Honda X-ADV: The Scooter That’s Not Afraid to Get Dirty


If you turn a Honda NC750X motorbike into a maxi-scooter and add wire wheels, a taller suspension, and tires that can be used for both motorcycle and scooter, you get something completely new: The Honda X-ADV is a one-of-a-kind maxi bike that can go off-road. The well-designed dual-clutch transmission on the Honda is another thing that makes it stand out. It is better than the CVT transmissions on all the other scooters on this list. The 745cc parallel twin engine makes 58 horsepower, and the bike’s weight of 520 pounds is about average. This is one of the more interesting maxi scooters because it has traction control, ABS, a TFT dash, great storage, and power modes.


  • Very stylish and up to date.
  • Honda’s DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) can go off-road.


  • It’s not the cheapest choice.
  • Because of its narrow appeal, it will only draw a few people.

The 2023 Honda X-ADV

  • Changes to models

The X-ADV is the first bike of its kind to combine the strengths of an adventure bike with the usefulness and comfort of a big scooter. It has a lot of features, such as Throttle By Wire management, 4 pre-set ride modes, and 3 levels of Honda Selectable Torque Control. The 22L storage space under the seat has a USB charger, and the glovebox makes things even easier. The twin LED headlights have daytime running lights, and the 5-inch TFT monitor lets you connect your smartphone to the Honda Smartphone Voice Control System.

Sharp, sporty new paint color for 23YM called Shasta White is sure to get people’s attention all over Europe.

What’s Inside

1. Beginning.

2. A look at the model.

3. Important things.

4. Details about the technology.


 1. Beginning

It doesn’t happen very often in the world of motorcycles that someone comes up with a new way to make a machine. But Honda is great at coming up with new ideas, and in 16YM they showed off the X-ADV, a totally new concept that no one saw coming.

The ideas that came together to make it happen? Think about what makes an average adventure-style motorbike great: it’s tough enough to go anywhere, the rider sits upright for great visibility, and it’s very useful for both work and play. Then look at the typical commuter. It could be a scooter or a motorcycle, but it will be easy to control, quick, and full of useful features like storage room, efficiency, and comfort. The forward-thinking experts at Honda put them together, and something amazing happened.

The machine they made looked like a tough, stylish SUV that would be right at home in the middle of a city. It had all the high-end features that make city life easy, and it also looked good, had a powerful engine, and had a frame that could make any ride feel like an adventure.

The X-ADV captured the spirit of two-wheeled freedom in a thrilling new form. It caught the attention of a huge number of riders across Europe who were looking for something new, and it has been a huge sales success. And to show how well it works off-road, Renato Zocchi, an experienced Italian racer, drove a lightly modified version to win in the tough 7,000 km 2019 Gibraltar Rally.

It hasn’t stopped either. Honda improved the X-ADV’s engine performance in 21YM. They also made it lighter, made it look better, and made it even more useful.

The X-ADV was Honda’s second-best-selling motorbike over 350cc in 2021. Only the fast-moving CB650R sold more.

Another sporty color choice for 23YM has been added to the X-ADV, making it even more of one of the coolest and most sought-after two-wheelers in Europe right now.

2. A look at the model

The parallel twin-cylinder engine has great low- to mid-range speed, is easy to drive, and uses very little gas. Up to 43.1kW of power and 69Nm of torque are possible at its peak. Throttle By Wire (TBW) has 4 basic rider modes and a custom USER mode. Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) has 3 levels of fine-tuned input. The Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) has auto-shifting schedules that work with the ride modes and what the user does.

A tough body is made up of an aluminum swingarm, 41mm USD front forks, and a rear mono shock with Pro-Link. The front wheels are 17 inches and the back wheels are 15 inches. The front brakes are two radial-mount four-piston calipers.

The frame has a rough, sharp edge, and the dual LED headlights have Daytime Running Lights (DRL), like the CRF1100L Africa Twin, which make the bike easier for other drivers to see. The shoulder area of the seat is carefully shaped so that it is easy to reach the ground. There is 22L of storage space under the seats, as well as a USB charge port and a useful glovebox. The Honda Smartphone Voice Control system is built into the TFT instrument panel.

  • The 23YM X-ADV will come in the following color choices:
  • Shasta White with Graphite Black Trim is brand new.
  • It’s Mat Ballistic Black Metallic and has new Graphite Black trim.
  • This car is Mat Iridium Gray Metallic and has new Graphite Black trim.
  • Pearl Deep Mud Gray with new black trim.

3. Important things

  • 3.1 The Engine

Gas pedal With by-wire control, a peak power of 43.1kW and 69Nm of torque, this car meets EURO5 standards and gets 3.6l/100km of gas mileage. An A2 license version is also available.

  • 3.2 seconds. At 60 km/h, the engine is only turning at 2,500rpm, but it has a lot of power.

For people with an A2 license, there is a 35kW version that can be quickly changed to the full power version by a Honda dealer at the right time. The full power version can also be limited to 35kW by having a Honda supplier remap the ECU.

  • 3.2 Electronics in the Engine

Throttle By Wire has 4 standard riding styles and lets the user make their own.
Honda’s Selectable Torque Control has three kinds of help.

There are 4 modes for the rider to choose from, which cover all riding situations, with TBW managing the engine’s feel and performance. Mode choosing is done by the switchgear on the left.

Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) gives you better control because it manages the torque sent to the back wheel by using TBW and 3 levels of input:

Level 1; is the least amount of help that is needed for some back wheel spin, like on gravel or dirt. It is less help than in the previous design.

Level 2; is the usual setting, and it gives you confidence when riding in most conditions.

Level 3; gives you the most control on roads that are wet or icy.

You can also turn HSTC off.

4. Details about the technology

For the X-ADV, you can get a full line of Honda Genuine Accessories, either one at a time or in packs to save time. Some of these are:

The Adventure Pack includes all the extras that make the X-ADV better off-road. It has the following items:

  • Fog lights on the front.
  • Side pipes in front.
  • Extensions for black knuckle guards.
  • Set the leg deflectors.
  • Riders take a step.

The Style Pack gives you extra style and extra safety. This pack comes with:

  • Floor boards.
  • Lever for parking.
  • Holder for handlebars.
  • The parking lever cover.
  • Covers on the side.

The Travel Pack adds to the X-ADV’s carrying ability and makes it more useful for long trips. It comes with the following accessories:

  1. 50L metal panel and smart top box.
  2. Panniers on the left (33L) and the right (26L).
  3. Inside the top box bag.
  4. Inner bags for panniers.
  5. Back case made of aluminum.
  6. Shoulder bag.
  7. The aluminum panel for the 50L top box.
  8. Grip heaters.
  9. Seat for the 50L top box



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