Nuda’s naked am­bi­tion to be hot road ma­chine

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By JIM GREEN

THE Husq­varna Nuda is a rad­i­cal new, su­per-cool bike made by the world’s old­est mo­tor­cy­cle man­u­fac­turer.

Well known for its im­pres­sive, cham­pi­onship win­ning mo­tocross and en­duro bikes, the Nuda is the first road bike Husq­varna has made since the 1960s when it made a two-speed 50cc moped known as the Roulette.

But the Nuda is about as far re­moved from a small ca­pac­ity city run­about as you can pos­si­bly get.

With its mer­ci­less, pur­pose­ful styling and pow­er­ful 900cc par­al­lel twin engine, it is a no-non­sense ma­chine that looks like it means busi­ness.

The ex­posed trel­lis frame and an­gu­lar looks are typ­i­cally Ital­ian.

The engi­neer­ing be­hind this ag­gres­sive bike is, how­ever, all Ger­man; the un­der­pin­nings of this brute are par­ent com­pany, BMW’s F800GS, a highly suc­cess­ful bike in its own right.

The Aus­trian built, twin cylin­der, four-valve Ro­tax engine, al­though shared with the BMW, has now been bored-out to 900cc in­stead of 800cc.

One crank also has been skewed by 45 de­grees so that the pis­tons no longer go up and down to­gether as they do in the BMW, giv­ing the Nuda a fir­ing or­der sim­i­lar to a Vee twin ma­chine and a more po­tent feel.

The frame has been stiff­ened up from the F800GS too, and this re­ally re­veals it­self on a ride, the Nuda is a real pointand-shoot ma­chine with tight, ag­ile steer­ing and a rapid but highly con­trol­lable throt­tle re­sponse.

This bike is fun­da­men­tally a street ma­chine where it is a hoot to ride, a real hooli­gan of a bike.

I can only imag­ine that it would be an ab­so­lute riot on a track day where, as yet, I have not had the op­por­tu­nity to take it for a test ride.

The seat­ing po­si­tion is on the high

The Nuda is a real pointand-shoot ma­chine

side but I found it suited the over­all feel of the bike and is rather use­ful in traf­fic as it is far eas­ier to see the road ahead of you.

The Brembo brakes are noth­ing short of out­stand­ing and the stan­dard ex­haust, man­u­fac­tured by Akropovic, is­sues forth a won­der­ful vi­brato note.

There is also a Husq­varna Nuda R that has the ad­di­tion of bright-red body­work, monoblock brakes, which are even bet­ter than the stan­dard Brembo brakes and ex­cel­lent sus­pen­sion by Oh­lins.

So if you are look­ing for some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent from the usual run-ofthe-mill grey bikes from Ja­pan, why not check out the Nuda?

I am sure you will not be dis­ap­pointed and there is no doubt it will def­i­nitely put a smile on your face.

In­ter­est­ingly, the first Husq­varna plant was es­tab­lished in 1689 as a weapons foundry mak­ing arms for the Swedish army and the Husq­varna logo is based on the view down the bar­rel of a flint-lock mus­ket.

Husq­varna be­gan pro­duc­ing bi­cy­cles in the late-19th cen­tury, then in 1903; it made the jump to mo­tor­cy­cle man­u­fac­tur­ing. Al­though Husq­varna is bet­ter known in some cir­cles as sewing ma­chine man­u­fac­tur­ers, it is no longer the same com­pany that man­u­fac­turer the mo­tor­cy­cles.

In 1987, the Husq­varna mo­tor­cy­cle division was sold to Ital­ian mo­tor­cy­cle man­u­fac­turer Ca­giva then 20 years later; in 2007, it was sold to BMW, who are the cur­rent own­ers.

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