With the adventure motorcycle category continuing to evolve, SWM has expanded its range to allow enthusiasts to travel even further and deeper into the Aussie heartland.
If you have a yearning to turn your back on the city, SWM’s Superdual X has created a niche market for itself by being ready for action straight off the showroom floor. It’s virtually unrivalled with its level of spec and, as we would find out on a trip through the mighty Victorian high country, it’s more than capable at allowing you to spread your wings.
A lot of people are still unfamiliar with SWM, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a history behind the Italian brand. It was founded in 1971 by Piero Sironi and Fausto Vergani, initially selling trials machines fitted with Sachs and then Rotax engines before moving into the enduro scene. The company’s sporting success reached a zenith in 1981 it won a world trials title with Gilles Burgat.
However, it was a bittersweet period in the early ’80s, as the finances took a turn for the worse and the company went into receivership in 1984. A 20-year hibernation followed before SWM reopened its doors in 2014 after it purchased – with assistance from a Chinese group – the old Husqvarna factory in Varese, which was available after KTM purchased Husqvarna from BMW.
SWM also gained the rights to all of Husky’s design and manufacturing up until BMW took ownership – which left them with plenty of quality options to work with…