Husqvarna will release its new Norden 901 Expedition to Australian showrooms in May, to sit atop its adventure bike range with increased off-road and long-distance touring capabilities.
The new Expedition variant joins the standard Norden 901 adventure bike which launched in March of last year with an entry pricetag of $25,050 rideaway. Pricing for the Norden 901 Expedition has yet to be confirmed.
Distinguished by a new blue-and-white colour scheme, the Expedition gains fully adjustable and ‘off-road-specific’ WP XPLOR suspension providing 240mm of travel at both ends. This translates to a 20mm increase at the front, and 25mm increase at the rear compared with the standard Norden 901.
Also unique to the Expedition variant is a heated seat and heated grips, a larger ‘touring’ windshield and a revised luggage system which ‘integrates with the bodywork’ and can offer up to 36 litres of storage.
Other key features include a centre stand, engine guard, a 19-litre fuel tank (up to 400km range), tubless spoked wheels with Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres, lean-angle sensitive traction control and four rider modes: Street, Rain, Offroad and Explorer.
The 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).
As with the standard Norden 901, the Expedition is powered by an 889cc parallel twin engine that generates 78kW and 100Nm. For reference, the latest Honda Africa Twin manages 75kW/105Nm from its 1084cc motor.
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