TRUST IN THE NORTH
The Norden 901 is an exceptional adventure touring motorcycle. Powered by a smooth and torquey 889 cc parallel twin with an output of 105 hp and housed in a light steel trellis frame, the Norden 901 is the complete long-distance travel package. Offroad ready suspension with long travel will take you across the terrain you wish to traverse, while comfortable ergonomics make every journey an adventure - not a trial. Explore the world your own way with the new Norden 901.
01. FIND YOUR WAY NORTH
MADE FOR PURPOSE
"In the north, you have to be able to adapt quickly to the environment, something the Norden was able to do effortlessly as we crossed multiple terrains."
- Mike Horn
Mike Horn is a professional explorer with unique experience of the world. He has climbed the planet's highest mountains without oxygen, explored the North Pole on foot and sailed around the world 27 times. Those are just a few of the extreme adventures he is internationally renowned for.
Together with five-times Dakar Rally winner, Cyril Despres, Mike was tasked with testing the Norden 901 in Iceland's challenging landscape.
MAKE YOUR EXPERIENCE
"[The Norden] is a good tool to get you and your friends to the best places quickly, it is capable of crossing rivers, going over rocks, and going slow with control where you need to. There is plenty of over power to use in a straight line too."
- Cyril Despres
With five Dakar Rally wins to his credit, Cyril Despres knows how to handle a motorcycle in every environment and understands the design and ergonomic solutions that contribute most to managing long days in the saddle. Cyril found the motorcycle capable of bringing a vast range of experiences into just a few days of riding.
Cyril was the perfect companion for Mike Horn on the Norden 901 Icelandic adventure, as the pair are firm friends and have shared other challenges before, including competing together in the Dakar on four wheels.
OUTSIDE OF DAILY BUSINESS
"Choose an adventure bike that is suitable for you as an individual. For me, in my current situation, the Norden 901 is the perfect motorcycle."
- Lyndon Poskitt
By profession, Lyndon Poskitt is a highly qualified aerospace engineer, but he is more widely and better known for his intercontinental 2-wheel adventures. For Lyndon, riding to work on a motorcycle was an escape from the business of everyday life. But then, on a much needed 2-wheel sabbatical, Lyndon instantly knew that this was where he belonged, as he says, "exchanging stress for freedom". Now, having travelled almost the entire world on a single-cylinder machine, Lyndon jumps up to a more powerful, smoother twin as an ambassador for the Norden 901.
02. ADVENTURE IN ITS CORE
Wherever you plan to go or wherever your inner north navigation takes you, the chromium-molybdenum steel trellis frame is designed for distance - able to take the load and deliver day-long comfort. By using the engine as a stressed member the frame can be light and compact. Engineered to deliver precise feedback with agility and light-handling through the tightest bends, stability and comfort over distance and superior offroad ability on the less-travelled tracks. Although it is compact and light the frame is as tough as any challenge you set it, carrying luggage, a passenger or both anywhere from the street to the most remote trail. The geometry of the Norden 901 was developed to create a world class travel motorcycle for every voyage of discovery. Seat height is manageable for every adventurer thanks to an angled rear shock. The ergonomics place you towards the front wheel for better feel and grip on all surfaces.
Your Norden 901 makes you want to explore further, whether on the daily commute or a month-long tour. Form follows function in the motorcycle's bodywork, echoing the style and single-minded effectiveness of Husqvarna Motorcycles Rally machines. From every angle, the Norden 901 signals endless exploration capability. The only thing to do is get onboard and ride.<br />Also ready to take you further along the most rewarding trails is the fuel tank with its 400+ km range - you set the destination. With its Dakar Rally style slimline ergonomics it has a low centre of gravity for neutral handling and a manageable seat height while maintaining good ground clearance. Motorsports tough, the fuel tank can resist hard knocks offroad, so there's no fear of being stranded. The lower sections of the tank also protect you from road and trail dirt and spray.
