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Eddieb
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In Austria we head to Mattighofen, home of KTM.

You can’t tour the KTM factory but KTM have opened a building called the Motohall which is part company promotion, part museum.

The KTM Factory, the Motohall is about 2km further down the road.

Someone at KTM is being paid well.

This massive beast was parked outside.

There was quite a bit about the design process for new bikes. This section covered the lifesize clay modelling, the clay model was then painted in production colours to fully envisage the final product.

There were a few prototype bikes on display, most of them didn’t make it into production.

A KTM e-scooter that didn’t make production

The original prototype for the KTM Freeride

KTM 990 RC8 Venom Prototype – 2004
‘The idea for the KTM 990 RC8 Venom Prototype originated by the desire to transfer the power of the RC8 to a naked bike.
In depth research was conducted to find out if the basis of this model could find a place within the naked bike segment.
The target group was considered too small to achieve any significant market success, so it was not put into series production.’

KTM UNIT Prototype – 1996
‘The KTM UNIT was an attempt to further develop the concept of the DUKE. It was presented at the IFMA fair at Cologne, where teh professional audience was truly enthusiastic about the design approach.
Despite the positive feedback, KTM decided not to build a production as the engine characteristic of the LC4 engine was not yet refined enough yet to meet the demands of the street clientele.