KTM motorcycles were originally considered to be simply dirt bikes to only be driven on back roads in the country, but have now come to dominate the world of motorcycle/bike racing, whether it is off-road or on the street. There are many categories of racing and off-road bikes, even scooters and mopeds, available for consumers to choose for their personal hobby. When anybody mentions motorcycle or dirt bike racing, KTM brand motorcycles automatically come to mind, also bringing to the memory that bright orange color which is symbolic of the name. The Adventure model is currently the most popular and has a lightweight steel frame with amazing suspension. The Duke series is close behind in popularity, and is the newest line for KTM.
In the late 1960s, Edison Dye brought Motocross to America, using Swedish Husqvarna celebrity Motocross champions. Americans had not seen a true, regular sized racing course up until this point and were simply dazzled by this; Inter-Am (International-American) was founded shortly after, as a fall racing sport. The 1970s saw an explosion of the 50cc market which KTM is now master of. In the 1980s, KTM decided to utilize water-cooled bikes and has since become the leader in the manufacturing of this type of motorized bike.
The Duke series, which was introduced in 1994, became iconic in the world of motorcycle and dirt bike racing. In the year 2000, KTM won 6 titles and shortly afterwards began using large-bore, twin-cylinder models.
The quality of bikes and motorcycles has improved drastically over the decades. Even up until the late 1970s, motorized bikes were very finicky and tended to break down a lot, with riders all being proficient in using wrenches and other tools to fix the bikes. In the 1980s bikes were greatly improved, with the best improvements coming in the new millennium. Many new laws have been implemented since the start of motorized bike production, and especially since the 1990s. In 2007, dirt bikes became street legal, with Enduro model owners rejoicing world-wide. Currently, electronic off-road bikes are beginning to be manufactured with KTM leading the charge.