SWM SM125 R (2017 - on) Review
At a glance
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
Its price point puts the SWM in competition with ‘premium’ 125s from the Japanese brands rather than cheaper Chinese alternatives and on this front the SM125R certainly holds its own. The seat’s firmness is annoying, and the lack of ABS is a concern, but it looks great and the motor performs as well as any of its rivals’ engines.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
Annoyingly, you can’t feel your bum after about five minutes as the seat is chronically hard. SWM are off-road specialists and they have fallen into the trap of fitting an off-road seat to a road bike, rather than a nice comfortable road one, and this does detract from the bike’s fun factor. The handling is good but the linked brakes aren’t as effective as the SWM’s rivals who all have ABS fitted.
EngineNext up: Reliability
The motor, which is built by SWM in their Italian factory and not imported from the far east, has a double overhead cam four-valve head, fuel-injection and even a cool red rocker cover – a subtle hint at its Husqvarna roots. It delivers typical 125cc performance with a decent gearbox and light clutch, but what impressed MCN the most was its total lack of vibrations.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
The SWM is built in Italy, not China, which can either be a blessing or a curse depending on your view on these things. It is a premium product, and appears well built, but only time will tell. That said, it comes from the old Husky factory and their bikes are pretty solid and withstand a lot of off-road abuse!
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
With a price tag of £3499 the SM125 is at the top end of the off-road style 125 market, but it is a step above cheap imports in terms of quality. It’s just a shame ABS is lacking and the seat isn’t more forgiving.
The SM lacks ABS, but it does have inverted forks and the sump has a neat bash plate. The dash is a bit basic, and lacks a fuel gauge, but it does have a stopwatch - presumably so you can time your McDonald’s runs.
|Engine type||Four-stroke, liquid-cooled single|
|Frame type||Tubular steel|
|Fuel capacity||7.2 litres|
|Front suspension||Inverted forks, non-adjustable|
|Rear suspension||Single shock, adjustable spring preload|
|Front brake||1 x 260mm disc, three-piston caliper; linked|
|Rear brake||220mm disc, two-piston caliper linked|
|Front tyre size||80/90X21|
|Rear tyre size||110/80x18|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||80 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£20|
|Annual service cost||-|
How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||14 bhp|
|Top speed||70 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||110 miles|
Model history & versions
2017: Model introduced
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