If you want proof that the middleweight adventure category is red hot right, look no further than MV Agusta, as the Italian brand has not one, but two machines for us this EICMA show that are designed to travel whatever road the world can throw at it.
Part of the larger “Lucky Explorer Project”, this lineup of ADV machines showcase the Italian brand’s two new engine platforms: a 930cc triple, and a 550cc parallel-twin.
If the you couldn’t figure it out on your own, the MV Agusta Lucky Explorer 9.5 is the larger of the two bikes on offer, and seems set to tackle the premium end of the Western market.
The name of the MV Agusta Lucky Explorer 9.5 tells us that we are dealing here with the 930.63cc variant, which makes 123hp (@ 10,000 rpm) and 75 lbs•ft of torque (@ 7,000 rpm) in its dual-sport trim.
Based on the venerable 800cc triple that MV Agusta has used throughout its range of motorcycles, the 930cc spec is virtually all new internally, with a larger bore and stroke.
The new 9.5 motor though is the same physical size as its predecessor though, and weighs only 125 lbs.
The clutch, generator, starter, selector, and gearbox on the engine have been completely redesigned as well. Additionally, you can get the Lucky Explorer with or without a Rekluse clutch, and the up/down quickshifter is optional as well.
The front wheel is a 21″ hoop, while the rear wheel measures 18″ in diameter, giving a nod to MV Agusta’s intention that the Lucky Explorer will be a proper off-road bike. The wheelbase is measured at 1,580mm.
The chassis is a steel-tube double-craddle design (the rear subframe is also made from steel), while the swingarm is made from aluminum.
There is a large 7″ TFT dash, from which one can control MV Agusta’s robust MVICS electronics system.
The Italians aren’t spilling all the beans on all the features in this category, but we expect a similar feature-set as to what’s found on their road bikes.
As you can tell from the renders below, the Lucky Explorer 9.5 is coming together in the flesh. It’s not clear when we will see one in the European or American markets. It does look promising though, like a modern Elefant.
Source: MV Agusta