Monday, April 14

FIRST KTM DUKE ROLLS OFF THE CFMOTO PRODUCTION LINE


One of the members of the newly formed KTMR2R Red Bull factory racing team demonstrates outside the CFMoto plant in Hangzhou, where KTM 200 and 390cc Dukes are being assembled for the Chinese market.

THERE was a major celebration when KTM and CFMoto revealed the first Chinese assembled 200 and 390cc Dukes to roll out of the CFMoto plant in Hangzhou, China.


Following a partnership announcement in late 2013,  (for details, click here) CFMoto President Lai Guogui was joined by KTM COO, Harald Ploedckinger and KTM CSO Hubert Trunkenpolz as the first Chinese assembled Dukes were rolled out at a product release ceremony to celebrate the occasion.

Lu Zhengjun, Production Director of two-wheelers for CFMoto China, said the company was committed to taking on board some of the KTM ethos around staff training, quality control and production management when producing the KTM R2R bikes.

Some of the thousands who tuned out for the unveiling of the first Chinese-assembled KTMs. 


“The bikes definitely have KTM genes,” said Mr Lu.

KTMR2R is the trademark the bikes will be sold under as Guangzhouu Tianma Motorcycle Co. Ltd. registered the brand name ‘KTM’ in China in 1997 as the abbreviation of Kwangchow Tianma Motorcycle (KTM).  The company also uses www.ktm.cn as its official website.

Thus, the CFMoto assembled KTMs will be branded KTMR2R (ready to race) in China.

The partnership between the Austrian and Chinese companies sees CFMoto assembling KTM 200 and 390 Dukes for the largest motorcycle market in the world, China.  The Dukes are assembled from completely knocked down (CKD) kits made in India with KTM’s joint venture partner Bajaj.

The roll-out of the first KTM R2R models from CFMoto is seen as a foundation move to allow for more collaboration between the two brands and more products to be marketed in China in the future.

Eventually, CFMoto will offer the entire KTM range in the People’s Republic, selling Austrian-built bikes alongside those assembled at CFMoto’s Hangzhou plant.

Hangzhou is the capital and largest city in Zhiejiang Province in Eastern China. It has a human history that can be traced back more than 7000 years.

“CFMoto has been concentrating on design and manufacturing of high end, differentiated products for a number of years now,” says Mr Lu Zhengjun. 

“The opportunity to work together with KTM on these first models was a great experience for us.  Our companies share many similarities such as culture, quality and product philosophy and the superb quality of these bikes is proof of that,” Mr Lu said.

The 200 Duke and 390 Duke were launched with the help of the new KTMR2R Red Bull factory racing team.


The Chinese KTM R2R race team (at left) pose with KTM CSO Hubert Trunkenpolz, CFMoto President Lai Gougui, KTM COO Harald Ploeckinger, Li Bin of CFMoto and KTM’s Raymond Gradt.