2012 Husqvarna Nuda 900 (R) | Unveiled
Husqvarna has unveiled its much anticipated street motorcycles – the Nuda 900 and the Nuda 900 R.
This is a new page in the mixed history of Husqvarna, which was first Swedish-owned, then Italian and now Germany under BMW; the Nuda 900cc-twin machines are the first street bikes in the Husky lineup.
But what exactly is the Nuda? Husqvarna says it can’t be grouped in any specific category, and is a “crossover” model between a supermoto and a naked bike.
Husqvarna says: “It delivers a sporty, dynamic ride where agility is balanced perfectly with performance in a bike with a bold and fresh look. Is it a supermoto? Is it a naked bike? The Nuda is whatever you want it to be, but above all it’s a Husqvarna.”
2012 Nuda 900 / 900 R Engine
When developing the Nuda 900, the BMW engine department in Munich decided to use the reliable and technologically-advanced F 800 R motor as a basis for the Nuda 900 and 900 R, “however it would then be adapted to meet Husqvarna’s specific needs and demands.”
Husqvarna says: “Designed to reflect Husqvarna’s sporting pedigree, this new configuration not only delivers a more aggressive racing feel and sound at maximum performance, it also vastly improves the power and torque characteristics of the engine, not to forget the higher capacity of 900cc Husqvarna has increased the power (100 hp) and torque (73 ft.lbs), while managing to retain the linear, fluid nature of the power delivery at small throttle openings and low revs.”
Then to add that Husky style to the engine, the engineers decided to paint the rocker box cover red, a feature across the Husqvarna motorcycle lineup.
2012 Nuda 900 / 900 R Chassis/Brakes
In the chassis department, Husqvarna turned to its racing heritage, producing a platform with the highest specification of components, including Sachs forks and an Ohlins shock.
Husqvarna says: “The 48mm Sachs forks are fully adjustable and the Öhlins shock comes with compression, rebound and spring preload adjustment as well as a ride height adjuster. The Nuda 900R’s suspension is designed to raise the bike’s center of gravity compared to the Nuda 900, increasing ground clearance and improving the handling to deliver a thrilling and responsive ride.
“To create a motorcycle more suited to urban life or touring, the Nuda 900 comes with 48mm Sachs forks and a fully adjustable Sachs monoshock. The suspension is set-up to deliver a smoother ride and make the bike more relaxed and user-friendly while the seat has a double level to provide greater comfort also for the pillion.”
As for ergonomics, on both the Nuda 900 and 900 R, Husky has located the fuel tank under the seat for better weight distribution, getting the weight closest to the center of gravity on the bike.
Husqvarna says: “This work has created a bike that is both stable at high speed and agile at low speed that delivers a safe and comforting ride whatever the conditions. This, along with the relaxed and natural riding position, is certain to be appreciated and exploited in full by both beginner and expert riders alike.”
Both models have radial brake calipers, but the 900R arrives with Brembo monobloc racing brakes with 320mm discs. Constructed out of a single piece of aluminum for maximum feel and power with minimal flex, these twin four-piston radial calipers give the Nuda 900R superior braking power on both the road and track.
The Nuda 900 also features Brembo four-piston radial calipers and 320mm discs with sintered pads, delivering powerful, accurate and smooth braking feel whatever the conditions. Both models use the same 240mm disc and Brembo two piston caliper rear brake.
Husqvarna says: “Weight is crucial in making a motorcycle agile and Husqvarna has managed to keep the mass of the Nuda 900 to less than 175kg dry (385 lbs.), thanks to clever engineering solutions and compact design. Both models of Nuda come with a stainless steel exhaust muffler, however the 900R has a carbon fiber clamp, end cap and heat shield.”
2012 Husqvarna Nuda 900 / 900 R Styling
Styling on the Husqvarna Nuda comes directly from the passion of the Italians, as Husky’s factory is just Northwest of Milan.
Husqvarna says: “Despite being minimalist in its design, every panel on the Nuda helps define its athletic body, giving it a sense of dynamic tension that flows the length of the bike and finishes on the tapered tail that mimics the aerodynamics of a sports bike. The exposed trellis frame, high level exhaust and red rocker cover hint at the performance that lies behind the curvy body, while the bike’s unique headlight – its face on the road – glowers intent. Sporty yet elegant, sleek yet purposeful, the Nuda is bold Italian styling at its very finest.”
The Nuda 900 R arrives in the typical Husky red and white competion colors, while the Nuda 900 features a black paint scheme.
Should owners of the Nuda 900 or Nuda 900R wish to take full advantage of the motorcycle’s all-round ability, or simply want to personalize their machine, Husqvarna has developed a full range of accessories. For example those wishing to take their Nuda touring, either solo or with a pillion, either for a relaxed day loop in your home turf or multiple days with your friends, can perfectly enhance the experience with a high windshield kit and in their size easily adjustable sidebags.