MV Agusta is confirming that it will reveal not only one but two adventure bikes at this year’s EICMA show. The bikes will arrive under the title of the “Lucky Explorer Project.”
Visordown seems to claim that they have seen the bikes but are not currently available to view. Reportedly, the machines look like a more ruggedly styled and robustly constructed version of the Turismo Veloce. Other outlets provide varying bits of data on the two machines. According to these outlets, the new machines will have a 21-inch front wheel, long-travel suspension, skid plate, radial front brake calipers, relaxed ergos, and a split seat. Power will apparently come from MV’s 800 cc inline-triple engine.
Interestingly, MV Agusta is offering pre-orders from November 23rd, 2021. Whether that means that the bikes are fully production-ready or something less is unclear.
To tease the new machines, MV Agusta has opened two new social media channels to get ready for the reveals. First is a dedicated website called the Lucky Explorer Project. Using grainy Dakar footage, you can see desert scenes and the Cagiva Lucky Strike bikes of the past.
Just below the video is a timer showing the amount of time before the reveal at EICMA.
The other social media channel is on Instagram under the luckyexplorer.official tag. As of this writing, there are only a couple of small pictures of heritage Cagiva bikes and a Lucky Explorer Project logo.
Formal press release
Formalizing the fact that two new MV Agusta bikes will arrive is a press release from the company which says:
MV AGUSTA LAUNCHES THE LUCKY EXPLORER PROJECT
And brings back the spirit of the Paris-Dakar and the great African rallies
MV Agusta is pleased to announce the official launch of the Lucky Explorer Project, a multi-faceted initiative aiming at gathering the passionate lovers of #rally raid and off-road #racing around Schiranna’s unforgettable legacy of epic participation and victories in the great African rallies of the golden age. That same spirit of adventure and freedom is the foundation of this ambitious project which will be developed through the www.luckyexplorerproject.com website and @luckyexplorer official Instagram channel, both launching today and that will bring to the unveiling of two new adventure bikes. Both models will be available for online pre-booking from November 23.
Those dreams of unlimited horizons, breathtaking sceneries and speed are unscathed, and live through the stories of men, machines, sweat, sand and scorching sun told on the project’s website and Instagram channel. The site’s architecture will let visitors explore the history and culture of Schiranna and its unforgotten ties with African rallies under different perspectives: races; people; stories from the field; factory tour from the past; old advertisements; videos; memorabilia; new content and events.
Lucky Explorer Project participation
And it seems that MV is inviting people to participate in the Lucky Explorer project. Just what that participation will be is not clear. But the press release further states:
The aim is to create a worldwide community of Lucky Explorer enthusiasts, inviting them to actively participate in the project. To this end, a special section of the website is dedicated to the Lucky Explorer ambassadors. The chosen ambassadors will have access to special contents and exclusive previews, and can invite friends to be part of the community as well as receiving regular product updates and the ability to initiate conversations on the Lucky Explorer forum.
Timur Sardarov, CEO, MV Agusta Motor S.p.A., commented: “I am excited about the launch of this very special project. The Lucky Explorer concept is not just about bikes, it’s about a comprehensive world of emotions, memories, values and a way of being. A long-awaited return for all the fans of Made-in-Schiranna, but also a new beginning and a leap into the future: no matter where life takes us, we know where we’re from.”
More exciting news about the Lucky Explorer Project and the new adventure bikes, the project’s natural evolution, will be shared on the occasion of the upcoming EICMA.
It will be interesting to see how MV Agusta and its Cagiva brand resurrect its Dakar and Africa rally history. Will the bike be a Cagiva or an MV Agusta model? And what will the differences be between the two new models?
In any event, we won’t have to wait long. The reveals are less than a week away. If you are going to EICMA, you can see the reveal at Pavillion 22, Booth M48.