Husqvarna Nuda 900 and 900R: MD First Ride …

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Ducati 900 SS Nuda

Husqvarna Nuda 900 and 900R: MD Ride

You almost certainly the Husqvarna brand by associating it with racing. The famous movie On Any featured Malcolm Smith and McQueen riding Husqvarna bikes the desert and the sand, as well as at the International Six Days Enduro. the roots of the Husqvarna brand trace to road racing events in the including the Isle of Man TT.

Those roots have been now by the new owner of Husqvarna, BMW. The mark has allowed its extremely weight 800 cc parallel twin to be by Husqvarna into a larger displacement cc) motor for use in a new chassis that to straddle the supermoto and …

There are two models, the standard 900 and the 900 R. We were invited by Husqvarna to both models, including the 900 R on the and the 900 on the tight and twisty roads of

Both motorcycles feature the 105 hp (at 8,500 rpm) engine. engine has not only grown 100 cc the BMW it is based upon (courtesy of in both bore and …), has been increased to 13:1, and the timing has been changed to a “big bang effect” and power delivery. There are new camshafts, larger valves and connecting rods, together unique pistons and crankshaft.

Vibration is held in check by a balance shaft, and lubrication is by dry The 900 R has one less tooth on the countershaft to improve acceleration.  Further and photos of these models can be in our earlier story here .

The frame is much more than the one found on the BMW cousin. The 900 R a fully adjustable Sachs fork, as well as Brembo front brake calipers. The model makes do with a fork and lower-level Brembo Another difference is a higher rear shock on the 900 R, an Ohlins as to a Sachs on the standard model.

The model also has a slightly seat height.

Both motorcycles have complete instrumentation, including position indicator, ambient and average fuel consumption, but lack a fuel gauge. bikes feature selectable maps, one with full and one for riding in slick conditions.

We the 900 R on a small track ideal for or supermoto. Here we had a great to determine whether the 900 R is as flickable and fun as we The 900 R is dressed in Husqvarna racing colors, red and The seat is relatively narrow and reflecting, perhaps, it’s pedigree.

For our track testing, fitted the optional Leo Vince exhaust system, which reduced weight and increased Sound was also amplified.  We that this is not a BMW F 800 sound, but a more angry, serious when accelerating.


We found ourselves on tiptoes, but the felt light and well-balanced. The track brought out the best in the 900 R. The has a broad spread of generous which allowed us to exit a gear higher.

We got into a nice rhythm on the At first, we found the suspension too but a couple of clicks of added and rebound corrected that. This felt like a lightweight but with more power and

The Brembo monobloc brakes fantastic, although probably for the street where they prove a tad touchy.

After we got aboard the standard 900 for 60 miles, or so, of roads. The seat on the standard 900 is a bit livable, that is, somewhat and more generous for road and not as tall as the “racing” seat on the 900 R. The slightly lower seat on the standard model, combined excellent ergonomics, that for a comfortable and confident mount.

Husqvarna views these bikes as versatile, and we sampled a unit the optional saddlebags and windshield to home the point.

Ducati 900 SS Nuda
Ducati 900 SS Nuda

We followed a group of skilled at a high pace through roads that were and twisty, and featured a variety of quality. The new 900 works superbly in circumstances. It was great fun, nimble and stable all at the same The lower specification brakes perfect for the street, not as abrupt as found on the 900 R, but with plenty of lower spec suspension on the model also worked for us.

Husqvarna seems to have done a job finding a compromise setting the nonadjustable fork on this

Despite the slightly taller and the lack of an aftermarket exhaust, we had of power and acceleration on the road the standard model. If we trust the fuel consumption is also good (close to 60 mpg during our ride) … something BMW is known

The Nuda turns out to be a blast to in these circumstances. This is an bike that stops corners easily and allows you to severe lean angles confidence. You have a great of control, and the big twin launches you out of with authority.

Could sport bikes kept us in sight on these

As I noted earlier, we tested a with the optional saddlebags and attached. Together, they are not attractive, but we did notice improved protection. The bags are not huge, but are expandable and running with setup did not appear to affect the or performance of the bike.

These will never be great Nevertheless, you can travel in reasonable (there will surely be saddles available), and the truth is we really like both of new Husqvarna Nuda motorcycles. They are not great fun to ride, but are suited for purposes like the standard of old. They should be priced here in the United so we expect them to be quite

As a journalist, I ride a lot of different and I frankly wouldn’t mind a Nuda, myself.

So Husqvarna returns to the with an excellent recipe for looking for the thrill of riding a light, powerful bike allows them to sit comfortably and even carry along luggage.  If, as expected, it is priced, Husqvarna will returned to the street with a  Visit Husqvarna’s web site for details and specifications.

Ducati 900 SS Nuda
Ducati 900 SS Nuda
Ducati 900 SS Nuda
Ducati 900 SS Nuda


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