From http://www.crosstrainingenduro.com Our SWM test review! No, SWM bikes aren’t manufactured in China, they are manufacturered in Italy but with Chinese funding. SWM have also tweaked the 2016 SWM RS300R engine to provide a bit more grunt and a fraction less top end. This makes sense. Being an older design, SWM are better off taming these bikes a little to bridge the gap between enduro and dual sport bikes, instead of trying to compete with more modern full fledged enduro bikes. The SWM RS300R is a rebadged and slightly tweaked Husqvarna model from around 2010. They are built in the same Husqvarna factory that passed to BMW and now finally to SWM. So what’s the SWM RS300R like? She’s definitely an enduro engine for this SWM test review. It lugs well for a small four stroke, nice mid range and then really starts to sing in the upper revs. If you like to rev this 300 will be plenty fast enough. A healthy 1.8 litre oil capacity for the SWM RS300R should see a good run between oil changes and if the reliability is the same as the 2010 Huskies then you have a long way to go before needing any engine work. It looks as though in 2017 SWM still have the same quality control as Husky did back in 2010 and the finish is excellent. The SWM RS300R comes with the well known Kayaba suspension and Brembo brakes, and in Australia you also get an Arrow exhaust to replace the twin muffler setup. Then we played with the clickers and upped the speed on the SWM RS300R.
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Australasian Dirt Bike SWM review
The RS300R fits somewhere in between a Yamaha WR250F and a Suzuki DR-Z400E. Standing up and guiding it through singletrack is just as easy as any race-bred enduro bike, just don’t expect to snap open the throttle and wheelie over a log just metres away… The RS300R and RS500R feel like more docile versions of their ancestors and perfect for trailriding… at a touch over AUD$8000, they’re certainly worth considering next time you’re in the market for a serious trailbike.
The SWM RS300R 2016 handles very well. As with many manufacturers I suspect the claimed weight of 111 kg without fuel may not be accurate. We some weight lifting comparisons with other bikes and it felt more around the 118kg mark to me. A bit porky by modern enduro standards but the SWM 300 is far lighter than dual sport bikes. This SWM 300 demo bike was derestricted with remapping of the ECU and the Arrow exhaust which apparently is what most SWM riders are doing. At this price, the SWM 300 is a fantastic alternative to your usual dual sport bikes such as the DRZ400, WR250R, CRF250 and XT250. It’s in the same price bracket but you get far better suspension, brakes and engine, and it’s a much lighter bike too. Suspension? We started on the softer settings and it was beautifully plush and great for dual sport riding.
Ride Expeditions SWM review
The SWM is a well-built and very competent dirt bike at an astoundingly good price, and on that basis ticks all the boxes… we like all those attributes in any bike. Inevitably with a smaller capacity four-stroke motor, the SWM is going to find more fans within mainland Europe than perhaps in Australasia or the US, due to both the nature of the trails and maybe a false allegiance to the 450 machines that is still plainly evident. But the SWM is a great machine that can play with the mainstream manufactures on equal terms – it’s well worth considering.
It does bridge the gap between dual sport and enduro extremely well, and in stock form would suit the beginner rider and yet still be very capable for the vast majority of dirt riders unless you are doing gnarly terrain or developing a lot of speed. It was still plush but handled the big hits a lot better. A very aggressive rider will find the limits of this setup quickly, but then that’s not what this SWM is set up for.
Bike Sales SWM 300 review
The RS300R is perhaps the ultimate LAMS [dual sport] machine… entirely capable of pootling down to the shops, commuting to work or getting down and dirty on the trails come the weekend. With a retail price of AUD $8290, it’s aimed more at the trail market than the hardcore win-at-all-costs race set, but in saying that I’d still be happy to give it a run in the heat of competition. Its pedigree stems back to the Husky 2010 TE310 and that was a ripper bike…
2016 SWM RS300R
Fuel capacity 7.2L
Seat height 963mm
Warranty 6 months