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SWM Sil­ver Vase 440

Ur­ban scram­blers are a hot ticket at the mo­ment and the Sil­ver Vase is SWM’S en­try into this busy mar­ket. And they have done an ex­cel­lent job when it comes to the styling. With its twin stacked pipes, fork gaiters, high bars and flat bench seat, the Sil­ver Vase cer­tainly looks the part.

Parked at the side of the road, the SWM re­ally is a head-turner, but, like a few other Scram­blers, the ride is slightly com­pro­mised by its off-road styled tyres. Like the Moto Guzzi Stor­nello, the Sil­ver Vase uses Golden Tyre rub­ber that re­ally ru­ins its road man­ners. In damp con­di­tions the chunky tread leads to a ner­vous ride, while in the dry they squirm and move around un­pleas­antly. But that’s the price you of­ten pay for fash­ion and let’s face it – the 440 looks fan­tas­tic, sounds great and is a very com­fort­able bike to ride. And at un­der £5k it is also tempt­ingly good value.

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