MotoRoyale, the Kinetic Group’s multi-brand superbike initiative earlier announced the launch of SWM motorcycles in the Indian market. It has now been confirmed that the new brand will launch in India by the mid-2018 and their first product will be the Superdual, a mid-capacity bike set-up for dual purpose riding.
The upcoming models are currently undergoing homologation process and the company is planning to commercially launch them by mid-2018. The SWM motorcycles will be imported to India as completely knocked down (CKD) units and will be assembled in India by Kinetic Engineering. The company has already invested to upgrade the assembly lines for the new bikes.
The SWM SuperDual draws power from a single-cylinder, oil-cooled, 600cc, fuel injected engine. It will generate around 54 Bhp of maximum power and 53.5 Nm of peak torque. It gets a 6-speed manual transmission. The bike is quite lightweight and weighs just 169 kg. With a good power-to-weight ratio, the new SuperDual will be quite quick off the mark. The SuperDual gets an 18-litre fuel tank, which will be good enough to take it for the highway rides.
It gets a 19-inch front wheel and a 17-inch rear wheel. Both the wheels get Metzeler Tourance tyres. The front suspension duties are done by 45mm Fast Ace adjustable upside down forks while the rear suspension is an adjustable monoshock from Sachs. There is a 300mm front disc and 220mm rear disc and it gets standard dual-channel ABS.
For touring capabilities, features like a windshield, knuckle guards, saddle stays and belly pan have been added. The bike is expected to be launched with a price tag of around Rs. 5 lakhs to 7 lakhs. It will take on the Kawasaki Versys 650 and the Honda CBR 650 in the market. However, there is no direct competitor of the bike in the Indian market yet.
SWM is an Italian motorcycle brand that is now owned by a China-based Shineray Group. The SWM bikes now use older engines from the Husqvarna models. The bikes are available in many international markets.