You are well prepared for all circumstances with the Norden 901's 21 in front and 18 in rear wheels, which will take you from tarmac to rough trails. You can have every confidence in the Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres - grippy on the road and able to find traction on the trail. The wire-spoked, tubeless design of the wheels makes them light for easy handling, flexible for comfort and there is less risk of a flat tyre holding you up and losing you precious riding time. The large diameter of the wheels makes rolling over rougher surfaces easy.
Whether you're carrying hard luggage, bags and panniers, a pillion or both, the Norden 901 can be loaded your way whether the journey is for business or pleasure. The steel trellis subframe at the rear of the motorcycle is compact, lightweight yet strong enough to carry a passenger and luggage under all conditions when exploring the paved road and beyond.
Day, night, dusk, mist or fog, LED lights and fog lights illuminate whatever path you choose to follow. You can see that their design is based on competition experience from Husqvarna Motorsports Rally development, the front cowl with its integrated LED headlight and standard fog lights has a slim profile and is key to the Norden 901's aerodynamic capabilities, adding stability at speed. A daytime running light encircles the headlight making you and your Norden 901 clearly visible in all conditions.
An optional higher screen offers improved wind and weather protection and reduced turbulence around the head and neck area, especially for taller riders. It gives neck and shoulder muscles an easier time when you have a lot of distance to cover, making those long journeys a far more comfortable prospect.
03. TRUSTWORTHY EQUIPMENT
Control and comfort rank high on your list of demands from the Norden 901. With 220 mm of travel the WP APEX 43 mm upside-down front forks guarantee faultless performance and comfort in every environment, whether that means taut handling on tarmac or smoothing the way offroad. You can quickly and easily vary the ride characteristics to suit your own preference and varying conditions thanks to the adjustability of the compression and rebound damping of the forks. Likewise, the WP APEX rear shock offers a generous 215 mm of travel, and is adjustable for rebound damping and spring preload to cater for the roads you ride and the loads you carry. Adjusting the settings is quick and easy, so that when conditions change, you can set the suspension to match them. With comfort and control from compliant suspension, there are less limits to the distance your travels take you.
Every twist of the ride-by-wire throttle delivers just the right amount of power you require to reach new horizons. A pair of balancer shafts in the 889 cc, double overhead cam, liquid cooled, parallel twin engine increase comfort and reduce vibration, adding to your riding pleasure. The engine has plentiful power, with a maximum output of 77 kW (105 hp) at 8,000 rpm and 100 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. This, combined with finesse and manageability, make the engine capable of delivering everything you demand of it, wherever you want to go. Long service intervals of 15,000 km and low fuel consumption make the Norden 901's engine even better suited to the tasks you set for it.
To excel on the road and on unmade surfaces, the Norden 901 needs brakes with both power and control. You can rely on the Bosch ABS controlled system to confidently deliver rapid and precise stopping, no matter the surface or conditions you encounter. The Husqvarna branded J.Juan brake system brings MotoGP derived technology to the Norden 901. The four-piston, radial front calipers act on two Ø 320 mm floating brake discs to give you exceptional feel and feedback at the lever. The rear brake has a Ø 260 mm disc and a two-piston floating caliper. The pistons in the rear caliper have isolation plates to maintain heat stability so the brake doesn't get stressed when you tackle long downhill sections on the trail. The Bosch ABS system can be deactivated at the rear wheel for advanced riders.
The steering damper aids stability while riding on harsh street surfaces or when sudden bumps are encountered, while still allowing for easy handlebar control when riding offroad. Additionally, the frame has provision to allow the fitment of a high-performance adjustable off-road steering damper.
You will be quick to realise the benefits of the PASC (power assist slipper clutch), which maximises rear wheel grip under full acceleration and prevents rear wheel instability and hopping when downshifting quickly or braking hard into a turn. You will also find it easier to operate because as you open the throttle, the hand effort required on the clutch when changing gear is reduced. Less fatigue means more riding pleasure for longer.
