HUSQVARNA NUDA 900 (2011-2012) Review

Published: 03 November 2011

"Short-lived roadster produced during BMW's brief tenure, the Nuda is essentially a re-badged, re-styled BMW F800. Fun though'"

HUSQVARNA NUDA 900  (2011-2012)

"Short-lived roadster produced during BMW's brief tenure, the Nuda is essentially a re-badged, re-styled BMW F800. Fun though'"

  • At a glance
  • 898cc  -  105 bhp
  • 72 mpg  -  150 miles range
  • High seat height (870mm)

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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.

Engine 3 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

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.

Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5

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.

Insurance group: 11 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

3 owners have reviewed their HUSQVARNA NUDA 900 (2011-2012) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.7 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.7 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Husqvarna Nuda 900r

08 July 2014 by daveball

The R is a fantastic bike and now is huge value for money. It has top notch equipment and is one of the best looking bikes out there. Now it has been discontinued due to the sell off to KTM it has all the hallmarks to become a cult classic. Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Involvement!

28 September 2013 by Anonymous

I just want to make a comment on the statement above "the big parallel twin-cylinder engine isn’t as exciting, or as involving as an equivalent V-twin". What absolute guff! Having come from "an equivalent V twin" I can assure you the Nuda is every... Read more bit as involving and exciting! Not the best bike for long distance touring but for back road blasting it is an absolute hoot.It also comes with some nice quality parts as standard. Stonkin'bike!

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5

My Nuda 900R

29 June 2013 by RideTheLightening

I bought a Nuda 900R after selling a disappointing Monster 1100evo.. the flaxibility of the engine around town is 300% better than the monster and when you crack the throttle open it reacts instantly.. its geared to fly..although on longer motorway... Read more runs the engine feels a little vibey.. the sound from the standard R exhaust is intoxicating.. and the riding position for a six footer like me is just perfect.. easy to thread through traffic... and perfect control on a longer country lane blast.. i love the looks..i turns heads wherever it goes.. even from non motorcyclists... where most bikes other bikes are ignored... the build quality is second to none...and fuel consumption is around 50mpg.. having ridden the Hypermotard.. i think the Nuda riding position is far better and less sitting over the front... the Brembo brakes are perfect for one finger stops...the seat is a little hard after an hour in the saddle...and i dont think I would tour on it...although friends of mine have been 1000s of miles on theirs with panniers.. and suffered no ill effects... all in all to sdum up... an exotic that is useable every day and as reliable as a BMW without the pipe and slippers. young guns and mid life crisis wannabees need only apply !

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 3 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2011
Year discontinued 2012
Original price £8,750
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 11 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 105 bhp
Max torque 74 ft-lb
Top speed 125 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 72 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Specification
Engine size 898cc
Engine type 8v, parallel twin-cylinder
Frame type Tubular steel trellis frame with double-sided cast aluminium swingarm
Fuel capacity 13 litres
Seat height 870mm
Bike weight 192kg
Front suspension Non-adjustable 48mm Sachs forks
Rear suspension Single Sachs shock, adjustable for preload and rebound damping
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with Brembo four-piston calipers.
Rear brake 265mm single disc with single-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

Nuda 900 and Nuda 900 R introduced in 2011

Other versions

Nuda 900 R

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