MV Agusta Lucky Explorer 9.5 Set to Conquer North American Shores
The MV Agusta Lucky Explorer 9.5, a bike that harks back to the iconic designs of the 1980s and 1990s Dakar Rally, is finally set to make its way to the North American market. Originally debuted at the EICMA show in 2021, this all-new adventure bike is built around a potent three-cylinder 950-class engine and visually pays homage to the Cagiva Elefant, a Dakar-winning rally bike.
Engine and Performance
The heart of the Lucky Explorer 9.5 is its 931cc liquid-cooled, DOHC in-line three-cylinder engine, a significant departure from MV Agusta’s earlier 800-class triple. This engine churns out an impressive 124 horsepower at 10,000 rpm and 102 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm. With a top speed claim of 149 miles per hour, the Lucky Explorer 9.5 is poised to offer an exhilarating riding experience.
Chassis and Suspension
For off-road readiness, the Lucky Explorer 9.5 is equipped with 21 and 18-inch spoked wheels and boasts a substantial 62.2-inch wheelbase. It features a closed double cradle steel frame with fully-adjustable Sachs suspension, offering 8.66 inches of travel at the front and 8.27 inches at the rear.
Advanced Features and Connectivity
A significant highlight of the Lucky Explorer 9.5 is its advanced electronic suite, including IMU-governed traction control and ABS systems. It is expected that the bike will soon incorporate radar-powered adaptive cruise control. Riders can expect a full-color 7-inch TFT display with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, offering functionalities like route planning, data acquisition, and an anti-theft system with geolocation.
Pricing and Availability
While the price of the Lucky Explorer 9.5 was not disclosed during its global launch, it is expected to be available in showrooms by summer 2023. The presence of MV Agusta Lucky Explorer 9.5 in North America marks a significant step for MV Agusta in the adventure bike segment, promising luxury, refinement, and a unique riding experience.