KTM Sportmotorcycle AG is an Austrian manufacturer of motorcycles and bicycles, headquartered in Mattighofen. KTM is famous for its off road motorcycles, but in recent years it works a lot at the developing of street models. more
The company was established in 1934 by engineer Hans Trunkenpolz. First, it was a metalworking and locksmith shop. In 1937-38, it began to sell DKW motorcycles and Opel cars. It also dealt with diesel engine repairs. In 1953, Ernst Kronreif became a co-owner of the company, which changed its name to Kronreif & Trunkenpolz Mattighofen. The production of motorcycles started in 1954. R100 was the first motorcycle, developed by the company. In 1956, KTM motorcycle, driven by Egon Dornauer, won the International Six Days Trials (Enduro). In 1957, the brand presented its first sports model, Trophy 125cc.
In 1960s, the company started to produce bicycles. By 1971, KTM had developed 42 models of motorcycles. In 1982, after the death of both owners, the company was inherited by Erich Trunkenpolz, who changed the company’s name to Kraftfahrzeug Trunkenpolz Mattighofen. In 1991, KTM Motorfahrzeugbau AG was chosen as a new name for the brand.
In 1992, Erich Trunkenpolz died and the company went bankrupt. It was divided into four new companies: KTM Sportmotorcycle GmbH (motorcycles division), KTM Fahrrad GmbH (bicycles division), KTM Kuhler GmbH (radiators division), KTM Werkzeugbau GmbH (tooling division).
At the moment, the company is owned by CROSS KraftFahrZeug Holding GmbH (51%) and Bajaj Auto Limited of India (47%).