MV Agusta has finally revealed its Lucky Explorer 9.5 adventure bike, the flagship of this new line for the company. It’s an exciting re-entry into the world of ADV, and it’s powered by a new 930 cc three-cylinder engine.
That new triple-cylinder reportedly pumps out 123 horsepower at 10,000 rpm, and makes 75 pound-feet of torque at 7,000 rpm. It’s pretty similar to MV’s previous 800-class triple, with bore and stroke increased, a 12:5:1 compression ratio, and top end overhauled to match the larger displacement. The bottom end gets new oilways, new cooling system plumbing, and new sidecovers. The gearbox gets a new straight-cut primary drive gear, with power take-off from the counter-rotating crank. Of course, with the engine upsized, there’s also new con rods, new pistons and other internals.
As well, there’s a new hydraulic clutch with automatic Rekluse available as an option. There’s also an electronically-activated gearbox offered as an option.
The Lucky Explorer 9.5 has a closed double-cradle steel frame, “composed of forged and extruded elements, based on the loads required at different areas,” with steel rear subframe and aluminum swingarm. Wheelbase is 1,580 mm. The chassis also has a retractable pannier fastening system built into the tailsection.
The bike comes with a 21-inch front wheel and 18-inch rear, definitely proper sizes for offroad use. That theme actually runs all though the press release: MV Agusta might not have built the next Dakar winner here, but it does want you to know they expect you to be able to head off-pavement on this machine. Handguards, a skid plate and disc brake guard all come standard.
But, because it’s an MV, the company knows you also expect … finer things. So, the Lucky Explorer 9.5 comes with a 7-inch TFT, with Bluetooth and wi-fi connectability. No doubt there is an electronics package with all the traction control, wheelie control, launch control and other controls we’ve come to love, and a leaning ABS system. Expect more details if/when this is confirmed for North America—at this point, we don’t have arrival date or pricing. At this point, given the light details in the press release, it seems MV might be finalizing some details on the new bike’s design anyway.
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