HUSQVARNA NORDEN 901 (2022 - on) Review

Highlights

  • A good all-rounder
  • Impressive build quality
  • Interesting Husqvarna looks

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Power: 103 bhp
Seat height: Tall (33.6 in / 854 mm)
Weight: Medium (492 lbs / 223 kg)

Prices

New £12,349
Used £11,400

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
3 out of 5 (3/5)

Husqvarna have a lot riding on the Norden 901. It’s their first properly middle of the road, meat and two veg machine for the average motorcyclist.

Until now, most of their bikes have been niche options for a trendy, urban crowd but this is supposed to change that. To do it, Husky have taken the 890 Adventure platfrom from their sister brand KTM and reworked it.

The changes go deeper than simply bolting on some different shaped bodywork. The Norden is more of an adventure-touring bike than the donor and so its suspension, riding position and weather protection are all different.

Unfortunately, I found it a little confused. By sitting the Norden directly between two distinctly different bikes (the 890 Adventure and 890 Adventure R) it loses its purpose.

It is by no means a bad bike, it’s just that the middleweight adventure bike market is already chock full of impressive machines that all excel at different things. It’s a bit of a 'jack of all trades, master of none', which could be exactly what you’re after – or it might not.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

It has the same steel trellis frame as the KTMs, though the Norden does use different suspension. There’s 220mm of front wheel travel and 215 rear, which is around halfway between an 890 Adventure and the more dirt-focused Adventure R, and the Husky is very softly sprung and comfortably damped.

This is a good thing – on the road the WP units are comfortable and cosseting, with a progressive feel and plenty of feedback.

It’s nowhere near as stiff as the 890 R, and gives a softer, adventure-touring vibe. Take the Norden off the tarmac and you can bottom the suspension out without trying very hard.

But I don’t think it’s the sort of machine you’d buy for hard off-road use. That’s what a KTM 890 Adventure R is for. For everyone else, the set up on the Norden will be better.

A side view of the Husqvarna Norden 901 riding off road

The riding position has handlebars with little rise and not much backwards sweep. It’s an over-the front riding position, and gives a twitchy feel to the Norden’s steering, particularly off-road.

Away from the tarmac you always think the ’bars might whip around on you, which doesn’t give confidence. The tyres don’t help. I normally love Pirelli’s Rally STR tyres, but they didn’t feel quite right on the Norden.

The J.Juan brakes do the job fine but they’re not winning any awards. The fiddly associated electronics (more on those later) don’t help either.

Engine

Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The engine is taken straight from the KTM, which means an eager 899cc twin with 74lb.ft of torque and 103bhp.

It’s a little bit direct when coming off a closed throttle but otherwise the power is really nice – they haven’t messed with what you get from the KTM equivalent. The standard-fit 'Easy Shift' quickshifter for the six-speed gearbox is very well programmed too, working well at any revs and load.

Husqvarna Norden 901 bash plate

There are various power modes and traction control settings but being honest it’s all much of a muchness. Sure stick it in Rally mode and you can change the traction control settings live for more or less slip but who honestly needs to do that?

When in Rally mode I left it on setting four and when I asked around, so did everyone else. Sorry Husky (and KTM by extension) it’s just a gimmick.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Hard to say with reliability as its such a new machine but there are no major horror stories with the 890 and 790 models its based on.

The fit and finish however are impressive – the Norden feels very nicely put together but that’s the least you should expect for the price.

The Husqvarna Norden 901 ridden on the road

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
2 out of 5 (2/5)

This is the Norden’s biggest downfall. If you’re buying for cash, at £12,349 it’s only £150 less than the much higher spec 890 R and £900 more than the standard 890.

It’s also £250 more than a Triumph Tiger 900 Rally and over £2000 more than a base model BMW F850GS. Not great but it only begins to look worse when you look at the PCP figures.

A colour TFT dash for the Husqvarna Norden 901

An F850GS TE (so the fancy one with extra bits) is £130 a month on a 36 month PCP contract, compared with £200 for the Norden – both with a £2000 deposit and 4000 miles a year.

For a similar monthly figure to the Norden (actually £13 less per month...), you could take home a BMW R1250GS Adventure, which is just a roundly superior bike.

