2020 SWM Ace of Spades 500 First Look:
Although SWM is best known in the United States for its line of affordable dual-sport, adventure, and supermoto motorcycles, there is more on offer from the Speedy Working Motors folks in Northern Italy. SWM, which dates back to 1971, has operated as part of the Shineray Group of China since 2014, also offers a line of street bikes. Most interesting among the SWM street-going motorcycles is the new 2020 SWM Ace of Spades 500, based on the existing and proven Gran Milano platform.
Designed and built in Italy, the SWM Ace of Spades looks like a restromod custom as it sits on the showroom floor. It is powered by a 445cc single-cylinder air-/oil-cooled SOHC motor that looks like it was transported here from the 1980s, albeit with EFI grafted on. Claiming a 28-horsepower peak, we suspect the engine has plenty of real-world torque to move it around town smartly.
The chassis design is traditional with a single downtube frame, and modern with a Fastace inverted fork from Taiwan, plus a radially mounted Brembo four-piston caliper working on a 320mm front disc brake—two-wheel ABS is standard. Fastace also provides the adjustable twin shocks, which definitely don’t look vintage. Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR knobbies give the 2020 SWM Ace of Spades a decidedly custom look, undoubtedly ready for all-terrain duty during the zombie apocalypse—just be careful of the twin stainless-steel mufflers. The Ace of Spades weighs in at only 345 pounds with the 4.4-gallon fuel tank topped off.
Motoman Distributing, based in the Mojave Desert, is the American importer of SWM. So far, the 2020 SWM Ace of Spades 500 isn’t part of the US package of motorcycles. If you are a motorhead and think the Ace of Spades sounds like something you’d like to ride, it might be worth dropping Motoman an email to that effect. We certainly would love to someone to deal an Ace of Spades our way.
2020 SWM Ace of Spades 500 Specs
Type: Single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore x stroke: 90 x 70mm
Maximum power: 28 horsepower
Compression ratio: 10:1
Valvetrain: SOHC, 4 valves
Cooling: Oil and air
Fueling: EFI w/ 36mm throttle body
Lubrication: Dry sump
Final drive: Chain
Frame: Single downtube w/ double-cradle steel
Front suspension; travel: Fully adjustable Fastace 47mm inverted fork; 5.1 inches
Rear suspension; travel: Rebound-damping and spring-preload adjustable Fastace shocks; 4.2 inches
Wheels: Lega Leggera aluminum alloy
Front wheel: 17 x 3.5
Rear wheel: 17 x 4.25
Tires: Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR
Front tire: 120/70 x 17
Rear tire: 150/60 x 17
Front brakes: 320mm floating disc w/ radially mounted Brembo caliper
Rear brake: 220mm fixed disc
DIMENSIONS and CAPACITIES
Wheelbase: 55.8 inches
Trail: 4.6 inches
Seat height: 31.7 inches
Fuel capacity: 4.4 gallons
Curb weight: 345 pounds
2020 SWM Ace of Spades 500 Price: MSRP $N/A