New Husqvarna concept points to KTM 890 Adventure

John Milbank, BikeSocial Consumer Editor
By John Milbank
BikingMilbank BikeSocial Consumer Editor, John owns a BMW S1000XR, Honda Grom and a 1999 Kawasaki ZX-6R. He's as happy tinkering in the workshop as he is on twisty backroads, and loves every bike ever built (except one). He's bought three CBR600s, a KTM 1050 Adventure, Yamaha MT-10, two Ducati Monsters, several winter hacks, three off-roaders, a supermoto pit bike, a Honda Vision 50 and built his own custom XSR700. 



Husqvarna has updated its Svartpilen and Vitpilen range, as well as revealed a concept bike based on the 889.5cc parallel twin seen in the new KTM 890 Duke R.


What is the new Husqvarna Norden 901 Concept?

Since KTM bought Husqvarna, the brand has become known for variations on a KTM base. Designed by Kiska, the Austrian design house also responsible for KTM’s styling, the Husqvarna Norden 901 Concept has a 21” front and 18” rear wheel with WP suspension.

There’s very little information on the bike at the moment, but given how closely the Husqvarna products follow KTM’s development – with the same engine, chassis and running gear in a restyled body – it seems likely that the Nordon could well be the first look at the new KTM 890 Adventure.

While the Nordon 901 – if it becomes reality – will have its own unique style, it’s quite plausible that much of the work going into the machine will be seen on a future KTM. Of course, that saddle-bag tank, which is restyled from the existing KTM 790 Adventure may well have been recreated purely for the Husqvarna, but we wouldn’t be surprised to find that the learnings from working with the new motor might well be used in – or the result of – something in the orange pipeline.


New Husqvarna concept points to KTM 890 Adventure

The difference in the subframe is clear when you compare the two


Updates to the Husqvarna Vitpilen and Svartpilen 401

With their 373cc engines, the Husqvarna Svartpilen and Vitpilen 401 both use the chassis and motor of the KTM 390 Duke.

For 2020, the bikes get an extended subframe – which is said to improve pillion comfort – along with new graphics, trim and paint finishes.

Making 43bhp (32kW) @ 9,000rpm and 27lb-ft (37Nm) @ 7,000 rpm, the bikes weigh around 170kg with their little 9.5 litre tanks full of fuel and ready to ride, and have a fairly low 835mm seat height.


The new Vitpilen has an adventure style option


Updates to the Husqvarna Vitpilen and Svartpilen 701

The larger Husqvarna Vitpilen and Svartpilen 701 are based on the KTM 690 Duke, with the same 692cc engine making 74bhp and 53lb-ft in the same steel trellis chassis.

With a 12 litre tank full of fuel and ready to ride, they weigh about 175kg – for 2020 they come with new graphics, trim and paint finishes.


The new Svartpilen 701 shows two new colour schemes

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