First Husqvarna comes back, and now SWM (Speedy Working Motors) is back with a line of new bikes, including a 300 cc dual-sport and 450 cc supermoto or, as I like to call them, the stuff dreams are made of.
The new model lineup is made up of the RS 300 enduro, RS 500 enduro, SM 450 supermoto, Superdual 650, and four versions in its Classic Bikes line.
The images of the the RS 300 R and RS 500 R are incredibly interesting, given that they enter the market sans any obvious competition. None of the Japanese brands have put a 300 cc single in a dual-sport (yet), despite countless requests for a CRF300L. The other option is something more along the lines of the KTM 350 EXC-F. The engines look like Husqvarna power from before the KTM-Husqvarna acquisition.
The SM 450 R supermoto hits a sweet spot, coming in slightly bigger than the Suzuki DR-Z400SM I've come to know and love. Cleveland Cyclewerks also does a 450 supermoto, which also looks it could be like an incredible bike, but they've gotten mixed reviews regarding their quality.
Finally, there's the Classic Bikes line, which will come in four different versions (ahem, Ducati Scrambler). I like that they sort of went for it in the aesthetics department and didn't just rip off Triumph or Royal Enfield, but I've developed a prejudice against small-displacement bikes that aren't sport-themed. Because they're boring.
The new SWM finds Ampelio Macchi at the helm. His background as an engineer with Aprilia, Husqvarna, and Cagiva make these new SWM bikes particularly interesting. With financial backing from Chinese powersports manufacturer Shineray, the combination could result in a wonderful mix of Italian styling and proven manufacturing and distribution. That, or it will fade into obscurity and drown in a pool of my tears.