67 photos and 1 video of the Husqvarna Nuda 900R

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The first product of BMW’s new youth initiative, the Husqvarna Nuda 900R is being launched to the world’s geriatric motorcycle press in Sardinia this week. But, don’t worry, you won’t need to wait for that subscription you cancelled years ago to arrive in the mail 4 months from now to see images of surburbanites riding in mom jeans. We’ve got them all right here.

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We’ve already extensively covered the Husqvarna Nuda 900 and Husqvarna Nuda 900R, hit their tag pages for analysis, spec comparisons, etc.

The Nuda’s high bars and low pegs appear to force Husqvarna’s test rider into far-from-ideal body position. Note the torso twisted back across the bike (too high bars) and the butt too far off the seat (too low pegs). This will reduce outright cornering speeds and make the rider less able to make speedy inputs to counter slides or change lines

What do these new pictures tell us about the stroked F800R engine in a shortened F800GS frame? Well, the riding position looks much to tall and relaxed to achieve proper body position for athletic riding. The test rider is pictured here twisting his torso away from the corner in an effort to reach the tall bars. Early reports from Italy also suggest some front-end vagueness, but are complimentary of the motor’s low-down punch, an area in which Husqvarna really did need to improve on the donor BMW.

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Adey demonstrating ideal body position on the R1 launch at Chuckwalla. Note the torso leaned forward and pointed into the corner and only one cheek off the seat. This is the most athletic possible position in which to tackle a corner, removing as much lean as possible at a given speed and facilitating speedy, smooth inputs. If you aren’t able to achieve this position on a performance motorcycle, then that motorcycle’s performance is compromised. Neither does it require sportsbike ergos to facilitate correct body position. It’s achievable even on bikes like the Ducati Hypermotard.

Husqvarna describes the Nuda as a “crossover” between supermoto and naked. Unfortunately, this blend does appear to compromise ergonomics. A supermoto requires a very different riding style from a sportsbike. You push the former down using high, wide bars and hang off the later using your bodyweight to remove as much lean angle per given speed as possible, thereby facilitating the fastest possible cornering. By equipping the Nuda 900 with very high, very wide bars and very low pegs, Husqvarna could have compromised its ability to be ridden in a fully-athletic manner while the weight — 174kg (dry) — won’t allow it to be ridden like a true motard. This compromise is a mistake made by many naked bikes, allegedly in pursuit of in-town comfort, but wasn’t something we were hoping to see on a fairly light, aggressively-styled naked from a brand hoping to gain a foothold in the performance market. As it sits, this looks more like an expensive F800R with whacky styling than it does a motorcycle that’s going to capture the hearts and minds of a new generation of rider.

  • GoFasterPB

    I still don’t understand the bashing of the 800′s lacking low-end. If anything it’s the top end that needs help. Maybe some FI smoothing down low, but what (class-comparable) bike do I need to ride to see what I’m missing from the GS? There’s plenty of torque.

    I was wondering how they’d address riding position on he Nuda… guess they didn’t.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Any rival Triumph. It’s night and day between the F800R and Street Triple or F800GS and Tiger 800. That parallel-twin is the weakest link in either BMW.

      • GoFasterPB

        With the same torque and lower gearing on the GS than the XC, still skeptical. Have you ridden them back to back? Your XC review was based on year-old impressions of the GS… not good enough for me to take to heart. My year old impressions of the Street Triple tell me it was a lot more responsive -but not down low. Mid-top end rush is where those bikes shine and that’s what I wanted to see more of in the Nuda. (Not fan-boy trolling, just looking for good info. BTW- Italian link doesn’t work for my iPhone)

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          The Tiger is just so smooth and punchy that it strikes you how good the motor is. On the GS, you never, ever feel like the motor is giving you enough.

      • http://lightsoutknivesout.tumblr.com/ Scott Pargett

        I got a chance to tear into one of Keith Code’s F800s. Pretty sad bike IMO… the best part about them is optional ABS.

        They remind of that kid that’s just never good at anything. Who’s always tagging along with the pack, striking out, missing the jumps, getting denied for homecoming, but still out there trying to keep up with everyone still. Rolling with every punch and still coming up short, every time.

