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2022 Husqvarna Norden 901

Husqvarna steps into the adventure market with its finally-released-and-much-anticipated Norden 901

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Husqvarna rolls into MY2022 with a significant addition to its lineup. Launching the adventure-bike sector, Husky introduces its ambassador, the Norden 901. Built with an off-road bias, the dual-sport “901” is nevertheless street legal to give it all-around globetrotting capabilities. A powerful, 899 cc engine delivers the goods with over 100 horsepower on tap, and comes partnered with a top-drawer electronics suite for safety, comfort, and control.

  • 2022 Husqvarna Norden 901
  • Year:
    2022
  • Make:
  • Model:
    Norden
  • Engine:
    Parallel Twin
  • Displacement:
    889 cc
  • Top Speed:
    130 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    13999
  • Price:

2022 Husqvarna Norden 901 Design

  • LED headlight with DRL & integrated foglight
  • Adjustable seat height
  • Color TFT display
  • Adjustable handlebar
2022 Husqvarna Norden 901
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2022 Husqvarna Norden 901
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Overall, the Norden carries itself as you'd expect an adventure-bike to do, and it does so with an efficiency and ruggedness that's forged in some of the most inhospitable geography imaginable.

The Norden 901 was first teased a few years back, but after years of refinement, it’s finally ready for the showroom floor. Unmistakably a Husky product, the Norden still manages to hit many of the usual design points that typify the genre. Right out of the gate, a high-side front fender manages the front-wheel fling while adding minimal unsprung weight to the front end and protecting the swept area of the inverted forks.

A round cyclops headlight comes complete with an integrated DRL ring and comes braced by a pair of fog lights, all with high-visibility LED projectors for top-end lighting performance. The lights ride recessed in the blunt front fairing that itself comes topped by a rally-style flyscreen for some protection for the pilot and instrumentation. Plus, there’s a taller version of the screen available through the optional accessories if you think you need it.

A color TFT screen serves as the instrument cluster as well as acting as a rider interface for the electronic safety package, and if you pony up for it, the optional Connectivity Unit that brings navigation, communication, and music entertainment to the mix together.

The hump from the fuel tank has less of the visual impact that is usual for the genre, but under that subtle swell lies a five-gallon tank that gives the 901 a range of around 250 miles (400 km). That’s obviously road miles and so the actual mileage will depend on some combination of terrain, elevation, and riding style. Oh well, got to start somewhere as a baseline, ya’ know.

A molded bench seat accommodates both pilot and pillion, and the latter benefits from some beefy J.C. handles that double as anchor points for some bungee-borne baggage if you like. LED taillights and turn signals ride high and well out of harm’s way while the read fender is vestigial at best. Most of the fling protection comes from the license plate it mounts than the actual fender. The swingarm-mount hugger and subframe underside take care of the rest.

While the stock version is clean, there are a number of soft luggage options to boost your cargo capacity ex-sale. Overall, it does carry itself like you’d expect an adventure-bike to do, and it does so with an efficiency and ruggedness that’s forged in some of the most inhospitable geography imaginable.

2022 Husqvarna Norden 901 Chassis

  • Adjustable suspension, front & rear
  • Corner-sensitive ABS (disengageable)
  • Long-travel, offroad-ready suspension
  • Offroad-oriented Pirelli Scorpion Rally tires
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Corner-sensitive ABS can be set to “Offroad Mode” to allow the rear end to slide, or turned off entirely for raw braking performance.

Powder-coated, chrome-molybdenum steel is the material of choice for the tough Trellis main-frame section on the Norden 901. To limit the size and weight of the frame, the engine is used as a stressed-member to make the frame realize its final stiffness.

The steering head establishes a rake angle of 25.8 degrees from the vertical for agility with inverted, 43 mm WP forks ahead of a WP APEX Monoshock. Up front, the forks rock adjustable compression- and rebound-damping values with 8.6 inches (220 mm) of travel, while the rear shock can be tuned for spring preload and rebound damping for easy setup changes due to variable cargo/passenger weights.

The brakes come from the racing world with a quartet of opposed pistons in each of the dual calipers and large, 320 mm brake discs up front. A twin-piston rear caliper and 260 mm disc completes the ensemble. Corner-sensitive ABS prevents either wheel from breaking loose when braking in a turn, and it can be set to “Offroad Mode” to allow the rear end to slide, or turned off entirely for raw braking performance.

Laced wheels, ever the favorite of off-road riders, round out the rolling chassis with a 21-inch rim up front and an 18-incher out back. Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR hoops come with a stealth-knobby tread that pulls double duty as both an off- and on-road design.

Frame: Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel frame using the engine as stressed element, powder coated
Front Suspension/Travel: WP APEX 43/ 8.7 inches (220 mm)
Rear Suspension/Travel: WP APEX – Monoshock/ 8.5 inches (215 mm)
Steering Head Angle: 64.2 °
Front Brake: 320 mm disc, 2x radially mounted 4-piston caliper
Rear Brake: 260 mm disc, 2-piston floating caliper
ABS: Bosch 9.1 MP (incl. Cornering-ABS and offroad mode, disengageable)

2022 Husqvarna Norden 901 Drivetrain

  • Adventure-tuned 889 cc parallel-twin engine
  • 105 hp and 74 lb-ft of torque
  • Cruise control and traction control
  • Three ride modes with optional Explorer mode
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2022 Husqvarna Norden 901
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Electronic fandanglery starts with ride modes, cruise control, traction control, and anti-hop/anti-wheelie protection.

The fandanglery is prolific within the drivetrain of the new Norden 901. It starts at the ride-by-wire throttle control that feeds rider demand to the Bosch EMS. A stock Ride Modes feature helps to manage the traction control and power delivery through a trio of modes: Street, Rain, and Off-road. The first two sport lean-sensitive traction control and anti-wheelie protection, but all the fetters are cast off for the off-road mode so you can tackle the technical work with all the necessary tools.

