Just one year after the release of the Norden 901, Husqvarna has added a new member to the Norden family: the Husqvarna Norden 901 Expedition. The Expedition takes all that’s great about the Norden 901 and makes it even more off-road-ready with up-spec suspension, a 36-liter-capacity set of side bags, a windscreen, and heated grips and seat.
The Norden 901 Expedition is powered by the same eight-valve, DOHC, 889cc parallel-Twin that’s in the Norden 901 and KTM’s 890 Adventure/R. On both the Norden 901 and the Expedition model, that engine produces a claimed 105 hp and 74 lb-ft of torque.
The new suspension on the Expedition gives it an edge over the regular Norden 901, bringing in 9.4 inches of travel front and rear compared to the Norden 901’s 8.7 inches front and 8.5 inches rear. The WP EXPLOR 48mm inverted fork is adjustable for compression and rebound, and the WP XPLOR shock is fully adjustable. The suspension gives the Expedition a ground clearance bump of 10.6 inches compared to the standard Norden 901’s 9.9 inches.
Both Norden 901 models are equipped with 21-inch front and 18-inch rear tubeless spoked wheels and Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires for performance both on and off the road. Offroad ABS is standard, and the Easy Shift function allows riders to change gears up or down without the clutch with the help of the Power Assist Slipper Clutch to smooth out any clumsy shifting.
The 5-gallon fuel tank provides riders with a maximum claimed 248 miles of range. The rotation-molded tank places most of the volume low and in front of the engine to lower the center of gravity and give the rider more freedom to move between riding positions. The Expedition also receives a heavy-duty skid plate made of 4mm, laser-cut aluminum.
The Expedition is more off-road ready right off the showroom floor with the addition of several previously optional accessories. For example, the Expedition comes standard with a side bag carrier system made from tubular steel and a side bag set with two waterproof bags. Each bag has a storage capacity of 18 liters, a waterproof roll closure, and welded seams. Heated grips, a heated seat, and a new windshield will keep adventurers comfortable in adverse conditions.
The 5-inch TFT dashboard allows the rider to adjust the display to show the trip meter, fuel range and consumption, and water temperature, while all ride modes and ABS settings are always visible. The Expedition also features Husqvarna’s Connectivity Unit to connect to a smart phone for Turn-by-Turn navigation, answering phone calls, and playing music.
Although the Norden 901 Expedition is made to be ready to ride right away, Husqvarna also offers a wide range of accessories and extras, like an Akrapovič Slip-on silencer, Touratech cases to replace the standard luggage, Factory Racing footpegs, and a radiator protection grille.
The 2023 Husqvarna Norden 901 Expedition is available for $15,799, a price increase of $1,300 over the 2023 Norden 901. Find more details on Husqvarna’s website.
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