        The motor was very unimpressive. Not much performance, no character. Just two pistons slogging along making some noise, eventually turning a back wheel.

    • Wereweazle

      “Maybe some FI smoothing down low…”

      HA! More like this bike necessitates a Booster Plug and aftermarket can or is otherwise unusable below 25mph. Once the bike’s had enough time to properly warm it, it smooths out considerably… and then you get the stalling issues. I love almost everything about my f800s, except that joke of an engine.

  • Artful

    Lol so your criticism is that it can’t be ridden as aggressively as a race replica? So should the rest of us “mortals” take that as a compliment?

    “The Nuda is far too comfortable and versatile to be ridden like a bike that was designed for one thing and one thing only”

    I’ll take it.

    • Sean Smith

      The problem is that Husqvarna is trying to market the Nuda as a go-fast bike that’s meant to be ridden aggressively and the ergonomics do an admirable job of preventing that.

      • zipp4

        I agree. You guys seem to think everything must be ridden like Rossi or it is worthless. Who gives a shit what the marketing says?! If it is versatile, fun to ride, and attracts young buyers then its good enough for me.

        Lets hope there never comes a Nurburgring dichotomy to the world of motorcycling. That will truly be the end.

        • Gene

          Hey, it’s like the time I borrowed a friend’s CBR600. “What do you think of it?”

          “It’s crap. Horribly uncomfortable. Clip-ons are too low, and the pegs are far too high.”

          So yeah, I’ll be right in line for something like this. And as stated in the Miller Light article, what the hell do we care what the marketing fags say?

          • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

            A lot of times, sitting on a bike in a showroom doesn’t give you a good idea of what comfort is going to be like as you add up miles. Even the new CBR600RR is all-day comfy for me, at 6’2″.

            Upright bikes are great sitting still and pretty shitty once you’re above 50mph.

            You’re not going to want to put in highway miles on the Nuda.

            • Surj

              “Upright bikes are great sitting still and pretty shitty once you’re above 50mph.”

              This explains why I have such a hard time doing all day, days long mile-eating trips on my R1200R.

              Oh wait, I don’t. I find the upright riding postion to be flexible and comfortable for everything from railing the twisties to taking it easy.

              • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

                And yet that R1200R isn’t as upright as this appears to be. Bet you have a flyscreen too, it makes a big difference on that bike.

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          Not at all. But compromised ergonomics is a very, very, very relevant criticism of a performance-oriented product.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Our criticism is that BMW decided to rejig the F800 series as a more performance oriented, more expensive product, yet that product is saddled with non-ideal ergonomics which will compromise its ability to attain those goals.

      Ultimately, this bike is going to do very little that the F800R doesn’t already do. Which is disappointing.

      • Andrew

        I see the Nuda as using an F800 as a base for a KTM Duke / Husky SM kind of bike. If that is the case then an upright riding position is entirely appropriate and well-executed. I don’t see much difference between the picture above showing a rider putting a knee down on the Nuda and the same on a “conventional” motard.

        Am I missing something or does performance-oriented mean sport bike ergonomics and riding style?

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          It means the ability to attain decent BP, which can be done on nakeds with flat bars, if those bars are in the right place. See Z1000 or Speed Triple articles for examples:

          http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2011/09/why-the-2011-triumph-speed-triple-makes-every-other-naked-look-silly/

          http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2011/09/easy-speed-kawasaki-z1000/

          • Andrew

            Wes, I like you and I like the site but I think you are really stretching conjecture on this point.

            • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

              Look through the gallery. What strikes you first? For me it was the utter absence of decent bp. If these test riders have raced in the last 15 years or so, they’re riding in a manner very alien to what they learned. I understand that the layperson may not geek out on bp to the degree we do, but the form demonstrated here is 100% counter productive to safe, proficient riding.

              • http://www.cdavisdesigns.com Chris Davis

                I wanted to make excuses for this bike because it looks so good. I suppose the same is true for a good many women I’ve met. But I digress. The test riders need to stick that knee way out to keep from dragging the pegs and the gap between the elbows and tank tells you plenty about the lofty bar position. This is all well and fine if that’s what they’re after and being labeled as a Husky it makes some sense. But the “R” model should certainly be much more aggressive. They’re clearly pitching it as track-worthy, but it looks a chore to ride it that way.