The Norden 901 features a 6-speed sequential gearbox with a ratio to suit every condition from walking pace to flying highway speeds. Quick and precise gear changing is ensured thanks to a short shift lever travel, light spring action and, when required, the assistance of the standard Easy Shift quickshifter. The teeth of the 4th, 5th and 6th gears have been glass bead blasted to provide exceptional reliability.
04. STATE OF THE ART COMPONENTRY
With three selectable ride modes (Street, Rain, Offroad) and the optional Explorer Mode, you can instantly choose the best combination of rider aids, just as quickly as the weather and terrain change. Throttle response, traction control level and peak power are all variable in different modes. 'Street' mode has a direct throttle response with traction control settings to match for paved surfaces. Smooth enough for less experienced riders or when travelling with a pillion, yet dynamic enough to speed along twisting mountain roads and valleys. 'Rain' mode has a very smooth throttle response, reduced peak power and early traction control intervention. The 'Offroad' mode has smooth throttle response and allows more wheel slip before it activates. The mode is not lean angle sensitive, the traction control does not intervene when you use a berm to turn, plus the anti-wheelie function is not engaged so you can lift the front wheel over obstacles. An optional 'Explorer' mode gives you direct control over all functions.
You can apply your full attention to mastering the terrain in challenging environments with the help of Easy Shift, which allows you to make seamless up and down changes of the 6-speed gearbox. A sensor detects when you actuate the gear lever and instructs the ECU to match engine parameters for a fuss-free gear change at any RPM or engine load. The Easy Shift system means shorter shift times and a smoother ride because there is no need to close the throttle and operate the clutch to change gear. As well as improving rear wheel traction, Easy Shift lets you maintain control by keeping full grip of the handlebars.
You know that braking on unmade roads requires a different technique to road braking and the 'Offroad' mode available in the Bosch ABS system recognises that adventure riding is about exploring the unknown and riding long distances, and the need for the motorcycle to back you up in all situations. In 'Offroad' mode, rear wheel ABS is deactivated, its activation on the front wheel is reduced and data from the lean angle sensor no longer forms part of the system's calculations. So you can now lock up the rear wheel to help steer into corners. Because the front wheel ABS is set to be less intrusive in this mode, the front brake can be used at full strength on loose surfaces. Designed to boost functionality and confidence in every circumstance, 'Offroad' mode extends and refines the capabilities of Bosch ABS to match every adventure.
When you find yourself on long, clear stretches of road you can set the cruise control from the handlebar-mounted switches and focus for a moment on the landscape ahead of you. This is why you travel, for those blissful moments when you feel part of the environment around you. Cruise control is also a useful feature when you don't want to risk creeping over speed limits. Also for your riding ease, the Norden 901 features a height adjustable two-piece seat with exceptional grip and comfort in all conditions, and an aluminium tapered handlebar with six mounting positions providing an adjustment range of 30mm (front to rear) for customisable ergonomics.
You want rider aids that assist rather than restrict, ensuring you always remain in control. Cornering Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC) is lean angle sensitive and offers seamless interventions. When the system detects that the rear wheel is turning at the wrong speed for the riding situation, throttle input is reduced until the correct level of rear wheel slippage for the selected ride mode and current angle of lean is reached. In 'Explorer' mode, you can control the level of MTC intervention with 9 levels of slip adjust. When front wheel lift is detected, the system reduces the throttle by small increments for a more constant acceleration. As your ambition and experience grow you can, if desired, switch off the traction control to drift the rear and lift the front wheel at will.
A ride-by-wire electronically controlled throttle control means perfect power delivery and ensures the engine responds instantly when you need it. No matter what the weather or temperature, it acts in conjunction with sensors on the motorcycle to tell the engine management system exactly what is required. It also means there is no throttle cable to maintain and adjust.
