We're currently on our way to Sardinia, where we'll be riding Honda's unique adventure scooter, the X-ADV.
The scoot is to be built as an off-road capable machine that Honda say “combines the spirit of adventure with all-round performance, practicality and comfort for urban commuting and weekend escapes.”
The X-ADV certainly looks the part, with chunky bodywork, a large adjustable screen, wire-spoked wheels, handguards taken straight from the Africa Twin and an upswept exhaust. Under the rugged exterior is the 745cc parallel twin engine used in the NC range of bikes, producing 53bhp and capable of 79mpg according to Honda.
This of course means the X-ADV comes with Honda's Cual Clutch Transmission (DCT) as standard, which automatically takes care of gear changes in both D and S mode, while MT mode allows gears to be selected manually via buttons on the handlebar. The system is available as an option on the Africa Twin, and has been proven to work well off-road.
An elevated stance thanks to long travel suspension, seat height of 820mm and 15 inch rear and 17 inch front wheels set the X-ADV apart from pure road scooters, while there's 21 litres of space under the seat for your sandwiches. Weight is 238kg.
The big sticking point over the X-ADV may well prove to be the price. At £9,599 it's firmly in the territory of much more accomplished adventure bikes, such as the BMW F800GS Adventure and Suzuki V-Strom 1000.
We'll be riding the big scoot tomorrow, so be sure to check back for our initial thoughts.
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