The Norden 901 is an exceptional adventure touring motorcycle. Powered by a smooth and torquey 889 cc parallel twin engine 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.BOOK A TEST RIDE
01. FIND YOUR WAY NORTH
Made for the 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 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 experiences
"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." 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 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." 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 chrome-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, it provides 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 give 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. Also ready to take you further along the most rewarding trails is the fuel tank with its 248+ mile range – you set the destination. With its Dakar Rally style and 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 tires – 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 tire holding you up and losing you precious riding time. The large diameter of the wheels makes rolling over rougher surfaces easy.
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 deliver next-level 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 at 8,000 rpm and peak 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 in a range of surfaces and conditions. 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.
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 know that braking on unmade roads requires a different technique to road braking, and the ‘Offroad’ mode available in the Bosch ABS system recognizes 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.
05. Premium technology and comfort
The Norden 901 can be adapted and refined even further to meet 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. Explore the Technical Accessory line-up and specify your personal Norden 901 in our online configurator.
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. Further, it 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.
|Liquid cooled with water/oil heat exchanger
|Power in KW
|PASC™ antihopping clutch, mechanically operated
|Bosch EMS with RBW
|2-cylinder, 4-stroke, parallel twin
|4.5 l/100 km
|Forced oil lubrication with 2 oil pumps
|Weight (without fuel)
|Tank capacity (approx.)
|Bosch 9.1 MP (incl. Cornering-ABS and offroad mode, disengageable)
|Front brake disc diameter
|Rear brake disc diameter
|2x radially mounted 4 piston caliper
|2 piston floating caliper
|Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel frame using the engine as stressed element, powder coated
|WP APEX 43
|WP APEX – Monoshock
|Steering head angle
|Suspension travel (front)
|Suspension travel (rear)