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ADV NewsHusqvarna Launches New Norden 901 Expedition Model For 2023

Husqvarna Launches New Norden 901 Expedition Model For 2023

New up-spec’d model gets better suspension, touring upgrades & more.

Published on 03.01.2023

Well, we can’t say we didn’t see this one coming. Since dealers were given a private showing of an up-spec’d Norden 901 prototype last July, leaked images and specs have been making the rounds across the internet. Now Husqvarna is officially confirming the launch of the Norden 901 Expedition ― a new version of the base model featuring premium suspension and an array of other upgrades to make the ride more comfortable and practical during travel.

While the 889cc engine receives no changes, gone is the standard WP APEX suspension replaced by a higher-spec WP XPLOR system (same found on the KTM 890 Adventure R) with 240 mm (9.4 in) of travel front and rear — 20 mm more than the standard Norden 901. This more off-road capable, fully-adjustable suspension gives riders the opportunity to fine-tune the compression, rebound, and preload settings to create a personalized set-up based on their preferences. 

Up front, the 48 mm upside-down forks use a split damping function on the open cartridge forks while a sealed hydro-stop offers greater resistance to bottoming-out. Out back, a progressive damping system (PDS), together with the progressive shock spring, performs exceptionally well across rugged terrain. Bottoming resistance is provided by a second piston, which works together with a closed cup (instead of a needle), towards the end of the stroke.


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The Norden 901 Expedition sees a wheelbase increase from 1,513 mm to 1,529 mm thanks to the taller suspension. Ground clearance is also boosted from 252 mm (9.9 in) to 270 mm (10.6 in), contributing to a 21 mm (0.8 in) increase in seat height. Husqvarna is also reporting an increase of weight (without fuel) from 204 kg (449.7 lb) to 214.5 kg (472.8 lb).

For more travel comfort, the Norden 901 Expedition is equipped with a new touring windshield, which Husqvarna says is particularly effective at deflecting wind at higher speeds. For early morning starts and especially beneficial for riders exploring colder climates, the bike is also fitted with adjustable heated grips and seat to provide instant warmth. 

Improving maintenance ease and travel, a new center stand, and Connectivity Unit are fitted as standard to enhance every adventure. With the Ride Husqvarna Motorcycles app installed onto a smartphone, and with the device paired to the motorcycle’s Connectivity Unit via Bluetooth, riders will benefit from downloadable maps, Turn-by-Turn+ navigation, Call-In, Call-Out, and view real-time traffic information. Music selection and volume can also be controlled safely while riding using the handlebar-mounted buttons.

For travel capability straight from the showroom, the Norden 901 Expedition is fitted with a side bag carrier system made from sturdy tubular steel, as well as a side bag set that integrates perfectly with the bodywork. The bags feature a waterproof roll closure, welded seams and offer a total storage volume of 36 liters. Exclusive to the Norden 901 Expedition is the heavy-duty skid plate which is made from 4 mm thick, laser-cut aluminum and provides ample protection for the engine. The model is completed with a new graphic color scheme.

Technical Highlights

  • WP XPLOR Suspension offers longer travel (240 mm) and full adjustability
  • Heated grips and rider seat for cold weather comfort
  • Touring Windshield for reduced fatigue on extended rides
  • Side Bag Set offers convenient storage
  • Center Stand for easier maintenance
  • Heavy- duty Skid Plate
  • Connectivity Unit provides Turn-by-Turn+ navigation, Call-In, Call-Out, and music selection from the rider’s smartphone
  • Ride Husqvarna Motorcycles app available from Apple AppStore and Google Playstore
  • Chromium-molybdenum steel trellis frame with engine as stressed member
  • Compact 889cc parallel-twin engine
  • Four selectable ride modes (Street, Rain, Offroad, Explorer)
  • Cutting-edge, switchable cornering ABS with Offroad mode
  • Easy Shift function
  • Cornering-sensitive traction control allows for nine levels of adjustable rear wheel slip (in Explorer mode)
  • Power Assist Slipper Clutch (PASC)
  • Tubeless spoked wheels in offroad dimensions and Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires for maximum performance on the street and offroad
  • Large capacity 5-gallon / 19-liter fuel tank provides extended range

The new 2023 Norden 901 Expedition will be available from March 2023 onward at authorized Husqvarna Motorcycles dealers with a base price of $15,799.00, $1,300 more than the base model.

