July 5, 2022

Final week we reported that two all-new adventure-touring bikes from the home of MV Agusta had been set to debut at EICMA 2021. Dubbed the Fortunate Explorer 5.5 and 9.5, the 2 fashions hint their heritage to the Cagiva Elefant — winner of the Dakar Rally in 1990 and 1994.

MV Agusta Fortunate Explorer 5.5

MV Agusta has revealed that the smaller 5.5 has been developed intently with Chinese language agency QJ Motor — the identical firm that owns Benelli. As its identify suggests, the 5.5 shall be powered by a 554cc twin-cylinder engine. It is a larger-capacity spinoff of the parallel-twin from the Benelli TRK 502 — bore and stroke figures have gone up from 69mm and 66.8mm, respectively, to 70.5mm and 71mm. 

The body, too, has been borrowed from the Benelli however contemplating that is an MV Agusta, different {hardware} elements look like higher-spec. In the meantime, the alloy swingarm appears to be the identical because the one from the QJMotor SRT 500.

The Italian agency has shared a number of different particulars in the intervening time. Autocar India reviews that the 5.5 will function the identical 20-liter gasoline tank capability, 1,505mm wheelbase, and 19-inch/17-inch entrance and rear wheel set-up. We additionally know that, just like the Benelli, it is a very heavy motorbike with a dry weight of 220kg. 

MV Agusta Fortunate Explorer 9.5

Not like the 5.5, the Fortunate Explorer 9.5 is an MV Agusta from the bottom up. Each bikes get a contemporary take of the long-lasting Fortunate Explorer colour scheme used on the Cagiva Elefant 900 Dakar race bike. 

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Whereas each bikes share the same design language, the 9.5 makes use of extra premium {hardware} and elements, like solid carbon fiber within the part that hyperlinks the radiator space to the bash plate. Autocar India mentions that the 9.9 includes a 7-inch TFT show that features Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, cruise management, launch management, 8-level traction management, a GPS sensor, and LED cornering headlights. 

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On the coronary heart of the motorbike is a brand new 930cc inline-triple, which finds its roots within the 800cc triple seen on a few of MV’s different fashions just like the Brutale 800. Nevertheless, the brand new engine employs a special head, valves, a brand new counter-rotating crankshaft, and new solid pistons. CycleWorld mentions in its reviews {that a} 12.5:1 compression ratio, down from 13.3:1 on the 800, implies that this engine has been tuned for higher torque supply — as one would count on from an journey motorbike. Peak output figures are rated at 123 hp at 10,000 rpm and 75lb-ft of torque at 7,000rpm. The 9.9 shall be obtainable with a typical 6-speed guide or the automated Rekluse clutch system already seen within the Turismo Veloce.

Suspension {hardware} contains electronically managed Sachs models with 220mm of journey on the entrance and 210mm on the rear wheel. Apparently, the Fortunate Explorer 9.5 weighs the identical because the 5.5 at 220kg (dry). 

Launch dates and pricing for each bikes are but to be decided. Nevertheless, the 9.5 will doubtless make its debut earlier than the 5.5. 

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