Power comes from a parallel-twin engine to the tune of 105 horsepower at the top end. It flows through a slipper-style clutch that delivers anti-hop protection for the rear wheel ahead of the six-speed transmission. Here we find some more fandanglery in the Easy Shift feature that lets you switch gears both up and down the range without ever having to bother to roll off throttle or so much as touch the clutch.

The liquid-cooled plant runs with a 90/7 mm bore and 68.8 mm stroke for its 889 cc displacement, and boasts a pair of balancer shafts to take much of the shake from the twin right out of the equation.

Engine: 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, parallel twin
Displacement: 889 cc
Bore x Stroke: 90.7 mm x 68.8 mm
Power: 105 hp (77 kW) @ 8,000 rpm
Torque: 73.7 lb-ft (100 Nm) @ 6,500 rpm
Cooling: Liquid cooled with water/oil heat exchanger
Lubrication: Forced oil lubrication with 2 oil pumps
Starter: Electric starter
EMS: Bosch EMS with RBW
Transmission: 6-speed
Clutch: PASC™ antihopping clutch, mechanically operated
Chain: 520 X-Ring

2022 Husqvarna Norden 901 Price

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2022 Husqvarna Norden 901
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MSRP on the new Norden 901 starts at $14k before heading to the accessories catalog for lugagge.

The new Norden 901 debuts at $13,999. It only rolls in a single color package that’s pretty much a dark gray with yellow and white trim, and you’ll need ex-sale bags before it’s ready to strike off on any sort of proper adventure.

2022 Husqvarna Norden 901 Competitors

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2020 Honda Africa Twin
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There’s no shortage of worthy competitors in the liter-ish adventure-bike bracket, but among my favorites is the base-model Africa Twin from Honda, so that’s my go-to here.

Honda Africa Twin

2020 Honda Africa Twin
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<quote|title=The Honda’s pricetag does it no favors against the more-powerful and less-expensive foe.

Honda fits the adventure mold to a “T” with features that are a bit more dramatic than the somewhat subdued bodywork on the Husky. Loud, red, white, and blue bodywork draws the eye while the tall tank hump and p-pad form a swale that isn’t deeper than the Norden’s, but the apex in the tank hump occurs further aft to change the flyline just a skosh.

Long-stroke suspension and stock ABS joins with Honda’s Selectable Torque Control to leave the Honda at a bit of a disadvantage in the electronics. The Africa Twin carries a 1,084 cc, parallel-twin engine that fails to capitalize on its greater displacement. It generates 101 horsepower versus 105 horsepower, and that’s from a smaller mill. Ouch. To compound the pain for Honda, the $14,399 pricetag does it no favors against a more-powerful and less-expensive foe.

He Said

It manages to strike a decidedly adventure-tastic pose with undeniable ADV DNA, but also with a decidedly Scandinavian finish. Husky makes a point of going North in its sales pitch, but this bike will clearly be happy going anywhere the going gets rough, even if you have to be going on the road some to get there. Definitely a solid first effort from Husqvarna.”

She Said

My wife and fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, “It should come as no surprise that the engine in the Norden 901 is the same engine as in the KTM 890 Adventure R. The parent company shares a lot of design, technology, and systems with Husky so while it may be new under the Husky banner, it’s a proven performer from KTM. I like that Husky has joined the adventure market. I think it’s jolly well about time, but I have reservations about that seat. It looks and feels like an offroad seat that would have my butt aching trying to go the long-haul-adventure route. I dunno. Maybe I just need more padding.”

2022 Husqvarna Norden 901 Specifications

Engine & Drivetrain:
Engine: 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, parallel twin
Displacement: 889 cc
Bore x Stroke: 90.7 mm x 68.8 mm
Power: 105 hp (77 kW) @ 8,000 rpm
Torque: 73.7 lb-ft (100 Nm) @ 6,500 rpm
Cooling: Liquid cooled with water/oil heat exchanger
Lubrication: Forced oil lubrication with 2 oil pumps
Starter: Electric starter
EMS: Bosch EMS with RBW
Transmission: 6-speed
Clutch: PASC™ antihopping clutch, mechanically operated
Chain: 520 X-Ring
Chassis:
Frame: Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel frame using the engine as stressed element, powder coated
Front Suspension/Travel: WP APEX 43/ 8.7 inches (220 mm)
Rear Suspension/Travel: WP APEX – Monoshock/ 8.5 inches (215 mm)
Steering Head Angle: 64.2 °
Front Brake: 320 mm disc, 2x radially mounted 4-piston caliper
Rear Brake: 260 mm disc, 2-piston floating caliper
ABS: Bosch 9.1 MP (incl. Cornering-ABS and offroad mode, disengageable)
Dimensions & Capacities:
Ground Clearance: 9.9 inches (252 mm)
Seat Height: 33.6 inches (854 mm)
Weight (without fuel): 450 lbs (204 kg)
Tank capacity: 5.0 gallons (19 l) (approx.)
Fuel Consumption: 52 mpg (4.5 l/100 km)
Details:
Color: Gray/Yellow/White
Price: $13,999

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TJ Hinton
TJ Hinton
T.J got an early start from his father and other family members who owned and rode motorcycles, and by helping with various mechanical repairs throughout childhood. That planted a seed that grew into a well-rounded appreciation of all things mechanical, and eventually, into a formal education of same. Though primarily a Harley rider, he has an appreciation for all sorts of bikes and doesn't discriminate against any particular brand or region of origin. He currently holds an Associate's degree in applied mechanical science from his time at the M.M.I.  Read full bio
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