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Discussion in 'Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports' started by gimpo, Nov 5, 2019.
My point, which you illustrated for me, is that you're talking only a few data points.
No problem, if the single track bike needs more maintenance, I don't want it on an adventure bike.
And because an enduro bike purportedly needs more maintenance, the larger, not-at-all-alike bike will also need just as much maintenance? Yah... no.
Buy, use and report! Till then we can only be guessing...
I love this new bike...please let me buy it Husqvarna....maybe an update from Husky coinciding with the release of Frozen II.
"Norge" is already taken, by a venerable old/er Guzzi tourer model.
This is MY kind of ride. It's almost as if somebody's been hacking into my wet dreams....
I have a couple of mild concerns: where are those "off-branded" brake callipers from? TUBED rims? In 2019/2020? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot??? Is it going to be equipped with a Chinese motor like the KTM 790s? Really? Husky's gonna be charging me top-dollar for an east asian motor from CF Moto?
Otherwise, I'm considering it to be (for me anyway), if not the perfect long/er range tourer, then damned near so. Maybe the most well-executed, complete & sorted tourer that I've seen to date. But I guess you could say that about just about any new ADV model release. But, despite being a mere prototype/show special/production mock-up/whatever, it just really, really works for me...
Everything is already there. Carrying the fuel load nice & low for slow-speed stability, rough road manoeuvrability & (relative) ease of picking the bike up when it tips over. A nice wide seat purpose-built for my corpulent derriere. Safe, soft, waterproof bags that are in the "goldilocks" range of volumetric capacity. TWO separate tubular steel engine & bodywork guards, both seemingly well-countoured and generously bolted to the chassis. Additional (from what I can see anyway) extra-thick & beefy aluminium fuel tank, sump & drivetrain guards securely bolted to the under-motor cradles. The biggest, baddest, beefiest barkbusters I've ever seen. A low-mount front 'guard that won't flap around or catch the wind like a duckbill guard @ highway speeds. What appears to be properly purpose-built LED head & auxiliary lighting. A tank bag mount that won't allow the bag to gouge up the bodywork, even in rough going. Plus not a hint of that hideous Orange colour. Love it!
Disclosure: I'm a bit of a Husky fanboy, owning no less than 3 Nudas, in various states of repair & roadworthiness.
JJuan has been KTM brake components supplier lately: https://jjuan.es/
I guess the Norden will carry the same rims of the 790/1X90 family, and that means tubeless
"Spy shots reveal Husqvarna is testing a new Norden adventure machine."
That article only makes sense if it was posted months ago, not earlier today as it is labeled. We already saw the bike Husqvarna showed at EICMA and a non-camouflaged version is right there on the first page of this thread...
His dial-up connection just got through
And recently posted on the home page - https://advrider.com/spied-husqvarna-norden-901-on-the-road/
I have to say that is one handsome motorcycle. I really like the styling!
… and a Norden 501.
"The documents, presented by Pierer Mobility Group (KTM and Husqvarna’s parent company), list a 501 adventure bike that will likely share KTM’s new 490 parallel-twin engine, not the thumper motor currently found in the Husqvarna FE 501 Enduro. It is also believed this new line of mid-range Husqvarna adventure bikes will carry the name ‘Norden’ like the 901.
In addition to the Norden 501, there will be a 401cc adventure model expected to share the same ambition and single-cylinder engine we know is coming in the budget-minded KTM 390 Adventure, though we wonder if Husqvarna won’t spin a more stylized version that aligns it with the distinct, edgy look of its first-ever road bikes, the Svartpilen and Vitpilen."
This sounds interesting.I'm currently on a TE630.I don't pretend it's a full on dirt bike-I have plenty of them. Very curious how this pans out.
I am really digging the styling on the Norden....
Though I am not going to be in the bike market for a couple years. We'll see how the production version pans out.
The amount of protection around the engine is impressive. The more I look at this bike, the more I like it and looking forward to seeing what the 501 is all about. At this point I would opt for a 501 over T7, if either bike was available.
Not many dealers for Guzzi, and even less good dealers, but the upside is that you can do a complete service on the Guzzi in your garage with a beer in about 2 hours with no special tools.
If this bike comes with those bars and soft bags from the factory, it'd be cool to finally see a bike really set up for mid-weight long-distance touring from the showroom like that - I do have my suspicions about KTM reliability until proven otherwise, but beyond that this bike looks like it could be truly kickass for its given purpose