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2004 Suzuki GSXR750
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Sachs Germany, takes over Hercules in 1963 then in 1965 takes over Victoria, Express and DKW. They had a 1000cc bike in 2000 
Sadran Spain
Salsbury
USA, Late 1940's, They had a 320cc scooter
Sarolea
Belgian, 1896, They built motorcycles and sold single and V-Twin engines. They also made 2 stroke engines. They merged with Rene-Gillet around 1960
Sampson Australia, 1920's
Sanglas
built 295cc to 497cc motorcycles in the 1940s and 1950s, used by the Spanish police. In 1981 the last Sanglas motorcycle was produced and Yamaha took over the company
Sanyang Tiawan, Sanyang also owns Wuxi Futong Motorcycle Company on the mainland
Sar
Germany 
Sar
Italy, 1920 - 1926
Saxonette
Germany, 1938, The Schweinfurterwerke manufactured a complete rear wheel assembly that used a Fichtel and Sachs engine and was sold as an option by at least two dozen different bicycle makers 
SBM
USA
Schickel
USA, 1907 - 1924, Schickel Motor Co.
Schliha
Germany, 1930's Some of their bikes had 500 to 600cc engines, which were very large for two strokes of the time  
Schuttoff
Germany, Bought by DKW in 1928
Scootamota England, 1919 , Sold in the U.S. as Scootamotor
Scorpa
France, Started making trials bikes in 1992
Scott British, 1908 to 1950 Founded by Alfred  A. Scott
SD
USA, 1901 - 1911, George Dewald built a shaft drive motorcycle in 1901. In 1909 he formed the S.D. manufacturing Co. with Jacob R. Spangler. T
Sears
USA, Sold it's first motorcycles in 1909 or 1910. Until around 1916 they sold Sears badged motorcycles made by Thor and Excelsior with v-twins and some with Spacke singles. I think that some Gilera built Motorcycles were sold as Sears in the 1960's
Seeley England, Built racers
Segale Italy
Sertum Italy, Founded in 1922 by Fausto Alberti, closed in 1953 
SFM Poland, 1958 - 1965
Shacklock
England, 1916, Transverse V-twin
Shang Wei
Tiawan, Electric Scooters, also has a plant in Morocco
Shaw USA, 1912 - 1914, The Shaw Mfg. Co built clip-on bicycle engines before and after they tried complete bikes for two years
She-Lung
Tiawan, Electric Scooters
Sherco Spain, 1999, Trials bikes
Shin-Meiwa Japan
Shin San Tong
Taiwan, 1969 -1972, Built mini bikes under license from Yamaha and exported them as Maverick and Gemini 
SHL
Poland, 1938 - 1970, Suchedniowska Huta Ludwikow stopped production during the war in 1939 and started again in 1947. It took over the Sokol badge in 1948 both went out of production in 1950. The SLH badge was used again from by KZWM from 1955 to around 1970
Silk
England, 1970 - 1979
Silver Pigeon Japan, 1947, made by Mitsubishi, 100cc scooter
Simo Spain
Simplex
USA, Made the Servi-Cycle in Louisiana 1935 - 1960, built scooters until around 1975
Simplex England,
Simpson
Germany, 1949 - 1961, AWO Simpson
Sinclair
England
Singa
Jincheng
Singer
Hillfields England, 1909, made motorcycles and cars
Skootmobile USA
Skipee
Australia, An electric prototype three wheeler designed by Dimitris Skoutas
SM
Poland
Smart
France, 1922 - 1927
Smith Motor Wheel
USA, built by the A.O. Smith Co in Milwaukee, it was a detachable engine and drive wheel for bicycles
Snell
Snob
Germany, 1921 - 1925
Sojuz
Russia
Sokol Poland, 1920's see CWS & SHL
Solex France, 1945 - 1988, (Velosolex) Motorized bicycles. Now made again in Hungary
Solvay France, 1905?
Spacke
USA, Spacke Machine Co. Made engines and possibly their own "Deluxe" motorcycle around 1913
Spagthorpe England,
Sparkbrook England, 1912   Had a factory in Hillfields
Sparta
(Spartamet) Dutch, Bicycle maker that made mopeds and motorcycles with Villiers engines in the 1950's 
Sprite
England, 1960's early 1970's, Motocross bikes, used several makers engines including their own 405cc that was a copy of a late 60's Husqvarna engine. They used a twin down loop frame. Built in the midlands. Also sold in the U.S. as American Eagle
Spondon
England
Standard
Germany, 1922 - 1924, They made motorcycles as well as three wheeled trucks
Stanger
England, 1921 - 1924, They had a 538cc two stroke, but it would over heat and was not successful 
Star
England, 1899 - 1913
Star-Griffon see Star
Stearns
USA
Steed
USA, Harley clones
Steffey USA, 1900's
Stellar
USA, 1967 - 1973, Mini-bikes
Stevens
England, The Stevens brothers from AJS Started Stevens Brothers Ltd. in 1932 and  made Stevens motorcycles from 1934 to 1938 when the war effort stopped them. They Produced engines for many builders starting in the early 1900's
Stewart New Zealand, Scooters
Stock
Germany
Stratton
USA, 1901, Stratton Motor Bicycle Co.
Stricker
Germany
Stylson
France, 1930s 
Styria Austria, Early 1900's, Made by Puch
Suddard
Sundiro
Hainan Sundiro Motorcycle Corporation
Sun
England, 1910s The Sun Cycle & Fittings Co. Ltd
Sun England, 1950's, Scooters
Sunbeam
England, John Marston Ltd made their first motorcycle in 1912, it was designed by Harry Stevens (Stevens bros). They sold bikes to the British, Russian and French armies. They were bought out by Nobel Industries in 1919. AMC England bought the motorcycle division in 1936. It was eventually sold to BSA
Superia Belgium, 1960's, Started when the Claeys brothers that started Flandria split up, used Sachs engines
Super-X
USA, The American Excelsior company rebadged their exports as Super-X because the English Excelsior Co. had the rights to the Excelsior name in Europe. Super-X was also one of their model names
Suzuki
started making motorcycles in 1952
Svalan Sweden, 1950's P&M (Panther) sold parts to them that were assembled in Sweden and sold as Svalan
SVM Started when SWM closed 
SWM Italy 1953 - 1984