The Husqvarna Norden 901 is finally here. The adventure tourer based on its sibling, the KTM 890 Adventure, was first showcased as a prototype at EICMA 2019. Now that it’s here, it looks more than equipped to become one of the most desirable ADV tourers in our market.
Husqvarna has teased the arrival of the Norden over the last few months and even released a couple of videos with what appeared to be the production-spec bike. It’s nice to see that very little has changed in its design, from the prototype we first saw in 2019. Elements like the round LED headlamp and predominantly flat surfaces and straight lines on the tank and body panels are typically Husqvarna. This is a bike that certainly looks the part. That said, what’s got us excited is what lies under all that bodywork.
The Norden 901 shares its frame with the 890 Adventure. It’s suspended on an adjustable 43mm WP Apex USD fork and a monoshock at the rear, offering 220mm and 215mm of travel, respectively. Braking hardware, meanwhile, comprises components of 320mm floating discs at the front and a 260mm disc at the back, sourced from J Juan — the KTM offers Brembo hardware. We’ll know how much of a difference this has on braking performance only once we’ve gotten a chance to ride the Norden 901.
The bike rides on a 21-inch front wheel and an 18-inch rear wheel, shod with Pirelli Scorpion STR tires.
It also comes with a comprehensive electronics package that includes traction control, cornering ABS, cruise control, and three ride modes – Street, Rain, and Off-road.
Lastly, the Norden 901 is powered by the same 889cc, DOHC, parallel-twin engine from the 890 Adventure. Autocar India reports that peak power and torque figures stand at 105hp at 8,000rpm and 73.7ft-lb of torque at 6,500rpm. A bidirectional quick-shifter comes as standard. 889cc, DOHC, parallel-twin engine from the 890 Adventur
Essentially, what you’re getting with the Norden 901 is a differently styled KTM 890 Adventure. Considering the slightly lower-spec hardware, we also expect it to be more affordable.