Revived Italian motorcycle manufacturer SWM will enter the growing mid-sized adventure bike market with the arrival of the Superdual this month (May 2017).
A pre-production model was displayed at the 2016 Moto Expo in Melbourne and SWM Australia spokesman Stephen “Tuffy” Tuff says it attracted a lot of interest.
It arrives in the next few weeks at $9990 plus on-road costs and comes with a two-year, 20,000km parts and labour warranty.
Tuffy says dealers have been “inundated with enquiry and quite a few deposits”.
“There’s definitely a gap in the adventure market for a quality single-cylinder machine that’s capable of comfortable long-distance riding,” he says.
The Superdual is based on the Husqvarna TE 630 engine and shares the same Husky 600cc liquid-cooled DOHC 4-valve four-stroke engine as the SWM RS 650R.
However, it has slightly more power thanks to an under-slung exhaust.
Suspension includes 45mm upside-down Fast Ace forks with 210mm of travel and a fully adjustable Sachs rear shock with 270mm of travel, so it should be quite a capable rough road rider.
The Superdual comes with a 19-litre tank, spoked wheels, six-speed gearbox, a very high 860mm seat, hand guards, skid plate and Brembo brakes.
To help with touring, a Superdual GT Kit is available for $1500 which contains Givi panniers and brackets and LED fog lights.
SWM (Sironi Vergani Vimercate Milano) was founded in 1971 and forged a formidable reputation in trials and enduro.
It was liquidated in 1984 and given a new lease on life in 2014 with funding from the Chinese Shineray Group.
Their new range of dirt and road bikes is Italian designed and built in the same production plant in Lombadia, Italy, where the company started.
- Engine: 600cc, liquid-cooled DOHC 4-valve single cylinder four-stoke
- Power: 40kW
- Bore x Stroke: 100 x 76.4mm
- Transmission: 6-speed, wet multi-plate hydraulic clutch
- Ignition: GET
- Fuel system: Mikuni D45 EFI
- Front suspension: 45mm USD Fast Ace fork with 210mm of travel
- Rear suspension: Fully adjustable Sachs shock with 270mm of travel
- Front wheel: 19-inch with 300mm brake disc
- Rear wheel: 17-inch with 220mm brake disc
- Seat: 860mm
- Wheelbase: 1510mm
- Fuel capacity: 19-litres
- Dry weight: 159kg