The History of KTM

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If you’d just like to know more about KTM, we have put their fantastic history together for you… 

KTM is an Austrian manufacturer formed in 1992 but can be traced back to 1934. The company was split into four companies all carrying the same branding. KTM is mostly known for two strokes off road motorbikes. KTM holds 130 world championship titles, Dakar win and endless nation championships.

KTM motorbike foot rest

The History of KTM

In 1934 an Austrian engineer, Hans Trunkenpolz, opened a metal working shop by the name of Kraftfahrzeuge Trunkenpolz Mattighofen. In 51 the company created their first motorcycle, the R100. The company grew in strength and size over the next couple years. Holding 20 employees and producing three bikes a day. Mid 50s Ernst Kronreif becomes a large shareholder and the company is renamed Kronreif & Trunkenpolz Mattighofe.

The 60s go well, the Comet moped is produced. The cross country Penton Six Days dirt bike is created and shipped to states. In the 70s KTM started making their own engines and production really kicked off:

► 250 Cross and Enduro bike

► KTM Hobby III

► Comet Grand Prix 125 RS

► 50cc range extended

Through the 80s KTM really refines the machines. The motocross models outfitted with new Pro Lever suspension. They develop the first four-stroke engine with water cooling.

In the early 90s, KTM filed for bankruptcy. This is when the company spilt into the four sections. Radiators, motorcycles, bicycles and tooling. 1992 saw the opening of KTM Sportsmotorcycle GmbH. It was then renamed KTM-Sportsmotorcycle AG. Mid 90s KTM starts producing the LC4 with electric start switch. The first adventure bike LC4 was then created.

Into the 2000s and the KTM starts with a bang. Winning the Dakar Rally in 2001 with Fabrizio Meoni on a LC4 660R. It goes on with a number of launches. Introducing the LC4 660R, 990 Duke, 990 Super Duke. As well as 990 RC8 Venom, 950 Supermoto, 950 Super Enduro R and many more! KTM is now backed by Red Bull and is building a strong following.

In 2015 KTM exceeded the billion euro sales for the first time:

► Sales: 180,801 units

► Revenue: 1.02 billion EUR

► EBIT: 95 million EUR

► Investments: 110 million

KTM is and has been the fastest growing motorbike brand in the world for years. Back in 2015, KTM successfully increased both sales and revenue for the fifth time in a row.

There’s a great article about Heinz Kinigadner and the KTM in the Dakar rally.

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Looking at our buying statistics, WeBuyAnyBike.com buy over 70 KTMs motorcycles per month.

The Top 10 KTMs we buy are:
    1. 640 DUKE II
    2. 950 SUPERMOTO R
    3. 690 ENDURO
    4. 1190 ADVENTURE
    5. 125 DUKE
    6. 990 SUPERMOTO
    7. 690 DUKE R
    8. 990 ADVENTURE R
    9. 1290 SUPER DUKE
    10. 620 SC SUPERMOTO

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We buy all models as listed below. All you need to do is give us the details of your bike. We will give you an online valuation. If you’d like to sell your bike to us, we will pick it up for free.

1050 ADVENTURE1190 ADVENTURE1190 ADVENTURE R
1190 ADVENTURE [ELECTRONIC PACK]1190 RC81190 RC8 R
1190 RC8 R AKRAPOVIC EDITION1190 RC8 R RED BULL EDITION1190 RC8 R TRACK
125 DUKE125 STING125 SUPERMOTO
1290 SUPER ADVENTURE1290 SUPER DUKE GT1290 SUPER DUKE R
1290 SUPER DUKE R SPECIAL EDITION200 DUKE390 DUKE
400 EGS400 LC4-E400 LSE
450 SMR620 ADVENTURE620 EGS
620 LSE620 SC SUPERMOTO620 SUPERMOTO
625 LC4-E SUPERCOMPETITION625 LC4-E SC SUPERMOTO625 SMC
625 SXC625 SXC SUPER COMPETITION640 ADVENTURE R
640 DUKE640 DUKE II640 DUKE II SPECIAL EDITION
640 LC4 ADVENTURE640 LC4 ENDURO640 LC4 SUPERMOTO
640 LC4 SUPERMOTO PRESTIGE640 LC4-E PRESTIGE640 LC4-E SIX DAYS
660 SMC SUPERCOMP SUPERMOTO660 SMC SUPERMOTO690 DUKE
690 DUKE R690 ENDURO690 ENDURO R
690 SMC690 SMC R690 SUPERMOTO
690 SUPERMOTO PRESTIGE690 SUPERMOTO R950 ADVENTURE
950 ADVENTURE S950 SUPERMOTO950 SUPERMOTO R
990 ADVENTURE990 ADVENTURE DAKAR EDITION990 ADVENTURE R
990 ADVENTURE S990 SUPER DUKE990 SUPER DUKE R
990 SUPERMOTO990 SUPERMOTO R990 SUPERMOTO T
DUKEEURO 125RC 125
RC 390

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