Spanish Motorcycles

Sanglas Motorcycles


Made in Spain
From: 1939
To: 1979

Brief History of Sanglas (in Spanish)

Sun Oct 26 2008
philgunn at
400 Electrico
Looking for spare parts for a 400 electrico and 400 T 
both ex Irish army 

if you have any parts for sale drop me line thanks
Cork Ireland

Sanglas 400 Electrico Military

Mon Oct 08 2007
Ldoughton2001 at yahoodot com
Sanglas Repair Manual
1974 Sanglas Electro 400 single
I am desperately looking for a repair manual of any type for my sanglas 400. Any information would be greatly appreciated as these bikes seems to have been forgotten and all information cast away. 
Please email if you can help. Thanx Lenny
Ireland, Wicklow Town

Mon May 07 2007
cthomson at
sanglas sv5
i alooking to make contact with the owners of sanglas 500 motorcycles
cape town

Sat Sep 09 2006
burbidgep at
Parts Lists
Sanglas singles & twins
Free to good home - original parts lists for 400 & 500 singles and 400 twin. Also 500 dual seat and rear mudguard. "Buyer collects". 
South midlands / north Cotswolds.

Mon Mar 20 2006
bohacs at supanet dot com
s2v5 spares
where can i obtain spares from in england.
 the bike is a Sanglas s2v5 500cc single.

Sat Jan 28 2006
thegordons at
Villiers twins
Hi there!
I have found another bike manufacturer that used the Villiers twin units in the sixties, Spanish Sanglas!....Have a look.

Sanglas Rovena 250 1963.jpg
Sanglas Rovena 250 1963

September 17, 2002
I have purchased, unseen as yet, a Sanglas 400. I have been told by the vendor that the engine is a Yamaha XS400 twin so presumably a local Yamaha dealer could assist. That is assuming, in my as yet blissful, ignorance that all the late 400s had the same engine. I shall advise more fully when I collect the machine.

Frank Westworth, editor of Clasic Bike Guide, has a Sanglas. He is very approachable.

David Atkinson -- davidatkinson at dial.pipex dot com

June 21, 2002
Sanglas motorcycles were imported into Ireland in the early 1970's for use by the Army.

Two models were used, the 400 "militario" ( very similar to 400T) and a slightly later model , the 400E "electrico" with electric starter. Apart from the starter and engine oil system, the main difference between the models was in the front forks and instrument layout. The side panels below the seat were more "square" to accommodate the larger battery on the starter model. The models were superficially similar, finished in army green with large handlebar faring and leg shields in fiberglass.

The main difference with the engines was that the 400 used a dry-sump oil system with oil tank under the seat while the 400E was a wet-sump with the engine oil shared with the gearbox ( Guzzi Falcone style). The 400 used pressed steel rocker-box covers while the 400E had aluminium castings. Other details ,such as slightly different engine side covers to accommodate the starter , separate the two models but the engines are very alike and many parts are interchangeable.

The Army eventually auctioned off The Sanglas bikes and for a while in the late '70's they were a marginally popular "budget" machine on Irish roads. However, as spares dried up they ended up being scrapped. Unless owners had the means to actually make bits they couldn't be kept running.

Opinions vary greatly about Sanglas bikes, one gets the impression that they were not a popular machine in the Army. At a time when the Jap factories were making the early sporty four cylinder models this is probably understandable. They compare well enough with older singles like British bikes, a 400 is livelier than a BSA B31 or G3L Matchless for instance , a tidy 400 will do 80mph+ ( genuine, I don't believe 90 no matter how loud it is). The electric starter was not considered to be any good by anybody. Even the factory fitted a kickstarter with it. There was always a suspicion that the starter pinion wore swarf off the crankshaft flywheel which then got into the engine oil. Anyway, I've never seen one working.

There seems to be some interest in Spain (finally) in restoring these bikes . I heard about owners groups on the continent in the past but never managed to find a source of spares. Maybe this will improve if some owners communicate more.

I hope this is of interest to someone .

Stay between the ditches,
Ger. -- nolang at

April 18, 2002
I've a number of derelict Sanglas 400s (ex-Irish Army)....
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January 24, 2002
We would like to notify that we've just created the "Club Sanglas Catalunya"...
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December 26, 2001
Hi! I have a 1974 Sanglas 400e -- Mervyn Jones -- mervynjones at

October 4, 2001
I have just started the complete restoration of a Sanglas 400, these bikes were brought into Ireland for the army...
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June 22, 2000
The only four-stroke Spanish motorcycles of the 60s and 70s...
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February 9, 2000
Please find enclosed two pictures of my Sanglas 400 T, before and after restoration.

For more details about Sanglas, you can visit

I am looking for information and pictures of Motobic.
Miguel Cuenca Drouhard

Sanglas 1955.jpg
Sanglas 1955
Sanglas 400T.jpg
Sanglas 400T
Sanglas Rovena 250 1963.jpg
Sanglas Rovena 250 1963

December 4, 1999
There's not much information on Sanglas motorcycles on the net that I can find. If you find it interesting, I have some info at and the national motorcycle museum have some pages, look at [404]

Hope this is of some interest, contact me on greglond at aol dot com if you want any more info. -- Greg

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