The first model in the range was the RS 650 R adventure bike at $8990 and now comes the SM 650 R at $9490.
Other models coming this year include the RS 300 R and RS 500 R enduros and SM 500 R supermoto in April, the Silver Vase 440 scrambler and Gran Milano 440 roadster in May and the Super Dual 650 in August.
The SWM SM 650 R is powered by a 600cc four-valve DOHC engine fed from a 12-litre fuel tank via Mikuni D45 EFI and mates to a 6-speed transmission.
The 147kg bike has a lot of Italian in it including 45mm USD Marzocchi forks and Brembo hydraulics on the 300/240mm disc brakes. It also features a German Sachs rear shock.
SWM Australia brand manager and former dirt motorcycle journalist Stephen “Tuffy’” Tuff says the SM 650 R has the basics of dirt bike styling “but massaged into a classic, tough-looking street bike”.
“The SM 650 R engine is a proven performer as it’s the same power plant utilised in the RS 650 R dual-purpose machine,” he says.