The Moto Nettunia 160 Sport – With Phil Aynsley

Here is another in the seemingly unending list of obscure Italian motorcycle marques – Moto Nettunia.

Another obscure Italian marque - Moto Nettunia
Another obscure Italian marque – Moto Nettunia

The firm Busi started production of scooter frames (to be fitted with various engines) in late 1940s. In 1951 began to manufacture their motorcycles under the Moto Nettunia name (Officine Meccaniche Busi was the actual company name) in both 125 and 160cc capacities – both being two-strokes.

160cc two-stroke powerplant
Moto Nettunia 160cc two-stroke powerplant
Moto Nettunia 160 Sport
Moto Nettunia 160 Sport

This is a 160 Sport. It was good for 85km/h from its 6.5hp.

Moto Nettunia 160 Sport
Moto Nettunia 160 Sport
While not an official race machine, the Moto Nettunia was a popular platform
While not an official race machine, the Moto Nettunia was a popular platform

While Nettunia never officially raced the bikes were a popular choice for privateers.

Moto Nettunia 160 Sport
Moto Nettunia 160 Sport
Moto Nettunia 160 Sport
Moto Nettunia 160 Sport
Moto Nettunia 160 Sport
Moto Nettunia 160 Sport

The company ceased production in 1964.

Moto Nettunia 160 Sport
Moto Nettunia 160 Sport
Moto Nettunia 160 Sport
Moto Nettunia 160 Sport
Moto Nettunia 160 Sport
Moto Nettunia 160 Sport

One of the reasons I love photographing Italian bikes – the shapes!