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2018 SWM 440 SILVER SCRAMBLE
VERY VERY CLEAN BIKE MUST BE SEEN
ONLY 535 MILES
FINANCE IS AVAILABLE
CLASSIC LOOKING STEVE McQUEEN BIKE
They are all powered by a new SWM 445.3cc air and oil-cooled, four-stroke, SOHC, four-valve, fuel-injected, single-cylinder engine. Output is 22.4kW of power (30hp) and 35.8Nm of torque at 5300 revs.
The engine components are made by Shineray Group in China and shipped to the SWM factory in Lombardia, northern Italy, where the bike is built.
It’s a stylish little bike that turns heads everywhere you go. Not many have heard of SWM before, but those who used to race dirt a few decades ago remember them fondly.
Unlike many other scramblers on the market, this is closer to the original scrambler formula: a small-capacity road bike converted to race across paddocks on the weekends in hare scrambles events.
In fact, it’s named after the Six Days Silver Vase event which later became the International Six Days Trial.
When we picked up the Silver Vase from Brisbane retailer Heavy Duty Motorsport, it certainly looked like it came straight from the starting line of a post-war scrambles event.
It features knobby tyres on wire wheels, twin-shock suspension, chromed fenders, gaitered forks, metal panels and tank, wide and high bars, upswept twin exhausts, dual-pod instruments and an old-fashioned padded bench seat like the old dirt bikes.
Many old riders will love the overall nostalgic look that many young hipsters are trying to replicate with their custom builds.
Closer inspection reveals inconsistent fit and finish. Some aspects such as the paintwork are very good and some, such as the stickers and exhaust welding, look a little basic. But remember that cheap price tag!
You simply can’t compare this with a BMW R nineT Scrambler at almost three times the price!
There is a sticker on the rear chromed mudguard that suggests warming up the bike gently every time you start it. It also warns you should avoid “full load” for the first four hours.
The Silver Vase starts first time when cold (no kick-start only like the SR400). However, it can be a little cantankerous to start when hot.
Since it only has 30-odd kilometres on the odometer, I give it gentle revs and pull away, wary of not revving it too much for the first four hours.
So I take it on a highway trip with some twisties and some dirt thrown in.