Honda X-ADV set for 2017 launch

Paul Taylor
By Paul Taylor
platinum_paul ex-BikeSocial Production Editor turned freelancer. Worked in bike industry for 15 years, gets fatter and slower every year. Unhealthy obsession with Honda C90s, top boxes and small bikes.

Honda has confirmed that its quirky X-ADV concept bike, which was unveiled at last year's EICMA show in Milan, will enter production and go on sale next year.

The adventure scooter will be officially launched in November, again at Milan, but the final version is expected to be very similar to the 'City Adventure' concept that did the rounds at last year's shows.

No details have yet been announced regarding prices or technical specifications, but we're expecting the X-ADV to share the DCT semi-automatic 54bhp 745cc parallel-twin unit used to power the NC750 range, while the chassis is likely to feature high end components such as chunky upside down forks, radial caliper brakes and tubeless spoked wheels.

While ostensibly a feet forward scooter, the X-ADV crosses maxi-scooter practicality with a dash of Africa Twin styling. Prices have yet to be announced, although we'd expect them to be in the ballpark of the similarly powered NM4 Vultus, which retails at £9999.

That is not cheap by any standards, but we'd expect the  X-ADV to be a hit on the continent, where the maxi-scooter culture is strong. As reported by Bike Social in May, Honda is believed to have carried out most of its testing and market research in Italy which, combined with the official launch at the Milan show, gives an indication of where they feel sales are likely to be strongest.

Bike Social will be at the 2016 EICMA Show in Milan, where we'll bring you all the latest models from Honda and the other manufacturers as they are unveiled. 

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