15 Facts From The History Of KTM Bikes

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Once a small company, KTM-Sport motorcycle AG has now emerged to be a global name for the bike lovers. The Austrian manufacturer is owned by CROSS Industries AG and Bajaj Auto Limited.

The progress of KTM is commendable and needs to be celebrated. It has certainly become a big name in the two wheeler industry. Starting from shackles, KTM has proved it mettle in the automotive industry. People say it is due to their hard work, dedication and focus that has made a big company today.

KTM owns various subsidiaries and is engaged with many companies as joint ventures. With the deals they had made to date, it seems that the ladder to the top was not easy to climb. The company had to overcome many problems in the past. Headquartered in Austria this company is a global name now and it doesn’t seem that it is going to stopping anytime soon.

It has a history of formation, separation, financial troubles and much more. Just look at it.

1. It was formed in 1981. The foundation however was laid in 1934.

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2. In 1992, KTM spun off from its parent company. The company was then divided into 4 companies branded under the same name ‘KTM’.

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3. In 1934, an Austrian engineer Johann (Hans) Trunkenpolz set up a metal working and locksmith shop in Mattighofen. This was the beginning of a big company.

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4. In 1973, he started selling DKW bikes. He also sold Opel cars the next year.

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5. The first of many great bikes were formed in 1951. The bike was named as R100.

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6. It expanded fastly. In 1971, the workforce reached to 400.

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7. KTM was offering 42 models after that. This showed the business expansion.

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8. In the decade of 70’s, KTM came into prominence. It became a well known brand.

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9. It dominated the pro racing. The team won multiple championships.

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10. In 1988, the US subsidiary KTM North America Inc. was found.

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11. In 1991, KTM filed for insolvency.

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12. A year later in 1992, the company was divided in 4 entities. This was after the bank’s management took over the company.

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13. KTM Sportmotorcycle GmbH started operation in 1992. It later took over the sibling tooling division KTM Werkzeugbau.

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14. In 1995 KTM acquired Swedish motorcycle maker Husaberg AB. It also took control of the Dutch company White Power Suspension.

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15. It is a first electric powered off road bike in 2008. This was amazing.

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The big orange has proved it again that it is the leader in the motorcycle industry.

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