The new Husqvarna Nuda 900 could turn out to be one of the biggest surprises of the year. The sculpted naked machine looks aggressive, packs a decent punch and can get up to all sorts of tricks. Launched on the sun-kissed roads of Sardinia, we were treated to a morning on the Mores circuit on the island and then an afternoon rushing about on some impressive roads.
Track sessions were on the Nuda 900R, a £9,250 machine that adds an Ohlins shock, adjustable forks and Brembo Monobloc brakes to a party that includes a plumped up 105bhp 898cc motor. The engine is based on BMW’s F 800 series, and as Husqvarna is a BMW company this makes good sense. In fact, the motor just makes good sense, as it’s playful, punchy and full of spirit.
On track the bike is everything you hope an R model could be, and although the track was wet for a while, that didn’t stop the Nuda 900R from impressing.
The same story can be told of the stock model, the Nuda 900 that comes in at £7,850. It may not boast much in the way of adjustability and only has non-Monobloc Brembo radial calipers, but that doesn’t hamper the road’s lower speeds in any way.
OK, the looks will divide opinion, but in every other sense, this is a very well put together bike, with all the quality you’d expect from BMW but with the style and aggression of those dirt masters, Husqvarna.
It’s worth hunting down a Husqvarna dealer, or one of the growing BMW stockists, to sort out a test ride, as for a first effort in 50-odd years, Husky’s new street bike will impress and tempt in equal manner. Get in quick and it’ll arrive just before Christmas… For more information, head to Huqvarna’s website.