This name might sound familiar to a very limited number of American enthusiasts, mostly those focused on motocross and ISDT competition. SWM was established in the early 1970s when motocross and ISDT bikes enjoyed lots of success in Italy and a number of other European markets. As was the case with most of the Italian specialists of the time, SWM's first-generation models were powered by Sachs 50cc and 125cc two-stroke singles. Then, when the demand for larger displacement versions increased, SWM turned to Rotax and built a very solid reputation. SWM became the main local competitor to KTM, and, from there, grew into a key player on the international scene, thanks also to the marque's successes at various editions of the ISDT.