The Honda X-ADV is officially here

Honda’s X-ADV adventure scooter

IT WAS first shown as a concept at Eicma last year and we knew it was coming, but Honda has officially revealed its latest model – the X-ADV.

Thanks to its rugged looks and the off-road ambition visible in its long travel suspension, wire-spoked wheels and hand guards, it looks like the X-ADV might be capable of delivering on its promise of adventure.

It’s powered by the 745cc liquid-cooled eight-valve SOHC parallel-twin engine found in the Integra and NC750X - so we're talking 54hp at 6,250 rpm and 50.15lb/ft torque at 4,750rpm. Transmission duties are handled by Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) system.

Although it shares its powerplant with the NC750X and Integra, the X-ADV’s tubular steel chassis is new and sits in between the front 41mm diameter adjustable USD forks and preload adjustable rear shock. Front travel is 153.5mm and the rear is 150mm.

There’s a 17 inch wheel at the front and a 15 inch at the rear, with dual purpose tyres. Stopping duties at the front are handled by a pair of radially mounted four-piston calipers and 310mm discs.

As well as being rugged, the X-ADV is also meant to be convenient and comfortable, which is why it has 21 litres of under seat storage space, a five-way adjustable screen and keyless ignition.

Tank size is 13.1 litres, seat height is 810mm and Honda says the X-ADV’s kerb weight is 238kg.


...and possibly a price tag to match: styling exercise, only a loony would actually ride one off-road. I see a pattern.

21 litre storage, adjustable screen plus DCT = 10kg itself so its not too shabby for the Italians since its designed by Honda Italy and from the promos it looks like something you'd ride around compact European cities.
Give it time and what may seem odd/funny today will have competition starting to step into this new segment eventually just like Kawasaki and that other manufacturer I cannot recall who took note of the Grom's popularity and brought their own small 125s in the market.

I am strangely drawn to it, however, not as an off-road adventure bike but as a bike to replace all the other bikes that I want.

Maybe I'm getting old.

I presume that the next Integra scooter would be a tamed version of X-adv. With the same chassis, 15 inch rear wheel and 21 litter storage space and possibly adjustable screen. I like the 17 inch front wheel and rear 15 inch doesn't effect your riding much. With acceptable storage space, DCT, good fuel economy, and Honda quality it should appeal to many European buyers. Actually, I suspect Honda had the new Integra idea first, then added X-adv later. For the market strategy they put the X-adv on the market fist and bring in the next Integra later as they can sell more bikes in total in this order. Let's see if my guess is right.

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