Out of the blue (or purple if you go by the colour of the bike) our Spanish friend Pepo Rosell sent us pictures of the bike he uses on a daily basis to zoom around in Madrid.
We were immediately intrigued with the brand, as you hardly see any builders taking up the challenge on modifying an SWM.
In the early ‘70’s, during the now denominated Endurance races, the fabulous Italian 4stroke bikes started to struggle competing against the more powerful foreign 2stroke. To face this merging hegemony, two riders and friends with the same passion for off-road decided to build their own motorcycle, establishing SWM, that stands for ‘Speedy Working Motors’.
The Italian boutique brand, headquartered slightly more than an hour up North from Milan in Biandronno, started off with only three models housing 50, 100, and 125 cc Sachs engines that during their enduro racing debuts conquered prestigious spots, impressing the audience with their technical features like the rectangular sectioned fork, absolute new in those days, and for the modern and personal designed characterized by the amaranth chassis and the silver accessories.
Over the years the Italian manufacturer have won their fair share of championships around Europe predominantly in the 1980’s.
It is a type of bike you don’t see too often on the road outside Italy. With Pepo’s taste for Italian designed bikes as donor vehicles we were not that surprised he came up with this as his personal wheels for his daily commute.
Our editorial team are not great fans of the designs of the SWM street bikes. There are better ones out there, but in the hands of our Madrid magician, nice touches were added. Still, the Italian company are proud when it comes to the way they go about their business.
From engine to chassis, from electronics to style: everything is designed internally with, what they call “manic precision and the taste and experience of prepared Italian workers”. With a 360° know-how, that starts from design and goes to research, development, product tests, quality control, production, distribution. And we admire that!
In your hands
However, Pepo would not be Pepo if he did not make some substantial changes to the appearance of his 2017 built bike. A decision was made to add some international flavour to it by mounting stuff from different brands from all over the world.
With a manufacturer that have their roots firmly planted in sports history, especially in endurance racing, you can rest assured that the reliability of the engine is high. “Why change a winning team”, the Madrilenian must have thought. Reason for him focusing on making the SWM Sport 440 more pleasing to the eye.
Donor Bike : SWM Gran Turismo Sport 440 (2017)
• SWM six days fuel tank
• SWM six days seat
• MASH led rear light
• MASH TT40 footrests
• MASH front light
• XTR clip-ons
• XTR front mudguard
• Derbi Senda front and rear 17 inches aluminium rims
• Bridgestone soft compound tyres
• Wolfman 2 in 1 exhaust system with modified SWM megaphone
• Rizoma Next front brake reservoir
• Pintumoto painting
David Perse Trazandofino