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Widely known as the toughest enduro event in the world, the Erzberg Rodeo probably isn’t the kind of place you’d expect to see a street performance naked race. But that’s just what Touratech plans to do with this modified Husqvarna Nuda 900.

Covering a distance of 13.5km, the Erzberg Rodeo asks competitors to race up an old gravel quarry in the Austrian alps, overcoming loose boulders and impossibly steep slopes in the process. Hundreds of bikes enter, creating one of the most frightening spectacles in motorcycling.

Essentially a lowered, more powerful BMW F800GS, the Nuda should actually be a good basis for a large enduro. Touratech swapped the wheels for proper dirt-size, spoked items and fitted a Pirelli MX tire at the front and Rally Raid on the rear. Suspension is rebuilt for the dirt, gearing is lowered, a performance exhaust replaces the heavy stock item and a bunch of protection pieces out of the Touratech catalog were bolted on.

It’s actually mind boggling how stock the Nuda remains, doing without even a radiator guard.

  • Kyle Walters

    I’m pretty excited for the stock version of this bike to go on sale. Anyone hear anything on availability?

  • Devin

    Nuda isn’t going on sale in the US, last I heard.

    Is it bad that I hope they break a lever during the race and can’t continue, so they may start thinking about making handguards out of something other than flexible plastic? Love the company, but those are a terrible product for serious offroading.

  • wwalkersd

    So, they’re taking the one street bike made by a company known for off-road bikes, and turning it into an off-road bike? Man, the things companies will do to get some press!

  • Miles Prower [690 Duke, MTS 1200]

    Wow. That’s one ugly motorcycle!

    • Gene

      No kidding. I just thought it was a funny angle in the wheelie, but I looked at the rest of the pics, and it doesn’t look good from any angle. That fell out of the ugly tree and hit every single branch on the way.

    • ontheroad

      Funny but I actually like the looks of the Nuda! It’s a hyperbole of enduro styling cues: absurd but kind of cool in it’s exaggerated angles. Maybe I’ve just spent too much time in the company of the GS and am aesthetically blind consequently.

  • Edward

    Those exhaust pipes look pretty ready to get crushed. Fall onto a rock on your right and get ready to have some super back pressure. Woot!

  • Frosty_spl

    I think it looks pretty rad. But why did they put some bullshit adventure touring tire on the back? Or are the stumpy knobbies good for loose gravel?

    • Sean Smith

      Nah, the rally raid is a serious tire for bikes that make ~100hp and weigh lots more than a dirt bike.

  • Campisi

    I would say that nobody should have to modify a Husqvarna to make it off-road capable, but then again literally every other product in their portfolio is a dirt bike of some kind. Branching out a bit shouldn’t kill them.

  • dux [87 CBR600, 95 XR600R]

    As if the Nuda wasn’t expensive enough…

  • george_fla

    IIRC there are 2 races at Erzburg, the hard enduro(which is what everyone thinks of when they think Erzburg) and a Pikes Peak type gravel road race from the bottom of the pit to the top. I could see this bike running the latter but not the actual enduro.

  • paulo

    I though the nuda was kind of ugly till I saw one in the flesh and it really a beautiful thing. The finish is amazing,