At first sight, the bike is compact in size with basic instruments, the off-road look is enhanced by the generous hand-guards, the skid bars and the 21” front wheel; windshield, central kickstand, LED high beam and luggage rack for long trips complete the look. If this standard setup doesn’t seem enough, the GT PACK kit includes two large 33-liter side cases equipped with frames to hook them to the bike.
The SWM handles easily on the country roads of the province of Trento as well as in city traffic.
Its 169 kg are well balanced allowing for agile changes of direction, the 18 liters of gas in the tank do not affect maneuverability while granting good mileage; the Brembo brakes and the front and rear ABS system effectively assist when entering curves. The front end is stable at high speed and the high mudguard doesn’t cause turbulence or oscillations; it’s a pity that over 4000rpm engine vibrations are elevated affecting riding smoothness.
Off-road starts after a number of switchbacks; it is time to disengage the rear ABS via a handy pushbutton on the handlebar and test its off-road qualities!
The bike has a good stability on dirt, graveled roads, the power output of the 600cc engine is 40kW (54CV) and, since it isn’t a skittish horse to be tamed, it can be easily handled in-between skids and sideslips; actually, in my opinion, the sprocket is a bit too small making the bike too lazy at lower revs and when picking up, but even if you have a gear that’s too long the engine won’t abandon you and you will climb to the top! It’s to be noted that the same engine is available even in a version detuned to 26kW (35CV), suitable for riders with an A2 driving license!