Discussion in 'Husqvarna Cousins - Cagiva, etc' started by Original Dirt, Mar 14, 2016.
Nice write up, RS500 sounds good.
Two more dealers added today:
Smart Auto & Cycle
17503 Storage Rd.
Omaha, NE 68136
We All Ride of Santa Cruz
2636 S Rodeo Gulch Rd
Soquel, California 95073
"Cycle News" test of the 2019 RS500R SWM begins on page 92.
The "Super Duals" X(21/18) & T(19/17) versions will leave the SWM factory this week. Once on a ship the ETA to Long Beach, CA is 30 days. All USA approvals for 50 state compliance are on hand. Also in the container of the SD series bikes is a single RS300R for submission to the testing protocols in the USA.
Great bike! I like the sound of this!
SWM "Super Dual" SD-X and SD-T bikes are being shipped to USA dealers today. 06.17.19. These 600cc Adventure bikes are based upon the RS650 (600cc) series bikes produced by SWM since 2016. The "X" version comes with a 21"/18" wheel/tire set, while the "T" version is fitted with the more street/tour 19"/17" wheel/tire set. Both bikes are fitted with Michelin tires.
Super Dual "X" pictured.
Super Dual "T"
Which tires are OEM on US bikes, not Metzler?
Both USA versions of the SWM SD bikes ride on Metzeler tires. The X uses the Sahara series while the T uses the Tourrance series tires.
SWM Motorcycles USA to SWM Motorcycles USA Riders
2020 RS/SM500s and SD600 X&T bikes are "on the water" to the USA. ETA to us is the end of August or early September depending on the Long Beach, CA port traffic. We do not expect any graphics or paint differences because we have not been notified of any changes. SWM usually introduces those changes at the Milan show in October (???).
What about the RS300? Passed DOT? ETA to dealers?
The RS300R is in DOT/EPA/CARB testing currently. We expect it to be out in the third week of September. We already have them on order for late October USA delivery pending release of the certifications.
I simply cannot believe how responsive the handling is on tarmac with the factory tires on my RS500, I bet that SM is super sweet and smooth on the highway. The RS500 has been better than the positive reviews and much less of the negative for me so I am thinking the 300 would be perfect for the off roading here in the tight woods where I live. Makes me wish I had waited to try the 300, I think a RS300 and SM500 would be perfect for me. So much so I am selling my WR426 Supermoto and probably my 2004 XR650R which is in VERY good condition, just have to decide if the second SWM will be RS300 or SM500. I really want to order SM wheels for the RS I have but not many options there just yet. This 500 is very similar to the XR but with better handling in the tight conditions and a lighter feel overall.
I really wish that Apellio would seriously think about tooling a new gearbox for this line. I think that would cause SWM sales to explode once people tried them with a wider ratio. This is an awesome machine, with a wider ratio (and softer seat) it would be perfect IMHO. Sure some will still prefer the lightest or most powerful bikes but unless they are racing as a career it is only pride they are fulfilling.
The ONLY complaints I have with my SWM are
1) Seat - Seat Concepts fixed that
2) Rear Spring - too soft for my 220lbs no gear
3) Transmission ratios - Not a total loss here, just better suited for hard acceleration, this 500cc has VERY linear and broad power which in dual sport form could really use a little more space between gears and still rip!
4) fuel capacity - like everyone else a pretty standard 2 gal tank, 3.5gal would be perfect I think.
Doing some homework for a friend who owns a 2019 RS500 and wondering if anyone has info on mounting a Scott’s damper. Will the mounting clamp for the frame headset designed for the 2010 TE510 work on the ‘19 SWM 500? Any info would be well appreciated.