2021 Honda X-ADV gets more power, a new gearbox, and fresh styling

The 2021 Honda X-ADV has been given a significant update including a revised Euro5 engine, and updated styling to name just a few of the changes

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THE Honda X-ADV has been forging its own off-road path in the motorcycle world since its launch in 2016. Taking the DCT-equipped NC750 as a base and adding a significant dose of Africa Twin DNA, and Honda had created the adventure scooter segment.

2021 Honda X-ADV reveal, specs, features, and details

For 2021, the X-ADV goes through its most extreme update since introduction, with Honda’s engineers using the incoming Euro5 regulations as the chance to give the bike a bit of a spruce up.

2021 Honda X-ADV engine updates

  • Euro5 compliant engine
  • 4 bhp power increase
  • Broader torque spread

As mentioned above, the Euro5 compliant 2021 version of the bike will be the most powerful yet, with a peak output of 57.7bhp arriving at 6,750rpm, 500rpm more than before. Peak torque has also been increased slightly, with the updated model producing 51lb-ft at 4,750rpm. The 2021 X-ADV also benefits from an increased redline, 600rpm higher than before.

The results have come about from revising the valve timing by just 5% which interestingly differs between the two-cylinders. The engine now features a revised exhaust and inlet also, which together with the valve timing help it to produce the new claimed output. Honda is also claiming that the new unit holds on to its torque for longer than the previous generation engine.

For those on an A2 licence, the X-ADV will still be available as a 35kW version which can be specified at the dealership on demand. The change is a simple remap of the ECU, something that can be reversed when the rider’s full test is completed.

Electronics and equipment

  • 5” full colour TFT
  • Honda Smartphone Voice Control System
  • Revised HSTC
  • Improved DCT shifting schedules

The 2021 version gains some neat updates to the electronics, with the ride-by-wire throttle now governing Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) and allowing for finer control of the traction control system. The system now also works across three levels of intervention as opposed to two on the previous generation. Level 1 is the minimum intervention level and allows some wheel slip, gravel riding. Level 2 is for general riding, and Level 1 is for maximum intervention while riding in slippery conditions. The HSTC can also be switched off altogether.

The DCT system has also been given a once over for 2021, with the shifting schedules being updated and now linking them to specific riding modes – there is also a User riding mode that allows the rider to choose any shifting schedule and HSTC level.

The new generation bike also gains a new TFT dash that also includes the Honda Smartphone Voice Control System. The tech allows those with a Bluetooth headset and compatible smartphone to control calls, navigation, and music with their voice.

Styling and ergonomics

  • Revised styling with a new chiselled appearance
  • Restyled headlights and LED DRLs
  • Contoured seat to make ground reach easier
  • 5 position adjustable screen

The look of the 2021 bike may look the same as before but dig a little deeper and the bike has been significantly updated. The styling may be the same, but the execution is much sleeker and more modern than before.

The restyled headlights now feature LED DRLs running down the middle of the lens and pretty much all of the bike’s exterior panels have been reshaped or restyled.

One aspect of the new bike that should make the model more accessible to those of a shorter disposition (I’m talking to me!) is the introduction of a re-styled seat. It’s still 820mm in height but the sides have been contoured to make reaching the ground a little bit easier. The screen of the bike is now adjustable through five positions without the need to use any tools.


  • 1kg lighter than before
  • Improved under-seat storage
  • Overall weight of the X-ADV reduced by 3kg

The 2021 Honda X-ADV gains an updated frame, boasting less weight and improved space for things like the under-seat storage area. The frame itself is 1kg lighter than before, something that is helping the latest version of the bike achieve an all-up weight 236kg, 3kg less than before.

2021 Honda X-ADV spec



Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve, SOHC parallel 2-cylinder. EURO5 compliant.



Bore & Stroke

77mm x 80mm

Compression Ratio

10.7 : 1

Max. Power Output

43.1kW @ 6,750rpm

Max. Torque

69Nm @ 4,750rpm

Oil Capacity




PGM-FI electronic fuel injection

Fuel Tank Capacity

13.2 litres

Fuel Consumption





Battery Capacity



Clutch Type

Wet multiplate hydraulic 2-clutch

Transmission Type

6-speed Dual Clutch Transmission

Final Drive




Diamond; steel pipe


Dimensions (L´W´H)

2215mm x 940mm x 1370mm



Caster Angle




Seat Height


Ground Clearance


Kerb Weight



Type Front

41mm USD,120mm stroke

Type Rear

Monoshock damper, Pro-Link swingarm, 120mm travel


Type Front

Spoke wheel

Type Rear

Spoke wheel

Rim Size Front

17M/C x MT3.50

Rim Size Rear

15M/C x MT4.50

Tyres Front


Tyres Rear



ABS System Type


Type Front

296mm dual discs with 4-piston calipers

Type Rear

240mm single disc with single-piston caliper



5 inch colour TFT Meter

Security System

Smart key system