SWM 650 Super dual

It seems a long time since I first saw this bike on the MotoScotland stand at the Scottish Bike Show way back in March and I finally got the chance to take it for a ride.

Now, as we all know there’s an awful amount of ‘badge snobbery’ in the world of motorcycling, often, if it’s not from one of the big players – the bike will simply be no good and not fit for purpose….But, not everyone can afford to (or indeed wants to) pay £10 – £16k for a motorcycle, a good number also don’t want all the electronic wizardry that we are constantly being told that we simply cannot live without and/or they don’t want something that either they can’t get on, or are terrified to wheel out of the garage in case they drop it!

Take the bike above – the Super Dual GT pack, as it stands it costs £7599 (incl vat) – that includes the Givi luggage, fog lights and luggage rack!

So, I hear you ask what’s wrong with it? In my humble opinion and for the money, very little indeed. The SWM has a 650cc single made by Husqvarna (the pre KTM era), the bike is built in Milan (former BMW site) it’s a liquid cooled, matched to a sweet 6 speed gearbox. The seat height is claimed to be 35 inches – (I’m 5′ 9 with a 32″ inseam and we got on fine). The tubular steel frame has Fastace forks and Sachs mono shock and was shod with Metzler tyres. Brembo brakes F&R and braided hoses. Service intervals for the 650 single are 5000kms and the bike comes with a two year warranty.

Ok, so it doesn’t have a full colour multifunction, multimedia dashboard, but it tells your speed, the time and how many miles you’ve done – what more do you need? Maybe a fuel gauge – oh and also a front mudguard ;) !

Heading out from MotoScotland HQ on the Duke of Argyll’s Estate in Inveraray, I headed up the A819 with a plan of riding the south side of Loch Awe on the B840 (past Portsonachan) then along through Ford to meet the A816 just before Kilmartin with a loop back to Inveraray via Lochgilphead. This bike is great fun, it has a responsive engine, sweet gearbox, suspension seems well suited to the ride. I’ve also ridden the SWM 650 Enduro which had a far snappier throttle response – this bike is better for the road. The bike was ideal for the single track alongside Loch Awe – this is Clive Rumble’s own bike and he’s put on bar risers and a screen extension – both of which work very well and suit the ride. As it’s a MotoScotland bike the mirrors, fogs and indicators were removed – that takes you back with hand signals!

On the A roads, if you remember that this is a 650 single and therefore plan your road ride accordingly, the SuperDual does not feel out of its depth at all on the road –  we had some snappy little overtakes and the engine revs up well..it will ‘allegedly’ reach 90 mph.

If you are looking for something different, which offers remarkable value for money – this could be it? It’s a great Adventure bike alternative.

Many thanks to my old pal Clive Rumbold at MotoScotland.