Thursday, November 17, 2016

2017 Honda X-ADV busts out at EICMA

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The Honda X-ADV, a scooter that wants to be a dirtbike. With its 750cc engine and high-tech DCT, it should also provide large doses of fun on the street though

Honda recently unveiled the production-spec X-ADV, a machine that doesn't know whether it's a scooter or an adventure-touring motorcycle but looks pretty good all the same. Designed at Honda's R&D centre in Rome, the Honda X-ADV is powered by a liquid-cooled SOHC 8-valve 745cc parallel-twin that produces 54bhp and 68Nm of torque, while delivery 28kpl in terms of fuel efficiency. The engine is mated to a dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT), which also has a 'Sports' mode.

"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," says Kenichi Misaki, Large Project Leader for the Honda X-ADV. And indeed, the scooter features useful bits like 21-litre underseat storage (that can take a full-face helmet), 5-way adjustable windscreen, all-LED lighting, CRF450 Rally-style instrument display, a 'smart' key for daily convenience and even a centrestand. The bike rides on 17-inch (front) and 15-inch (rear) wire-spoked wheels shod with 120/70 and 160/60 rubber, and given its dual-purpose intent, the X-ADV comes fitted with Africa Twin-style plastic hand guards and an aluminium bash plate that guards the machine's underbelly.

The X-ADV gets a tubular steel chassis and has a wheelbase of 1590mm, 162mm of ground clearance and 820mm seat height. Wet weight is 238kg. Suspension comprises of a 41mm cartridge-type inverted fork up front, which is adjustable for spring preload and rebound damping, and a preload-adjustable Pro-Link rear shock that operates an aluminium swingarm. Twin 310mm brake discs at front, with 4-piston radial-mount calipers, provide stopping power and ABS is standard. The DCT can also be operated in manual mode and 3-level sports mode optimises performance for even the most demanding of riders. With its 13.1-litre fuel tank, the X-ADV has a range of about 300km. This adventure scooter will be in Honda showrooms early next year and pricing will be announced closer to the launch.

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