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Husqvarna revealed an adventure bike concept called the Norden 901. If that alone wasn’t enough to get our juices flowing, there’s the fact the Norden is based around our Motorcycle-of-the-Year winner, the KTM 790 Adventure R.
Husqvarna didn’t exactly come right out and say that, it’s clear from looking at the engine, the frame and the 790 ADV’s distinct low-slung fuel tank that the Norden shares much of its DNA beneath the rally bike styling.
For the Norden, Husqvarna increased the KTM bike’s 799cc engine 889.5cc, a change the orange brand is already making with its new 890 Duke R. For the Norden, the engine has been tuned specifically to suit adventure touring needs.
The Norden being a concept, Husqvarna hasn’t released much detail about specifications. Husqvarna says the Norden strikes a perfect balance between “off-road performance and touring ability,” while also claiming class-leading lightness, which would mean coming in lighter than the 790 Adventure’s claimed 366-pound dry weight.
Husqvarna also reveals the Norden 901 is equipped with WP suspension and runs on a 21-inch front wheel and a 19-inch rear wheel.
From the photos, we see what looks like dual TFT color screens, with the top screen showing a compass, and a tachometer on the lower screen completing the compass’ circular shape. Between the display and the handlebars we see a small panel bearing the USB symbol, obviously hinting at a USB port.
The concept is shown carrying a pair of soft saddlebags and a tail bag designed specifically for the Norden.
At the moment, the Norden 901 is just a concept, but it’s safe to assume that Husqvarna has plans to put this adventure bike into production.