Resurrected motorcycle company SWM (Speedy Working Motors) has made good on its promise from last years’ EICMA show with the release of their first model – the RS 650 R enduro motorcycle. The SWM RS 650 R is the first of many models for the reborn Italian company with two more enduro bikes, two supermotos and two ‘classic’ machines to be released between now and the end of the year.
For those unfamiliar with SWM, it was founded in 1971 and manufactured trials, enduro, motocross and other off-road motorcycles in the 1970s and 1980s, but went into liquidation in 1984. Since then, ex Aprilia and Husqvarna engineer Ampelio Macchi has bought the rights to SWM and teamed up with giant Chinese powersports company Shineray who are providing the financing. The machines will be manufactured in Italy, though we’d imagine at least some of the parts will be created in China before being shipped and bolted together in Europe.
The RS 650 R is heavily influenced by the discontinued Husqvarna TE 610 enduro both in looks and engine. In fact for at least the time being, all of SWM’s off-road machines will use Husqvarna engines – so reliability shouldn’t be an issue. Going off the specifications (we’re still awaiting a press pack), the engine has been bored out to 599cc (up from the TE 610’s 576cc) with compression bumped up to 12.4:1. Suspension and brakes appear unchanged. Kerb weight (without fuel) will be about 144kg.
Europeans will be the first to get their hands on the SWM RS 650 R which will sell for €6,400. SWM will progressively become available in Australia, New Zealand, China, Israel and Lebanon with distributors for these countries to be announced shortly. SWM is also in negotiations with distributors in North America with the goal of sales starting there in 2016.