Here's a full breakdown for all the electronics Husqvarna has put in the Norden 901. Some of the features it has are pretty impressive!
Features and benefits
The Norden 901 is fitted standard with a handlebar-mounted menu switch with additional Cruise Control buttons. This means the desired speed can be easily set and changed individually by the rider.
The Norden 901 is equipped with a Husqvarna Motorsport Rally-derived Easy Shift function. Up and down gearshifts can be performed without the need to actuate the clutch lever which provides several benefits:
- Shorter shift times
- A more precise and smoother ride, since clutch actuation and backing off the throttle are no longer required
- The load reversal impact on the rear wheel is noticeably reduced
- Rear wheel traction is improved
- The rider can keep full grip on the handlebars
Additionally, the system can also be deactivated if desired by the rider.
The latest technology in braking systems is fitted to the Norden 901. The Bosch Cornering ABS system is specifically set up for the motorcycle and allows riders to always use the full power of their brakes while taking the lean angle of the motorcycle into account providing the highest level of safety.
The system also features advanced rollover protection: in Street ABS mode under extremely hard braking, sensors prevent the bike from flipping forward and throwing the rider over the handlebars.
- Bosch 9,1 ME ABS → maximum braking performance and safety
Adventure riding is about exploring the unknown and riding long distances, having the bike back you up in those extreme situations is very important. ABS can be switched to Offroad mode. This improves braking control in offroad situations. Control of the bike is ensured when stopping on loose surfaces.
In this mode, ABS is deactivated on the rear wheel, ABS activation on the front wheel is reduced and data from the lean angle sensor is no longer assessed. This allows riders to lock up the rear wheel to steer it into corners. It reduces the tendency of the front wheel ABS to regulate on loose surfaces, thus providing stopping power while offering secure braking in the dirt. The settings have been optimised for the Norden 901 to ensure maximum braking power and minimal intrusion.
Motor Slip Regulation (MSR)
The Norden 901 is equipped with Motor Slip Regulation (MSR) which controls engine braking control and works as the inverse of MTC. If, due to downshifting or abrupt throttle closure, the engine drag torque is too high, the ride-by-wire system balances the throttle exactly as much as is needed to ensure controlled deceleration. MSR complements the slipper clutch and is especially effective in low grip situations.
Cornering Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC)
Cornering Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC) is Husqvarna Motorcycles' premium lean-angle sensitive traction control system and provides the highest level of safety. The system monitors the rear wheel speed and reacts immediately if the rotational speed of the rear wheel is disproportionate to the riding situation. Within milliseconds, the MTC reduces engine output with an extremely smooth, barely perceptible intervention at the throttle valves, until the system has reduced slippage to optimum proportions for the selected ride mode and current angle of lean, benefitting from the cutting-edge six-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU).
The new generation of Cornering MTC uses two additional sensors (a wheel slip and a tilt-angle sensor) for the various movements of the motorcycle. Each sensor has its own function, and data from both are combined to offer a range of traction control settings. Using the data from the tilt angle sensor, smoother traction is ensured. The main benefit is experienced in straight line acceleration. The power reduction is less abrupt when front wheel lift is detected and thus more constant acceleration can be achieved.
Depending on the selected riding mode, Cornering MTC allows different levels of traction slip at the rear wheel. In Explorer mode, the rider can control the amount of MTC intervention with slip adjust in nine levels. The setting offers a large range of intervention, covering beginners and pro riders alike. At the extreme end it allows for a drifting rear wheel when accelerating out of the corner and lifting the front wheel.
Ambitious and experienced riders can switch off the traction control.
The ride modes allow the rider to adapt the behaviour and feeling of the engine. A specific ride mode alters the throttle response, the traction control level and, depending on the mode, the peak power.
The Street mode offers lively and direct throttle response with matching MTC settings for riding on paved surfaces. The MTC is set up to allow minimal slip before it activates. Smooth and accessible enough for less experienced riders and traveling with a pillion, yet dynamic enough to speed along twisting mountains and valleys.
The Offroad mode offers smooth throttle response and allows considerable slip before it intervenes. On low grip surfaces, a certain amount of wheel slip is needed to ensure forward motion. Additionally, it allows riders to break traction, so they can steer with the rear wheel. The mode is not lean angle sensitive, so the MTC does not intervene when a rider uses a berm to turn. Furthermore, the anti-wheelie function is not engaged in this mode which allows riders to lift the front wheel over obstacles.
Rain mode has very smooth throttle response, reduced peak power and the traction control intervenes early for maximum control. Perfect for bad weather, challenging road conditions, preserving tyres or just riding home at the end of a long journey.
Ultimately, the optional Explorer mode provides direct control over the various functions and reconfigures the displayed information on the dashboard. The feature can be purchased and activated as a software add-on through authorised Husqvarna Motorcycles dealerships.
Optional Connectivity features
The Norden 901 will be Husqvarna Motorcycles first street model compatible with the connectivity platform, Ride Husqvarna Motorcycles. The optional Connectivity Unit enables phone and music functions as well as turn-by-turn navigation and route planning, powered by the dedicated app.
With a paired Bluetooth helmet headset, the music function allows a Ride Husqvarna Motorcycles-equipped Norden 901 to take control of the smartphone’s music player to listen while riding. Using the left handlebar-mounted mode switch, the rider can toggle between tracks on a playlist or music archive and control the volume, with track information displayed on the motorcycle’s TFT dashboard.
With the ease of pairing a smartphone to the motorcycle with Ride Husqvarna Motorcycles, the phone function allows the rider to see the identification of incoming calls on the TFT dashboard and, using the mode switch, accept or decline the call. While it is sometimes important not to miss a call on a long ride, accessing the phone’s address book and making outgoing calls is not possible as a safety measure.
Additionally, the Ride Husqvarna Motorcycles app (available for Android and iOS) provides route planning and turn-by-turn navigation. The visual guidance is transmitted via Bluetooth to the TFT dashboard to show the pre-planned destination. To save on mobile data use, maps can be downloaded for offline use; this also helps to create and save pre-planned routes. To allow for extended exploration off the beaten path and to create truly unique trips, up to 128 waypoints can be added to a route when planning.