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A view to emulate Drupal core’s handling of taxonomy/term. Ludwig Apfelbeck, who was born in Knittelfeld in Austria in near today’s Red Bull Ring, often visited the neighboring Puch test track as a. Ludwig. 2 references. imported from Wikimedia project · Italian Wikipedia · stated in · Integrated Authority File · GND ID · · retrieved. 14 August

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Aptelbeck racing success and popular production machines: Precisely six decades ago, Aapfelbeck Trunkenpolz, the head of KTM, succeeded in bringing the famous designer Ludwig Apfelbeck to Mattighofen to build an engine for the cc road racer. From the outset, this young manufacturing unit took part in popular national motorcycle races. The 2-stroke engines at that time were extremely inefficient and the era of the high performance 2-stroke engine was a long way off, so 4-stroke engines presented themselves as the technical solution to the demand for increased performance.

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The drive was initially supplied by the MV Agusta engines already in use. As the owner of a car workshop, he developed a special water-cooled four-valve cylinder head in the s with the inlet and exhaust valves diagonally opposite each other. InApfelbeck registered this cylinder head which was proving a success in dirt track races with the Austrian patent apfelbek.


After the Second World War, Apfelbeck initially built successful track racing engines before moving to Germany to become head of testing at Horex. Its characteristic feature was a cylinder head luvwig two camshafts driven by a chain. It included a six-speed gearbox and the only remaining element from the KTM-MV racing machines was the engine case. Even though the short-stroke engine produced only 17 hp at 12, rpm, the machine, with full fairing, still reached kph, depending on the gear ratio.

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The Apfelbeck KTM had its baptism of fire on February 10, at the Zell am See ice race where the engine was seen ludwwig the first time in public.

Towards the end of and in parallel with the development of the KTM RS, Apfelbeck worked on a motor scooter for everyday use which did not require a license, intended as a money spinner for the business.

The 50cc 3-speed engine designed by Apfelbeck was the first in-house KTM engine in the long history of the company. There is a nice story about the first bench test when the engine achieved 3.

How will we get the performance back down to 2 hp? However, at that time, the first dark clouds were gathering in the skies for the motorcycle industry as many more people wanted to buy a small car rather than have to ride to work on a motorcycle without any protection from the wind and the rain.


It was all too understandable from a business point of view, that any further costly development of the racing machine, which had very little to do with the production machines at the time, had to cease. While production of the Mecky scooter continued, albeit replaced in by a pillion variant with a Sachs air-cooled engine, Paul Schwarz and Erwin Lechner won several Austrian championship titles under the RS banner which they had taken on on a private basis, until the Apfelbeck KTM was used for the final time in Since the change in regulations inKTM has established a reputation for itself in the Moto3 class with cc 4-stroke engines.

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