SWM Jumbo 350 1984
Not a project as in restoration, but a breif story of how I ended up with a 350 Jumbo.
With the SWM 320 1982 finished, I started to look again for a 350 Jumbo. after a few months found this on the web from the Italian Alps in a little village called Mazin.
It was all planned Dave Dawson offered straight away to be my co pilot, I had him covered on my company car insurance and we where going!
I seriously nearly bought this bike but at the time I knew nobody in Italy to help me and comunication wasnt great I dont think the guy took me seriously and who could blame him 2500 mile round trip. What a road trip that was going to be !!
Yet another bike again from Italy, I dont mind it not working but what if some of the parts are missing? So I gave this one a miss too
This came up and a lot more sensible , went to get Dave Dawson and off we went to Birmingham to meet Dave Wood, pretty much a sorted bike it came with quite a few spares and original 38mm Betor front forks, has Fantic forks in the pictures above, needless to say Dave was pretty gutted when I said i would have it, he didnt really want to part with it at the time.
Here it is today with original front forks fitted, Raptor foot pegs, Betor rear shocks and a brand new carb jetted for the reed valve, one day I may strip and restore but at the moment I just enjoy riding the bike it makes me smile every time, after all is that not what this sport is about enjoyment!