              • Andrew

                I for one admire the body positioning and other geekery you and the other HFL folks have but in this case I don’t think that is the issue.

                I think the problem is that the Nuda should not be shown with test riders in those positions in the first place as it clearly does not represent the bike’s design or intentions accurately.

                Instead, showing motard-style riding, with a foot out, backed-in corner entry and elbows-out tuck would address the ergonomic and body positioning concerns immediately.

                Looking at the gallery like you suggest, I completely agree that the arse off the side to get a knee down looks like what I see riders with less than a season’s experiencing do in parking lots to scuff up their knee pucks to look like hard men.

      • ike6116

        Didn’t you praise the shit out of the F800GS after the Labrador trip?

        • matt

          I remember that too. waiting……

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          Yep, it was great. Then the tiger 800 came along and was greater.

          • matt

            fair enough

  • Thom

    Gee ……. god forbid someone should come up with a Motorcycle thats Practical Transportation rather than a Testosterone Addled , overly Hyped and Adrenalin Addicting Sport Bike that can only be ridden on the Perfect Weekend / on the Perfect Road / in the Perfect State/ in the Perfect Weather .

    Yeah , what a tragedy that any company would have the nerve to place Function over Form .

    Then again ………. maybe thats half the problem with the M/C Industry these days

    Far too much Form over Function as well as way to damn many M/C journalists cheering that mentality on

    Nahhhh . That couldn’t be it . Must be somebody else’s fault .

    • Sean Smith

      “rather than a Testosterone Addled , overly Hyped and Adrenalin Addicting Sport Bike that can only be ridden on the Perfect Weekend / on the Perfect Road / in the Perfect State/ in the Perfect Weather .”

      I think that this may be one of the most accurate descriptions of the sportsbike rider stereotype I’ve ever seen.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      So why not just buy a Yamaha TMAX and screw everything else? That’s the logical conclusion of the argument you’re making.

      Motorcycles, no matter how practical, are an emotional purchase. That emotion is driven by performance, thereby meriting the objective evaluation of said performance. In addition to braking ability, handling, power, etc, ergonomics are a major part of what makes a motorcycle fast.

      • doublet

        Yea but that’s performance to Wes Siler. “performance” is something defined by any individual’s concept thereof. Emotional purchase is correct, but it’s not always the same emotion for everyone. Why do you think so many people buy harleys? If you don’t understand it and just think it’s that ‘those people are uneducated as to the way of the motorcycle’ then you only understand one narrow perspective of the picture.

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          But this isn’t a Harley, it’s a naked sportsbike….

    • http://lightsoutknivesout.tumblr.com/ Scott Pargett

      The irony is that a Husqvarna hires an ad agency to create an image they like, that helps sell the product. That image is created by a group of people who are very good at selling things, but know relatively little about the actual product.

      Husqvarna then picks the one idea that these “ad people” came up with and sells bikes. I sit in on these meetings and take part in them for other products.

      The irony is, it’s mostly a dude in a BMW convertible coming up with image we as riders sit here and pick apart.

      An art director I work with now had Brammo at his last agency. A smart nice guy, but knows nothing about motorcycles.

      Just something to think about.

  • Thom

    And who the ____ could care less what someone like Adey’s form looks like on a damn race track , on a race replica M/C anyway ?

    Ideal Body position My Ass

    Ideal for a Lifetime of Chiropractor visits and Osteopathic Care

    Anybody riding like that on the street deserves what ever consequences come his/her way

    Ideal . Yeah right . For a well paid MotoGP or WSB rider maybe . For real human beings using a M/C on the street ?

    Not hardly .

    • Peter88

      I’m not Adey nor Guy Martin nor Valentino Rossi. And I care what the correct form is on a sportbike. And I ride every day no matter the weather. And by God I like my CBR1000RR! Whew, that was emotional.

      • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

        And you’d be a safer, more proficient rider if you took the time to learn from Guy, Rossi and Adey. There’s no arguing that, a set of skills is a set of skills. Removing lean angle, for instance, is highly applicable at road speeds in the wet.

  • http://www.muthalovin.com the_doctor

    I need to see a fat ass American on one before I can make a judgment.

    • Miles Prower [690 Duke, MTS 1200]

      LOL!

  • Albert

    commercial is pretty weak, couldn’t wait to post it on FB cause I love the bike; but then I watched it..

    • 1

      Yeah that Video and the pics have really put me off this bike.

      Actually the vomitous pics of the lame models uncomfortable standing around the bike should be banned.

      Back to KTM for the real thing.

  • http://twitter.com/JamesLeeFoley# jamesleefoley

    The luggage in pictures 12 and 36 shows what looks like the cut-outs for the F800GS’s higher exhaust. It’s embarrassing enough they shot photos with it, I hope thats not the actual option they will offer.

    • Wereweazle

      That luggage is actually for the ST, not the GS. And those cut-outs aren’t for the exhaust, but rather the more shapely hips of the ST as you can see in this picture.

      http://www.kenrockwell.com/bmw/images/f800st.jpg

      I agree the luggage looks absolutely horrid and out of place on the Nuda though.

  • th3w3s

    Ride it like a motard, not a superbike, and you should be fine.

    • tomwito

      +1 I look at it and think of powersliding into corners not dragging a knee.

    • Restless Lip Syndrome

      Precisely. Ride it like a motard and you might feel in more control and look a little less awkward.

  • Erik

    Mom jeans?

  • John

    It’s about time they started building bikes for us larger framed people. I’m 6’2″, and there are not many bikes on the market that I would call sporty and relaxed. This looks like a possible stablemate to my GSA.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Are you kidding? I’m 6’2″ too and I haven’t ridden a bike that’s terribly uncomfortable in ages. Even the RSV4 is good for a few tanks before I need a break.

      • Wereweazle

        Just because you’re a perfectly-proportioned god doesn’t mean the rest of us are. I’m 6’2″ as well and have only ridden a few bikes I’d call comfortable. Sportbikes make my wrists go numb to the point where I can’t use my hands after long rides. Imagine riding three hours to see your girlfriend and finding out yours hands don’t work. Not worth it, man.

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          Dude, you have sooooooo many choices though. Not all sportsbikes are created equally. CBR600RR, RC8, S1000RR, any GS, Speed Triple, Street Triple, Tiger 800, Dorso12, Griso, Z1000, etc, etc, etc

          • Wereweazle

            I’ve tried an R6, FZR 600, FZ6, FZ1, ZX-6r, ER-6n, sv650, tl1000s, and a few others. None of them really fit me right. I think I just have oddly proportioned arms and legs. I always feel either cramped or like I’m having to stretch. I did really like riding the Wee Strom and r1200r, but I don’t like the upright position at high speeds like you mentioned above. My f800s is fine for now, although it does kill my palms a bit. I’ve had that pain for ages on my bicycle though.

            • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

              Check out some of the list above then.

              • John

                Thanks Wes, I will check them out. The FZR 600 does have a more open “set”,as it were. They don’t break the bank either.
                At 50 years old, a more upright style and a comfy seat is what I look for. I guess I want them all to feel like my old High School bike, the ’77 CB 750. I’m a bit wider in the middle these days. Have to lay off the ice cream before bed and maybe I’d be a bit more comfy on the newer bikes.
                Nah. Screw it.

              • Vincent

                I can attest to that statement. I’ve owned an SV650 which was uncomfortable for my 5’11″ frame.

                The most comfort I’ve encountered so far was from a Super Duke, an XR600 and a CBR600F4i.

                The other bikes I’ve ridden made my hips feel like they were going to pop out of joint after an hour or so of riding.

          • andy727

            I can vouch for a few of these bikes. At 6’7″, The bikes I have spent a little time with and find comfortable are: S1000RR (sato rearsets), all of the GS’s, Tiger 800, RC8. Haven’t tried the others yet! Oh, the K1200GT is nice and comfy too.

        • 1

          100 press-ups on your knuckles each morning should cure that. The GF will love you for it too.

