KTM Logo – KTM Sportmotorcycle AG is a trademark and team of motorcycles and cars born in 1934 in a locksmith shop Mattighofen, Austria. KTM is an acronym formed by the first letters of the surnames of its two founders and the Austrian town where the firm had its facilities: Kronreif, Trunkelpolz and Mattighofen, respectively.
The company was formed in 1934 by Hans Trunkenpolz and her two partners produced motorcycles with engine Rotax, Sachs and Puch. The company produced road machines, but I wanted to specialize in bikes for off-road, as the G56 250 of 1977. This bike off-road was one of several models with similar designations, which depended on the displacement of two-stroke engine. Product was raised for the competition. The drivers of the firm won the 250 Moto-x Championship International 1974. Other machines produced since the mid 70′s to the next decade, included the GS 400 and GS 350.
In 1991, occurred KTM LC4 600, most of their bikes at the time. Incorporated a 4-stroke engine, although smaller displacement machines have two-stroke engines : they were the 300 Enduro and Enduro 125. A long-travel suspension, high-tech forks, swing arm and disc brakes were characteristic features of motorcycles off-road racing in the 90′s. At the end of the decade, KTM had competed in many championships enduro and rally. Had developed new engines and racks, as the new engine generation Z 125/200 cc, and the company had opened new assembly plants. Culminated in the year 2000 with 6 world championships in various categories off-road.
Its range of motorcycles 2001 was larger and contained units for adults as well as some off-road product attractive to children. The company, which had 1,700 workers in the years 2005 and 2006, produced in those two years (until 31 August of 2006) a total of 84,000 motorcycles. In 2006, in The 28th edition took part in the Dakar Rally, this had been a further demonstration of the total dominance of KTM in the art. The brand has achieved its sixth consecutive victory in the race, with a strong balance of 7 motorcycles ranked among the top 10, occupying 4 places and also having won 11 of the 13 stages contested.
The motorcycle manufacturer KTM showed for the first time, some designs of what would be the first car in its history: it is the sporty two-seater X-Bow of 300 horse power, no roof or doors. The company president, Stefan Pierer said that this vehicle was not intended to rival any other vehicle, but to fill the void that the car brand Lotus made around the early 80′s. The car assembly would be a novelty for the firm, which has stood for dedicated exclusively to the manufacture of motorcycles. The entry into the field of 4 or 5 wheels, the company said, is to find a dynamic development within the company.