KTM Bikes in India 2014
KTM is among the top and biggest motorcycle manufactures in Europe. KTM bikes entered India in partnership with Bajaj-KTM in the year 2007. As per the deal, KTM was supposed to provide the technological know-how to bajaj for 125 and 250 cc, water cooled, four stroke engines, while Bajaj was supposed to take care of all the marketing and distribution of the bikes in India and few other southeast Asian countries as well. Gradually, Bajaj took over some more of stakes by 2011 and by April 2012 Bajaj had taken over 47% of KTM's stake. It started in India with KTM Duke 200, which went on to be one of the most popular KTM bikes in India.
KTM bikes are produced by the iconic Austrian two wheeler manufacturer, indulging in production of motorbikes, bicycles, and mopeds, which was found in the year 1934 and was named as *Kraftfahrzeuge Trunkenpolz Mattighofen*. It initially started out as a metal workshop, and came into bike production only in 1954; however, when it started with the production of bikes, most of the parts were being produced in-house, other than the engines. The first product from the bike producing KTM came post war, in the year 1957, a moped Mecky. Soon the company ventured into the production of racing bikes. By the late 1970s, the company started spreading its wing abroad, the first one coming in the year in 1978, as KTM North America Inc. However, the company almost sunk in the year 1988, and it had to be brought to a stop. Eventually, the company faced insolvency in the year 1991, and then was later on divided in four: KTM Sportmotorcycles GmbH, later on named as KTM-Sportmotorcycle AG and remains so till date, which mastered the art of manufacturing off-road motorcycles. KTM Fahrrad GmbH, for bikes manufactured the general purpose bikes. KTM Fahrrad GmbH was producing cooling systems for both cars and bikes. KTM Werkzeugbau GmbH has been now merged with KTM Sportmotorcycles.
As for the current portfolio of KTM bikes, there is just one bike in India, KTM Duke 200, which comes loaded with features. Though fully featured, it can in no way be called an expensive bike. At Rs. 1,17,500, the bike comes pretty cheap.