The Husqvarna 901 Norden has made its long-awaited bow as the Swedish marque’s maiden foray into the competitive adventure-tourer motorcycle market, boasting clean, cool styling and trusty mechanicals borrowed from KTM.
Two years on from the unveiling of a thinly-veiled concept version at EICMA in 2019, the Husqvarna 901 Norden stays true to the original with its upright stance and recognisable family colourways that stand it out from the KTM 890 Adventure machine it is based on.
Also the largest and most powerful motorcycle Husqvarna has had on sale since the 900cc Nuda roadster was launched under BMW ownership, the 901 Norden is pitched as a more road-orientated tourer compared with its KTM donor bike, albeit without entirely ignoring the manufacturer’s Enduro and Motocross based heritage.
Signatured by a striking split-level circular headlight dominating the front-end, the 901 Norden adds bluff fairing and chunky bodywork to differentiate it from its KTM sister model.
Underneath things become more familiar with an 889cc parallel-twin engine punching out 103hp putting it on a par with the new Honda NT1100, while it tips the scales at 204kg too.
With a history forged on trails, though the 901 Norden represents a new segment for the marque, it still taps into Husqvarma’s experience off-road, promising a reinforced frame that is tough and durable, but light and agile to ensure comfortable cruising speeds.
It also comes with trick WP APEX suspension developed by preferred KTM specialists WP Suspension, plus Bosch ABS and a trio of pre-loaded riding modes (Street, Rain and Off-Road), as well as an Explorer Mode that allows you to adjust the rider aids, throttle response and traction control to your own liking.
Husqvarna 901 Norden – Specs and details
2 cylinder, 4 stroke, DOHC parallel twin
77 kW (105 hp) @ 8000 rpm
100 Nm @ 6500 rpm
Electric starter/12V 10Ah
DKK Dellorto (Throttle body 46mm)
4 valves per cylinder / DOHC
Pressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps
Liquid cooled with water/oil heat exchanger
Cable operated PASC Slipper clutch
Bosch EMS with RBW
MTC (lean angle sensitive, 3-Mode, disengageable, Explorer mode optional)
Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel frame using the engine as stressed element, powder coated
Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis, powder coated
Aluminium, tapered, Ø 28/22 mm
WP APEX-USD Ø 43 mm
Compression, Rebound, Preload
Suspension travel front/rear
220 mm / 215 mm
2 x 4-piston caliper, radially mounted, brake disc Ø 320 mm
2 piston floating caliper, brake disc Ø 260 mm
Bosch 9.1 MP (incl. Cornering-ABS and Offroad mode, disengageable)
Tubeless Aluminium spoked wheels 2.50 x 21”; 4.50 x 18”
Pirelli Scorpion Rallly STR 90/90 R 21; 150/70 R 18
Stainless steel primary and secondary silencer
Steering head angle
Triple clamp offset
1,513 mm ± 15 mm
854 / 874 mm
Tank capacity (approx.)
Weight without fuel (approx.)
Street (cornering sensitive) / Offroad
Street, Rain, Offroad (Explorer – optional)
Engine Management Systems
MTC, MSR, Easy Shift
Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Call-In, Music Selection
Connectivity Unit, TPMS, heated grips & seats