Kiwi Rider January 2022 Vol.1 - Page 26


In a similar vein , MV Agusta ’ s new Lucky Explorer 5.5 will give us a second affordable Italian LAMS adventurer . The Lucky Explorer 5.5 will be the firm ’ s first LAMS approved model in the Australasian marketplace and is heavily based on the existing Benelli TRK502 platform . However , MV hasn ’ t just slapped on some new plastics and called it a day , with the 5.5 receiving a larger displacement 554cc parallel twin-engine , upgraded and adjustable KYB suspension components and a TFT display . In what seems to be a common trend for many of the bikes on this list , the 5.5 is a bit on the heavy side with a listed dry weight of 220kg . However , with this bike ( and its contemporaries ) being targeted at the travel market rather than the hard-core off-road crowd , that weight isn ’ t going to be a huge problem for most riders . Pricing and date of arrival in country are yet to be defined , but we ’ re expecting the MV 5.5 to become a popular option for those wanting something a little different than the usual options .

OUTSIDE THE BOX Who ’ s it actually for ? Backroad tourers who are keen on a bit of exploration . The competition : Benelli TRK502X , Suzuki DL650 V-Strom ( LAMS ).


The final bike on our list taking its visual cues from the Cagiva ’ s of old is MV Agusta ’ s Lucky Explorer 9.5 . With MV actually owning the Cagiva brand , the LE 9.5 is just as worthy a successor to the Elefant as Ducati ’ s offering . However , while Ducati has gone for its tried and true L-twin engine configuration , MV Agusta has given the LE 9.5 a rip-roaring three-cylinder powerplant . The MV Agusta-developed inline triple pumps out 123hp at 10,000rpm and 102Nm of torque at 7000rpm , putting it in the upper end of the power stakes for a sub-1000cc engine . However , the MV does have an Achilles heel with dry weight claimed at 220kg , a full 19kg heavier than its closest competition . However , the MV does have a lot of cool componentry , with its Sachs suspension being electronically adjustable . The fork is a 50mm unit with 220mm of travel . The rear shock is also from Sachs with 210mm of travel along with rebound , compression damping and spring preload adjustment . Other highlights include a 7-inch TFT display with full phone connectivity , a 21- and 18-inch wheel combo wrapped in 90 / 90-21 and 150 / 70-18 rubber respectively . Pulling it all to a stop is a pair of 320mm discs with radial four-piston Brembo Stylema monobloc calipers in the front , and a 265mm disc and two-piston Brembo caliper at the rear .

OUTSIDE THE BOX Who ’ s it actually for ? The style-conscious adventure / gravel tourer . The competition : Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro .