Off the beaten track that is. The Italians, known for their downright sporty street/circuit motorcycles, put on the naughty (hiking) shoes and now come up with an allroad. Stronger, with two even: the MV Agusta Lucky Explorer 5.5 and 9.5.
It is of course funny that MV Agusta drives Ducati into the wheels, after all, they come with their DesertX; also based on the Cagiva Elephant of yesteryear. It may have had a Ducati engine, but of course it is and remains a Cagiva (Ducati was then owned by Cagiva) and that is now part of, yes, the MV Agusta group. It is striking that MV itself never mentions the name Cagiva, but only mentions the Elefant as a source of inspiration for this duo. Anyway, long story short: MV Agusta comes with two off-road models… When exactly is not entirely clear, hence the addition ‘project’.
The MV Agusta Lucky Explorer 5.5 is clearly the slip-on, designed in collaboration with the Chinese QJ (Qianjiang). A bit of a crazy idea, a high-end MV with Chinese roots on paper, but that is an image that we gradually have to get used to. The basis is the 550cc two-cylinder, a liquid-cooled copy with double overhead camshafts with, according to the press release, ‘a well-filled torque curve”. How well we do not know, because figures are not yet released. On the picture it looks well cared for, including radial Brembos and beautiful wire wheels.
Big Brother Lucky Explorer 9.5 does it with the three-cylinder that we know from MV, but which for the occasion (and Euro5, that too) has been polished up to 950cc. The bore to stroke ratio of the triple has grown, the cylinder head is new, as are the intake and exhaust valves (steel), the modified crankshaft and the forged aluminum pistons. Good for 123 hp @ 10,000 rpm and a peak torque of 102 Nm @ 7,000 rpm.
The steel double-cradle frame should guide the new MV’s off-road adventure, with long-travel suspension and radial-mount Brembo brake calipers standing on the steppes. To control things like traction control, power modes, engine braking and ABS, you can resort to a 7” TFT display, which also has bluetooth connectivity.
It all sounds promising, although we secretly wonder why MV didn’t just use the name Cagiva again for these Lucky Explorers…
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