Honda X-ADV moto scooter patented in Africa – Could launch in 2019
The two wheeler is equipped with a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The Honda X-ADV is neither your average maxi scooter nor your average adventure tourer but it’s an equal blend of both. The polarizing two wheeler has been patented by the manufacturer in Africa suggesting that it could go on sale here in the foreseeable future.
HMSI is no stranger to making bold experiments in the market. While the Navi brought in a fresh flavor in the entry-level segment, the X-ADV would do the same albeit at the other end of the price spectrum.
The moto-scooter is powered by a 745 cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled engine which is paired to Honda’s six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Designed to be as comfortable as a maxi scooter and as capable as an adventure tourer, the X-ADV has a rather modest 54 PS of power and 68 Nm of torque.
The transmission offers Drive and Sport modes in addition to handlebar-mounted manual gear shift buttons. The equipment list includes adjustable windscreen, full LED headlamps, huge seats, fully digital multi-function dashboard, spoke wheels, dual purpose tyres, underseat storage, etc.
Based on a steel chassis, the Honda X-ADV sits on inverted telescopic front fork and Pro-Link monoshock rear suspension both of which offer long travel. Braking is courtesy of 296 mm 4-piston caliper disc at the front and 240 mm single piston caliper disc at the rear (both from Nissin). Of course, dual-channel ABS comes as standard fitment.
The Honda X-ADV is an eccentric offering which has a love it or hate it appeal to it. Given that Africa’s premium two wheeler market is matured than it was a few years ago, it would be interesting to see how the prospective customers in this segment would react to such an idiosyncratic moto-scooter.