2017 Honda X-ADV Scooter Preview

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Here’s an oddball two-wheeler that no one had asked for yet many are liking, Honda’s X-ADV scooter. Using the 745cc parallel-Twin with a dual-clutch transmission from the NC700/750 series, the X combines scooter ease of use with splashes of adventure-bike ruggedness.

Motorcycle elements for this burly scooter include long-travel suspension with a 41mm inverted fork, a 17-inch wire-spoke front wheel with radial-mount four-piston calipers, adjustable windscreen and aluminum bash plate. The only thing squelching our enthusiasm for the X-ADV is that it hasn’t yet been confirmed to be imported to the U.S.

A year ago at EICMA, Honda debuted its intriguing City Adventure concept, combining an adventure-bike design with a scooter platform. Today, Honda officially presented the final production version in the 2017 X-ADV. At the moment, the X-ADV has only been announced for Europe and it’s not likely to be brought over to the U.S.

The X-ADV is powered by a 745cc parallel-Twin with a dual-clutch transmission inherited from the NC700/750 series. Honda claims a peak output of 54.0 hp at 6250 rpm, while maximum torque of 50.2 lb-ft. is reached at 4750 rpm.

Rather than using the same frame as the NC series, Honda developed a new tubular-steel chassis to create room for 5.5 gallons of underseat storage space. The 41mm upside-down fork offers spring preload and rebound damping adjustment along with 6.0 inches of travel, while the preload-adjustable Pro-Link rear shock offers 5.9 inches of travel.

Up front, the X-ADV runs on a 17-inch wheel while a 15-inch wheel spins at the back. Both use stainless steel rust-resistant spokes and come wrapped in chunky-looking block-pattern tires. Radial-mount four-piston calipers stop the dual 310mm front rotors, while ABS comes standard as per Euro 4 requirements.

Other features include a five-position adjustable windscreen, all-LED lighting, a CRF450 Rally-style instrument cluster, Africa Twin-style hand guards, and a shot-peened aluminum bash plate.

The 2017 Honda X-ADV will be offered in four color options. Digital Silver Metallic and Matt Bullet Silver are the standard colors, but Honda will also offer a Pearl Glare White with the Africa Twin’s tricolor scheme and a CRF-inspired Victory Red.

2017 Honda X-Adv
Engine Type Liquid-cooled, L2, SOHC
Displacement 745cc
No. of Valves 4 per cylinder
Bore x Stroke (mm) 77 x 80
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Max. Power Output 54.0 hp at 6,250rpm
Max. Torque 50.2 lb-ft at 4,750rpm
Oil Capacity 1.1 gallons
Carburation PGM-FI
Fuel Tank Capacity 3.4 gallons
Fuel Consumption 64.7 mpg
Starter Electric
Battery Capacity 12V-11.2AH
ACG Output 420W @ 5,000rpm
Clutch Type Wet multiplate Hydraulic Dual clutch (DCT)
Transmission Type 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
Type Steel Diamond
Dimensions (LxWxH) 88.4 in. x 35.8 in. x 54.1 in.
Wheelbase 62.6 in.
Caster Angle 27°
Trail 4.1 in.
Seat Height 32.2 in.
Ground Clearance 6.4 in.
Kerb Weight 524.7 pounds
Turning radius 9.2 ft
Front Suspension 41mm upside-down fork with spring preload and rebound damping adjustment
Rear Suspension Prolink with rear shock preload adjustment
Front wheel 17 inch
Rear wheel 15 inch
Front Tire 120/70 R17
Rear Tire 160/60 R15
Front Brakes Dual four-piston calipers with 310mm discs
ABS System Type 2 Channel
Instruments Digital
Headlight LED
Taillight LED

(motorcycle.com, https://goo.gl/om5t0l)

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