Following a lengthy teaser campaign stretching back to 2019, Husqvarna has fully revealed its all-new Norden 901 adventure bike, which is set to hit Australian showrooms in March of next year.
The new middleweight adventure model is specified with an off-road bias, putting it in contention with the likes of the Triumph Tiger 900 Rally ($22,390 rideaway) and Honda CRF1100 Africa Twin ($20,999 +ORC).
Motivating the Husqvarna Norden 901 is an 889cc parallel twin engine that generates 78kW and 100Nm, while the latest Honda Africa Twin manages 75kW/105Nm from its 1084cc motor.
Critically, the Husqvarna adventure bike features tubeless spoked wheels with Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres, measuring 21- and 18-inches front-to-rear.
The bike’s off-road prowess should be bolstered by its WP Apex suspension that offers 220mm of travel at both ends, while a strong electronics suite sees the standard inclusion of lean-angle sensitive traction control and cornering ABS that can be tailored with up to four rider modes.
A uniquely styled front fairing houses a round LED headlight, a TFT dash and a 19-litre fuel tank that Husqvarna says provides a range of up to 400 kilometres.
While Husqvarna has an extensive range of motocross and enduro models, the Norden 901 represents the brand’s entry into a new segment, as it joins the smaller 401 Svartpilen/Vitpilen in its road-going range.
“Since 2014, the Husqvarna Motorcycles brand has been constantly evolving,” said Husqvarna Motorcycles head of marketing Federico Valentini.
“The launch of the Norden 901 sees us move into another market segment – travel.
“The motorcycle was unveiled to a highly enthusiastic reception at EICMA 2019 and there has been mounting anticipation ahead of its launch.
“Now it is finally here, and we believe that the Norden 901 will become a class-leading favourite of riders with the ambition to explore further.”
Husqvarna’s local wing has yet to reveal exact Australian pricing and specification details, although the bike will be available to pre-order ahead of its March 2022 arrival.
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