MV Agusta Is Working on a 950cc ADV Bike, And It’s Coming Soon

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We are just days away from this year’s EICMA show, which means new bike leaks are coming in hot and heavy. The latest comes to us  from the folks at MV Agusta, which has been hard at work on its new 950cc three-cylinder platform.

The first bike that we seem to be getting from this new displacement is an adventure-tourer, as photos of the machine have been spotted on the road with an MV Agusta test rider onboard.

The machine looks set to join the off-road focused ranks of the middleweight ADV segment, with a 21″ front wheel fitted to an off-road chassis via long-travel suspension. A large aluminum skid plate is also present.

The front fairing has a sweeping design that should be good for long distance travel, and we can expect strong horsepower figures from the Italian brand’s next generation of three-cylinder engines (the current crop makes over 140hp).

As such, we would expect this MV Agusta “Lucky Explorer” to stack up against the Triumph Tiger 900, Husqvarna Norden 901, and perhaps the still unreleased Ducati DesertX.

MV Agusta’s entry continues the bifurcation we are seeing in the middleweight ADV space with bikes either coming in 700cc or 900cc+ variations. 

Of course, the Varese house is looking to be on the premium end of the category, and from the test mule we can see radial brakes and an Arrow exhaust already fitted. We can expect a robust electronics package as well, and perhaps even several trim levels that could include matching panniers.

It remains to be seen if the current MV Agusta Turismo Veloce will continue in the lineup alongside this new ADV model.

Since the Turismo Veloce was always an on-road focused bike, it would make sense for it to stay in the lineup, though the expectation is that MV Agusta’s 950cc platform will phase out its 800cc offerings.

All of this speculation will become clearer in the coming days, however. The EICMA show starts Tuesday, November 23rd. Until then.