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

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.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their HONDA X-ADV (2017-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your HONDA X-ADV (2017-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5

Honda X-ADV Owners Review

27 October 2017 by Steve L

Never owned anything that provides so much joy day in day out. The only reason for no 5th star is Honda's missed trick of using a belt final drive instead of a chain. Should be on all of their NC range. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Very comfortable around town with a brilliant adjustable screen for faster roads. Good quality running gear and great brakes make it feel modern and safe. Feels like a step forward compared to the current crop of scooters.
Engine
5 out of 5
I love the lazy power delivery of the NCs. If you're into high revving sports bikes you won't like it but as an everyday steed it's a perfect power delivery... smooth but with some character, punchy with very little effort, and frugal without even trying to be. The multi mode DCT gearbox is what attracted me to the NC range to begin with. It is brilliant on the X-ADV and really suits the use the bike will be put to. Much nicer to ride than a CVT scooter.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Early days for the X-ADV yet but the platform it's built on is bullet proof. The X-ADV looks and feels like a step up in quality compared to the other NCs.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Great on fuel. (80mpg with a not especially steady hand). Expensive to buy initially but it's a do-anything, go most places bike and makes you feel a bit special as it's such a rare sight on the road. Combine that with its premium feel and suddenly it's good value. Much more fun that the premium scooters, which are more expensive.
Equipment
5 out of 5
Nice all round standard spec but add Honda's heated grips (which are integrated into the dash display) and a rear rack/box (not Honda's standard 'adventure' style box... I've fitted a Givi rack with a 52 litre Maxia box) and you have what I think is the perfect all round bike... ride it every day of the year to work like a scooter, tour on it at sensible speeds like a conventional motor bike, and have fun at the weekends... it'll do everything but don't expect a track day bike if that's your thing. A belt drive instead of a chain would make it perfect for me and I've never come close to saying that about any bike previously.
Buying experience

Bought brand new on a PCP for the advertised price but with a £750 Honda contribution to the finance, which makes it almost 0% over 3 years. Added Honda heated grips, wind deflectors and fancy foot plates and later fitted the Givi rack to accommodate my Givi box, which is much better looking and performing than the standard square Honda box.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £9,599
Used price £8,400 to £9,600
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

None

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