Federico Valentini – Head of Husqvarna Motorcycles Marketing: “Since 2014, the Husqvarna Motorcycles brand has been constantly evolving. The launch of the Norden 901 sees us move into another market segment – travel.
The motorcycle was unveiled to a highly enthusiastic reception at EICMA 2019 and there has been mounting anticipation ahead of its launch. Now it is finally here, and we believe that the Norden 901 will become a class-leading favourite of riders with the ambition to explore further.”
After a mouth-watering drip-feed of details for months on end, Husqvarna has finally lifted the veil on the much-anticipated Norden 901 which will hit dealer’s floors in Australia around March 2022 at an RRP of $23,250 to $25,050 Ride Away.
As the first Husqvarna to appear as a pure adventure bike (the 701 Enduro being trail/adventure hybrid), it’s a big deal for the white side of the orange garage.
UNDER THE FAIRING
Some of the components we’ve seen before on KTM offerings. The engine, for example, is shared with the 890 Adventure R. A strong and versatile powerplant that has no glaring weak spots and tackles the variation in requirements adventure riding necessitates with ease.
The Norden 901 will come with Easy Shift (Husqvarna’s quickshifter), for clutchless gear changes and a Power Assist Slipper Clutch (PASC).
WP APEX INSTEAD OF XPLOR
Another familiar and yet somewhat surprising piece is the WP Apex suspension. Apex is the suspension you find on the more road/touring-oriented KTM Adventure model and while the off-road-oriented Adventure R models carry WP Xplor, a set-up specifically designed to tackle serious tracks and trails.
It’s a curious move away from the WP Xplor however, while the Apex fork used on the KTM is not adjustable, the 43mm fork on the Norden does offer compression, rebound and preload adjustment and the shock rebound and preload adjustment.
The suspension travel is 220mm upfront (20mm more than the 890 Adventure), and 200 at the rear. It will be very interesting to see how this setup performs in the dirt.
“The goal was to squeeze maximum comfort from the bike concept. We also selected a specific suspension spec, which mixes street comfort and off-road handling. In the end, its strength is long-distance exploration — meaning range, comfort and all-terrain versatility.” Project leader Andreas Gühlsdorf.
PUSH MY BUTTONS
The Norden’s electronics suite offers three ride modes in, Street, Rain and Offroad which can be done on the fly. An optional Explorer Mode will present nine traction control settings just as found through the 890 Adventure R’s Rally Mode.
The 5-inch TFT screen offers Bluetooth connectivity, a first for Husqvarna, through the Ride Husqvarna Motorcycles App while a 12-volt charger allows you to plug in a GPS or phone.
The switchable ABS is handled by a Bosch 9.1 AP system working with the Husqvarna branded J.Juan braking system which utilises two 320 mm brake discs and four-piston, radially mounted brake callipers at the front, and a 260 mm brake disc with a two-piston floating calliper at the rear.
TANK YOU VERY MUCH
The 19-litre fuel tank is one litre less than the claimed capacity of the 890 Adventure R. It mirrors the KTM’s distinct shape that places the weight low and forward of the riders’ legs.
The height-adjustable two-piece seat can be set at either 854 or 874mm with an optional lowering kit available. The pillion handles fitted are also super handy when manhandling the bike in the garage or in the bush.
The integrated fairing sets the Norden apart from any of its orange cousins. As does the striking round LED headlight with integrated fog lights.
BRING IT ON
The Norden weighs in dry at a claimed weight that’s eight kilos more than the 890 Adventure R which is likely to come in a significant degree from the extra bodywork.
Through its unique look, the Norden 901 will be one of the most instantly recognisable motorcycles on the market upon its release. Husqvarna has established an aesthetic that we see on display in the Svartpilen and Vitpilen that sets it apart from its orange family members.
The early vibe behind the Norden seems to feel equal part tourer and adventurer. Somewhere in between a KTM 890 Adventure and Adventure R perhaps.
