• KTM FREERIDE E
  • KTM PowerWear 2015
  • KTM FACTORY RACING
  • KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE

Category: History

KTM DUKE – Just DUKE it!

#inthisyear1994: Start of production for new DUKE range … just DUKE it!

Statistically speaking, you spend 22.37 years of your life in bed. Another 16.63 years are spent at work and you’re ill for 4.29 years …. That leaves about 5.2 years for DUKE riding. All in all, not too bad an outlook. Just DUKE it! Advertising for a motorcycle may have been unusual 20 years ago, but so was the motorcycle.



Stefan Pierer 1996

#inthisyear1994: KTM is renamed KTM Sportmotorcycle AG

On 11th November 1994, the KTM motorcycle business was rebranded KTM Sportmotorcycle AG. It was the beginning of a success story that lasts until the present day and made KTM the number one among the European manufacturers.



John Penton Six Day 125

#TBT Throwback Thursday: Penton and KTM

John Penton, founder of the eponymous American offroad brand, played a vital role in the history of KTM. In consequence of his initiative, KTM began with the series production of competitive offroad motorcycles.



4335_646_GP1404_125_PODIUM_3002_Bergamaschi

#inthisyear2004: Casey Stoner wins first road racing grand prix for KTM

Giacomo Agostini, Mike Hailwood, Geoff Duke and Angel Nieto – today, the world champions of the 1950s and 1960s are motorsport legends. One of their successors is the Australian Casey Stoner, who won the first road racing GP for KTM this weekend ten years ago.



Kühler-Foto_FH_Steyr

#inthisyear1984: Production start of KTM radiators

In 1984, KTM had already established itself as a successful offroad manufacturer. At the beginnig of the 1980s, KTM started its production of radiators. First intended to cover own requirements, the Austrian brand quickly began to supply other European motorcycle and automotive manufacturers.



Heinz Kinigadner – World Champion 1984 Motocross 250cc

#Inthisyear1984: Heinz Kinigadner becomes 250cc Motocross World Champion with KTM

30 years ago, almost to the day, Heinz Kinigadner became 250cc Motocross World Champion with KTM. Even today the Tyrolese, who is involved in social initiatives, is one of the most popular Austrian sportsman. Reason enough to recall Kini´s exciting season.



Hobby Automatic

#Inthisyear1974: Sales launch of the KTM moped Hobby III – sturdy, reliable, favourable price

In 1974, KTM won its first Motocross World Championship, but even in terms of products there were record-breaking news from Mattighofen: various novelties, among them the KTM moped Hobby III, a long runner.



Gennady Moissev 1974

#inthisyear 1974: Gennady Moiseev secures the first world championship for KTM

In 1974, Gennady Moissev secures the first world championship for KTM. However, the first title in the 250 MX world championship was just the beginning of a long success story that is still continued today.



5082_Alfie_Cox__3_2464_Peuker_Ausschnitt

#inthisyear 1995: Hard, harder, EBR – 20 years Erzbergrodeo

Citius, altius, fortius – this motto equally applies for Olympia and motorsport. In Europe the Erzberg race meets all requirements of the term “higher” – for 20 years now!



KTM Factory Team 1967

#Inthisyear1964: KTM stages a comeback at the Six Days on factory bikes

In 1964, at the 39th International Six Days Enduro KTM re-entered and competed with three factory riders, having withdrawn from the competition at the end of the 50s. It was the start of a success story in Enduro racing which is to the present day nonpareil.