SWM re­turns

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Un­less you were an off-road en­thu­si­ast in the ‘sev­en­ties, SWM would not be top of mind.

But back then, the Mi­lan-based man­u­fac­turer was putting out some very com­pet­i­tive tackle for ob­served trails, mo­tocross and en­duros. Early mod­els were pow­ered by the ubiq­ui­tous Sachs 125cc en­gine, but as the small com­pany ex­panded it moved on to Ro­tax power. The trails bikes in par­tic­u­lar are still pop­u­lar for Clas­sic Twin­shock events. Like many oth­ers how­ever, SWM failed to cope with the Ja­panese on­slaught of the ‘eight­ies, and shut its doors in 1984. Thirty years later, the brand was res­ur­rected by Am­pe­lio Mac­chi who had stints with Ca­giva, Aprilia and Husq­varna. In part­ner­ship with the Chi­nese busi­ness­man Dax­ing Gong, SWM is now a go-ahead con­cern with a range of new bikes that not only res­ur­rect the com­pany’s proud sport­ing her­itage, but launch a sub­range of retro-styled road­sters. Mel­bourne-based Mojo Mo­tor­cy­cles are the Aus­tralian distrib­u­tors for SWM, and in our next is­sue we will have a full test of the café-racer style Gran Mi­lano and the sim­i­lar-but­d­if­fer­ent Gran Turismo, both pow­ered by a 455cc sin­gle cylin­der air-cooled en­gine pro­duc­ing 22kW, which gives the bikes LAMS el­i­gi­bil­ity. The en­gine is produced by the Sin­eray Group in China and then shipped to SWM’s fac­tory in north­ern Italy to be united with its lo­cally-produced chas­sis. Although de­lib­er­ately old-school in ap­pear­ance, both mod­els feature good stuff like Brembo brake calipers and an alu­minium swing­ing arm. At $7,990 (Gran Mi­lano) and $7,490 (Gran Turismo) in­clud­ing GST and ORC, the new mod­els are cer­tainly priced at­trac­tively, and both carry a two-year 20,000km parts and labour war­ranty.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit... swm­mo­tor­cy­cles.com.au

The SWM Mi­lano (left) and Turismo, retro style with mod­ern mo­tors.

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