Again in 2021, Husqvarna teased the incoming Norden 901 with a sequence of movies that includes five-time Dakar winner Cyril Despres and explorer Mike Horn. These movies confirmed the pair testing the prototype 901’s mettle in Iceland. Whereas Despres has tons of off-road expertise, Horn has a bunch of exploration expertise exterior of bikes—so Husqvarna thought their expertise could be an attention-grabbing complement out on its new journey machine.
Now that it’s 2023 and the Norden 901 Expedition is the most recent iteration of the platform, Husky determined to reunite Despres and Horn for the event. New bikes, in any case, name for brand new adventures.So, the place did the 2 go this time? To additional check what the Norden 901 Expedition is made from, Despres and Horn went to expertise the rugged, attractive terrain of Mongolia for themselves.
As Despres mentions on this video, with all his rally expertise, he’s no stranger to sand. He’s no stranger to dunes. He’s additionally no stranger to snow. That mentioned, snow-covered dunes, comparable to those they encountered in Mongolia, had been a totally new factor in his world. It’s not clear precisely when the pair visited the nation, however at its coldest, temperatures in Mongolia can get all the way down to about –30 Celsius, which is about –22 Fahrenheit. (That’s ambient temperature, not even factoring in any windchill.)
This video showcases how each the riders and the bikes do on quite a lot of difficult terrain, together with seemingly impossible-looking, practically vertical sheep trails with a lot of rocks. Nevertheless, it’s virtually as a lot about journey logistics and problem-solving as it’s about driving. For some adventurers, the areas they’re touring by way of have many residents, loads of whom are keen to supply their help and recommendation alongside the way in which. It’s possible you’ll come to a river in your bike, however the locals often have at the very least a method they usually get throughout it every single day—and so, you do regardless of the locals are doing to get your self and your bike throughout.
Whereas Mongolia has a variety of nomadic peoples with sturdy love for household, animals, and the attractive pure surroundings they stay in, it’s a relatively sparsely populated place. That’s why, on this video, you’ll see Despres and Horn collect wooden, inside tubes, ropes, and different provides to construct a makeshift raft to get the bikes throughout a river they encounter. This, Despres says, is the place Horn’s abilities actually shine by way of—and certainly, they appear like a well-matched pair of riders for an expedition like this.