2023 Husqvarna Norden 901 Expedition

 Norden 901Norden 901 Expedition
Engine type2 cylinder, 4 stroke, DOHC parallel twin2 cylinder, 4 stroke, DOHC parallel twin
Displacement889 cc889 cc
Bore/stroke90.7/68.8 mm90.7/68.8 mm
Compression ratio13.5:113.5:1
Starter/batteryElectric starter/12V 10AhElectric starter/12V 10Ah
Transmission6 gears6 gears
Fuel systemDKK Dellorto (Throttle body 46 mm)DKK Dellorto (Throttle body 46 mm)
Control4 valves per cylinder / DOHC4 valves per cylinder / DOHC
LubricationPressure lubrication with 2 oil pumpsPressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps
Engine oilMotorex, Power Synth SAE 10W-50Motorex, Power Synth SAE 10W-50
Primary drive39:7539:75
Final drive16:4516:45
CoolingLiquid cooled with water/oil heat exchangerLiquid cooled with water/oil heat exchanger
ClutchCable operated PASC Slipper clutchCable operated PASC Slipper clutch
Engine management/ignitionBosch EMS with RBWBosch EMS with RBW
Traction controlMTC (lean angle sensitive, 3-Mode, disengageable, Explorer mode opt.)MTC (lean angle sensitive, 3-Mode, disengageable, Explorer mode standard)
FrameChromium-Molybdenum-Steel frame using the engine as stressed element, powder coatedChromium-Molybdenum-Steel frame using the engine as stressed element, powder coated
SubframeChromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis, powder coatedChromium-Molybdenum-Steel trellis, powder coated
Handlebar Aluminum, tapered, Ø 28/22 mm Aluminum, tapered, Ø 28/22 mm
Front suspensionWP APEX-USD Ø 43 mmWP XPLOR-USD Ø 48 mm
AdjustabilityCompression, ReboundCompression, Rebound, Preload
Rear suspensionWP APEX-MonoshockWP XPLOR-Monoshock
AdjustabilityRebound, PreloadCompression high/low speed
Rebound, Preload
Suspension travel front/rear220 mm / 215 mm240 mm / 240 mm
Front brake2 x 4-piston caliper, radially mounted, brake disc Ø 320 mm2 x 4-piston caliper, radially mounted, brake disc Ø 320 mm
Rear brake2 piston floating caliper, brake disc Ø 260 mm2 piston floating caliper, brake disc Ø 260 mm
ABSBosch 9.1 MP (incl. Cornering-ABS and Offroad mode, disengageable)Bosch 9.1 MP (incl. Cornering-ABS and Offroad mode, disengageable)
Wheels front/rearTubeless Aluminum spoked wheels 2.50 x 21”; 4.50 x 18”Tubeless Aluminum spoked wheels 2.50 x 21”; 4.50 x 18”
Tires front/rearPirelli Scorpion Rally STR 90/90 R 21; 150/70 R 18Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR 90/90 R 21; 150/70 R 18
ChainX-Ring 520X-Ring 520
SilencerStainless steel primary and secondary silencerStainless steel primary and secondary silencer
Steering head angle25.8°25.8°
Triple clamp offset30 mm30 mm
Trail106.9 mm106.9 mm
Wheel base1,513 mm ± 15 mm / 59.5 in ± 0.6 in1,529 mm ± 15 mm / 60.1 in ± 0.6 in
Ground clearance252 mm / 9.9 in270 mm / 10.6 in
Seat height854 / 874 mm; 33.6 / 34.4 in875 / 895 mm; 34.4 / 35.2 in
Tank capacity (approx.)19.0 liters / 5.0 gallons19.0 liters / 5.0 gallons
Dry Weight201 kg / 443.1 lb211.5 kg / 466.2 lb
Weight (without fuel, approx) 204 kg / 449.7 lb214.5 kg / 472.8 lb
ABS ModesStreet (cornering sensitive) / OffroadStreet (cornering sensitive) / Offroad
Ride ModesStreet, Rain, Offroad, Explorer optionalStreet, Rain, Offroad, Explorer standard
Engine Management SystemsMTC, MSR, Easy ShiftMTC, MSR, Easy Shift
Cruise ControlOriginal EquipmentOriginal Equipment
Heated grips & seatsTechnical AccessoriesRider seat and grips are heated
Connectivity (TA*)Turn-by-Turn+ Navigation*, Call-In*, Call-Out*, Music Selection*Connectivity Unit, Turn-by-Turn+ Navigation, Call-In, Call-Out, Music Selection
Technical Accessories availableConnectivity Unit, TPMS, heated grips & seatsTPMS

Author: ADV Pulse Staff
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2Meerkats
2Meerkats
March 1, 2023 3:16 pm

Looks better now – So it’s 236kg once the crash/bash protection and centrestand are added back on (like the 1190R had std) . Cruise control and quickshifter are how much extra?

Dave
Dave
March 2, 2023 6:42 am
Reply to  2Meerkats

On there as standard

Joe John
Joe John
March 1, 2023 5:37 pm

Remember the 950 super enduro? I want something like that.

Homeinthesierras
Homeinthesierras
March 2, 2023 11:26 am
Reply to  Joe John

Got one in the garage, since I got my 701 Husq I haven’t rode the 950. I’ll gladly sell it for 9,500

Patriot159
Patriot159
March 1, 2023 9:51 pm

Heated grips, seat and the XPLOR suspension for $1,300 more? Fantastic deal! The upgraded suspension really shines when riding hard off road.

Fakepatriotsarefunny
Fakepatriotsarefunny
March 2, 2023 11:27 am
Reply to  Patriot159

But real patriots will bash you for riding foreign

David Somerset
David Somerset
March 2, 2023 9:12 pm

55 POUNDS heavier than the original 790 ADV R. No thx.

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