HUSQVARNA NUDA 900 (2011 - 2012) Review
- Supermoto thrills with added practicality
- Excellent BMW twin engine
- Reliable and reasonable to run
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The 2011-2012 Husqvarna Nuda 900 was 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.
Husqvarna Nuda 900 R also available
There’s also a Husqvarna Nuda 900 R version (costing £9250 new), 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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
In November 2012 optional ABS was added to the Husqvarna Nuda 900 lineup.
EngineNext up: Reliability
The engine is based on the BMW F800 parallel twin but has been boosted in capacity from 798cc to 898 thanks to a 2mm larger bore of 84mm and a longer stroke of 81mm; up 5.4mm over the BMW motor. The compression ratio has been raised with modified pistons, camshafts and conrods.
With a bigger bore and stroke, the reworked BMW F800 engine’s produces 105bhp and 74ftlb of torque. 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 firing order of the F800 motor has been changed thanks to an alteration of the crankshaft offset angle to 315 degrees from zero.
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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.
Our Husqvarna Nuda 900 owners' reviews show nothing concerning from a reliability perspective.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
It's difficult to complain about the Husqvarna Nuda 900 price point. 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.
We pitted the new Husqvarna against its closest competition - the Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 Factory, Ducati Hypermotard 796 and KTM 990 SMT - on British roads to find the king of the 'street moto' category.
Despite a common theme, each manufacturer has approached it in a different way and the only thing that really links these four bikes is the use of flat bars and long-travel suspension.
The Dorsoduro Factory is the most 'supermoto' and aggresive in its looks, but despite the clean rear end with its neat underseat pipes and smart red frame, the carbon panels let the bike down.
|Engine||Liquid-cooled, 898cc, 8v, DOHC parallel twin||Liquid-cooled, 749cc, 8v, DOHC V-twin||Air-cooled, 803cc, 4v, Desmo V-twin||Liquid-cooled, 999cc, 8v, DOHC V-twin|
|Chassis||Tubular steel trellis frame||Tubular steel trellis, aluminium side panels||Tubular steel trellis frame||Tubular steel trellis frame|
|Suspension||48mm Sachs USD forks. Sachs monoshock, adjustable for preload and rebound||43mm USD forks, fully-adjustable. Mono shock fully-adjustable||43mm Marzocchi USD forks. Sachs monoshock adjustable for spring preload only||WP USD forks, fully-adjustable. WP monoshock, fully-adjustable|
|Brakes||Front: Twin 2x320mm discs with Brembo foru-piston radial calipers.
Rear: Single 265mm disc with single-piston caliper
|Front: Twin 320mm wave discs with Brembo four-piston radial calipers.
Rear: Single 240mm wave disc with single-piston caliper
|Front: Twin 305mm discs with Brembo four-piston radial calipers.
Rear: Single 245mm disc with twin-piston caliper
|Front: Twin 305mm discs with Brembo four-piston radial calipers, Bosch ABS.
Rear: Single 240mm disc with twin-piston caliper, Bosch ABS
|Fuel capacity||13 litres||12 litres||12.4 litres||19 litres|
The Hypermotard look has been around for a while now and Pierre Terblanche's take on a supermoto has been considerably better received than his idea of a sportsbike (the 999).
The Husqvarna is the newest bike in the test and as such you would expect a fresh look, but the Nuda is completely unique.
Having moved the SMT more towards touring than supermoto, it is no surprise that the 990 looks bulky in comparison to the other bikes on test.
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.
|Engine type||8v, parallel twin-cylinder|
|Frame type||Tubular steel trellis frame with double-sided cast aluminium swingarm|
|Fuel capacity||13 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||72 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£96|
|Annual service cost||-|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||105 bhp|
|Max torque||74 ft-lb|
|Top speed||125 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||150 miles|
Model history & versions
- Nuda 900 and Nuda 900 R introduced in 2011
- Both bikes off sale in 2012.
- Nuda 900 R
Owners' reviews for the HUSQVARNA NUDA 900 (2011 - 2012)
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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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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.
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 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!
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 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 !