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REVIEW – Husqvarna Nuda 900 (2011-current)

Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:56 am #1 adly80 1522 posts


The first new road bike to be produced by Husqvarna since BMW took over the company in 2007. In essence it’s a re-badged, re-styled parallel twin-cylinder BMW F800 with a 100cc bigger motor. The Nuda mixes typical Husqvarna supemoto thrills with a comfier riding position and a nod to practicality, if you go for the optional touring extras, which include panniers and taller screen.

Although the motor is very frugal, a small 13-litre fuel tank hampers practicality. There’s also a 900 R version (costing £9250), which comes with Brembo monobloc brakes, a sportier seat, a one-tooth smaller front sprocket for better acceleration and fully-adjustable Sachs forks and an Ohlins rear shock.

With a bigger bore and stroke, the reworked BMW F800 engine’s capacity is up to 898cc and produces 105bhp and 74ftlb of torque. It has a new cylinder head, camshafts, larger valves, forged pistons and conrods and a triple layer head gasket. It also has a new crankshaft with a new offset, which Husqvarna says gives a throatier engine note, a snappier response and fewer vibes.

The Nuda is fast, punchy and smooth and the motor is more than enough for this type of bike. But the big parallel twin-cylinder engine isn’t as exciting, or as involving as an equivalent V-twin.

Ride and Handling

Supermotos are usually hard, wafer-thin things that you can’t wait to get off, after a few miles. The Nuda 900 is roomy, comfortable and up to 80-90mph has acceptable wind-protection. The base-model’s basic suspension is set well to deliver comfort and control in the corners.

It gives you good feedback for what the standard equipment Metzler Sportec M5 Interact tyres are doing, too. Brembos are well up to the job of anything you can throw at them on the road. The higher-spec R model rides the same but has a slightly taller seat.

Suspension and braking is far more suited to track-work. Fit a set of sticky tyres and it would be untouchable on a twisty B-road.

Out of the box, the standard Nuda 900 is basic, but you do get a two-stage riding map, adjustable with a button on the dash. An obvious influence of BMW is that you can buy a vast array of optional extras. There’s touring items like heated grips and panniers.

Racy bits, like exhausts and carbon fibre panels and clothing, from leathers to casual and all-weather gear.

Quality and Reliability

Husqvarna hasn’t made pure road bikes since back in the 1930s, all of their models have been enduro, motocross and supermotos. They haven’t had to worry about durability or reliability so much, although they’ve always been robust machines. BMW has introduced strict quality control measures into Husky’s factory in Varese and provided a lot of electronic knowhow.

It’s a few hundred quid more than its closest competition: the Ducati Hypermotoard 796 and Aprilia Dorsoduro 750, but a couple of grand cheaper than the KTM 990 SMT. The standard model is better value than the R, but it’s not practical enough to be a strong tourer or sporty enough to sell your sportsbike for.

Model History

Nuda 900 and Nuda 900 R introduced in 2011

Other Versions

Nuda 900 R


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