The story of KTM dirt bikes began when Hans
Trunkenpolz, one of two KTM company founders, opened a repair shop in
Mattighofen, Austria, in 1934. The repair business grew in size, becoming one of
the larger car and motorcycle repairers in Austria.
The business then became the official supplier of DKW motorcycles and in 1951
developed its first motorcycle, dubbed the R100.
In 1953 the KTM company was founded by Hans Trunkenpolz and Ernst Kronreif. The
official company name was 'Kronreif, Trunkenpolz, Mattighofen' (KTM). The first
production series of KTM motorcycles commenced.
KTM has a rich pedigree in enduro and off road racing, the KTM's first raced in
the International Six Day Enduro in 1956. They've also dominated the Paris-Dakar
Rally for many years, arguably the toughest off road race in the world.
In 1968 KTM dirt bikes were exported to the U.S. for the first time by Jack
Penton, the Penton Six days was manufactured by KTM and exported by Penton under
his own name.
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