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|
|No. of Valves||4 per cylinder|
|Bore x Stroke (mm)||77 x 80|
|Max. Power Output||54.0 hp at 6,250rpm|
|Max. Torque||50.2 lb-ft at 4,750rpm|
|Oil Capacity||1.1 gallons|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||3.4 gallons|
|Fuel Consumption||64.7 mpg|
|ACG Output||420W @ 5,000rpm|
|Clutch Type||Wet multiplate Hydraulic Dual clutch (DCT)|
|Dimensions (LxWxH)||88.4 in. x 35.8 in. x 54.1 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|