MV AGUSTA Lucky Explorer Project 5.5

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MV Agusta announced two new adventure models at the recent EICMA motorcycle show. Given the moniker, Lucky Explorer, there may be something oddly familiar to you about both the name and the bike’s livery.

Way back in 1990 and again in 1994, Edi Orioli rode to victory in the Paris-Dakar Rally on a Cagiva Elefant. That bike ran the now-iconic Lucky Explorer graphics denoting the sponsorship by Lucky Strike cigarettes.

Cagiva is now owned by MV Agusta who have cleverly decided to re-enter the adventure scene with a hybrid of both brands, taking advantage of Cagiva’s history and MV Agusta’s name.

And there’s no mistaking the graphics which are crafted to resemble the original and the name ‘Lucky Explorer’ which has been ripped straight from the past to stir the loins of anyone over 45 years old.


Lucky Explorer 5.5

The MV Agusta Lucky Explorer Project gifts two new models simply called the 5.5 and the 9.5.
The 5.5 runs a 554cc parallel-twin sourced from China’s Qianjiang Motors, owners of the Benelli brand. The engine is claimed to offer 46.9 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 50Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm which are very similar figures to the Benelli TRK 502X and that’s not a bad thing because the 502X has a great little engine.

The bike will weigh in at a claimed 220 kilograms and while MV Agusta has decided it will go a 19/17-inch wheelset and there’s a pedestrian 134mm of travel offered in the suspension, the fork and shock are KYB units which is good news. As is the inclusion of Brembo brakes.

The Lucky Explorer 5.5 also sports a 20-litre fuel tank and a reasonable but not particularly low seat height of 859mm.


Lucky Explorer 9.5 sporting 21/18-inch wheelset

The collaboration with Qianjiang Motors is broken on the Lucky Explorer 9.5 with MV Agusta developing a new 931cc inline triple based on the 800 powering bikes like the Brutale 800 to power its biggest offering.

Claiming decent figures of 123 peak horsepower at 10,000 rpm and 101Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm. Interestingly, MV Agusta will offer a Rekluse clutch and electro-actuated gearbox (think Honda’s DCT) as options.

The suspension duties are handled by a Sachs electronically adjustable system offering a 50mm inverted fork offering 220mm of travel with 210mm at the rear.

A 21/18 wheelset lends the bike to better offroad performance than its smaller cousin while Brembo brakes do the stopping with the aid of cornering ABS.

A moniker from many decades ago returns

A 7-inch TFT screen with Bluetooth connection, traction control, launch control and cruise control are all standard equipment.

At this stage, the Lucky Explorer Project is in the prototype phase but it’s expected to go on sale sometime from mid-2022 onward.

The project will be developed on the website and via the official Instagram account. Riders, personalities, clips and anecdotes, historical factory tours, vintage advertising, videos, memorabilia, new content and events will bring together a community of enthusiasts. And Lucky Explorer ambassadors will turn up, with access to special content and exclusive previews.