KTM High Performance motorcycle company from Austria Produce Mini-bikes,Dirt Bikes, Sport Bikes, and Dual Sport Bikes Company Colors Orange, Gray, and Black They are the only non-Japanese bike that is part of the big 5
How They Started Founded in 1934 by Hans Trukenpolz in Mattighofen, Austria. Started as a car and motorcycle repair shop. The company expanded throughout Austria Ernst Kronreif becomes partner in the Trukenpolz company and the name is changed to KTM
Start of Motorcycles In 1951 Trunkenpolz company began production of a light weight bike driven by Han’s love for motorcycles. 1953 the first production bike is entered in the Gaisberg race and wins 1,2, and 3. Followed by the 125 Austrian Championship in 1954.
Market Crash In 1957 sales of all European bikes slowed down. Caused by the introduction of Japanese Bikes to the world market, such as Honda, Suzuki, and YAMAHA. Japanese Bikes were more affordable To compete KTM introduced production of line of scooters and bicycles. By 1959 all production motorcycles stops
The 1960’s 1964 Production resumes. KTM wins three gold titles at the six days competition. KTM builds Penton Bike and becomes first bike exported to the United States by KTM. KTM Works becomes factory racing team
1970’s The Beginning of Success Designs begin for their engines and begin with a 125 cc Production of a 250 MX and Enduro bike. KTM America INC. opens in Lorain Ohio 5 World Championships
The Soviets Gennady Moiseev was without a bike at the world championship waiting for his CZ to be delivered. KTM offered the Soviet rider their bike. Moiseev was impressed by the bike continued to use the bike and won the 1974 Enduro world championship. Moiseev went on to win 3 world championships during the seventies and two team mates won 2 championships in road racing and in the 125 circuit of motocross 1979 the communist party forced the Soviet Riding team to use the communist made CZ motorcycles.
The 1980’s Saw a lot of design changes into the more modern dirt bike. First to produce water cooled four stroke Production of Radiators Became the first company to offer front and rear disc brakes End of the KTM scooter division Eric Trukenpolz Dies in 1988
Bankruptcy Majority of Shares sold to a holding company In 1991 KTM Motorfahrzeugbau AG declares bankruptcy Company is divided into four separate entities Radiators, Motorcycles, Bicycles, and Tooling Manufacture.
The 1990’s 1992 production motorcycles resumes under KTM Sport motorcycles AG 1995 KTM acquires Swedish made Husaberg company and White Power Suspension Extensive Engineering and design work on production models.
Today Marketing as Ready to Race KTM sells over 80,000 bikes a year. Production models include mini-bikes, Enduro, MX, and Supermoto dirt bikes, dual sport bikes, and sport bikes. Bike sizes range from 50 cc to 990 cc Have headquarters in Austria, Spain, France, America, and Great Britain
Racing KTM has won over 96 world Championships Has won the Dakar Rally every year since 2001 Part of 15 Pro-Circuits and countless amateurs circuits.
Two Stroke Use a high octane gas premixed with oil Powerful engines Oil burns in baffle of exhaust system Cause air and noise pollution World out cry has caused bans
Four Stroke High octane gas only 250, 4 stroke does not equal 250, 2 stroke Less air and noise pollution Since 2006 Majority of KTM’s off-road vehicles are four strokes.
Failed Partnerships In 2004 Polaris and KTM partnered up to introduce both companies to the ATV racing circuits. KTM would make engines and Polaris the bodies Late 2006 KTM pulled out of partnership KTM still plans to provide a 525cc engine to Polaris
Future KTM’s future plans are to manufacture both a car and an ATV
X-BOW The X-Bow name of KTM’s first car Release date late 2008 Plans to enter in racing circuits 0-60 in 3.9 seconds Top speed 217 MPH Weight 700 lbs. Powered by an Audi Engine
All Terrain Vehicle Set up to match racing heritage. Released in late 2006. Released to compete in growing European market and larger than motorcycle market in American.
Credits KTM, April 13, 2007, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KTMhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KTM BMW, Our Heritage, 1957. 2007, http://www.bmwmotorcycles.com/bikes/history_content.jsp?t=year&y=1957&d=1950 http://www.bmwmotorcycles.com/bikes/history_content.jsp?t=year&y=1957&d=1950 Polaris, KTM Partnership, 2006. http://www.polarisindustries.com/en- gb/Vehicles/InTheNews/KTM.htmhttp://www.polarisindustries.com/en- gb/Vehicles/InTheNews/KTM.htm Rob McDonald, The History of KTM, http://www.trailandenduro.com.au/2002/general/ktmhistory.shtml http://www.trailandenduro.com.au/2002/general/ktmhistory.shtml KTM, Moving Tradition, http://www.ktm-car.com/KTM-History.622.0.htmlhttp://www.ktm-car.com/KTM-History.622.0.html All photos of KTM by KTM, http://www.ktmimages.com/http://www.ktmimages.com/ The first car of KTM-from Austria, Bad one engine-HP-Internationally, 2006/12/14, http://translate.google.com/translate?sourceid=navclient&hl=en&u=http%3a%2f%2fwww%2ebusin essportal24%2ecom%2fauto%2fde%2fDas%5fAuto%5fKTM%5fOEsterreich%5f14447%2ehtml http://translate.google.com/translate?sourceid=navclient&hl=en&u=http%3a%2f%2fwww%2ebusin essportal24%2ecom%2fauto%2fde%2fDas%5fAuto%5fKTM%5fOEsterreich%5f14447%2ehtml Red Star Racing, http://vmxktm.net/content/view/56/48/http://vmxktm.net/content/view/56/48/ The First KTM Sports Car in Company's 50-year History, 2001-2007, http://www.rsportscars.com/eng/cars/ktm_x-bow.asp http://www.rsportscars.com/eng/cars/ktm_x-bow.asp KTM History, 2007, http://www.ktmusa.com/History.101.20.html