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.
“It makes big gobs of horsepower that’s a lot of fun to use and the 17-inch wheels let you really make the most of what this bike has to offer on the tar.”
In Australia, SWM is imported by Mojo Motorcycles who also import CFMoto, Sherco dirt bikes, TGB scooters and KTM bicycles.
They now have 14 dealers – 2 in Victoria, 4 in NSW, 5 in Queensland, 2 in WA and one in ACT –and are seeking expressions of interest from other prospective dealers.
SWM SM 650 R
Price: 9490 (+ORC)
Engine: Liquid-cooled DOHC 4-valve single cylinder four-stoke
Bore x Stroke: 100 x 76.4mm
Clutch: Wet multi-plate with hydraulic control
Fuel system: Mikuni EFI
Front suspension: 45mm Marzocchi fork with 210mm of travel