Kronreif Trunkenpolz Mattighofen By: Evan Pierce, Wim
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/KTM • BMW, Our Heritage, 1957. 2007, 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.htm • Rob McDonald, The History of KTM, http://www.trailandenduro.com.au/2002/general/ktmhistory.shtml • KTM, Moving Tradition, http://www.ktm-car.com/KTM-History.622.0.html • All photos of KTM by KTM, 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%2ebusinessportal24%2ecom%2fauto%2fde%2fDas%5fAuto%5fKTM%5fOEsterreich%5f14447%2ehtml • Red Star Racing, 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 • KTM History, 2007, http://www.ktmusa.com/History.101.20.html