This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the Husqvarna Norden 901, Husqvarna’s middleweight adventure bike released in 2022.
The Husqvarna Norden 901 is based on an 899 cc liquid-cooled DOHC parallel twin with four valves per cylinder. It is tuned for midrange performance and makes 77 kW (105 hp) at 8000 rpm, with peak torque of 100 Nm (74 ft-lb) at 6500 rpm.
The engine is borrowed from the KTM 890 Adventure, with what appears to be the same tune, judging from the quoted specs.
Final drive is via a six-speed transmission and chain drive. So you’ll need to keep that chain clean!
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Husqvarna Norden 901 Service Intervals
The Norden 901 has 9300 mile / 15000 km service or annual intervals. At every service, change the oil and filter, plus clean the oil screens. There’s also a long list of other checks to perform.
The major service interval for the Norden 901 is every 18600 miles or 30000 km, when you have to change the spark plugs and check / adjust the valve clearances.
You also need to change the front and rear brake fluid every 2 years, plus change the coolant every 4 years.
As the Norden 901 has a chain final drive, be sure to regularly clean and lube it.
Below is the maintenance schedule for the Husqvarna Norden 901.
In the manual, they’ve separated the schedule into “required maintenance” and “recommended work”. However, most the items in the “recommended work” section are frequently required on motorcycles from other brands (like changing the coolant, checking the tightness of screws and nuts, etc).
So we’ve combined them into one schedule.
Below see the service schedule, as well as a list of maintenance items (a checklist for each service).
- Follow the earlier of time-based or distance based intervals.
- At the end of the maintenance schedule, keep following it in the pattern shown every service interval.
|Standard service checklist (see below) — Perform||✓||✓||✓||Year|
|Change the engine oil (Motorex Power Synt 4T 10W-50)||✓||✓||✓||Year|
|Change the oil filter||✓||✓||✓||Year|
|Clean the oil screens||✓||✓||✓||Year|
|Change the air filter, clean the air filter box.||✓||✓|
|Change the spark plugs||✓|
|Check the valve clearances||✓|
|Check the fuel pressure||✓||✓||Year|
|Change the front brake fluid (Motorex Brake Fluid DOT 5.1)||2 years|
|Change the rear brake fluid (Motorex Brake Fluid DOT 5.1)||2 years|
|Change the coolant (Motorex Coolant M3.0)||4 years|
|Check / clean the oil nozzle for clutch lubrication||✓||✓||✓|
|Check the frame||✓|
|Check the link fork||✓|
|Check the fork bearing for play||✓||✓|
|Check the wheel bearing for play||✓||✓|
|Clean the dust boots of the fork legs||✓||✓|
|[Dealer] Program the shift shaft sensor.||✓||✓||✓|
Standard service checklist
Below is the standard service checklist for the Husqvarna Norden 901. Do this at every service.
|Husqvarna Norden 901 Standard Service Checklist|
|[Dealer] Read out the fault memory using the Husqvarna Motorcycles diagnostics tool.|
|Check that the electrical system is functioning properly.|
|Check the brake discs.|
|Check the front brake linings.|
|Check the rear brake linings.|
|Check the spoke tension; retighten as necessary|
Retighten at first service
|Check the brake lines for damage and leakage.|
|Check the front brake fluid level.|
|Check the rear brake fluid level|
|Check the free travel of the clutch lever|
|Check the free travel of the foot brake lever|
|Check the tire condition (tread, cracks)|
|Check tire pressure|
|Check the rim run-out.|
|Check the shock absorber and fork for leaks. Service as needed.|
|Check the coolant fill level and antifreeze|
|Empty the drainage hoses|
|Check that the radiator fan is functioning properly|
|Chek that the throttle cables are undamaged, routed without sharp bends, and set correctly.|
|Check the cables for damage and routing without kinks|
|Check the steering head bearing play.|
|Check the headlight setting|
|Check all hoses (fuel, coolant, drainage etc.) and sleeves for cracking, leaks, and incorrect routing|
|Grease all moving parts (e.g. side stand, hand lever, chain) and check for smooth operation|
|Check the tightness of the safety-relevant screws and nuts which are easily accessible.|
|Final check: Check the vehicle for safe operation and take a test ride.|
|[Dealer] Read out the error memory after the test ride using the Husqvarna Motorcycles diagnostics tool.|
|[Dealer] Set the service interval display.|
|[Dealer] Make a service entry in HusqvarnaMotorcyclesDealer.net.|
Maintaining the chain on the Husqvarna Norden 901 deserves its special section.
