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. KTM was split into four companies all carrying the same branding, KTM is mostly known for two and four stroke 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 and 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 refine the machines, the motocross models outfitted with new Pro Lever suspension and 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 which was then renamed KTM-Sportsmotorcycle AG. Mid 90s KTM starts producing the LC4 with electric start switch and the first adventure bike LC4, was 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, 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. In 2015 KTM 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.

Are you looking to sell your KTM?

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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

We want your motorbike!

We buy all models as listed below. All you need to do is give us the details of your bike and 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 ADVENTURE 1190 ADVENTURE 1190 ADVENTURE R
1190 ADVENTURE [ELECTRONIC PACK] 1190 RC8 1190 RC8 R
1190 RC8 R AKRAPOVIC EDITION 1190 RC8 R RED BULL EDITION 1190 RC8 R TRACK
125 DUKE 125 STING 125 SUPERMOTO
1290 SUPER ADVENTURE 1290 SUPER DUKE GT 1290 SUPER DUKE R
1290 SUPER DUKE R SPECIAL EDITION 200 DUKE 390 DUKE
400 EGS 400 LC4-E 400 LSE
450 SMR 620 ADVENTURE 620 EGS
620 LSE 620 SC SUPERMOTO 620 SUPERMOTO
625 LC4-E SUPERCOMPETITION 625 LC4-E SC SUPERMOTO 625 SMC
625 SXC 625 SXC SUPER COMPETITION 640 ADVENTURE R
640 DUKE 640 DUKE II 640 DUKE II SPECIAL EDITION
640 LC4 ADVENTURE 640 LC4 ENDURO 640 LC4 SUPERMOTO
640 LC4 SUPERMOTO PRESTIGE 640 LC4-E PRESTIGE 640 LC4-E SIX DAYS
660 SMC SUPERCOMP SUPERMOTO 660 SMC SUPERMOTO 690 DUKE
690 DUKE R 690 ENDURO 690 ENDURO R
690 SMC 690 SMC R 690 SUPERMOTO
690 SUPERMOTO PRESTIGE 690 SUPERMOTO R 950 ADVENTURE
950 ADVENTURE S 950 SUPERMOTO 950 SUPERMOTO R
990 ADVENTURE 990 ADVENTURE DAKAR EDITION 990 ADVENTURE R
990 ADVENTURE S 990 SUPER DUKE 990 SUPER DUKE R
990 SUPERMOTO 990 SUPERMOTO R 990 SUPERMOTO T
DUKE EURO 125 RC 125
RC 390

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