Base-model Husqvarna Nuda revealed

Published: 16 August 2011

These are the first pictures of the new Husqvarna Nuda 900, the base model of the Italian firm's new supermoto street bike that will be launched at the Milan Show in November.

Like the higher-spec Nuda 900R - which MCN revealed early last month - the bike is powered by a bigger bore version of the 798cc parallel-twin engine seen in the BMW F800 series. Husqvarna says both bikes will produce "over 100bhp" and 74ftlb torque. The claimed dry weight is 175kg (equivalent to a wet weight of around 195kg).

While the R version will carry Ohlins rear suspension and Brembo monobloc brakes, the standard Nuda 900 appears to carry a Sachs rear shock - to match the fully adjustable Sachs forks - and lower-spec Brembo radial brakes.

The R's carbon-accented exhaust is replaced by an aluminium unit but the wheels appear identical across both models - complete with ABS ring - suggesting that a traction control system could be available as an option on the standard machine.

Husqvarna insiders have hinted there will be a range of accessories, including panniers, to make the standard bike a practical day-to-day ride.

There's no official word on price yet. The R version is expected to sit at the £9000 mark - to undercut Ducati's Hypermotard 1100Evo SP and KTM's 990 SMR - while this new base model is likely to fall in line with similar middleweight supermotos at around £8000.