          • matt

            damn. your girlfriend is hard to please.

        • http://worldof2.com/ jpenney

          I think you need to lighten your grip and use your abs more. I’m pretty short (5’5″) and every bike is a forward lean for me. I can’t imagine that at 6’2″ you would have to reach problems that I do.

          • Wereweazle

            It’s not on most bikes. The only one I’ve actually felt the reach problem is on a k1200gt. It’s just a really strange in-between area where I can’t rest on my hands or use my feet to support myself or sit upright. Most of the problem I have is a nerve pinch in my hand that started when I was cycling back in high school. I have to do some wrist stretches or else it comes back quickly. I got the lightened grip down, that helped a lot, but now it’s just the vibes from the engine numbing my hands. It hasn’t stopped me from riding at all. I’ll still do 1000+ miles in a day, but I’m just saying I wouldn’t call any bike truly comfortable for me.

  • http://www.pedalgents.com holdingfast

    sorta got me wanting to take it out for a spin even though that video was terrible.. maybe not with the most perfect body position in the world but …while having fun

  • walter

    I could give a hang about that bike’s ergo or its speed.

    The bike is fugly. Pontiac Aztec?

    The video reminds me of a lame truck ad during a football game and the lifestyle shots make me hate the models.

    • Miles Prower [690 Duke, MTS 1200]

      +3

    • Scott-jay

      Ugly, especially the whole thing; particularly its engine/tranny.
      Left side cover looks like someone’s cloning Chinese side cover designs.

  • pplassm

    I must be older than you guys. That riding position looks great to me. My titanium knees don’t bend like the old ones did.

    • 1

      Ironically I keep hearing mention that this bike is aimed at the youth market! Don’t BMW just love to pigeon hole every product to every demographic…. ha ha.

      • Lacubrious

        There can’t be that many youths out there that can afford this bike. Maybe, if they add a pizza deliver box mount then, the Mitsubishi Eclipse kid, that shows up with my slices and soda, would rock the Nuda.

        • Lacubrious

          Don’t get me wrong. I love how this bike looks and if I didn’t already have the Hypermotard Evo, I would be showing up for a test drive, but I can afford it cause I ain’t no dang youth.

          • 1

            I’d probably see the pizza kid or any your rocking the pegs of SMR511 or SMS630 more than the 900?

            But you’re right it has the looks, and those dial-a-models in the photos knew it, and were jealous which is why they look so awkward.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cheese302 Cheese302

    the BP criticism is just that. criticism, instead of hounding people for having a personal preference, if you like the bike go give one a try. I see the issues with the riding position, but i’ll still give it a shot because i like the bike. I wont buy one though for other reasons. Namely, its still going to be more expensive than it should, and due to that the street triple r is still more bike for the money than this will be. I hope i can demo one though because i love the look of it.

  • Bronson

    Damn, that video was LAME!

    This is how you do it: KTM 950 Supermoto — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-hSR5ZbuLQ

    • Miles Prower [690 Duke, MTS 1200]

      Awesome!

      I had a 950 SM for five years before “downgrading” to a 690 Duke. The 950 SM was — by far — the funnest motorcycle I’ve ever ridden, and it really did beg to be ridden in a style represented well in that video!

      The KTM video is way better than the lame German Disco Nuda one — and the KTM looks way better too. Five years after the fact, BMW/Husky is doing a crappy job of copping KTM’s visual and stylistic themes.

    • 1

      F**K me that’s the way to do it. Mental, KTM, awesome. Takes balls to put a promo out like that.

      And you know what, this site is called “Hell for Leather”, and that riding was hell bent for leather.

      Love that Romeo was romancing a proper hardbody the night before a track session. The guy is nailing it.

  • Filipe

    what a shitshow of a video. jesus. this is what happens when any fucktard with a 5D and final cut can get hired to make a promo. blargh.

  • Miles Prower [690 Duke, MTS 1200]

    Kevin Ash wrote a fairly comprehensive review of the Nuda over at his site.

    He ends his review with similar sentiment to Wes’s by stating that “it’s not as Husqvarna claims, whatever you want it to be.”