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ATK was founded by Austrian-born engineer Horst Leitner in the 1980s. The name "ATK" comes from Leitner's 1981 patented device to eliminate chain torque for improved handling. Known later as the A-Trax, Leitner originally called the device the Anti-Tension Kettenantrieb (German: chain drive).
As of 5/20/2011 ATK has associated itself with S&T Motors, parent company of the Changwon, South Korea based Hyosung. S&T/Hyosung will make motorcycles with ATK nameplates and a few requested changes to the standard Hyosung Motorcycles. Both supersport and cruiser models from 250 to 700cc engine sizes. All have V-Twin engines.
ATK is now mostly marketing their parts and services to repair older ATK models.
In January 2003, Cannondale Motorsports filed bankruptcy and ATK Motorcycles acquired all remaining Cannondale Motorsports inventory.
The Intimidator is a monster dirt-bike powered by a 78 hp (58 kW) Maico two-stroke engine. As of June 2008, only Maico itself has a machine comparable to this because the Intimidator is the same bike with different badging. ATK also has a line of atvs that use a 900cc efi engine.
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