What do you get when you want the comfort and ease of use of a scooter with the off-road capability and long distance capability of an adventure tourer? Honda has the answer for you in the form of the Honda X-ADV. This bike has been available in the world market for a number of years and is largely unmatched by other major motorcycle manufacturers.
Despite the recent popularity of maxi scooters, the Honda X-ADV has remained the only high-capacity, adventure-oriented scooter on the market. Even so, Honda has updated the X-ADV for the 2021 model year in the Asian market. This premium dual sport scooter makes its debut in Malaysia and features updates to the engine, chassis, as well as technical features and overall design. Let’s take a closer look at this all-round scooter imported to Malaysia by Boon Siew Honda.
It is still powered by a liquid-cooled 745cc parallel twin engine. This large, 57hp scooter is surprisingly a beginner-friendly option. Accessibility is further enhanced by the bike’s twist-and-go behavior, which a six-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) offers. Unlike the traditional CVT transmissions in scooters, which provide efficient, albeit elastic, band-like power transmission, a DCT reacts much more directly and feels more like a machine equipped with a manual transmission.
On the technical side, the new X-ADV is equipped with four driving modes, which consist of the modes Standard, Sport, Rain and Gravel. It even comes with a customizable user mode that lets you configure the bike’s sophisticated electronics to your liking. All of these functions can be accessed via the bike’s 5-inch full-color TFT display. Underneath all the sophisticated electronics, the X-ADV has a redesigned diamond frame that is slightly lighter than the previous model.
In terms of styling, the new X-ADV is characterized by a slightly sharper and slimmer body. New LED daytime running lights have been added to the front giving the bike a more aggressive look. A redesigned adjustable windshield has also been installed and offers numerous amenities, including a 1.2-liter glove compartment and a spacious 22-liter storage compartment under the seat with a USB charging port. In Malaysia, the new X-ADV costs RM 67,799 or the equivalent of USD 16,446.