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DIRT and TRAIL January 22

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What happened at EICMA?

What happened at EICMA? Forget Christmas, for European bikers the most wonderful time of the year is the EICMA show in Milan. Motorcyclists are showered with gifts of new models (not just the two-wheeled kind) and fresh innovations on rotating stages and under rays of artificial light. Donovan Fourie and friends take a look at what was on show… There was certainly some poignancy to this year’s events after the 2020 edition was cancelled due to COVID-19, but after fears manufacturer’s would stay away and instead save cash by retaining the online platforms it adopted for launches last year, nearly all were present and correct on 25 - 28 November. Notable absentees were Ducati and BMW. A couple of the week’s biggest bikes were debuted online during EICMA week, getting on the hype train without the expense of running a massive display at the show. Ducati is in Eicma’s back yard and yet, they chose to rather launch their new Panigale online… Our lot takes a look at what was presented and what we can expect in the near future... N AV rea fro ma tra Fo Roughing it in Italian the MV Agusta 9.5 Lucky Explorer: MV Agusta unveiled the Lucky Explorer Project, which they say is “a multi-faceted initiative aiming at gathering the passionate lovers of rally raid and offroad racing around Schiranna’s unforgettable legacy of epic participations and victories in the great African rallies of the golden age.” We had heard rumours that MV Agusta would be releasing much to look forward to, and this is just the beginning according to the Italian brand. The Lucky Explorer is MV delves into the lucrative adventure market, more specifically the mid-range adventure market. They will release two variants – the 9.5 and the 5.5, with the 9.5 featuring a 930cc triple motor built upon the foundation of MV’s previous 800cc triple, except with a bigger bore and a bigger stroke. Oh. And it will also have a completely redesigned generator, starter, clutch, selector and gearbox. Apart from that, it’s exactly the same. Especially its size that keeps the same dimensions as the 800, and weighs only 220kg. As the 9.5 is still a prototype, more details including the price and release date are still to be revealed. From China with love – MV Agusta Lucky Explorer 5.5 C M Y CM E BBS_D&T A T + On the options list is a Rekluse automatic clutch and an up-down shifter. The whole lot pushes a nod-worthy 125hp and 102 Nm of torque. It would seem that MV Agusta is not marketing the Lucky Explorer as a fancy café ornament, but means adventure business. The frame and sub-frame are classical steel-tubing builds coupled with an aluminium swing-arm. The front wheel is 21-inch and the rear is 18-inch, as you would expect on a serious off-road machine. Obviously it will feature a TFT dash with all the electronic goodies. From Italy where we saw the 9.5 Lucky Explorer, we now dash across to China where MV Agusta, in collaboration with Qianjiang who also owns the Benelli brand is developing a 5.5 version of the adventure range. Very few details have been released about the 5.5, apart from that it will be manufactured in China and that it will be powered by a 550cc parallel-twin motor. Like the 9.5, it will feature dual-lamp LEDs and a TFT dash. Much of the rest of the machine seems to be based upon the Qianjiang and Benelli 500cc adventure machines with an extra 50cc thrown in for good measure. More details will be announced as development continues. MY CY CMY K w

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