SWM SUPERDUAL X (2019 - on) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
Still mourning the passing of Yamaha's XT660? Say hello to SWM. Built in the old Husqvarna factory in Italy and based on their old TE610, the SuperDual offers the same less complicated, lighter, more affordable way to do adventure that the XT did – especially now this new X version has proper off-road wheel sizes for genuine dual-purpose potential.
After a week of commutes, country-crossing journeys and ham-fisted green-lane shenanigans, there are grumbles with the SWM.
Bimbling on the new SWM SuperDual X. Thankfully its trail ability is greater than mine. pic.twitter.com/acvUEFxjOe— Mike Armitage (@MikeA_Bikes) June 6, 2019
Its engine isn’t a patch on the latest KTM/Husqvarna singles, it hasn’t the appetite for the miles of larger adventure bikes, and its suspension hinders comfort on the road. Yet there’s an attraction to the SuperDual X.
There’s a sense of robust, endearing, old-school trail bikes from its subtle thumping engine, purposeful stance and rugged build. If you’re genuinely considering the rutted route to work, its appeal is obvious.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
Seat height is 890mm but feels higher. It's not an uncomfortable riding position, but with a short, firm seat and wide, close handlebar it always feels like an off-roader (an accessory 'comfort' seat is available).
The modest screen offers reasonable protection at A-road speed, though at over 6ft tall my knees press against the 18-litre tank and the seat doesn't have many perching options.
Vibes from the 600cc single are un-intrusive below 5000rpm (75mph in top).
The real issue is from the chassis - the suspension is firm and the Fast Ace forks feel choppy, and the ride is fidgety on open roads and motorways.
Confidence for off-road novices
Previous SuperDuals had an adventure-style 19in front wheel and 17in rear. The new X gets proper enduro sizes, with a 90/90-21 front tyre and 140/80- 18 rear, and it rolls more easily down rutted trails.
SWM claim geometry and ground clearance are unchanged, but that’s fine – with decent suspension travel (210mm front, 270mm rear), 200mm of ground clearance, Metzeler Sahara tyres and a dry weight of 169kg, the SWM gives confidence to off-road novices.
EngineNext up: Reliability
It’s willing to rev and SWM reckon there’s 54bhp at 7500rpm, though it occasionally feels a bit stifled – I recall the old TE610 being punchier.
Harshness increases with revs beyond 5000rpm, so shift gears in the midrange with the light clutch and snickety lever.
The single is happiest and feels nicest thrumming down tight roads and back lanes, responding cleanly to the light throttle. Handling is solid and secure, and the SuperDual still leans-in cleanly despite the large front rim.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
SWM’s importer collapsed last year, so UK distribution has been taken over by 3X Motorcycles. 3X have been in the game for yonks, and the new set-up will improve availability of bikes and genuine spares as they recruit new dealers. Though not a premium device the SuperDual X uses big-brand components and overall quality seems on-the-money for a seven-grand bike.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
The new big-wheel X is £7020 on the road. A luggage-shod GT version is £7720. It feels a decent amount of bike for the money, and there’s not really anything else similar.
Husqvarna's 701 Enduro is far plusher, smoother, faster, efficient and a more capable trail bike, but is an extra two grand.
And though Royal Enfield’s Himalayan does almost everything the SWM does for £2700 less, it’s less attractive and slower.
You won't find umpteen-level traction control or a riding mode specific for an overcast Tuesday afternoon.
Switchable ABS is the extent of the modernity, the compact digital dash having basic info (one of the two trips doesn’t work on our test bike), while switchgear is basic but functional.
This doesn’t mean a lack of useful bits: span-adjustable levers, tweakable suspension (best with everything backed off), rack, crash bars, fog lamps and centre stand are all standard.
The bodywork looks like it’ll shrug off low-speed spills, too. And while those big plastic mirrors aren’t good looking, they’re good to look in.
|Engine type||Liquid-cooled single|
|Frame type||Tubular steel|
|Fuel capacity||18 litres|
|Front suspension||45mm USD fork, adjustable rebound and compression|
|Rear suspension||Monoshock, adjustable preload|
|Front brake||300mm disc, two-piston caliper|
|Rear brake||220mm disc, one-piston caliper|
|Front tyre size||90/90 x 21|
|Rear tyre size||140/80 x 18|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||-|
|Annual road tax||£69|
|Annual service cost||-|
How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two years|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||54 bhp|
|Max torque||40.6 ft-lb|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
Model history & versions
SWM launched the SuperDual in 2017 priced at £7599. In order to do this, they took the old Husqvarna TE610 donor engine and replaced the carb with fuel injection, added an electric start, a new Euro 4-friendly exhaust, valves, clutch, oil pump and updated electronics.
The X is also available with a GT Pack, meaning dual rear luggage boxes for greater practicality.
Owners' reviews for the SWM SUPERDUAL X (2019 - on)
2 owners have reviewed their SWM SUPERDUAL X (2019 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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Nice to drive but have bad Lights
Mine is a 17 model Superdual that came with the 19/17 wheels ( I put the 21/18 on ) I have also ridden the Currant X model extensively and their is not much difference between the models.18 onwards they have switchable ABS ( rear only ) 17 does not , 18 onwards has two models T & X . The 18 onwards has a fuel gauge ( not low fuel light ) also 18 onwards has a stepper motor as well. They are a fantastic bike mine has now done close to 6000 Miles (14.000 kms ) with NO issues that has ever stopped or let me down, at least 80% of my riding has been off road and would say its a VERY capable off road Dual sport bike. Its no Enduro bike but will do 90% of everything an Enduro will. They have had 3 issues since the release but are now all FIXED and basically a brilliant bike now with no problems ( maybe the seat but they have now made a comfort seat ) The fixed issues were 1. rear subframe bolts breaking ( replaced with higher grade ones ) 2. Lower mesh oil filter was weak and broke in a few engines ( now replaced with a stronger replacement one ) & 3. Mapping on 18 models wasn't the best ( now fixed with new maps ) These are VERY easy to service have a 2 lt engine oil capacity (so long oil interval changes ) quality Brembo brakes and braided brake lines , Sach suspension, comes with crash bars , rear rack , screen , bash plate and hand guards . There is VERY little you need to do with this bike out of the box just heated grips and I put some after market pipes on mine. For the price they are GOLD and a do anything bike.
Its a great all rounder , not the best as a pillion bike ( but a mate takes his wife everywere on the back of his ) I would say around a stop every 1 hour or so to give the butt a rest.
Its a peach very smooth also used in the CCM Spitfire and the AJP P7 as well.
Very Relibile bike
Hard to say depending on how many Kms you do . A minor service would be around 100.00 pounds ( 250 Aus ) and major around 200 pounds ( about 500 Aus or so )
Comes standard with pretty much everything
Buying experience: Fantastic