Founded in 1934 as an auto repair centre and reseller of DKW motorcycles and Opel cars in Mattighofen, Austria, the companies founder, engineer Hans Trunkenpolz, eventually started developing his own bike - in 1954 he launched the KTM R 100 - powered by a 98cc two-stroke Rotax engine, following substantial investment from Ernst Kronreif.
KTM is an abbreviation of Kronreif Trunkenpolz Mattighofen (investor, founder, location of factory).
After Ernst Kronreif died in 1980 and founder Hans Trunkenpolz died in 1982 his son Erich Trunkenpolz took over KTM for seven years until his death as well in 1989. Thankfully none of them got to see the business go bust in 1990 and get taken over by the banks in 1991.
Since then the motorcycle business has been run under the name KTM Sportmotorcycle (other parts of the business were spun off).
KTM is synonymous with the oldest of all trials events – the International Six Days Trial (ISDT) or International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) as it is now known - running since 1913. SIX DAYS is now a range of KTM bikes.
Since first appearing 60-years ago (1956) in the Six Days Enduro they have been a dominant force – once a sea of blue (the old brand colour) it is now a sea of orange. Only KTM and Husqvarna are still in production from the dozens of original trial & endure manufacturers.
KTM 300 EXC SIX DAYS: International Dirt Bike Show 2016
KTM also have a strong association with long distance rally-raid events like the Paris-Dakar Rally and Motocross, however more recently they have been associated with short-circuit racing with Moto3 and Red Bull Rookies – and in 2017 will field a Moto2 team and have signed Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro to ride the RC16 MotoGP bike in the premier class.
How can BeMoto Bike Insurance protect your KTM?
Our KTM Insurance Products:
- KTM road (Carbon Cover and Titanium Cover with top benefits)
- KTM off-road (Fire & Theft in your garage or van/trailer) - NO V5 required
- KTM trackday (cover your road or race bike at any UK or EU circuit)
- KTM rider injury (tax free payments for fractures, dislocations and hospitalisation) - even for professional racing
Call BeMoto on 01733 907000* to speak to a KTM motorcycle insurance specialist.
* Calls are recorded for our joint protection