One of the biggest trends in 2016 has been the ubiquitous scrambler and even returning Italian brand SWM can’t help itself with the Silver Vase.
At just $7490 ride away, it’s the cheapest of the scramblers available. It is also the most closely associated with the traditional scrambler – a small-capacity road bike converted into a dirt bike for a weekend hare scramble through the dirt.
The Silver Vase completes the SWM three-bike classic range along with the Gran Milano ($7990) cafe racer and Gran Turismo ($7490) roadster.
The SWM range in Australia also includes the RS300R, RS500R and RS650R enduros, SM500R and SM650R supermoto and Superdual 600.
The Silver Vase is powered by the same engine as in the Gran Milano and Gran Turismo.
It’s a new SWM 445.3cc air and oil-cooled, four-stroke SOHC four-valve single-cylinder engine with 22.4kW (30hp) and 35.8Nm of torque at 5300 revs.
It’s married to a five-speed transmission with cable clutch.
All classic models are LAMS approved and have enormous range with a massive 22.5-litre fuel tank and miserly economy which should allow you to cruise about 500km before needing a top-up.
The Silver Vase is set apart from its SWM classic siblings by the up-swept twin exhaust system that reaches up on the right hand side in quintessential scrambler fashion.
It features twin-dial instruments, single disc brakes front and rear, 19-inch and 17-inch wheels, 43mm conventional forks with 125mm of travel and twin rear shocks.
The Silver Vase sits a bit higher than the other classics with a seat height of 820mm but it’s a bit lighter at a kerb weight of 151kg.
SWM Australia’s Stephen Tuff says the classic range has been well received in Australia.
“In a very short space of time the Gran Turismo and Gran Milano have sold in very encouraging numbers,” he says.
As with the rest of the SWM range, the Silver Vase of manufactured in the former Husqvarna manufacturing plant in Lombardia in northern Italy.
SWM Silver Vase specifications
- Engine: Air-cooled & oil-cooled SOHC 4-valve single cylinder four-stoke
- Capacity: 445.3cc
- Bore x Stroke: 90 x 70mm
- Engine oil capacity: 2.8-litres
- Transmission: 5-speed
- Clutch: Wet multi-plate with cable control
- Ignition: GET
- Fuel system: EFI
- Start: Electric
- Front suspension: 43mm conventional fork with 125mm of travel
- Rear suspension: Twin shock with pre-load adjustment and 90mm of travel
- Front wheel: 19-inch with 260mm brake disc
- Rear wheel: 17-inch with 220mm brake disc
- Seat Height: 820mm
- Wheel base: 1441mm
- Ground clearance: 191mm
- Fuel capacity: 23.5-litres
- Weight: 151kg (no fuel)