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IAs with many brand names in the mo­tor­cy­cle world the roots of the project are usu­ally as­so­ci­ated with the en­thu­si­asm and pas­sion of rid­ers and this was no dif­fer­ent with SWM mo­tor­cy­cles. Piero Sironi and Fausto Ver­gani were Ital­ian and pas­sion­ate about pro­duc­ing their own mo­tor­cy­cles. They founded Speedy Work­ing Mo­tors in Mi­lan, Italy in 1971. They started to make a name in the fast ex­cit­ing world of en­duro and wanted to add an­other model range to the brand and moved into the tri­als world in 1977. This story would wit­ness some very in­ter­est­ing twists and turns and would take them to the heights of World Cham­pi­onship win­ners be­fore the

in­tro­duc­tion of the mono-shock tri­als ma­chines would put the fi­nal nail in the cof­fin for SWM. It’s com­mon knowl­edge that Ital­ian peo­ple have a pas­sion for any­thing they be­come in­volved with and the world of mo­tor­cy­cle tri­als is no dif­fer­ent. In a chang­ing world where brands can be­come overnight sen­sa­tions they

can also dis­ap­pear just as quick. In the case of the SWM badge the dream lasted from 1971 un­til 1984. Words: John Hulme • Pic­tures: Andy Gre­gory, Eric Kitchen, Toon van de Vliet, Mauri/Fontsere Col­lec­tion and the Gi­ulio Mauri Copy­right, Nick Ni­cholls Col­lec­tion at Mor­tons Ar­chive’, Yoomee Ar­chive, SWM, Iain Lawrie n the crazy street world of Italy the young kids would start their two wheeled ad­ven­tures at a very young age on mopeds and the great Valentino Rossi was no dif­fer­ent! It was on the street where the SWM story would come to life when Piero Sironi and Fausto Ver­gani started man­u­fac­tur­ing and sell­ing mopeds and small en­gine ca­pac­ity Sachs en­gine mo­tor­cy­cles. Soon they would move to­wards the off-road mar­ket with a range of en­duro ma­chines.

The rep­u­ta­tion was soon be­com­ing ev­i­dent that the qual­ity of en­gi­neer­ing and fin­ish on the SWM ma­chines was bring­ing them rac­ing suc­cess. It was an ex­cit­ing time in the off-road world as Italy joined the ‘boom’ time in­clud­ing Fan­tic and Garelli but it would be the SWM name which would lead the way.

1978: Pro­duc­tion at full speed in the fac­tory near Mi­lan Italy

1978: The first pro­duc­tion 320TL

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