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Our man got an exclusive ride on the 9.5 prototype in Italy.
Our man got an exclusive ride on the 9.5 prototype in Italy. (Milagro/)

Imagine if MV Agusta, a dedicated manufacturer of insanely focused, ridiculously beautiful Italian sportbikes, decided to do something completely different. Imagine if, just for once, it decided to build a bike devoid of 17-inch wheels, razor-sharp geometry, and uncompromising short-stroke suspension, replacing them with a seriously dirty 21-inch/18-inch front/back wheel combination, mile-crunching comfort, and genuine off-road ambition. What kind of motorcycle would that be?

We still don’t know exactly, but we have a fair idea. We spent a day in northern Italy riding a prototype machine of what, when it goes on sale in 2023, will be known as simply the Lucky Explorer 9.5, emphatically not the MV Lucky Explorer. This is the prestigious company’s first production adventure bike and a completely new direction for the Varese factory.

This is MV’s first production adventure bike with a 21-inch front wheel and real off-road ability.
This is MV’s first production adventure bike with a 21-inch front wheel and real off-road ability. (Milagro/)

The inline-triple is derived from the 800, the 798cc unit powering the F3, Brutale, Dragster, Turismo Veloce, and Superveloce, with its capacity increased to 931cc. Power is a quoted 123 hp at 10,000 rpm with peak torque at 75.2 lb.-ft. at 7,000 rpm.

The engine also receives a new cylinder head, steel valves, a new counter-rotating crankshaft, new pistons, and a raft of detail updates including a new cooling system, oil feed, clutch, generator, starter motor, and gearbox covers. Not much of the 800 donor unit remains.

The Lucky Explorer 9.5 will go on sale next year. USA prices haven’t yet been confirmed, but in Europe it will start at 18,000 euros.
The Lucky Explorer 9.5 will go on sale next year. USA prices haven’t yet been confirmed, but in Europe it will start at 18,000 euros. (Milagro/)

MV is famous for its high-revving track-oriented machines, but has focused on producing a more torquey, usable engine, with peak power less significant than it is on its supersharp sportbikes and nakeds. Compared to the racy 800cc F3 (147 hp at 13,000 rpm and 65 lb.-ft. 10,100 rpm) the Lucky Explorer is down on peak power (123 hp), but considerably up on torque (75.2 lb.-ft.). It produces more power and torque than the Ducati DesertX, Triumph Tiger 900, and KTM 890 Adventure; in this mid-adventure category, only Honda’s larger Africa Twin produces more torque.

Riding modes and rider aids will be linked to a six-axis IMU.
Riding modes and rider aids will be linked to a six-axis IMU. (Milagro/)

Rider aids, the exhaust and the switch gear, and multiple other details remain work in progress. But the three-cylinder motor with its counter-rotating crank is more than 95 percent complete, with power and torque outputs already finalized for production. Our testbike only had two riding modes, Urban and Touring, to play with. The final production version will have multiple rider modes, for both on and off-road, and rider aids linked to a six-axis IMU.

Our test confirmed two key facts. First, like all MVs, it sounds wildly exciting, snarling at low revs and wailing up top. And second, it has a glorious spread of easy-to-use torque, with smooth, progressive throttle response.

The Lucky Explorer produces more peak torque than Ducati’s DesertX, Triumph’s Tiger 900, and KTM’s 890 Adventure.
The Lucky Explorer produces more peak torque than Ducati’s DesertX, Triumph’s Tiger 900, and KTM’s 890 Adventure. (Milagro/)

The Lucky Explorer will pull cleanly from as low as 2,000 rpm. Riding the bike in a tall gear, challenging the bike’s low and midrange

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By: Adam Child
Title: An Italian Adventure Bike War Is Brewing
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/story/reviews/mv-agusta-lucky-explorer-9-5-review-2023/
Published Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2022 10:00:02 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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