Honda Announces New X-ADV – First Look: Check this out. Honda has created a new category of motorcycles—adventure scooters. At the EICMA show, Honda took the covers off its all-new X-ADV. Actually, Honda does not use the word scooter at all in describing the X-ADV, nor does it put it under its scooter category; instead, it gets its own category: X-ADV. So, don’t call it a scooter like we just did.
Honda Announces New X-ADV – First Look
Honda says: “The X-ADV mixes SUV style and off-road appeal with a tough chassis, long-travel suspension, four-piston radial-mount brakes and strong performance from its 745cc twin-cylinder engine driving through Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT).”
Honda goes on to say: “It will be fully at home navigating the urban sprawl and will be loaded with all of the premium features that enable easy life in the big city. And it’ll have the engine power and chassis ability to inject every ride with the promise of adventure.”
Mr. Kenichi Misaki, Large Project Leader for the X-ADV, said “Our development concept for the X-ADV was simple: ‘Go Have Fun!’ and we wanted to create a motorcycle that comes with an adventurous spirit as standard fitment. We also knew we needed the X-ADV to be truly usable as a tool to move around the city, and be full of utility and user-friendly features. And come the weekend it can be used to escape all of the daily routine, in a unique and uplifting new style.”
The X-ADV is powered by a 745cc, liquid-cooled SOHC 8-valve parallel twin-cylinder engine and utilizes Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission, like what is offered in the Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin. Honda claims peak power is 40.3kW @ 6,250 rpm with maximum torque of 68Nm @ 4,750 rpm.
The engine is fed by a single 36mm throttle body and PGM-FI system.
The engine is housed in a tubular steel frame with 62.5 inches wheelbase. Wheel travel is six inches up front and 5.9 inches in the rear. Seat height is 32.3 inches, and claimed wet weight is 524 pounds.
The 41mm cartridge-type fork offers spring preload and rebound adjustability; the rear, just spring preload.
The bike rolls on 17-inch (rear) and 15-inch (front) spoked wheels.
The bike also features an adjustable windscreen, LED lighting, twin headlights and a large CRF450 Rally-style instrument display. Hand guards are fitted to protect the rider’s hands from the elements, as does skid plate that protects the bike’s underbelly.
The 21-liter under-the-seat luggage space accepts a full-face helmet and is illuminated with an integral LED. The X-ADV also uses a Smart Key.
Fuel capacity is three gallons, and Honda claims that will get you approximately 185 miles.
Honda has not announced pricing, or if the bike will be available in the U.S.
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