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Why you want Husqvarna’s new Nuda 900

By Michael Neeves -

First rides & tests

 02 November 2011 15:04

The Nuda 900 is the first of an "explosion" of new BMW-derived Husqvarna road bikes, according to Husqvarna boss Klaus Allisat. We went along to its world launch in Sardinia and asked some searching questions about the new bike, based on a BMW F800.

We rode the Nuda on the road and also test the ‘R’ version on the tight and twisty Mores racetrack.

In this week’s issue of MCN (2 November), we examine eight reasons why you want Husqvarna’s new Nuda 900. Here are just two of those reasons:

BMW quality, Italian flair

The 105bhp Nuda 900 is Husqvarna’s first proper road bike since the 1930s from the firm that’s best known for its off-roaders. It’s also the first road bike to be made in partnership with new owners, BMW. Heavily based on the German firm’s parallel twin F800 R and GS, the Nuda is the first Husqvarna to be built on a BMW platform.

It’s the product of a marriage of two historic marques with unmistakable Latin flair and the racing edge of a Husky combined with the reliability and a nod to practicality that BMW do so well.

Costing just £7850 on the road (the R version is £9250) and available in dealers mid-November, it’s fun and easy to ride. Being a naked bike, its natural top speed isn’t too far north of 85mph, so it’s licence-friendly, too.

Husqvarna Nuda 900

Brilliant on B-roads

Riding the Nuda 900 on Sardinia’s beautiful ribbons of twisty Tarmac and hammering up and down the mountains in third gear, you’d be hard pushed to find anything quicker on these sorts of roads… except for another supermoto-style machine, of course.

The tall, wide bars help you muscle the slightly heavy-feeling Nuda 900 from side-to-side (although the claimed dry weight is just 174kg). And the Brembos, complete with quality steel braided lines, stand up to the punishment of endless bouts of hard braking without complaint. A deft flick of the clutch is all it takes to get the front wheel off the ground and crossed-up all the way to the next corner, if that’s your thing.

Metzeler Interact Sportec M5 tyres give lots of confidence and grip and from previous tests we know they wear well, too. The suspension gives you just the right mix of comfort for normal riding and control for brain-out action. A sports bike would be too clumsy on tight, twisting roads like these, so if you do most of your riding on B-roads, the Husky will definitely make you smile.

Read the full first ride test in this week’s MCN (2 November), on sale now. Don’t miss out, subscribe to MCN from just £1 per issue.