Every year, for the past five years, Husqvarna has worked like clockwork at the EIMCA show in Milan. This is because the Swedish variant from KTM has been steady in its approach of releasing one new street bike in Milan, and one new concept model for possible future production. For 2019, this trend continues.
Behold the Husqvarna Norden 901 concept, a uniquely styled adventure-tourer, with an 899cc parallel-twin engine, and plenty of styling cues to keep your pouring over the high-resolution photos below.
As the name suggests, the Norden 901 gets the upgraded “890” engine from the KTM 890 Duke R, but fit into a package that is similar to the KTM 790 Adventure platform.
This is not an accident, as Husqvarna is using the larger version of its parallel-twin platform to help distinguish itself from the Austrian brand’s orange and black bikes.
Taking ideas from the Svartpilen progeny of Husqvarna, the Norden 901 has an interesting neo-retro style, which is now becoming a staple of the brand’s street bike lineup.
With a 21″ wheel up front, an 18″ wheel in the back, and plenty of suspension travel to go along with it, we would expect the Husqvarna Norden 901 to do quite well off-road, though the bike is designed to be more of a globetrotter, than a plus-sized enduro.
We can also see that the low-slung fuel pods from the KTM 790 Adventure make a return for the Norden 901, this time protected by black crash bars. In fact, there is plenty of crash protection on the Husqvarna Norden 901. And, what ADV bike wouldn’t be complete without yellow fog lamps?
This author will admit to being more of Vitpilen than Svartpilen fan, which means it is a bit harder to get excited with where Husqvarna is going with this concept, but there are certainly some noteworthy details.
As such, our favorite piece on the Norden 901 concept has to be the split screen setup, which uses the rider’s own cellphone to augment the TFT dash via a pairing app. It is a slick design element to see in person, let me assure you.
How does the Husqvarna Norden 901 strike you? Should the Austrians take this bike into production? Or take it back to the drawing board?
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