2012 Husqvarna Nuda 900 – First RideHusqvarna | February 23, 2012
Street bike from Husqvarna is as contrasting as a station wagon from Ferrari, which by the way we saw when Ferrari manufactured it for the Sultan of Brunei. But like that station wagon was a disaster, the off-roading aficionados felt that the street bike from Husqvarna could also head towards the same path, and if truth be told that was the over-all response we got when Husky announced the twin-cylinder Husqvarna Nuda 900 project last year. It should be known that Husqvarna use to manufacture Streetbikes earlier, but they stopped manufacturing them in 1961 to concentrate mainly on their off-road bikes. The very next year, the Swedish automaker cleaned the World Motocross Championships. It has been71 world title year now and it seems that Husky has travelled back in the time machine and is ready to offer their very first dual-cylinder Streetbike since their JAP-powered V-twin models from the mid-1930s.
The 2012 Husqvarna Nuda 900 that we are riding today is a crossover bike between a nude bike and a supermoto, and its high-end sibling the Nuda 900R could not be kept in specified categories. The Nuda 900 is silky yet focused, energetic yet stylish, and clearly is a brave move from Husqvarna and its worth mentioning that its nothing like anything we’ve seen from the company till now. Despite the absolute fun factor and practicality, in general the bikes just as the Nuda 900 don’t find customers in U.S. markets, and that’s the reason we aren’t expecting any import from Husqvarna any time sooner.
The engineers of 2012 Husqvarna Nuda 900 have fitted an 898 cc parallel-twin engine from BMW. The engine here has been developed in Rotax in Austria, and is insecurely based on the F800R engine and also has the clutch and gear transmission of the same engine. The additional 100 cc and plethora of tuning have resulted in a significant 24 % boost in the overall power of the bike, and the overall maximum output is more than 100 bhp. The framework here is a brand newfangled tubular-steel lattice component, fitted with Brembo Monobloc calipers, Ohlins suspension and there also is Carbon-Fiber whiles given on the R-model, 2-piece Brembo apprehensions on the base model and Showa suspenders.
We tested the base model of the 2012 Husqvarna Nuda 900, and can proudly say that Husqvarna has succeeded in manufacturing what Italians calls a motardona – a supernal having a hairy chest. As a matter of fact this title is more suitable for the bike than its own given name.
The 2012 Husqvarna Nuda 900R on the other hand is as heighted as a moto-crosser and also is pretty slim. For a parallel-twin engine powered bike the Nuda 900R is strangely narrow. The sitting position in the R model might be a bit higher along with a slightly powerful engine in here, but the engine performance and riding position are pretty much like the base model. Press the start button and you’ll have yourself enjoying the hubbly-bubbly cadence of its engine, which is because of the 315-degree crank. The character of the engine is pretty much like that we saw on Harley’s V-twin, but this time around the inherent quivering and shaking of that design is missing.
Right from the start of our test ride in the normal power mode, the true character of 2012 Husqvarna Nuda 900 came into play. The engine of the Italian designed bike ups from the indolent pretty easily and conveniently takes full control from as less as 1800 revolutions per minute without reluctance. There is adequate power from the 4000 revs equal to the 9000-rpm regulator, but with this torr engine it’s better to go for short-shifting.
It becomes pretty apparent that the bike is pretty easy to maneuver and changes direction rather easy and that’s not solely because it has an extensive handlebar to lever from its side to side. It also has an estimated weight of 430 pounds and Sportbike geometry, and the nicely placed middle of gravity for the bike makes it incredibly stable, even on high-speeds where in general Supermotos are not all that great.
Overall we were incredibly impressed with the first ride of 2012 Husqvarna Nuda 900, and we think that it will be able to fetch customers from the market. Also let’s hope some Husqvarna exports some model to America as well.
- Price:- NA
- Engine type:- DOHC, 8v
- Bore x stroke:- 84.0 x 81.0mm
- Compression:- 13.0:1
- Fuel system:- EFI
- Displacement:- 898 cc
- Transmission:- 6-speed
- Clutch:- Wet, multi-plate
- Claimed horsepower:- 105 bhp at rated 8500 revolutions per minute
- Claimed torque:- 74 lb.-ft. at rated 7000 revolutions per minute
- Front suspension:- Sachs 48mm fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
- Frame:- Tubular-steel trellis
- Rear Suspension:- Sachs shock with changeable rebound damping and spring preload
- Rear brake:- Brembo 2-piston caliper, 265 millimeter disc
- Front brake:- Brembo 4-piston calipers, 320 millimeter discs
- Front tire:- 120/70ZR-17 Metzeler Interact Sportec M5
- Rear tire:- 180/55ZR-17 Metzeler Interact Sportec M5
- Rake/trail:- 24.5°/4.0 in.
- Wheelbase:- 58.9 in.
- Seat height:- 34.4 in.
- Fuel capacity:- 3.4 gal.
- Colors:- Black/white, red/white/black
- Claimed curb weight:- 430 lbs.
- Available:- NA
- Warranty:- NA