Just weeks after the debut of the Norden 901 concept at EICMA 2019, Husqvarna is announcing that the motorcycle is going into production. Although there’s no specific date given, it is likely going to be a 2021 Husqvarna Norden 901.
Husqvarna is positioning the Norden 901 as an adventure-touring motorcycle. In the wake of the Vitpilen and Svartpilen motorcycles—the first pure street Husqvarnas since the 1960s—the Norden will be the first Husqvarna designed for touring. Whether the bags will be standard or optional remains to be seen.Details remain scarce about the specifications for the production version. We can tell you that it will have an 890cc parallel-twin motor, and Husky says tuning will be for “adventure usage.”
The fully adjustable suspension is naturally WP, as both WP and Husky are owned by KTM AG. The shock looks to be linkage-less, and cantilevered at a 45-degree angle. The middleweight ADV motorcycle will have a 21-inch/18-inch wheelset, so off-road performance is a priority. Tires are Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR. Husqvarna describes Norden 901 as having a “perfect balance between off-road performance and touring ability.”The Norden 901 concept motorcycle, which is all we have to show you, certainly has a rally flavor to it. The fairing flows into the tank cover, with room for plenty of navigation instrumentation behind the windscreen. Protective bars are prominent in the engine and fairing area, along with extensive skidplate protection. Husqvarna says the Norden benefits from “advanced rider ergonomics and high performance based on years of rally experience.”Still, Husqvarna is not positioning the motorcycle as a competition-style motorcycle. Instead, the company points to its versatility. “Delivering effortless rideability and high-end modern equipment,” according to Husqvarna, “the Norden 901 can be used on daily commutes, extended adventures and everything in between.”We will be watching the development of details for what looks to be the 2021 Husqvarna Norden 901.
KTM RC 390 and Gordon McCall of Quail Motorcycle Gathering
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This week features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the new KTM RC 390. The entry-level KTM has always been an impressive motorcycle that has sold extremely well, however the factory has now taken the bike to another level, with top-spec features that are typically found on flagship machines. Clearly KTM has realized that even smaller engined machines should have high spec suspension, brakes and electronics packages. Nic tells us how well the new RC 390 is equipped, and what he thought of riding the smaller displacement rocket.
In the second segment I chat with automotive and motorcycle industry icon, Gordon McCall. Gordon is the Director of Motorsports at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley, California.
This weekend of Saturday May 14th sees the annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering re-start after its Covid-forced hiatus, and having attended every one of the previous Motorcycle Gatherings, personally I’m very happy that the event is back on the schedule. Gordon chats about the event and a little of what’s happening this year. It’s a great event and if you feel like a trip to the gorgeous Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, you’ll get to meet Gordon, Roland Sands, and of course a large number of stunning motorcycles too.
From all of us at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!