HONDA X-ADV (2017-on) Review

Published: 08 May 2017

Honda's X-ADV scooter is in a class of one

HONDA X-ADV  (2017-on)

Honda's X-ADV scooter is in a class of one

  • At a glance
  • 745cc  -  53 bhp
  • Medium seat height (820mm)
  • New: £9,599

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The X-ADV is still a scooter, but thanks to the higher stance and Honda's DCT system it offers a dynamic and fun ride that other maxi-scooters can only dream of. It's engaging to ride and will handle light off-road work should you fancy it. The biggest stumbling block is the price. At £9,599 it's firmly in the territory of 'proper' adventure bikes such as the BMW F800GS and Suzuki V-Strom, although in reality Honda's X-ADV is a very different proposition to any adventure bike.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Despite the weighing 238kg the scooter handles well with neutral, balanced handling characteristics making light work of fast cornering. In fact, the X-ADV was incredibly easy to ride through the tight and twisty mountain roads of Sardinia. Just sit back, get comfy and the X-ADV will go where you want it to - at no point do you have to wrestle it or put all your weight through a footboard to get it to turn. The tall stance of the X-ADV also meant there were no ground clearance issues, so you can really hustle through the corners. The suspension copes well with all but the harshest of bumps, and the brakes are strong and progressive.

Engine 4 out of 5

The X-ADV is based on Honda's Integra, using the same 745cc parallel twin engine also found in the NC series. As a result the X-ADV produces 53bhp and uses Honda's Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) system. There are two modes; Drive and Sport. Drive offers smooth predictable, power while Sport mode sharpens the throttle response and holds gears longer before changing up. On top of these two modes you can also select gears manually using two buttons on the left handlebar. You can do this with the bike in automatic or manual mode, although in manual mode I found myself constantly hitting the rev limiter due to the X-ADV's short rev range. It felt much more natural to keep the bike in automatic mode and prod the gear change buttons whenever I felt necessary. The engine doesn't blow you away, but it offers brisk acceleration and is fun to fire out of corners.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

Honda has a legendary reputation for reliability and the NC-range of engines are incredibly under-stressed, so we can't imagine there'll be any reliability issues with the X-ADV.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

At just shy of £10,000 there's no getting away from the fact that the X-ADV is an expensive piece of kit, but it's no more expensive than the maxi-scooter competition, and it's got an extra layer of fun compared to most of them.

Equipment 3 out of 5

ABS is standard, but there's no traction control on the X-ADV. The screen is adjustable, although tricky to operate on the move. You can just about fit a full face helmet under the seat, and the handguards will be a welcome addition in winter, plus they look cool. The huge dash is easy to read and provides plenty of information.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £9,599
Used price -
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 53 bhp
Max torque 50 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
Specification
Engine size 745cc
Engine type liquid-cooled 8V parallel twin
Frame type Steel diamond
Fuel capacity 13.1 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 238kg
Front suspension -
Rear suspension Prolink with rear shock preload adjustment
Front brake -
Rear brake -
Front tyre size 120/70 R17
Rear tyre size 160/60 R15

History & Versions

Model history

2017: Model introduced

Other versions

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