Husqvarna's renaissance continues. The KTM-owned Swedish motorcycle manufacturer has pivoted to street bike production in recent years. It has worked well so far, as the brand has seen some success with models like the Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401. Now, it appears to be gaining the confidence to take its models in more exciting directions.
Producing the 2022 Husqvarna Norden 901 looks like a logical next step. The new adventure-touring bike first made waves at EICMA in 2019, where it dazzled onlookers with its sleek design. The production version doesn't look far from the concept, and Husqvarna deserves a hat tip in that regard. Most motorcycle concepts become diluted by the time they reach showroom floors, but that doesn't appear to be the case here.
Of course, the KTM DNA runs deep with the Norden 901. It's powered by the same 889cc LC8c parallel-twin engine found on the 890 Duke and 890 Adventure models. On the Norden, it's tuned to make 105 hp and 100 Nm of torque.
The Adventure's Chromoly steel frame is also featured here. Other KTM-borrowed components include the WP Apex suspension system, the open-lattice swingarm, and wheel size. The tires are 21 inches at the front and 18 inches at the rear— both are tubeless Pirelli Scorpion Rally STRs. It also gets Husqvarna-branded J.Juan brakes.
As for features, the Norden 901 packs plenty. Bosch cornering ABS comes standard, featuring an off-road mode that cuts the system on the rear wheel. There's also a cornering traction control system for better grip on the twisties. An up-and-down quickshifter is also available.
The Norden has three riding modes out of the factory. These include Street, Offroad, and Rain. An additional Explorer riding mode will reportedly become available as a future software update.
The adventure-tourer also features an advanced TFT display with Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity. The Ride Husqvarna Motorcycles app will be available for Android and iOS. It will allow for turn-by-turn navigation and other Bluetooth-powered functionalities.
In terms of availability, the 2022 Husqvarna Svartpilen 901 will first debut in North America this November. It will sell for a starting price of $13,999 or around P706,000. There's no word yet on Husqvarna Philippines on whether they plan to bring the new adventure-tourer to this side of the world. If ever, the Norden 901 would make an excellent candidate for local manufacturing.