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First look Husqvarna Norden 901: King of off-road’s first foray into adventure bike market

Paul Browne's verdict? Many bikes promise off-road capability – the Norden 901 is designed to deliver

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The Norden 901 from Husqvarna is the company's first foray into the adventure bike market

The Norden 901 from Husqvarna is the company's first foray into the adventure bike market

An optional connectivity unit provides turn-by-turn navigation, phone reception and music selection functionality

An optional connectivity unit provides turn-by-turn navigation, phone reception and music selection functionality

The fun begins where the road ends with the Husqvarna Norden 901

The fun begins where the road ends with the Husqvarna Norden 901

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The Norden 901 from Husqvarna is the company's first foray into the adventure bike market

Watch out where the Huskies go…

…and don’t you eat that yellow snow*

Husqvarna is a company that has grown used to owning the dirt bike scene.

With riders like Billy Bolt, who was crowned 2021 FIM Hard Enduro World Champion, the company really is king where off-road competition is concerned.

Husqvarna has, meanwhile, been working quietly on a whole new range of off-road bikes over the last few years. The big deal for next year is its first foray into the adventure bike market with the Norden 901.

What Husqvarna Motorcycles is offering with this new bike is a machine that has been built using the company’s legendary off-road ability, and is therefore an exceptional adventure travel motorcycle.

The promise is that running out of tarmac won’t be a problem on this machine. After all, where the road ends is often where the adventure begin.

Husqvarna has a lot of experience building multi-terrain rally machines. Based on this, it has designed the new Norden 901 to cover long distances across challenging and diverse landscapes. This is going to be fast, fun, nimble and, above all, capable.

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An optional connectivity unit provides turn-by-turn navigation, phone reception and music selection functionality

An optional connectivity unit provides turn-by-turn navigation, phone reception and music selection functionality

An optional connectivity unit provides turn-by-turn navigation, phone reception and music selection functionality

Here is a motorcycle to make even the longest riding days rewarding, no matter how far the rider chooses to go, either on the road or off it, while at exactly the same time being more than capable of handling a Monday morning commute. Having a large capacity, 19-litre fuel tank with a range of up to 400km certainty opens up the possibilities if you don’t fancy the office…

Powered by a parallel twin that at 899cc puts out 105bhp, the new bike punches its way into the middle of the adventure class sector. The steel trellis frame houses the motor, which in turn benefits from a vibration-reducing balance shaft. The chassis is also built with carrying capacity when it comes to loading the bike up with luggage and a passenger and to do so in some of the toughest places on the planet.

Making this a little bit easier is a full set of WP APEX suspension, which, of course, comes with long travel. Up front there is an off-road capable 21’’ front and wheel, with an 18’’offering down the back. They are both tubeless spoked wheels fitted with Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres. Between them both, they make short work of a challenging bit of trail riding.

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The fun begins where the road ends with the Husqvarna Norden 901

The fun begins where the road ends with the Husqvarna Norden 901

The fun begins where the road ends with the Husqvarna Norden 901

The Norden 901 comes as standard with a braking system that features switchable Bosch Cornering ABS with both Street and Off-road modes. The new steed also features the company’s in-house lean-angle-sensitive Cornering Motorcycle Traction Control. Particular attention has been paid to this toy’s level of off-road assistance.

There are three selectable ride modes as standard, delivered via a ride-by-wire throttle. They are the usual Street, Rain, and Off-road, with an optional Explorer mode. The idea behind the last one is that the rider has all they might need to deal with whatever they might meet regardless of where they ride.

An Easy Shift function allows for clutchless changes up and down the six-speed gearbox, while a Power Assist Slipper Clutch maintains rear wheel composure. After all, there are only so many times you can pick your bike up and the 100NM of available torque is going to need some management.

The tech continues with an optional connectivity unit. This provides turn-by-turn navigation, phone reception and music selection functionality from the rider’s smartphone via the ‘clocks’. There is even a whole range of clothing to go with the new bike, as well as a full luggage set.

To find out more, including pricing and delivery dates, contact Gavin at CCM Racing in Dublin on 01-4526170, where a demonstrator will be available to ride from early next week.

* Frank Zappa, The Apostrophe Album 1974

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