Nuda 900 and Nuda
900R – a taste of things to come
Developed as a crossover model between a supermoto and a naked
bike, Husqvarna doesn’t feel the Nuda can be shoehorned
into any specific category. It delivers a sporty, dynamic ride
where agility is balanced perfectly with performance in a bike
with a bold and fresh look. Is it a supermoto? Is it a naked
bike? The Nuda is whatever you want it to be, but above all
it’s a Husqvarna.
With the factory situated to the north-west of Milan, Husqvarna’s
team of designers draw inspiration from the passion and flair
that encapsulates this area of Italy. Inside the ‘Centrostile’
a specially selected group of talented young designers work
tirelessly to create the look that is unique to every Husqvarna,
whether it be an on or off-road model.
Despite being minimalist in its design, every panel on the
Nuda helps define its athletic body, giving it a sense of
dynamic tension that flows the length of the bike and finishes
on the tapered tail that mimics the aerodynamics of a sports
bike. The exposed trellis frame, high level exhaust and red
rocker cover hint at the performance that lies behind the
curvy body, while the bike’s unique headlight –
its face on the road – glowers intent. Sporty yet elegant,
sleek yet purposeful, the Nuda is bold Italian styling at
its very finest.
The Nuda 900R proudly displays the company’s distinctive
red and white competition colours, made famous through race
success, while the Nuda 900 has a more subtle black paint
Husqvarna understands that the heart and soul of a motorcycle
comes from its engine and so choosing the right motor formed
a crucial part of the Nuda project. A joint decision was made
with BMW’s engine development team in Munich to use
the highly reliable and technologically advanced F 800 R motor
as a basis for both the Nuda 900 and Nuda 900R – however
it would then be adapted to meet Husqvarna’s specific
needs and demands.
Husqvarna has increased the capacity of the liquid-cooled
parallel twin engine from 798cc to 898cc through a 2mm larger
84mm bore and increased the stroke to 81mm, up by 5.4mm on
the standard engine. The compression ratio has been raised
to 13.2:1 with the use of a new threelayer cylinder head gasket
and the camshafts, pistons and conrods altered to accommodate
a new design of crankshaft.
To give the Nuda a unique Husqvarna character, the F 800 R’s
0-degree crank offset angle has been altered to 315-degrees,
creating a dynamic new engine with a character and feel like
no other. Designed to reflect Husqvarna’s sporting pedigree,
this new configuration not only delivers a more aggressive
racing feel and sound at maximum performance, it also vastly
improves the power and torque characteristics of the engine.
Through the new design of motor with 1mm larger 33mm intake
and 28.5mm exhaust valves, Husqvarna has increased the power
to 105 horsepower and torque to 100Nm while managing to retain
the linear, fluid nature of the power delivery at small throttle
openings and low revs.
To damp the engine’s vibrations, Husqvarna has altered
BMW’s unique compensation balance rod mechanism to suit
the new design of crankshaft while retaining the dry-sump
lubrication system and 30-degree tilted forward cylinder layout.
Despite the boost in both power and torque, the highly advanced
intake manifold fuel injection system with BMW-KP engine management
and two 46mm throttle valves means the Nuda delivers very
low fuel consumption figures. Despite its sporty 13-litre
fuel tank, the Nuda allows for distances of over 260km between
Finally, to add the Husqvarna stamp to the engine, the rocker
box cover is painted red – a feature common to all Husqvarna
With its vast racing experience, Husqvarna knows which components
to turn to for the ultimate performance and how to extract
the maximum from a chassis. Taking the F 800 GS steel trellis
chassis as a starting point, Husqvarna has reduced its length
by 50mm then added a stiffer 80mm steering head tube and decreased
the steering head angle to give the Nuda greater agility at
low speed. These modifications make the Nuda perfect for the
urban environment, delivering a rapid turning response in
To further increase prestige of the Nuda 900R, Husqvarna has
equipped its chassis with the very highest specification of
components. The 48mm Sachs forks are fully adjustable and
the Öhlins shock comes with compression, rebound and
spring preload adjustment as well as a ride height adjustor.
The Nuda 900R’s suspension is designed to raise the
bike’s centre of gravity compared to the Nuda 900, increasing
ground clearance and improving the handling to deliver a thrilling
and responsive ride.
To create a motorcycle more suited to urban life or touring,
the Nuda 900 comes with preload adjustable 48mm Sachs forks
and a fully adjustable Sachs monoshock. The suspension is
set-up to deliver a smoother ride and make the bike more relaxed
and user-friendly while the seat has a double level to provide
greater pillion comfort and a lower 860mm height compared
to the Nuda 900R’s 875mm.
Husqvarna has made the ergonomics and handling a priority
on both models of Nuda and as a result the bike’s fuel
tank is located under the seat to allow the weight distribution
to be as close to the centre of gravity as possible. This
work has created a bike that is both stable at high speed
and agile at low speed that delivers a safe and comforting
ride whatever the conditions.
This, along with the relaxed and natural riding position,
is certain to be appreciated and exploited in full by both
beginner and expert riders alike.
While both models have radial brake calipers, in order to
further enhance its sporty appeal, the Nuda 900R comes with
Brembo monobloc racing brakes with 320mm discs. Constructed
out of a single piece of aluminium for maximum feel and power
with minimal flex, these twin four-piston radial calipers
give the Nuda 900R superior braking power on both the road
and track. The Nuda 900 also features Brembo four-piston radial
calipers and 320mm discs with sintered pads, delivering powerful,
accurate and smooth braking feel whatever the conditions.
Both models use the same 240mm disc and two piston caliper
Weight is crucial in making a motorcycle agile and Husqvarna
has managed to keep the mass of the Nuda 900R to less than
175kg, partly thanks to the use of carbon fibre details and
a lightweight sports exhaust system. Both models of Nuda come
with a stainless steel exhaust muffler, however the 900R has
a carbon fibre clamp, end cap and heat shield.
Should owners of the Nuda 900 or Nuda 900R wish to take full
advantage of the motorcycle’s allround ability, or simply
want to personalize their machine, Husqvarna has developed
a full range of accessories.
Those wishing to take their Nuda touring, either solo or with
a pillion, can enhance the experience with a high windshield
kit and a range of either soft or hard luggage.
An optional flat or two-level seat is also available.