Spanish Motorcycles

ROA (R.o.a.) Motorcycles

Manufactured by Industrias Motorizadas Onieva S.A. in Madrid (1)

Motorcycles, furgoneta and motocarro were built from 1952 until 1967. The majority of these were powered by Hispano-Villiers two-strokes, but they also built machines for the Civil Guard assembled using BMW R-27 components. The R-27 engines were also fitted to motocarro.

ROA built some 40,000 motorcycles over 17 years of production.

Models included Foxter motorcycles and Triciclo three-wheelers, both available with 125 and 200cc engines.

Rafael Onieva Ariza (ROA) built his first motorcycle as a student in 1950, and went on to become a property developer, a man of considerable wealth and reputedly a very good person.

In the 1960s, as Tempo Onieva, they began building Tempo vans under licence from the German company and this venture was also a success. In 1967 the firm was absorbed by Barreiros, a major supplier of components for the Tempo.


Notes: 1. Period advertising gives the address "Calle Molina Lario, Málaga", but this may be that of a dealer.

robin_fortt at
R.O.A Super Foxter 200, 1960.
Dear Sheldon, I have a R.O.A Super Foxter 200, (1960) motorbike fitted with a Villiers 197 cc engine with a 4 speed gearbox. The reciept says its number ORK-36051 (but I cannot find this number on the engine anywhere). My question is that the advertising for this motorbike says that its a "Villiers 6 M" engine, whereas your table of Villiers engines lists the 197 cc for this era as being the "E" series. I would like to refurbish the bike, but I´m not sure which engine I´m dealing with. Photos are attached and any info would be appreciated. Many thanks in advance, Robin
robin fortt
Lugo, Spain

Engines for the R.o.a were built by Hispano-Villiers and likely have a completely different numbering set to any currently listed here. Should you find a source for such numbers, please share.
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