Italian Motorcycles

Motorcycles Built in Italy (N)

Notes on some of the rarer Italian marques

This page lists brands for which limited information is available. For a more complete listing visit the Italian Index.

See also Obscure Italian Marques.

Mopeds built in the vicinity of Bologna of which images exist but little is known.

Source: Museo del Patrimonio Industriale, Bologna


Manufactured 1972-1977 in Torre Boldone, Bologna.
It is likely the marque was also known as NF.
Sources:, et al.
NB. Few references to such a marque have been found.


Nerio Pancaldi has been building specials as a hobby since the early 1960s. Typically he will convert a small Italian OHV engine to DOHC, some of which have desmodomic heads.

Several of these are on display at the Collezione Moto Poggi.


Presented at the XXXV Salone di Ginevra, March 1955

The Niki price list offered mopeds in Turismo, Gran Sport and Gran Lusso versions powered by NSU 48cc engines, and also offered an alternative 48cc F.B.M..

N.B. There is a Malanca Nicki, unrelated.

Source: Museo del Patrimonio Industriale, Bologna


Manufactured by Nanni Società Velomotori), c.1940s-1950s.
Address: Via Porrettana 45 Bologna
The firm built a few hundred velomotors using the Grillo engine supplied by brothers Guglielmo and Stefano Marzocchi who had worked with Nanni during the war supplying firms like Ducati with precision components.

NSV also produced their own engines in tipo Normale and tipo Sport. These had teething problems which were remedied, but competition in the field was strong and also Marzocchi decided to concentrate on suspension and dropped their engine project. As a result NSV ceased motorcycle production.

Source: Museo del Patrimonio Industriale, Bologna

Rarer Italian Marques