For the first time in MV Agusta history, the Italian motorcycle company is set to venture into the adventure bike territory with the upcoming Lucky Explorer 9.5.
- The 9.5 makes 121hp @ 10,000rpm and 102Nm @ 7,000rpm.
- to feature 7-inch TFT dash with smartphone connectivity.
- quickshifter, slide control, cornering ABS comes as standard.
Complete with a 21-inch front wheel and off-road focused suspension and frame, MV Agusta is scheduled to launch the Lucky Explorer 9.5 some time in 2023.
The motorcycle is currently still in its prototype stages but some reputable media were given the taste of the new adventure bike in Europe, recently.
The Lucky Explorer 9.5 set to face a list of strong contenders in the middleweight ADV category including the KTM 890 Adventure, Triumph Tiger 900 range and the newly launched Ducati DesertX.
Although the 9.5 is MV first attempt in ADV segment, but CycleWorld – who one of a few able to try out the prototype mule – claimed that the motorcycle has genuine touring and off-road potential.
The 9.5 features an all-new 931cc inline-triple engine derived from the 800cc platform taken from the F3 and Brutale. However, MV made a host of modifications, including a new cylinder head, piston and valve train.
As a result, the inline-triple makes 121.4hp @ 10,000rpm and 102Nm @ 7,000rpm. That said, the 2023 Lucky Explorer 9.5 is set to out grunt the DesertX, 890 Adventure and Triumph’s Tiger 900.
Gear change is done effortlessly thanks to the quickshifter while braking is done by a pair of Brembo Stylema callipers up front.
Other notable features include:
- fully-adjustable Sachs suspension.
- 20L fuel tank.
- Bridgestone A41 tyres .
- 7-inch TFT dash with Bluetooth connectivity.
Meanwhile, the Lucky Explorer 9.5 is also fitted with a host of electronics:
- cruise control (standard).
- switchable cornering ABS.
- four riding modes; Urban/Touring/Off-Road/Custom.
- six-Axis IMU
- eight stage slide control/traction control
- front-wheel lift control
For those who wonder about the price, rest assured MV Agusta is keeping it a secret until its official launch date in 2023 however given the firm’s position at the premium end of the market, we expect the Lucky Explorer 9.5 to be priced higher than the DesertX.