Husqvarna 901 Norden reveals more of itself ahead of official launch

More covers come off the Husqvarna 901 Norden ahead of its launch as the Swedish firm bids for a slice of the lucrative adventure market pie

Husqvarna 901 Norden

Husqvarna has offered up a closer look at the upcoming Husqvarna 901 Norden, its first entry into the competitive mid-range adventure motorcycle market.

The Swedish firm is currently putting finishing touches to what will be its biggest-ever model, based around the 901 Norden concept revealed at the 2019 EICMA show in Milan.

Based around the running gear of the KTM 890 Adventure, the 901 Norden will make use of the Austrian manufacturer’s most recent 889cc parallel-twin architecture and be distinguished by its own signature Kiska-penned styling trailblazed by the Vitpilen and Svartpilen roadsters.

Though the 901 Norden hasn’t been revealed in full as yet, Husqvarna is currently building up to the launch with a series of YouTube videos detailing the process of its development. 

In these videos glimpses of the production 901 Norden are revealed and though you can’t quite make out some of the finer details, it is evident the final version stays true to the handsome concept prototype.

What we can see is the distinctive single circular headlamp from the Vitpilen/Svartpilen remains intact, flanked by a pair of spotlights, and the almost cafe racer style cowling has also made the transition.

While some of the concept’s bulkier fairing appears to have been toned down for production, the 901 Norden looks likely to cut a dash among the competition - which includes the Yamaha Tracer 9 and Triumph Tiger 900 - when it does make its formal bow in the coming weeks.

What else can we expect from Husqvarna in 2021?

It’s been a quiet 24 months for Husqvarna since the 901 Norden burst onto the scene with no new models being launched beyond a 125cc version of the Vitpilen.

However, the Swedish firm - part of the Pierer Group with KTM and GasGas - is ramping up for a significant period in its history starting with the 901 Norden.

A replacement for the Vitpilen and Svartpilen is also in the pipeline, though the range could be updated before then with the introduction of a ‘901’ version to join the 401 and 701 variants.

This will be followed by the Husqvarna E-Pilen, which will be the first of a wave of new electric-powered models set to emerge from the Pierer group. The equivalent of a 125cc roadster, the E-Pilen is slated to hit the roads in 2023 with 11kW (15bhp) and a 100-mile range.

Before that we could also see the distinctive electric Husqvarna Vektorr, its entry into the scooter market, which was revealed in production form earlier this year.

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