2017 SWM Superdual T Review
- Published On: 7 August 2017
- 4 min read
There will be a new Italian bike maker in the Indian market, SWM. The SWM Superdual T will launch here soon.
Motoroyale has decided to bring the SWM Superdual T to the Indian market. The Superdual, thanks to its rugged nature and frugal running costs, has done fairly well in Australian and Eastern European markets. The Superdual T is based on the Husqvarna TE 630, so, this bike comes with serious off-road credibility.
On the outside
The Superdual looks like a typical adventure tourer, thanks to its tall stance, raised front mudguard, tall windscreen, raised side-slung exhausts and the provision to attach luggage for long trips. There’s a fairly simple LCD speedometer that comes fitted with a large digital readout for speed, there’s a tachometer to the right, while all other info is displayed at the bottom. There are warning lights housed on either side of the speedometer as well.
Engine and gearbox
The Bike is powered by a 600cc, single-cylinder, four-valve DOHC liquid-cooled motor which puts out 57hp of peak power. There’s even a less powerful version that makes 47.5hp. The motor sends power via a six-speed manual transmission and there’s ample torque on tap, while power delivery is predictable and linear. It may not be the most refined, but it does have sufficient grunt both on the highway and off road.
From the saddle
At the front, the bike sits on chunky 45mm upside-down forks, while at the rear, the bike is suspended on a Sachs monoshock. Ground clearance is at a decent 180mm; however, saddle height is quite tall, at 898mm – that’s more than some full-size adventure touring Bikes. The bike’s riding position, however, is commanding and quite comfortable, even when you’re going off-roading. The bike is 2,240mm long, 905mm wide and 1,240mm tall, while the wheelbase is 1,510mm. Without a rider, the bike weighs only 169kg and is fitted with a 19-litre fuel tank.
The T version of the bike comes fitted with 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wire spoke wheels, while the X version features 21- and 18-inchers. To brake, there is a single 300mm disc at the front and a 220mm disc at the rear. Both the front and rear brake calipers are floating type and come with off-road ABS as well. The brakes did feel a bit underpowered, and could do with a bit more bite. The Metzeler Tourance tyres that are fitted on the bike offer pretty good grip.
The SWM feels like a really tall bike when you hop onto the saddle - the long travel suspension and 19-inch front wheel ensure that you don’t get too much feedback from the road. This bike isn’t as predictable as some of the bigger, premium adventure tourers. The throttle feels a bit snappy, so it’s a bit unpredictable going through corners. Overall, it’s a decently capable, fairly rugged adventure tourer.
Is it worth the money?
This will be the first big single adventure tourer to be sold in India and the bike could be priced at ₹5.5 lakh - the Superdual has the potential to be quite a hit in our market.