ATK, or Anti-Tension Kettenantreib (Anti Torsion Chain Propel or Drive), is an American dirt bike manufacturer located in Centerville, Utah. ATK was founded by an Austrian born immigrant in 1983.
The name Anti-Tension Kettenantreib or ATK comes from a 1981 patent by Horst Leitner. Horst Leitner was the former owner of ATK, from its conception up until Frank White took over ownership in the 1990's, after some ownership shuffles and their recent move to Centerville.
ATK has 9 models of motorcycles and quads, ranging from 50cc two strokes all the way up to 450cc 4 strokes. All motorcycles in ATK's line up are for off-road, motocross and dirt bike competitions.
Horst Leitner the former owner of ATK has over 21 patents, as an engineer, and he founded AMP Research. He also won 4 gold metals in the Olympics of Motorcycling, the National Austrian Motocross championship and worked in engineering and product development for Mercedes-Benz in the 60's.
In the 70's his patent for the ATK, made him a legend, well after his 1980's immigration to the United States. He first opened ATK Motorcycles in Barstow California. He has since moved on to mountain bike components and automotive accessories, but his dream child, the ATK, is still flourishing and dominating both the US and Austrian motocross circuits.
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Updated On: 11/06/2007