Spanish Motorcycles

Spanish Makes (X-Y-Z)

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.

Xispa
Based in La Selva, the company built trials machines and motorcycles for young riders. Established in 2005 by Enric Meseguer and Andreu Tuzón, the company was named for the almost legendary Bultaco Chispa. Unfortunately the firm did not prosper and ceased trading in 2011. The company assets and property were purchased by Torrot Electric, a company in which Meseguer also played a substantial role.
Source: wikipedia.ca


Yamaha Motor España
YMES was a subsidiary of Yamaha Motor Corporation (Japan) which had been a partner in SEMSA, the company which was formed to take over Sanglas in 1981 after it had entered bankruptcy.
Production took place in the original factory in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat until 1987 when they moved to a new facility some distance away.
YMES produced numerous models until the bankster frauds brought the GFC of 2008/2009, and with it financial difficulties. Production ceased in March 2012.
Source: wikipedia.ca


Ziraco

Manufactured by Jaime Ocariz in Tolosa, 1956 to 1965 (Ziraco is Ocariz reversed)

The firm built bicycle attachment engines which sold well, and then began building motorcycles named Lanch, a 75cc two-stroke with a top speed approaching 60 kilometers per hour. Most components were sourced locally, built by other workshops in the Tolosa area. It is estimated that around 800 Lanch motorcycles were produced.

Sources: diariovasco.com, et al


Z-Scooter
Manufactured by Bel & Bel of Barcelona

Bel & Bel is a studio-workshop founded in 2005 by the artists and designers Carles Bel and Jesus Bel, who write: "We both graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona and soon realized that we were united by more things besides the name. We were no longer able to separate this curious coincidence from our surnames and we decided to incorporate it to our common project."

Their best-known model, the stylish Z-Scooter, has its roots in the Segway.

They also built the Monowheel Z-One. The electric unicycle has the appearance of a somewhat modified Vespa. More than somewhat.
Website: z-scooter.com


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