MV Agusta, the Italian motorcycle manufacturer known for its high-performance and stylish machines, has unveiled a new model that marks its entry into the adventure-touring segment. The MV Agusta LXP Orioli is a dirt-ready bike that pays tribute to the four-time Dakar Rally winner Edi Orioli, who also raced for Cagiva, the former owner of MV Agusta.
The LXP Orioli is powered by a completely new engine that has nothing to do with the previous MV Agusta triples. The liquid-cooled, DOHC, 931cc engine is designed to be robust and flexible, with a moderate bore and stroke ratio. It produces 124 horsepower at 10,000 rpm and 75 ft-lbs of torque at 7,000 rpm, with 85 percent of the peak torque available at 3,500 rpm. The engine also features a counter-rotating crankshaft, a cassette-style gearbox with a quickshifter, and a Euro 5+ compliant exhaust system with an electronically controlled valve.
A Full Suite of Electronic Aids
The LXP Orioli is equipped with a range of electronic aids that are informed by a six-axis inertial platform. The bike has four riding modes: Touring, Urban, Off-Road, and Custom All-Terrain. Each mode adjusts the power delivery, traction control, ABS, engine braking, launch control, wheelie control, and cruise control settings. The traction control has eight levels, including two for off-road and one for rain. The ABS has two levels, plus an off option, and a rear wheel lift-up mitigation function. The engine braking has two levels, and the launch control and wheelie control can be turned on or off. The bike also has a 7-inch TFT dash with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, and a MV Ride App that offers navigation and anti-theft features.
A Perimeter Frame and High-Quality Components
The LXP Orioli has a new frame design that differs from the traditional MV Agusta trellis. The bike has a perimeter frame made of steel tubing, with a bolt-on double cradle that supports the engine. The rear subframe is removable and replaceable, which is useful for maintenance and repair. The swingarm is cast aluminum, and the suspension is provided by Sachs. The bike has a 48mm fork and a link-actuated rear shock, both fully adjustable and offering 8.3 inches of wheel travel. The wheelbase is 63.4 inches, and the seat height is adjustable between 34.3 and 33.5 inches. The ground clearance is 9.1 inches, which is more than adequate for off-road riding. The braking system consists of four-piston Brembo Stylema calipers and twin 320mm discs at the front, and a twin-piston caliper and a 245mm disc at the rear.
A Limited Production Run and a Unique Design
The LXP Orioli is planned to be produced in a limited run of 500 units, with the price to be announced later. The bike has a unique design that combines the MV Agusta DNA with the adventure-touring spirit. The bike has a distinctive front fairing with a LED headlight and a windscreen, a large fuel tank with a capacity of 6.6 gallons, a comfortable seat, and a luggage rack. The bike also has a skid plate, handguards, crash bars, and spoked wheels with knobby tires. The bike’s graphics are inspired by the Cagiva Elefant, the bike that Orioli rode to win the Dakar Rally in 1990 and 1994. The bike’s name and number are also displayed on the side panels and the front fender.
The MV Agusta LXP Orioli is a new adventure bike that honors a legendary rider and a historic brand. The bike is a result of the collaboration between MV Agusta and KTM, the new owner of the Italian company. The bike is expected to hit the market in 2024, and it will compete with other premium adventure bikes such as the BMW R 1250 GS, the Ducati Multistrada V4, and the KTM 1290 Super Adventure.