Husqvarna Husqvarna Norden 901

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With its contemporary looks, megastar (in the off-road world) badge on the tank, and KTM underpinnings, the Husqvarna Norden 901 promised to be a bobby dazzler of a bike. Husky has always been the more premium sibling of the KTM stable, offering ‘orange’ products with a boost in spec that makes a tangible difference to the end-user.

Sadly for me, the Norden didn’t quite deliver on that promise. While is does indeed have more suspension travel, ground clearance and improved styling, each of those points have spoilt the handling of what is the best mid-weight adventure bike around.

As I said in my video review above, benchmarking a bike against its peers is key, and that can only be done when the official price for the market you are in has been released. With €14 or €15,000 being the number in most European regions (equating to around £13,000 before tax is added) I do struggle to see the je ne sais quoi, that unique thing this does better than the KTM.