Motorcycles

Post by ganahsokmo on Thu Jul 08, 2010 2:19 pm

KTM Motorcycles

KTM Sportmotorcycles has a deeply rooted motorsport
tradition, building race-ready motorcycles for competitive and
recreational riding. More than 130 world championship titles, victories
at Dakar and countless national championships are proof of the company’s
great technical expertise. Recently, the company has entered into the
streetbike category with a variety of sporting and adventure-touring
road-going machines.

  • 1934

    Austrian engineer Hans Trunkenpolz opens a metal-working shop in
    Mattighofen, Austria. The name of the business is Kraftfahrzeuge
    Trunkenpolz Mattighofen

  • 1951

    The company’s first motorcycle is developed – the R100.

  • 1953

    The company becomes officially known as ‘Kronreif, Trunkenpolz,
    Mattighofen’ (KTM). A team of 20 employees is producing three
    motorcycles per day.

  • 1954

    The 100th KTM motorcycle is delivered.

  • 1955

    A businessman, Ernst Kronreif becomes a sizeable shareholder of the
    company, which is renamed Kronreif & Trunkenpolz Mattighofen.
    KTM Tourist (125cc) model is developed.

  • 1957

    KTM builds first sports motorcycle – the Trophy 125cc.

  • 1959

    Motorcycle production ceases. First KTM Pony scooter and moped are

  • 1963

    The Comet moped is introduced.

  • 1966

    The 10,000th Comet rolls off the line.

  • 1968

    The cross-country Penton Six Days dirt bike is produced and exported
    to the United States.

  • 1970

    KTM begins producing its own engines. (Previously, many of the dirt
    bikes had been equipped with Sachs motors.) New 250cc motocross bike is

  • 1973

    KTM begins production of the 250 Cross and Enduro bike.

  • 1974

    Production of the KTM Hobby III begins.

  • 1975

    KTM introduces the road model Comet Grand Prix 125 RS.

  • 1976

    KTM produces its own 125cc engine.

  • 1978

    KTM America Inc. established in Lorain, Ohio. 50cc product range

  • 1981

    Production of first water-cooled 125cc motocross bikes.

  • 1982

    Motocross models outfitted with new Pro Lever rear suspension.
    Company develops its first 4-stroke engine with water cooling.

  • 1986

    KTM becomes the first manufacturer to offer front and rear disc
    brakes on an off-road machine.

  • 1987

    Production begins on the KTM 4-stroke engine – single cylinder,
    560cc, overhead camshaft.

  • 1988

    KTM stops production of scooters.

  • 1989

    Hans Trunkenpolz, founder, dies.

  • 1991

    KTM files for bankruptcy. The company is split into four independent
    arms – radiators, motorcycles, bicycles and tooling.

  • 1992

    Newly formed motorcycle division opens – KTM Sportsmotorcycle GmbH.

  • 1994

    KTM Sportsmotorcycle GmbH renamed KTM-Sportsmotorcycle AG.
    Production of Duke series of road models begins.

  • 1995

    Company acquires Husaberg AB and takes over White Power Suspension

  • 1996

    Production begins for KTM LC4 engine with electric starter.

  • 1997

    LC4 Supermoto road model is introduced. Also, KTM’s first adventure
    bike – the LC4 Adventure – is introduced.

  • 1998

    PDS Linkless suspension system is developed for 2-stroke models.
    Also, new 125 and 200cc engines and new Z design are introduced.

  • 1999

    Production begins on new 4-stroke engine – RACING 400/520. Also, the
    first KTM engines with separate lubrication (125 and 200cc) are

  • 2001

    Fabrizio Meoni wins the Dakar rally on an LC4 660R. KTM completely
    dominates the motorcycle class for the future of the event, which runs
    for the last time in 2007.

  • 2003

    Company introduces 950 Adventure and presents 990 Duke.
    Backed by Red Bull, the company enters the 125cc World Championship.
    After a couple of challenging years developing the machine, Mika Kallio
    will finish second overall in ’05 & ’06.

  • 2004

    KTM launches the 990 Super Duke and introduces the 990 RC8 Venom and
    the 950 Supermoto at the Intermot in Munich.
    After earlier agreeing in principle to supply motorcycles to two
    out-of-work actors, so they can make a documentary about a trip across
    Eurasia and North America, KTM abruptly drops the project. Ewan McGregor
    and Charlie Boorman get BMWs instead, and make “The Long Way Round.”

  • 2005

    KTM launches the 950 Supermoto and introduces the 990 Adventure and
    the 950 Super Enduro R.
    The company announces a strategic partnership with Polaris, with the
    goal of shared R&D, and more importantly shared distribution
    networks. The plan is to try this relationship out for two years and, if
    it proves fruitful, to merge the two companies.

  • 2006

    The partnership with Polaris is dramatically downgraded. KTM
    announces that from now on, the company will simply supply Polaris with a
    few motors for ATVs.

  • 2007

    The company supplies all the 125cc motorcycles for the Red Bull
    Rookies Cup.


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