In the early Seventies, during the now denominated Endurance races, the fabulous Italian 4stroke bikes started to struggle competing against the more powerful foreign 2stroke. To face this merging hegemony, two riders and friends with the same passion for off-road decided to build their own motorcycle, establishing SWM, that stays for Speedy Working Motors.
In the Rivolta d’Adda headquarters three models were created with 50, 100, and 125 cc Sachs engines that during their racing debut conquered prestigious spots, impressing the audience with their technical features like the rectangular sectioned fork, absolute new in those days, and for the modern and personal designed characterized by the amaranth chassis and the silver accessories that lasted for a long time in the fans hearts.
Since the first appearance, SWM outstand for their competitiveness that allowed to collect prestigious successes in off-road competitions that lasted for over a decade. The international debut was in Spain in 1971, during a race of the European Championship in which Pierluigi Rottigni finished second in the 125 class and Giuseppe Signorelli finished third in the 100 class.
That was the start of a reach palmares of titles including the Italian Motocross 125 title won the following year by the Italian rider Afro Rustignoli and the bronze medal conquered in the European 125 Endurance class by Rottigni. These victories made the Italian Company shoot ahead. More victories in the SWM palmares are the conquer of the Six Days Silver Vase, the European Endurance and Kart titles, a Trial world title, and several Trial and Motocross national titles, with a sixth place in Motocross 250 class in 1981.