You need to service the Norden’s chain regularly, particularly as it’s an adventure motorcycle on which the chain is likely to get a lot of abuse. Use a good-quality and portable lubricant like Motul Chain Paste, which is highly regarded.
|Chain maintenance item||Every|
|Check the chain, rear sprocket, and engine sprocket|
Chain length: 18 rollers = 272 mm maximum
|Check the chain tension||Service|
To check the chain tension on the Norden 901:
- Put the bike up on a centre stand (or raise up the rear somehow).
- Put the transmission into neutral.
- Find the chain sliding piece, and push the chain up behind it. Measure the distance from the flat part of the link fork directly above the chain to the chain. Target spec: 2.5 cm / 0.98 in
- Measure the chain tension slack. Target spec: 2-5mm (0.08-0.2 in).
Wheels, Tires, and Tire Pressures
The Husqvarna Norden 901 ships with Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR adventure sport tires. The table below shows the standard tire sizes and recommended pressures.
|Wheel||Tire size||Tire pressure (cold)|
|Front||90/90-21 M/C 54V M+S TL||2.4 bar / 35 psi|
Offroad: 1.8 bar / 26 psi
Full load: 2.6 bar / 38 psi
|Rear||150/70-18 M/C 70V M+S TL||2.4 bar / 35 psi|
Offroad: 1.8 bar / 26 psi
Full load: 2.6 bar / 38 psi
Naturally, adjust the tire pressures as suit your load, the riding conditions, and preferences.
About the Husqvarna Norden 901
Husqvarna has built a lot of motorcycles based on KTM engine / chassis platforms. (KTM’s parent company, Pierer Mobility Group, also owns Husqvarna.)
But until recently, Husqvarna has mostly built dirt and enduro motorcycles, mostly based on KTM’s singles. So the Husqvarna Norden 901 is quite a revolutionary bike for the brand.
The Husqvarna Norden 901 is based heavily on the KTM 890 Adventure and 890 Adventure R. The core is the same — a middleweight (not small, though not the biggest) adventure motorcycle that does everything, with a good amount of power, a lot of rider aids, decent comfort, but also enough weight to make very technical low-speed work potentially hairy compared to Husqvarna’s more focused offerings.
The core of the engine is the best bit. The 889cc parallel twin has a lot of character to it and a very wide operating range, with a big range of torque from down low to near the high redline (power peaks at 8000 rpm), if you want to take it there.
The Norden 901 also comes with all the ride aids you’d expect of a premium adventure bike — cornering ABS and TC, cruise control, and a quick shifter (“Easy Shift”). But heated grips are optional. And no, there’s no active suspension — that’s something that only the biggest class of motorcycles gets (for now).
For maintenance, the Husqvarna Norden 901 is set up to be relatively easy. One common complaint of adventure motorcycles is that it’s difficult to get to the air filter, which you have to service more often when riding in dust and rain. But the air filter is easy to get to on the Norden 901 — you just have to remove the seat.
The Norden has a 21/18 inch wire-spoked wheel setup with tubeless tires. Want tubes? Take one with you!
Reference — Manual Screenshots for the Husqvarna Norden 901
The above came from the owner’s manual for the Husqvarna Norden 901, as well as from the service manual for Husqvarna motorcycles, and consulting various forums online. See screenshots below from the manual.
You can download manuals for Husqvarna motorcycles here.