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KTM

KTM
 
In 1934 an Austrian engineer Hans Trunkenpolz set up a metal working and locksmith shop in Mattighofen. In 1934 he started selling DKW motorcycles and Opel cars the following year. His shop was known as Kraftfahrzeug Trunkenpolz Mattighofen (KTM) but the name was not registered. It was not until 1951 that he prototyped a motorcycle of his own. The R100, which was built entirely in house except the Fichtel & Sachs rotax engines. In 1954 after taking on a partner the R100 went into production.

KTM motorcycles hit the US market in 1968 under the Penton brand name. It was not until 1978 that the fine Austrian machines became know as KTM's in North America. Known mostly for off-road bikes, KTM did not release true street bikes in North America until 2003 with the 990 Duke. Since that time the Duke lineup has grown with varying displacement sizes. In 2008 KTM released the RC8 (AKA RC8R) as it's first competition worthy superbike. 2014 brought the next RC (race competition) model the RC390. Finally bringing the KTM slogan "Ready To Race" to the streets of North America.