- Chromium-molybdenum steel trellis frame with engine as stressed member
- 889 cc parallel-twin engine is smooth and powerful across the rpm range
- Adjustable WP APEX suspension provides exceptional comfort both on the street and off-road
- Three selectable ride modes (Street, Rain, Off-road) and optional Explorer mode
- Cutting-edge, switchable cornering ABS with Off-road mode
- Ride-by-wire throttle
- Easy Shift function
- Cornering-sensitive Motorcycle 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 tires for peak performance on the street and off-road
- Large capacity, 5-gallon (19-liter) fuel tank provides an extended range of up to 248 miles (400 km)
- Optional Connectivity Unit provides turn-by-turn navigation, telephone call reception and music selection functionality from the rider’s smartphone
Norden 901 Origin
Softer travel version?
From Husky’s press release:
“Husqvarna Motorcycles has built true offroad ability into an exceptional adventure travel motorcycle that keeps on going when the road ends.”
“Inspired by Husqvarna Motorcycles’ Factory Rally machines, the Norden 901 is built to cover long distances across challenging, diverse landscapes. Fast, fun, nimble and above all capable, this is a motorcycle that makes even the longest riding days rewarding, no matter how far the rider chooses to go, whether on-road or off.”
That seems to make it clear the Norden 901 is a travel machine. But that doesn’t mean that the Norden 901 will be relegated to soft off-road. It sounds like the bike’s ergos and comfort are priorities, which could be excellent news for long-distance travelers who want a highly capable off-road machine.
Norden 901 Engine lifted from the KTM 890
The Norden 901 features a liquid-cooled, DOHC 899 cc parallel-twin engine making a claimed 105 hp and 74 lb-ft of torque at 6,500 rpm. In addition, dual balancer shafts help to reduce vibration.
And we know it has adjustable WP Apex suspension. At the front, there’s a 43 mm upside-down fork with 220 mm of travel. The fork uses a split damping function using an open cartridge fork with adjustable compression and rebound damping. There’s also a steering damper to keep things in order in the rough stuff.
At the rear, there’s a WP Apex shock that provides 215 mm of rear wheel travel. Husky says it can be adjusted with a rebound damping adjuster and a hand adjuster for spring preload. The shock is said to be mounted at an angle to reduce seat height. Speaking of seat height, the Nordent 901’s perch comes in at 33.6 inches. Ultimately the setup delivers nearly 10 inches of ground clearance.
The bike’s wheelset is a spoked tubeless design with a 21-inch front with 18-inch rear. Both are shod with Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires.
Braking is by J. Juan with dual four-piston radially mounted calipers grasping onto 320 mm discs. At the back, you’ll find a two-piston unit pinching a 260 mm disc.
Husky says a lot about the bike’s bodywork, saying that it is designed to “connect the rider’s body with the bike.” There’s also quite a bit about ergos with aluminum tapered handlebars that provide 30 mm of front to rear placement adjustability and six different bar positions.
The bodywork has an integrated LED headlight with daytime running lights and standard LED fog lights. For those of you that despise that ADV bike beak, you’ll be happy to hear that the Norden 901 doesn’t have one.
Husky says the Norden 901 weighs in at about 449 pounds (204 kg) dry. Add the weight of fuel and engine liquids and ready to go the bike should tip the scales at about 485 pounds.
If we believe what Pierer has said in the past, it will be interesting to see how far under that bar the Norden 901 is to its similarly-sized KTM family member. Could the sum of the Norden 901’s parts possibly get over the top of the 890’s bar for most people? Time will tell.
The base price of the Norden 901 is set at $13,999.
What do you think?
Frankly, this bike has my attention—a lot. As a rider that likes to travel long distances, I can’t wait to get my hands on one to see what it can do and how it does it.