Bud­get thrills with four new SWMS

Drip­ping in Ital­ian flair, and with at­trac­tive Euro­pean cy­cle parts, can the re­born Speedy Work­ing Mo­tors com­pete with the best?

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Jon Urry MCN CON­TRIB­U­TOR

Many will never have heard of Speedy Work­ing Mo­tors (SWM), but in the 1970s and early 1980s this small Ital­ian com­pany were mak­ing big waves in the off-road world. Us­ing Sachs en­gines, they built a range of 50cc, 100cc and 125cc bikes at their Ri­volta d’adda head­quar­ters and on their com­pe­ti­tion de­but in Spain in 1971, Pier­luigi Rot­tigni and Giuseppe Sig­norelli grabbed the firm’s first sil­ver­ware with sec­ond and third place fin­ishes in the 125cc and 100cc classes re­spec­tively. As well as taking sev­eral Ital­ian na­tional ti­tles, SWM also won the pres­ti­gious Six Days Sil­ver Vase and even a world tri­als cham­pi­onship be­fore shut­ting its doors in 1984 as the en­duro mar­ket col­lapsed.

The brand was res­ur­rected re­cently with for­mer Ca­giva and Aprilia project man­ager Am­pe­lio Mac­chi at the helm, with back­ing from Chi­nese man­u­fac­turer Shin­eray Group’s owner Dax­ing Gong. Taking over the old Husq­varna fac­tory in Bian­dronno, Italy, which was thor­oughly mod­ernised un­der BMW’S own­er­ship be­fore Husky were sold to KTM, SWM are now back in busi­ness.

The new 12-bike line-up isn’t just a col­lec­tion of styling ex­er­cises mask­ing the same chas­sis and en­gine plat­form be­neath – it en­com­passes a range of bikes that in­clude 300cc and 500cc en­duros, air-cooled 440 ret­ros, 125s and even a 650 su­per­moto. There’s even a soon-to -be-re­leased 650 Su­per­d­ual ad­ven­ture bike wait­ing in the wings that has all the al­lure of Yamaha’s nowde­funct ad­ven­ture icon, the XT660.

Don’t get sucked into think­ing that these bikes also fol­low the route taken by myr­iad other man­u­fac­tur­ers – trad­ing off old names or with funky new ones – be­cause, de­spite the Chi­nese fund­ing, the SWM range is all made in Italy us­ing Euro­pean com­po­nents wher­ever pos­si­ble, which the firm be­lieves is one of their unique fea­tures.

So if you fancy an SWM, just what’s on of­fer for road riders? MCN vis­ited SWM dealer Stevelin Mo­tor­cy­cles of Ram­sey, Cam­bridgeshire (www. stevelin­mo­tor­cy­cles.co.uk) who stock the full SWM range to pick four of the best from the new SWM fam­ily.

‘With Chi­nese back­ing, SWM are back in busi­ness’

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