SWM Motorcycles comes with a long tradition, originated by great passion and far-seeing technical skills; starting bases of the current Italian Company, that gets in the market with prestigious goals and a range of quality and stylish street and off-road bikes.
In the early Seventies, during the now denominated Endurance races, the fabulous Italian 4 stroke bikes started to struggle competing against the more powerful foreign 2 stroke. 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 stays for Speedy Working Motors. In the Rivolta d’Adda headquarters three models were created with 50, 100, and 125 cc Sachs engines that during their racing debut 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 that lasted for a long time in the fans hearts.
On November 4 at 12pm (CET) at the 100th EICMA event in Milan, Italy, KTM was in action to complete another record year in sales, took the cover off the all-new KTM 1050 ADVENTURE and, together with MXGP world champion Antonio ‘Tony’ Cairoli, presented the next generation of the KTM 350 SX-F Factory, KTM`s new Factory MXGP race bike.
KTM 1050 ADVENTURE
Hot in the wheel tracks of KTM’s technology powerhouse and luxury two-wheel sport travel enduro titan, the 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE, revealed last month at INTERMOT, Cologne, the 1050 ADVENTURE completes KTM’s four-strong large capacity travel enduro range for 2015.
True to predictions, riders competing in ISDE Argentina 2014 faced very tough conditions on Day Three of this six-day Enduro classic in San Juan with fine dust a big issue. Leading KTM rider in the individual standings at the half way mark is Toby Price of Team Australia in second with teammate and KTM factory rider Matthew Phillips in third overall.
Pela Renet of Team France remains on top of the list with more KTM factory riders riders in Kailub Russell (USA), Christophe Nambotin (France) and Ivan Cervantes (Spain) in places 4-6-7.
Dust was an issue for engines and fuel injections systems and Price said it had been “a seriously tough day”, adding that from now on it would be a case of “being in survival mode”. “There was just no let up from the dust,” he said. “I was doing a filter change at every time control, it was just brutal dust. Trying to keep it out of the motor is going to be so important tomorrow. It’s already taking its toll on some riders, thankfully my bike’s running great so far. The tests were great.”