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There are two types of su­per­moto: con­verted crossers and those de­signed from the out­set as road bikes. The SWM SM650R is the for­mer. Us­ing a Ro­tax-based 600cc sin­gle (de­signed by Husq­varna), the SM is a pure su­per­moto so, un­less you are of­ten in a silly mood, you prob­a­bly shouldn’t ap­ply.

The big sin­gle punches out 53bhp with pure off-road ag­gres­sion, and if you want to take it easy the sus­pen­sion de­liv­ers a harsh ride – while the seat is akin to tor­ture. How­ever, like any full-on su­per­moto, when the roads dry out and you start to push on, that firm Mar­zoc­chi fork and Sachs shock be­gin to make a lot of sense; the sin­gle ra­dial Brembo caliper bites the big 320mm disc with fe­roc­ity and feed­ing the en­gine more gears re­sults in an even wider grin. It’s not at all sen­si­ble, but it is bloody good fun and that’s why some love this style of bike – and oth­ers loathe them.

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