Pictures © Phil Aynsley Photography
The NTX (Nuova Tipo Cross) range had its origins in the V50TS prototype shown at the Milan Show in 1981. This small-block 500cc bike eventually entered production in 1984, but in 650 & 350cc capacities, as the V65 & V35 TT. The V65 TT formed the basis for the factory's serious off-road competition machines. In 1986 most of the shortcomings of the TT were rectified with the introduction of the NTX - first in 650cc form, then in '86/'87 as a 750cc (although the TTs continued to be sold until '89). The NTX had a much larger tank (32lt vs 14lt), 42 mm Marzocchi front fork, greater travel rear suspension, integrated fairing & a taller seat height. The 2-valve motor used a new camshaft for more mid range power and was painted black. This particular 1993 bike was purchased by the Dept. of Land and Environment as a field vehicle and is in excellent original condition. 50hp at 7,000rpm. Dry weight 165kg. Top speed 165kph. Photographed in the Central West, NSW. 2015.