Last summer, we told you Motorsports Canada was bringing the SWM line to Canada; now, we’ve got the names of the bikes that are supposed to come in, their MSRPs, and a rough timeline of when we can expect to see them.
There are 13 SWM models expected to come to Canada, and there is a broad range in the lineup, including mid-sized scramblers, big-bore duallies and small-bore dirt bikes. You can see photos of all the new models below.
Then, there are 11 street-legal models expected this year: the RS300R ($8,499), the RS500R ($9,499), and the SM500R ($9,999). The Super Dual T is $10,499, the Super Dual T GT is $11,999, the Super Dual X is $10,499 and the Super Dual X GT is $11,999. Presumably, those Super Dual models are all based off this machine.
The Gran Turismo is $7,999, the Silver Vase 440 is $7,999, the Gran Milano 440 is $8,499 and the Six Days is $8,499. All street-legal bikes are expected to be certified by Transport Canada this spring, except the Gran Milano and Six Days. They’re expected to be certified this fall.
If you aren’t familiar with SWM, there’s a brief company history at its webpage. Essentially, it’s a rare example of a successful zombie brand. The Italian-based manufacturer was originally in business between 1971 and 1984, but was revived in 2014 by Chinese manufacturing giant Shineray. Now, SWM sells bikes built around the made-in-Italy Husqvarna designs that went out of production when KTM’s Stefan Pierer bought that brand from BMW. It’s a complicated family history, for sure, but reports from other countries with access to the machines seem to indicate the bikes are decent quality. The Italian connection has certainly resulted in better-looking bikes than most machines with a Chinese origin.
SWM has been grabbing attention from frustrated dual-sport enthusiasts in the last couple years because it’s one of a very small number of companies still building motorcycles in the single-cylinder 650 class. However, as you can see in the MSRPs above, the new thumpers won’t be in the same bargain-basement range as the existing Japanese 650s that popularized that segment.
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