Nuda’s naked ambition to be hot road machine
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.