Husqvarna Nuda 900 and 900R Street Bike Review

12 Apr 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Husqvarna Nuda 900 and 900R Street Bike Review

Husqvarna Nuda Husky’s big Twin is so much fun it’s illegal in the U.S. (at least for now)

Somehow, in the process of giving the Husqvarna version of the Rotax/BMW F800 engine an extra 100cc, the engineers responsible did more: They gave it a character transplant. Ride Husky’s Nuda and you’d swear it wasn’t powered by anything derived from the somewhat staid parallel-Twin of the BMW F800. No, this engine has a syncopated growl as it lunges for redline and feels much more like a particularly smooth-running Ducati V-Twin than any typical parallel-Twin.

It accelerates hard and long, and the exhaust note booms as though the engine were wearing a set of Termignoni racing pipes (thank friendly Italian TUV inspectors and a “smart” ECU-controlled exhaust valve that recognizes sound tests).

But the Nuda is so much more than just a barky exhaust note. Its engine was given the classic hot-rod treatment: more bore (plus 2mm to 84), more stroke (plus 5.4mm to 81), more compression (up a full point to 13.0:1), bigger valves (plus 1mm). Then there’s the alchemist’s trick: The crankshaft has been given a 45-degree twist, offsetting the crankpins and banishing the symmetrical firing order of the BMW 360-degree engine.

Instead, the firing order becomes exactly that of a Harley-Davidson, and the engine offers an all-new feel. Output jumps by more than 20 horsepower to a claimed 105.

Similarly, what looks like a GS frame isn’t, at least not quite. While most of the structure is the same, a bigger steering-head is re-angled to a steeper 24.5 degrees and moved rearward, shortening the wheelbase from 62.1 inches to 58.9. Further, the BMW swingarm casting is machined differently to offer a more rigid coupling with the frame.

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The overall result is a 30 percent increase in torsional stiffness.

The rest of the bike is designed to look much like one of Husky’s supermoto machines, and the in-command riding position is almost pure dirtbike. The seat is tall and skinny (hint: not designed for touring). Suspension travel is long at more than eight inches in front and seven inches in the back. The result is a claimed-429-pound machine fully fueled that flies on a backroad.

The R version features a length-adjustable Öhlins shock, and longer fork tubes let you raise the bike another half-inch.

But don’t get too excited; Husky doesn’t believe there’s a large enough market in the U.S. to justify redesigning the Nuda’s exhaust system and paying for emissions certification, at least not until there are other members in this twin-cylinder family. Perhaps in 2014, alongside an adventure Twin?

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