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2012 Husqvarna Nuda 900R to Make Public Debut at Frankfurt Auto Show
The Husqvarna Nuda 900R will make its public debut in near-series production form at the 2011 Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung, also known as the Frankfurt Auto Show, Sept. 13 in Frankfurt, Germany.
Described by Husqvarna as a cross between a supermoto and a naked standard, the new Nuda 900R is the product of the partnership between Husqvarna and parent company BMW. Powered by BMW’s F800R parallel Twin motor adapted to a 900cc displacement, power output is said to be over 100hp while torque is said to be near 74 ft-lb. Husqvarna also claims linear power delivery at low revs.
The Husqvarna Nuda 900R will be equipped with fully adjustable 48mm Sachs forks and an Öhlins rear shock with adjustable compression, rebound and spring preload and a height adjustor.
Braking is performed by four-piston Brembo monobloc racing brakes with a 320mm disc up front and a Brembo two-piston caliper with 240mm disc at the rear.
Husqvarna claims the Nuda 900R has a dry weight of 386 pounds. To improve weight distribution, Husqvarna has placed the fuel tank underneath the seat and thus closer to the center of gravity.
Husqvarna will also produce a more street-oriented version, the Nuda 900. The Husqvarna Nuda 900 will use the same F800R-derived engine but will use a fully adjustable Sachs monoshock instead of the 900R’s Öhlins component. The 900 will also have less ground clearance and a lower center of gravity. Instead of the monobloc front brake, the Nuda 900 will use radial mounted Brembo four-piston calipers gripping a 320mm disc with sintered pads. Both the Nuda 900R and the Nuda 900 will come with stainless steel mufflers but the 900R will have a carbon fiber clamp, end cap and heat shield.
The Husqvarna Nuda 900R will come in Husqvarna’s competition red and white colors while the Nuda 900 will be black and white.
So far, BMW has only confirmed the Husqvarna Nuda 900R will be in Frankfurt, but there will be a Husqvarna concept as well as a BMW scooter concept on display. I’ll be there live in Frankfurt, so look forward to seeing more on Sept. 13 when the show opens to the press.
2012 Husqvarna Nuda 900R Unveiled