2018 Benelli Leoncino

Benelli Leoncino joins scrambler scramble

The scramble to have scramblers in your fleet continues with Italian-designed and Chinese-owned Benelli’s Leoncino scrambler. The 496cc parallel-twin-powered learner-approved scrambler is now available in Australia at $8990 ride away. Does Leoncino scramble? It’s not exactly what we call a scrambler, but this video suggests it is. It shows the rider sedately cruising through some …

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SWM Gran Milano cafe racer engines

SWM plans bigger V-twin engines

Italian motorcycle company SWM is planning to expand from single-cylinder engines into V-twins in sizes from 350cc to 1200cc. The engines, made by their Chinese owner Shineray, would be the company’s first multi-cylinder units. Currently, SWM Australia imports three enduro, one super moto, two adventure and three classic road motorcycles, all using air-cooled single-cylinder engines …

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SWM Superdual X

SWM adds two Superdual thumper models

Revived Italian motorcycle manufacturer SWM is adding two new models to its 600cc Superdual adventure thumper. The Superdual X features 21/18-inch wheels instead of the 19/17-inch combination of the standard model. Those wheels are fitted with Metzeler Sahara 3 tyres for hardcore adventure and the bike has switchable ABS. It arrives later this month at …

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SWM Superdual

SWM adds Superdual adventurer

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 …

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SWM Gran Milano cafe racer

SWM Gran Milano cafe racer review

The best value model in the new SWM retro range is definitely the Gran Milano cafe racer. For just an extra $500, it comes with Brembo brakes, fully adjustable suspension and a better quality finish. The Italian manufacturer was given a new lease on life in 2014 with funding from the Chinese Shineray Group. While they …

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SWM Silver Vase 440 scrambler

SWM Silver Vase 440 scrambler review

You can save yourself a lot of hassle and money converting a small-capacity motorcycle into a scrambler by checking out the SWM Silver Vase. SWM is an Italian-made brand with Chinese financial backing, so their bikes are made with Italian design and flair, but a bargain price tag. The Silver Vase costs just $7490 on …

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SWM Silver Vase

SWM adds Silver Vase scrambler to classics

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 …

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Retro SWM Gran motorcycles arrive

GranMilano The retro-styled 440cc single-cylinder SWM Gran Turismo and Gran Milano arrive in Australia in the next couple of weeks at $7490 and $7990 ride away. They are good price points sitting between the Royal Enfield Classic 350 at $6490 ride away and Classic 500 at $8790 and cheaper than the Yamaha SR400 at $7999 (plus on-road costs …

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Heavy Duty Motorsports relocates

Heavy Duty Motorsports relocates

Queensland’s largest custom bike shop, Heavy Duty Motorcycles, has grown so quickly it has relocated for the second time in under two years and changed it names to Heavy Duty Motorsports. The store was at Slacks Creek, then moved “around the corner” to Underwood and doubled in size. Now it is at even bigger premises on …

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SWM R 650 R dual sport motorcycle

SWM RS650R dual sport bike is top value

You get a lot of bike for your money with the Italian Speedy Working Motors (SWM) RS 650 R dual sport machine. At only $8999, it comes with some exotic features such as Marzocchi forks, Sachs rear shock, Brembo hydraulic brakes, GET ignition, comprehensive instrumentation and Mikuni throttle body feeding the 600cc liquid-cooled engine that …

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