History

The House was born from the experience of Francesco Villa, a good driver and technician for Ducati, FB Mondial and Montesa, who already in 1965 had built a 125 two-stroke competition, named Beccaccino, later sold to the Spanish Montesa.

The newborn company made its first product in 1968 – the PR – born from the evolution of the Beccaccino and presented in the middle of the year. On the basis of this project, Villa created the 250 PR which proved to be a success, as it was adopted by various drivers in the field of professional competitions.

In 1970 the company undertook the project of a new 250 cm³ two-cylinder V-overlapped frontemarcia motorcycle and in the construction of a 50 cm³, destined for competitive competitions, which recorded brilliant results. On the basis of this bike was also developed a 125 with the same engine setting, which allowed to achieve excellent results in the Italian Championship Seniors 125 of 1971.

The first realizations in the new sector were a 50 and a 125 cm³ that adopted Franco Morini engines. With the construction of these motorcycles, the activity of Italian importer Montesa also ended, moving the business from Modena to Crespellano.

In 1973 he also started the construction of his own engines with the CR model, equipped with 250 and 450 cm³ engines. The CR in the Cross and Regular version, went into production at the end of the same year and remained there until 1976.

In that year it was also presented the new model FV equipped with 250 and 350 engines and produced until 1978 in the Cross and Regular versions. These bikes won everywhere: worthy of note the conquest of the Italian Championship Cross 250 Cadets in 1975, 1976, 1977 and that of the Italian Championship Cross 250 cm³ Juniores 1976.

At the end of 1978, the new MX series was introduced and will go into production in 1979 with 250, 350 and 410 cm³ air-cooled engines, again in the Cross and Regular versions.

This model won the Italian Cross 500 Seniors Championship in 1978. MX followed the MX1 series with modified frames and compact engines and began the first attempts to introduce liquid-cooled engines for 125 cm³.

From the end of 1981 the monocross rear suspensions were adopted (ie with a single shock absorber instead of two) throughout the range, followed by the introduction of engines with water cooling even for the 250.

Also in 1981, the new 125 TT4 was proposed, a motorbike used exclusively for racing, developed with the contribution of the young Luca Cadalora, who at the time was an apprentice in the workshop of Francesco Villa, also applied to other manufacturers’ frames. In the ’80s there were numerous technical and mechanical innovations made to the bikes of the racing department, with excellent results in competitions. Also in the ’80s the range of production was extended, extending also to road-based motorcycles such as Italy, the Seebring and the Daytona, while the new off-road models saw the light of Tempestino and the 495 MCA, That should have been the top model in cross-country competitions, but remained in the prototype state, and the Rommel enduro 350 cm³. The Moto Villa brand also achieved excellent results in karts: the Moto Villa won the 125 Junior Italian Kart Championship and the French Kart 125 Championship.

Since 1984, the activity of the Moto Villa, however, knows a sharp decline, also due to the competition of large Japanese houses, which leave less and less space for small builders. The activity of the Villa was reduced more and more until it ceased in 1987, to resume in the nineties with the importation of scooters from the Far East.

After more than thirty years spent managing the bikes of the biggest off-road Cross 2R constructors, he turns the page and makes an important decision, completely changing: from team to manufacturer.

On June 28, 2012 the acquisition of the Moto Villa was announced by Fam. Bivio. The decision to revive a historic brand like Moto Villa is the result of an in-depth analysis of a company that has been operating in the motorbike sector for fifty years and which was famous for its characteristic of building engines, as well as motorcycles. uncommon in “craft” size motorcycles. A decisive factor that has influenced the choice of the Bivio family concerns the recent news in the world of competitions: the return of 2-stroke engines, which in the past had been downsized to make way for 4-stroke engines. With this situation a production vacuum is being created which is currently occupied by few manufacturers. Now the trend is towards an important return towards 2-stroke engines: off-road, specifically, is a niche market for large motorcycle manufacturers but for the company it represents an immense basin. For this reason, the Japanese giants, until a few years ago, were the leaders of these engines, and they were very slow to react to these changes. Moreover, for the Japanese multinationals the problem of numbers is pressing, while on the contrary it represents a great opportunity for the Moto Villa to occupy this space in a short time, having for size and company structure, greater flexibility in the conversion of production activity.