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SWM Gran Mi­lano

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Feature -

The Gran Mi­lano is SWM’S café racer and the firm’s styling team have hit the nail squarely on the head. The twin high-level pipes, sin­gle seat (you also get a dual bench seat) and small front light give it a lovely sil­hou­ette, but un­like the scram­bler, the café racer’s styling com­pli­ments its han­dling. Thanks to fullyad­justable sus­pen­sion front and rear, 17-inch wheels, a ra­dial Brembo brake, clip-ons and some odd al­most road-le­gal wet-style tyres, the Gran Mi­lano is a proper back road weapon.

The 440cc air-cooled en­gine needs work­ing, but it will top 70mph and the han­dling is light and ag­ile. Al­most like rid­ing a fast 125, ev­ery­thing is sac­ri­ficed for of cor­ner speed and with the thump­ing sin­gle-cylin­der sound­track it is a riot to ride. It’s also sur­pris­ingly com­fort­able as the clip-ons sit above the top yoke, al­though I found the tank dug into my thigh. Nonethe­less, I en­joyed ev­ery minute of it.

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