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2012 Husqvarna Nuda 900R Makes Public Debut
The 2012 Husqvarna Nuda 900R made its public debut in Frankfurt, Germany, in the courtyard outside BMW’s display hall.
Displayed together with other Husqvarna models as well as motorcycles from parent company BMW. The display bikes were all anchored firmly to their stands and test rides were not available but I did get some seat time on the Nuda.
Hopping onto the Nuda 900R’s saddle, I immediately noticed the high seat, a result of Husqvarna’s off-road DNA. I stand six feet tall and had to stretch my toes to touch the ground.
A Husqvarna representative told me the display model was actually set higher than the 34.4 inches listed on the specs sheet, and a tweak to the Ohlins suspension would return it to that height. He also pointed out the Nuda’s narrow waist as a mitigating factor to the seat height.
Video edtior and Suzuki SV650 rider Chris Blanchette also had a chance to climb on the Nuda’s seat and he too found the seat high for his 5’10″ frame. He also found the seating position a little too aggressive for his liking.
Smaller riders may feel more comfortable on the Nuda 900 which has a 33.8 inch seat height, but Husqvarna did not have one on display for us to make a comparison.
Hopefully, we’ll be able to get a full ride review soon as we approach the full production launch of the Husqvarna Nuda 900R and Nuda 900. Until then, enjoy the pictures below.