05. PREMIUM TECHNOLOFY AND CONTROL
Keep in touch with home and work and listen to your music with the optional Ride Husqvarna Motorcycles app for Android and iOS, a first on the Norden 901. The Ride Husqvarna Motorcycles app delivers communications and music via Bluetooth on the go, all controllable via a handlebar-mounted mode switch and your tracks, playlists and incoming caller IDs are all displayed on the TFT screen. The app also ensures you never get lost again - unless you really want to. And provides route planning as well as turn-by-turn navigation. Visual guidance is transmitted via Bluetooth from the app to the TFT dash to guide you to your pre-planned destination. To avoid running out of mobile phone data, you can download maps for offline use, helping to create and save pre-planned routes. You can add up to 128 waypoints when planning a route to create truly unique adventures.
Norden 901 riders can dress for every adventure from the Husqvarna Motorcycles Functional Apparel Collection. The MX-9 ADV MIPS® Helmet is a high-end adventure helmet with effective ventilation and anti-fog lens. Made for Husqvarna Motorcycles by Bell, the MX-9 ADV features their Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS®). The Scalar WP Jacket and Scalar WP Pants are made for Husqvarna Motorcycles by REV'IT! and are made for every adventure with abrasion and tear-resistant Cordura®; detachable, breathable, wind and waterproof Hydratex® 3L membranes; and removable, thermo linings. Both feature SEEFLEX™ CE protectors. Match them to the Scalar Gloves, constructed from 500D premium polyamide fabric with elastic mesh at the back of the hands and leather palms and fingers, and with protective TPR sliders and touch-screen compatible fingertips. Proven in the toughest environments, our Scalar gear lives up to the expectations of all adventure riders. Also available are premium Crossfire 3 SRS Boots, made exclusively for Husqvarna Motorcycles by SIDI, that feature a patented flex system, replaceable shin plates, a robust, shock-absorbing, and anatomically shaped heel protector, and a micro adjustable and replaceable buckle system.
The Norden 901 can be adapted and refined even further to meet with your riding requirements and adventure ambitions. For added functionality, style, performance and comfort, explore the extensive line-up of Husqvarna Motorcycles Technical Accessories and make your Norden 901 truly your own. Here you will find luggage systems, heated seats and handlebar grips, an Akrapovič 'Slip-on Line' titanium silencer, a suspension-lowering kit, and a lot more offering solutions to help you take your Norden 901 to new horizons. Also take a look at the Ride Husqvarna Motorcycles App, first seen on the Norden 901, which uses the optional Connectivity Unit to link your smartphone to your motorcycle via Bluetooth to receive incoming calls, listen to music, or find your way using Turn-by-Turn navigation.<br />Explore the Technical Accessory line-up and specify your personal Norden 901 in our online configurator.
|COOLING||Liquid cooled with water/oil heat exchanger|
|POWER IN KW||77 kW|
|CLUTCH||PASC™ antihopping clutch, mechanically operated|
|CO2 EMISSIONS||105 g/km|
|EMS||Bosch EMS with RBW|
|DESIGN||2-cylinder, 4-stroke, parallel twin|
|FUEL CONSUMPTION||4.5 l/100 km|
|LUBRICATION||Forced oil lubrication with 2 oil pumps|
|WEIGHT (WITHOUT FUEL)||204 kg|
|TANK CAPACITY (APPROX.)||19 l|
|ABS||Bosch 9.1 MP (incl. Cornering-ABS and offroad mode, disengageable)|
|FRONT BRAKE DISC DIAMETER||320 mm|
|REAR BRAKE DISC DIAMETER||260 mm|
|FRONT BRAKE||2x radially mounted 4 piston caliper|
|REAR BRAKE||2 piston floating caliper|
|FRAME DESIGN||Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel frame using the engine as stressed element, powder coated|
|FRONT SUSPENSION||WP APEX 43|
|GROUND CLEARANCE||252 mm|
|REAR SUSPENSION||WP APEX - Monoshock|
|SEAT HEIGHT||854 mm|
|STEERING HEAD ANGLE||64.2 °|
|SUSPENSION TRAVEL (FRONT)||220 mm|
|SUSPENSION TRAVEL (REAR)||215 mm|
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