Spanish Motorcycles

Spanish Makes (S)

Notes on some of the rarer Spanish marques

This page lists brands for which we currently have only an historical precis. For a more complete listing visit the Spanish Index.

Sadrian
Adrían Luis Viudes Romero began operations in Murcia around the turn of the 20th century. In the 1920s he sold DKW automobiles and in the 1930s marketed Reiju motorcycles, BJR and ISO in the 40s and Elig in the 1950s.
In 1955 the family began manufacturing their own machines under the company name Adrírio Viudes e Hijos S.R.C., still in Murcia. These were lightweights powered by 125cc and 197cc Hispano-Villiers engines. Production ceased in 1965.
Source: OTTW


Salvador

Manufactured by Industrias Salvador from 1923 to 1930.

Based at 72 Carrer Rogent and later 527 Carrer Proven├ža, Barcelona, the company was established by Salvador Grau. Well-known for their automotive wheels, the firm constructed motorcycles of 125cc to 350cc using engines from MAG, Moser and Train. Around 200 were built.

Salvador 125cc Standard c.1924

Salvador 125cc Standard c.1924, Brass Tank

Source: wikipedia.ca.


Sanromà
Manufactured in Barcelona during the 1950s, these were initially re-badged imports. They then built mopeds and tricycles powered by Gamo and Cucciolo engines.
Source: wikipedia.ca.


Sanson
Manufactured in Barcelona between 1958 and 1965 by Talleres Arau.
Best known for their motocarros, motorcycles were introduced in 1959. Engines were mostly Hispano Villiers 197cc two-strokes and Matacàs diesels. They also used Diter engines and a handful of Villiers 250 twins.
Source: wikipedia.ca.



Santoja / Setter

1951~1970

Based in Elche Alicante, Miguel Santoja is best known as the manufacturer of Setter. He also built RMH motorcycles using 122 and 197cc Hispano Villiers engines for Rafael Mira e Hijos, the distributor of the brand located at José Antonio Avenue in Valencia. Santoja supplied engines for the first models of the Ducson.

The first machines were Santoja 55cc bicycle attachment engines of 1951, and these were followed by complete motorcycles with Setter engines of 45cc, 49cc, 60cc, 74cc and 125cc.

The 74cc machine in particular was very popular on the racetrack, and achieved numerous laurels in the hands of privateers and the factory team.

Motorcycle production ceased at the end of the 60s and the factory turned to building machinery for the footwear industry.

N.B. The reason for the name change to Setter is explained on motos-setter.com, which has a bit of a chuckle about it.

Source: lasprovincias.es, motos-setter.com, et al.


SB
Manufactured in Valencia between 1948 and 1963
The firm branded their products as David, AS, ASB and SB, and produced diesel engines, auxilliary bicycle engines and, under the SB marque, complete motorised bicycles.
SB autocycles had engines of 76cc to 98cc capacity and were available in ladies and gents styles.
NB. There was also the unrelated Autociclos David (1913-1923), and the Davis SA (1949-59) which was possibly built by by S.B.
Sources: wikipedia.ca, jacques-leretrait.blogspot.com


Silence
Manufactured by Scutum Logistic of Barcelona, these are electric scooters. The company was formed in 2012 and the first production models were presented in 2016. The firm is run by a group with considerable experience in the motorcycle industry, led by CEO Carlos Sotelo.
The company is owned by Repsol, La Caixa and the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI).
Sources: wikipedia.ca, silence.eco.


Simó
Manufactured by Miquel Simó, 1925-1933.
Simó was a well-known GP rider whose motorcycles were highly regarded for their quality. Much has been written about both the rider and his machines.
Sources: wikipedia.ca




Siroko

Manufactured 1978-1981, the firm was established by Antonio Cobas who built road-racing motorcycles using engines from Yamaha, Bultaco, Montesa and Rotax. Sito Pons campaigned a Siroko-Rotax in the 1981 GP season, and the working relationship between Cobas and Pons lasted many years and proved enormously fruitful. See JJ Cobas

Sources: wikipedia.ca, et al.


SSS
Built in Barcelona from 1941 to 1944 using an interpretation of the 1930s Sachs engine.
Sources: wikipedia.ca


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