Equipment

3 out of 5 (3/5)

Compared to the 890 its desired to be much more civilised on the road. So the seat is not only much wider its it’s also more cushioned.

They took seat testing seriously, trying loads of different foams, shapes and riders of different sizes and weights, and it shows – the Husqvarna is all-day comfortable. The only minor downside is that the seat gives the impression of being higher because it splays your legs.

However the fairing is disappointing. The screen doesn’t come up very high and isn’t adjustable, and though the fairing keeps wind off your legs at motorway speed, I really felt the wind pressure on my shoulders, chest and head.

And I’m only 5ft 6in. If they’re aiming the Norden at riders touring on the road and covering long distances, it’s no more protective than the 890.

Plenty of equipment on the Husqvarna Norden 901

The ex-KTM dash is easy to read, simple to use and relatively straightforward to navigate. Connectivity is optional. Switchgear feels decent quality and is also nice to use, and cruise control is standard.

The electronics (cornering traction control and ABS, riding modes) are good, but the various elements aren’t linked.

If, say, you want to put the bike into off-road mode you need to scroll through menus as there’s no specific mode button, and then configure the ABS separately. And when you then go back to a road mode the ABS stays in off-road. It’s frustrating.

Specs

Engine size 889cc
Engine type Liquid cooled parallel twin
Frame type Steel trellis
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Seat height 854mm
Bike weight 223kg
Front suspension 43mm fully-adjustable WP Apex forks
Rear suspension Adjustable WP Apex monoshock
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with four piston radial calipers
Rear brake Single 260mm disc with two piston floating caliper
Front tyre size 90/90 x 21
Rear tyre size 150/70 x 18

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 54 mpg
Annual road tax £101
Annual service cost -
New price £12,349
Used price £11,400
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two years

Top speed & performance

Max power 103 bhp
Max torque 74 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 854 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

2022: Husqvarna Norden 901 launched, based on KTM's 890 Adventure range.


KTM 890 Adventure video review:

Other versions

No other versions available.

Owners' reviews for the HUSQVARNA NORDEN 901 (2022 - on)

1 owner has reviewed their HUSQVARNA NORDEN 901 (2022 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your HUSQVARNA NORDEN 901 (2022 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Engine: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Value vs rivals: 3 out of 5 (3/5)
Equipment: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
5 out of 5 The best bike I’ve ever owned
25 July 2022 by Moto-réve

Year: 2022

The best bike I’ve ever owned. The bike fits me perfectly. Went to looks at a Honda ATAS (that my mate now owns) but it was just too much bike for me and I’m 6ft and 14.5 stone. Was waiting for the bike to come out after seeing the prototype photos. Went to NEC show to see it and was disappointed. I thought it looked uglier in the flesh than in the photos. Was toying with the idea of having an 890R but that’s the even uglier sister. No test bikes in U.K. unfortunately so I had to take a leap of faith and just go with it. The best decision I’ve ever made on a bike

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

It’s a travel bike. Done a few coast runs. It loves B roads (I live in the Peak District) it corners like it’s on rails due to the low slung tank. The only shit thing I would say about it was initial wind buffering from the screen but I’m now used to it and it’s not too bad. I think it was a case of coming from a different bike and getting used to it

Engine 5 out of 5

The engine is its best feature. It’s like a KTM Duke on knobblys. It makes my mates ATAS lol like it’s stuck in gear. The quick shifter is fantastic. It makes it like a different bike when you want a bit of a play

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

So far so good. She’s got 3500 miles on her so a bit early to tell but starts on the button when asked

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

Had first service done at main dealer. Only as its a new bike. Gear 4 at Market Deeping are and have been fantastic from purchase of bike to first service. I’ll do the 12 month services myself as I’m handy on the spanners but might take her in for the 9000 miles service just to keep the dealer record up

Equipment 5 out of 5

The quick shifter is phenomenal. That’s standard equipment. The explorer pack is worth it so you can get rally mode on. The Pirelli STRs tyres are shit hot on tarmac. Only done a few hard packed green lanes but I can imagine they’ll need replacing for anything too extreme

Buying experience: I bought the bike new from Gear4 it cost me £12500 on the road

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