the Scottish Six-Day Trial on a
SWM in 1982.
This 1971 SWM GS125 was
powered by a Rotax engine.
SWM used Sachs and Rotax
engines from 1971 to 1984.
After 30 years, SWM has returned from
the dead with all-new models, including
the RS300R offroad bike.
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT:
SWM IS COMING TO AMERICA
Who wouldn’t want a motorcycle
made at a company named Speedy
Working Motors? Although they aren’t
on American shores yet, the Speedy
Working Motors (SWM) bikes will arrive
in time for the 2017 new-model introduction season. SWM was founded back
in 1971, and although never ultimately
successful in the World Motocross
Championships, SWM did have great
success with its SWM TL320 trials
bike, with Gilles Burgat winning the
1981 World Trials Championship and
American Bernie Schreiber winning
the 1982 Scottish Six-Day Trial. When
the original SWM went into liquidation
in 1984, Armstrong Motorcycles of
Bolton, England, bought the rights.
Armstrong, which had produced their
own machines and bikes for Can-Am,
went out of business in 1987.
The newly formed SWM company is
headed up by former Cagiva, Husqvarna
and Aprilia engineer Ampelio Macchi.
SWMs are produced in Lombardia, Italy,
with funding from the Chinese Shineray
group and parts borrowed from the
ex-Husqvarna of Italy group. The lineup
will focus on enduro and dual-sport
models. They have plans for some
motocross models starting with a 125
SWM doesn’t really stand for Speedy
Working Motors. The acronym is
based on the names of founders Pietro
Sironi and Fausto Vergani and the
town they were from—Vimercate near
Milan. SWM stands for Sironi Vergani
Vimercate Milan. Where did they get
the W? When the Vs of Vergani and
Vimercate were placed close to each
other, they looked like a “W,” so
they went with it. For more info, contact
SWM USA at (760) 949-0941 or email