The suspension is on the softer end of the spectrum and more akin to what you’d expect on an old-skool enduro bike, rather than the race-spec enduro machines we’re saturated with nowadays.
My plan is to hit some weekend trailrides with my old mates from the Sydney branch of the DSMRA, give the SWM an airing at the Kowen Forest Ride and at the Watagans Trailbike Rally in August, as well as heading for some longer rides, including a session in the vast Big Desert country out the back of Hattah, where I hope the thundering RS500R will be right in its element.
If you were too hasty with the throttle the engine would bog slightly before revving up, but with fuel injection these types of problems are easily fixed. MODS NEXT MONTH: First service engine oil/filter change and inspection, Cassons has announced the new Gaerne Fastback Enduro boot is available now from, Bell is pleased to announce the Australian release of the Moto 9-Flex Fasthouse, Justin Barcia will lead the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing team, ADB Technical Editor Mat Boyd tells us about all that's new on the 2021 Kawasaki, Highlights from Round 16 of the FIM Motocross World Championship, the MXGP of Tr, Subscribe To Australasian Dirt Bike Magazine, Ohhh Snap! Just in case you hadn’t noticed, I’m not a fan of the SWM RS500R’s seat. Sadly, there is no cush-drive rear hub.
Riding the 2019 SWM RS 500 R. Regardless, the SWM handles and corners quite well on the trail, even on tight single-track, and the suspension is solid. Two weeks later Editor Mitch Lees was backing his shiny new Mitsubishi Triton down the driveway with ‘my’ precious cargo in the tray. At $8990 for the RS500R that’s nearly half the price of the more fancied European 500s, and from what we can tell, they’re a fun, competent trailbike. And priced at $8990 plus on-roads, plenty of trailriders will be giving the SWM more than a cursory glance, so it’s going to be interesting to see just how many SWM riders I cross trails with during the year. Standing up for long dirt sections also made me want beefier pegs, so that’s another setup I will look into in the months ahead. Keen? There are all-new SWMs set to roll down the line in the coming months and years. She’s definitely an enduro engine for this SWM test review.
I remember that Husky having a longish feel to it, and the SWM brings those memories flooding back. Bell Moto-9 Flex Fasthouse DITD: Limited Stock, Get In Quick. It’s bone hard and plain uncomfortable for any ride much further than Maccas. First things first: the seat sucks. Is this the same Bike? So with the sun finally shining and the dolled-up red, white and black SWM looking thoroughly ready, willing and able, I climbed aboard her early on a bright blue morning on the Easter weekend and we went hard at it … all day long.
The SWM is not light but shedding some weight shouldn’t be difficult. It’s time to review 2018 and decide who will be the recipient of the Caselli Cup. Rain, rain go away – and as soon as it did, I consummated the blossoming relationship between me and the SWM RS500R.
WHO WON IN 2018? When I first received the bike the front lever felt a little spongy, but when riding it’s strong and predictable and ably supported by an impressive rear stopper. And yes, the tech guys at SWM Motorcycles said to run the bike on 95 rather than 98 octane, so that’s what I’m doing. Andrew Clubb. The motor does like more open riding conditions for sure, rather than tight and gnarly, which can bring out the traditional big-bore thumper ‘ka-donk’ inertia stall.
You can afford to be lazy and short shift into third gear which will pretty much do it all. The ergos are good and open, but it’s no surprise the SWM feels just like the 2010 Husqvarna TE510 it is derived from.
Just like not every driver needs a HSV Maloo, not every dirtbike rider needs a $15K dirtbike.
THIS UPDATE WAS PUBLISHED IN ADB ISSUE #454 – JULY 2017.
That big session sure did tell me a lot about what’s in store living with this sultry Italian. SWM might not be a mainstream brand name, but parts shouldn’t be an issue. As mentioned, the Arrow exhaust with carbon tip is a high-end piece of equipment, so too is the Kayaba suspension, Magura hydraulic clutch and Brembo brakes. In the narrow singletrail the inertia of the engine works against you at slow speed making the SWM less inclined to change direction in a hurry. Cassons has announced the new Gaerne Fastback Enduro boot is available now from, Bell is pleased to announce the Australian release of the Moto 9-Flex Fasthouse, Justin Barcia will lead the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing team, ADB Technical Editor Mat Boyd tells us about all that's new on the 2021 Kawasaki, Highlights from Round 16 of the FIM Motocross World Championship, the MXGP of Tr, Subscribe To Australasian Dirt Bike Magazine, Ohhh Snap! HOURS: 11
I so hope the crew at Adventure Moto, the local Seat Concepts distributor, has a seat kit which will let me put away the Rectinol cream.
From day one my brief with the SWM long-termer was to treat it as a trailbike. If you like to rev this 300 will be plenty fast enough. Faced with a steep hill the RS500R doesn’t hesitate to pickup from low revs in third and carry it all the way to the top.
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