After an encyclopedia of teaser videos, Husqvarna has launched the Norden 901.  To get straight to the TLDNR details, Husky provides the following technical “highlights” on the new machine (word for word from the press release):
  • 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

The Norden 901 first came to light during the 2019 EICMA show.  It received a hugely positive response, and that response may be one of the reasons why the new machine will make it to showrooms this November.  So a mere two years from concept to production is a significant achievement for any manufacturer. That’s something Husky, and its parent KTM can be proud of, even if the bike had a head start as a variant of the then KTM 790.

 

At first blush, the bike’s specs look pretty good. But, frankly, the list is quite similar to KTM’s own 890 Adventure, and that machine is well regarded for its off-road prowess.

Softer travel version?

But KTM’s CEO, Stephan Pierer, is on the record as saying that the Husky brand may be a bit “softer” than its “Ready To Race” counterpart, KTM.  And that very well could be a good thing.  If the Norden 901 is a travel-biased but highly capable off-roader, the Norden 901 may be just the recipe for those interested in traveling the world versus conquering challenging terrain at speed.
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.”

Norden 901

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.

engine Norden 901

The bike’s 899 cc parallel-twin engine seems to be a lift from KTM’s 890 Adventure.

Suspension

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.

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The Norden 901’s 43 mm WP Apex adjustable fork.

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.

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The Norden 901’s adjustable WP rear shock.

Wheelset

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.

Brakes

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.

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The right side of the Norden 901.

Bodywork

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.

front Norden 901

The front of the Norden 901 sports LED lighting with an integrated DRL.

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.

Fuel

The bike’s 5-gallon fuel tank places the main fuel volume ahead of the rider’s knees, wrapping around the engine.  Husky says that this lowers the bike’s center of gravity and contributes to a lower seat height. In addition, they say that the tank will deliver 400 km (248 miles) of range.

Weight

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.

Electronics

There’s a 5-inch TFT full-color display that can be adjusted to the information the rider would like to see on the screen.  Other electronic gadgets like ride by wire, cruise control, Motor Slip Regulation, 3 ride modes with an optional “Explorer” mode, cornering traction control, cornering ABS, power-assisted slipper clutch, and an “Easy Shift” function (quick shifter) are all part of the package.

 

Norden 901

The bike comes with a 5-inch TFT full-color display. It also appears that there is a mount for your phone.

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.

Pricing

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.

What do you think of the Norden 901?  Do you think it’s just a “re-skinned” KTM 890 Adventure?  And with the information currently available, would you be interested in the Norden 901 over a KTM 890 Adventure and why?  Let us know in the comments below.

 

All image credit: Husqvarna

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