2017 Honda X-ADV Crossover Scooter Revealed (w/ Video)


When is a scooter really a motorcycle? When is a motorcycle really a scooter? Does it ever matter? Those are some of the questions Honda is trying to answer with this, all-new, segment-busting two wheeler. It’s the 2017 Honda X-ADV “crossover” bike, and- if you’ll allow the subjective, editorial commentary- it looks amazing.

The initial promo video for the 2017 Honda X-ADV shows the bike’s owner, an architect named Marco, claiming “every road is my road”. It then cuts to the X-ADV doing some light off-road duty in (what looks like) a local park. It’s kind of a silly video, since no one is going to mistake the X-ADV for a knobby-tired KLX650 or anything. Still, it speaks to the kind of wannabe ultra-cool, hipster douche young urban professional that Honda’s marketing team thinks/hopes will line up to buy this bike in the same way people lined up to buy Honda’s last mega-hit, the diminutive Grom 125.

On the “it’s a motorcycle” side of things, the Honda X-ADV can boast serious, big-boy suspension and braking bits, along with a chain drive, a 6-speed transmission, and a big, 745 cc engine. On the “it’s a scooter” side, the bike has a leg shield, a feet-forward riding position, a big, under-seat storage area, and a transmission that is largely shiftless (although the Vespa aficionados out there might argue that shifting is a critical element of authentic scootering). Regardless of where the X-ADV eventually lands on your personal bike/scooter line, however, Honda’s engineering department has certainly seen to it that the X-ADV will be up to just about any task you or “Marco” will throw at it.

Check out the official specs- along with a pretty comprehensive collection of relevant photos- below. Then, let us know what you think of Honda’s latest crossover bike in the comments section at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!


2017 Honda X-ADV Crossover Scooter | Gallery


2017 Honda X-ADV Crossover Scooter | Specs

Type Liquid-cooled, L2, SOHC
Engine Displacement (cm³) 745cc
No. of Valves per Cylinder 4
Bore ´ Stroke (mm) 77 x 80
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Max. Power Output 54 Horsepower (40.3kW) @ 6,250 rpm
Max. Torque 50 ftl/lb (68Nm) @ 4,750 rpm
Oil Capacity 4.1L
Fuel Injection PGM-FI
Fuel Tank Capacity 3.46 Gallons (13.1L)
Fuel Consumption 65 MPG (27.5km/l)
Starter Electric
Battery Capacity 12V-11.2AH
ACG Output 420W @ 5,000rpm
Clutch Type Wet multiplate Hydraulic / Wet multiplate Hydraulic Dual clutch (DCT)
Transmission Type 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
Type Steel Diamond
Dimensions (LxWxH) 2245x910x1375
Wheelbase 1,590 mm
Caster Angle 27°
Trail 104 mm
Seat Height 32.3 inches / 820 mm
Ground Clearance 162 mm
Kerb Weight 524 lbs. / 238 kg
Turning radius 2.8m
Type Front Adjustment
Type Rear Prolink with Rear Shock Preload adjustment
Rim Size Front 17 inch
Rim Size Rear 15 inch
Tires Front 120/70 R17
Tires Rear 160/60 R15
ABS System Type 2 Channel
Instruments Digital
Headlight LED
Taillight LED


Source | Images: Honda, via Honda Pro Kevin.

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  • I sort of like the idea of that.

    But I really do not like that engine, at all. It is basically half of a Honda Jazz engine, complete with the car-like ultra-low red-line and all of the dynamics of a wet weekend in Bournemouth.

    I had a short ride on an NC750X and I hated it. The problem is that when you use the throttle in anything approaching anger, it starts to feel reasonably lively and you feel like you are approaching the power band, then boom, you hit the rev limiter, every single time.

    Want to overtake something at 70mph on the dual carriageway – twist throttle, nothing happens, drop down a couple of cogs in frustration, try again, boom, rev limiter.

    Want to rip away from the lights to stay out of trouble, no problem for the fist 80ft, then you run out of 1st and you are into 2nd at 30mph, 3rd at 60 etc. For reference most big (600 or more) bikes are capable of 60-80mph in 1st.

    It is a massively frustrating engine.

    Perhaps it will be OK in a scooter where perhaps triple-digit overtakes are never going to be on the agenda, but I somehow doubt it.

    • I felt exactly the same way on the NC. The only thing I can say is that, on that day, I was coming off a Buell, and the powerband was no better there … just more TQ on the low end.

      • Imagine how I felt going from a 1050cc Triumph to an NC….. ugh..

        • 900-ish cc on the Buel … from a Triumph? I can’t imagine. #brohugs

  • Thank you to the author for the shout out and link. Much appreciated!

    Glad I clicked over and read the article too as this this line had me cracking up!

    “Still, it speaks to the kind of wannabe ultra-cool, hipster douche young urban professional that Honda’s marketing team thinks/hopes will line up to buy this bike in the same way people lined up to buy Honda’s last mega-hit, the diminutive Grom 125.”