2022 Husqvarna Norden 901 First Look

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung
Fast Facts

Rally raid styling
Mechanically similar to KTM 890 Adventure
Auxiliary LED lights as standard equipment
Claims a 450 lb. weight (sans fuel)

The KTM 890 Adventure's Swedish cousin

Two years after it debuted at EICMA as a concept model, the Husqvarna Norden 901 adventure-tourer is now ready for production, arriving in U.S. dealerships this month with a $13,999 base price.

The 2022 Husqvarna Norden 901 shares much in common with its corporate cousin, the KTM 890 Adventure, including a similar chromium-molybdenum steel frame, steel trellis subframe, saddle-shaped fuel tank design and liquid-cooled 889cc DOHC Parallel-Twin.

Where the Norden differs is its rally-inspired bodywork compared to the KTM’s more dirtbike-inspired styling. The front fairing integrates the circular LED headlight and fog lights while keeping a slim profile for aerodynamic efficiency.

The openings on either side are much larger than on the KTM, redirecting hot air from the radiator while also improving stability at high speeds. The low-slung fuel tank provides some additional protection from cold air, dirt or water spray for the rider’s legs. With a 5.0 gallon capacity, it’s a bit smaller than the 890 Adventure’s 5.3 gallons, but Husqvarna claims it is enough to provide a range of 248 miles.

The two-piece seat is height-adjustable, ranging from 33.6 to 34.4 inches. The shape is narrow towards the front, which should make for an easier reach to the ground. Heated seats are available as an accessory.

Husqvarna claims a peak output of 101 hp at 8000 rpm and 73.8 lb-ft. at 6500 rpm, the same numbers claimed by the 890 Adventure. Husqvarna claims the engine weighs 117.7 pounds (not including oil) and can go 15,000 km (9,320 miles) between service intervals.

A power assist slipper clutch (PASC) helps improve rear wheel stability during hard braking and downshifting while also reducing hand effort and lever vibration. A rally-derived “Easy Shift” quickshifter comes standard, offering seamless up- and downshifts without needing to use the clutch when traversing the six-speed gearbox.

The Norden 901 offers three selectable ride modes, Street, Offroad and Rain, each optimizing throttle response and cornering traction control for different needs. A fourth, “Explorer” mode is available as an optional add-on, offering customizing settings.

The Bosch 9.7 MP Cornering ABS optimizes braking control while accounting for lean angle which comes in handy with street riding, but when hitting the dirt, the Norden 901 offers an Offroad mode that ignores lean angle and deactivates ABS for the rear wheel.

Other electronic features include cruise control, smart phone connectivity and motor slip regulation (MSR) which moderates engine drag torque during downshifts or abrupt throttle closure. A full-color 5″ TFT display provides all the necessary vehicle data and electronic settings.

The 21-inch aluminum wire spoke front wheel is mounted to a WP APEX 43mm inverted fork with adjustable compression, rebound and preload and 8.7 inches of travel. The 18-inch rear wheel and die-cast aluminum swingarm are suspended by a WP APEX shock offering adjustable rebound damping and preload and 8.5 inches of travel.

The Norden comes standard with a steering damper tuned for street use, but it can also be fitted with adjustable off-road steering dampers.

Husqvarna outfitted the Norden 901 with J.Juan brake components, with dual four-piston radial-mount calipers and 320mm discs up front and a two-piston floating caliper with 260mm disc at the rear. The tubeless wheels come fitted with Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires.

With an MSRP of $13,999, the 2022 Husqvarna Norden 901 comes with a $900 premium over the KTM 890 Adventure, but just $200 less than the 890 Adventure R. If you’re looking for a more off-road focused machine with beefier suspension, the Adventure R might be worth the small price difference. But if you prefer the rally-inspired looks, the Norden 901 may be more up your alley.

Husqvarna offers a selection of accessories including heated grips, luggage options, and a taller screen.

2022 Husqvarna Norden 901 Specifications

Engine Type2 cylinder, 4 stroke, DOHC Parallel-Twin
Displacement889 cc
Bore X Stroke90.7 x 68.8 mm
Compression Ratio13.5:1
Starter/BatteryElectric starter/12V 10Ah
Transmission6 gears
Fuel SystemDKK Dellorto (Throttle body 46 mm)
Control4 valves per cylinder / DOHC
LubricationPressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps
Primary Drive39:75
Final Drive16:45
CoolingLiquid cooled with water/oil heat exchanger
ClutchCable operated PASC Slipper clutch
Engine Management/IgnitionBosch EMS with RBW
Traction ControlMTC (lean-angle sensitive, 3-Mode, disengageable, Explorer mode optional)
ChainX-Ring 520
FrameChromium-Molybdenum-Steel frame using the engine as stressed element, powder coated
SubframeChromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis, powder coated
HandlebarAluminum, tapered, Ø 28 / 22 mm
Front SuspensionWP APEX-USD Ø 43 mm, compression, rebound and preload adjustable. 8.7 inches of travel.
Rear SuspensionWP APEX-Monoshock with linkage, rebound and preload adjustable. 8.5 inches of travel.
Front Brake2 x 4-piston caliper, radially mounted, brake disc Ø 320 mm
Rear Brake2 piston floating caliper, brake disc Ø 260 mm
ABSBosch 9.1 MP (incl. Cornering-ABS and Offroad mode, disengageable)
Front WheelTubeless aluminum spoked wheel 2.50 x 21″
Rear WheelTubeless aluminum spoked wheel 4.50 x 18″
Front TirePirelli Scorpion Rallly STR 90/90 R 21
Rear TirePirelli Scorpion Rallly STR 150/70 R 18
SilencerStainless steel primary and secondary silencer
Steering Head Angle25.8°
Triple Clamp Offset30 mm / 1.2 inches
Trail106.9 mm / 4.2 inches
Wheel Base1,513 ± 15 mm / 59.5 ± 0.6 inches
Ground Clearance252 mm / 9.9 inches
Seat Height854 / 874 mm; 33.6 / 34.4 inches
Tank Capacity (Approx.)19.0 liters / 5.0 gallons
Weight Without Fuel (Approx.)204 kg / 449.7 lb (claimed)
Abs ModesStreet (cornering sensitive) / Offroad
Ride ModesStreet, Rain, Offroad (Explorer – optional)
Engine Management SystemsMTC, MSR, Easy Shift
Cruise ControlOriginal Equipment
ConnectivityTurn-by-Turn Navigation, Call-In, Music Selection
Technical AccessoriesConnectivity Unit, TPMS, heated grips & seats

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Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Doctor117 Doctor117 on Nov 02, 2021

    Should be sub-500lbs kerb weight, if they're telling the truth of that 449lb weight being without gas (as opposed to not having coolant or brake fluid as well).

  • TriumphRider87 TriumphRider87 on Nov 02, 2021

    I like the looks, the features, the design. Solid set of touring amenities. It appeals. And it’s not bright orange with insect eyes. Works for me.