While the 890 DNA is definitely there in abundance, the adjustable WP Apex suspension makes it one of the more intriguing model offerings.
Apex has more of a road-biased feel on the 890 and 390 Adventure, but we haven’t seen the fork with full adjustment on an adventure bike as yet.
Apex could also be the compromise that allows Husqvarna to include cruise control, Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres and the Easy Shift as standard, which is another differentiation from the 890 and welcome additions.
The international launch will all take place before the bike arrives in Australia thanks to that Pandy life, but we cannot wait to get out grubby hands on the Norden 901 and go exploring.
• Chromium-molybdenum steel trellis frame with the engine as a stressed member
• 889 cc parallel-twin engine with 105 hp peak power and 100 Nm of torque
• Adjustable WP APEX suspension provides exceptional comfort both on the street and offroad
• Three selectable ride modes (Street, Rain, Offroad) and optional Explorer mode
• Cutting-edge, switchable cornering ABS with Offroad mode
• Ride-by-wire throttle
• Easy Shift function
• Cornering-sensitive traction control allows for nine levels of adjustable rear wheel slip (in Explorer mode)
• Power Assist Slipper Clutch (PASC)
• Tubeless spoked wheels and Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres for peak performance on the street and offroad
• Large capacity, 19-litre fuel tank provides an extended range of up to 400 km
• Optional Connectivity Unit provides turn-by-turn navigation, telephone call reception and music selection functionality from the rider’s smartphone
2022 Husqvarna Norden 901 Specifications
- Engine 899 cc, four-stroke, DOHC parallel twin
- Bore/stroke 90,7/68,8 mm
- Power 77 kW (105 hp) @ 8000 rpm
- Torque 100 Nm @ 6500 rpm
- Compression ratio 13.5:1
- Starter/battery Electric starter/12V 10Ah
- Transmission 6 gears
- Fuel system DKK Dellorto (Throttle body 46mm)
- Control 4 valves per cylinder / DOHC
- Lubrication Pressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps
- Primary drive 39:75
- Final drive 16:45
- Cooling Liquid cooled with water/oil heat exchanger
- Clutch Cable operated PASC Slipper clutch
- Engine management/ignition Bosch EMS with RBW
- Traction control MTC (lean angle sensitive, 3-Mode, disengageable, Explorer mode optional)
- Frame Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel frame using the engine as stressed element, powder coated
- Subframe Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis, powder coated
- Handlebar Aluminium, tapered, Ø 28/22 mm
- Front suspension WP APEX-USD Ø 43 mm
- Front adjustability Compression, Rebound, Preload
- Rear suspension WP APEX-Monoshock
- Rear adjustability Rebound, Preload
- Suspension travel front/rear 220 mm / 215 mm
- Front brake 2 x 4-piston calliper, radially mounted, brake disc Ø 320 mm
- Rear brake 2 piston floating calliper, brake disc Ø 260 mm
- ABS Bosch 9.1 MP (incl. Cornering-ABS and Offroad mode, disengageable)
- Wheels front/rear Tubeless Aluminium spoked wheels 2.50 x 21”; 4.50 x 18”
- Tyres front/rear Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR 90/90 R 21; 150/70 R 18
- Chain X-Ring 520
- Silencer Stainless steel primary and secondary silencer
- Steering head angle 64,2°
- Triple clamp offset 30 mm
- Trail 106,9 mm
- Wheelbase 1,513 mm ± 15 mm
- Ground clearance 252 mm
- Seat height 854 / 874 mm
- Tank capacity (approx.) 19.0 litres
- Dry weight (approx.) 204 kg
- ABS Modes Street (cornering sensitive) / Offroad
- Ride Modes Street, Rain, Offroad (Explorer – optional)
- Engine Management Systems MTC, MSR, Easy Shift
- Cruise Control Original Equipment
- Connectivity Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Call-In, Music Selection
- Technical Accessories Connectivity Unit, TPMS, heated grips & seats