Austria does things differently from the rest of the world. Austrians take great pride
in their mountainous land, and 80
percent of the people build their own
homes. They share a deep love for
their homes, villages and neighbors.
But, don’t let the Old World charm of
Austria fool you. The country is deeply committed to advanced production
and high-tech products. About 30
minutes outside of Salzburg lies the
small farming town of Munderfing
(population 3000). Munderfing is
where suspension manufacturer WP
Performance Systems is nestled. WP’s
manufacturing plant is enormous, and
it seems odd that it sits by itself in
a small Austrian farming community;
however, being out of the ordinary is
part of the Austrian culture.
BMW, SHERCO AND
TRIUMPH. AND, IN THE
GPs, WP SUSPENSION
IS USED BY THE
CLS KAWASAKI TEAM
WITH GREAT RESULTS.
It is no secret that WP has a
close relationship with KTM. In fact,
KTM’s race department is just down
the street, while KTM’s R&D and
manufacturing headquarters are in
the town of Mattighofen, about 10
miles away. Since KTM, Husqvarna
and WP are owned by Stefan Pierer,
it is often assumed that KTM owns
WP, but all three are in fact separate
companies. KTM America president
Jon-Erik Burleson refers to WP as
a “distant cousin” of KTM. For its
part, WP manufactures suspension
for BMW, Sherco and Triumph. And,
in the GPs, WP suspension is used
by the factory-backed CLS Kawasaki
team with great results.
Although WP Performance Systems
is best known for its suspension, the
company has diversified into the production of exhaust systems, frames
and radiators. WP produces exhausts
and frames exclusively for KTM and
Husqvarna, but it makes radiators
for Ducati and Audi. MXA’s interest
in WP mainly concerns its KTM and
Husqvarna suspension components.
Of great interest to motocross racers worldwide is the prototype WP
air shock that has been tested in
competition by Ryan Dungey and Ken
Roczen. WP head of R&D Torbjorn
Gustafson told us that WP also has
an air fork in development that might
The landscape of Austria is breathtaking. Austrains take great care of their land,
and 80 percent of homeowners build their own homes.
This is the locked/unlocked area in the warehouse. When parts are received, they
are placed in the locked section until they are inspected by quality control.
This is an intermediary step on the production line. Here are spindles with the
spring and end caps attached. They are ready for the fork tubes to be put on.