Honda continues to lead the pack in the adventure scooter segment with the X-ADV, a scooter which greatly remains unrivaled in the space it occupies in the market. For the past couple of years, Honda has taken the humble scooter, and tweaked it into a long distance touring machine which boasts pretty impressive off-road capabilities, all things considered. That being said, Honda has gone right ahead and updated the X-ADV for the 2021 model year, and we’re lucky to be getting it in the Philippine market.
The 2021 Honda X-ADV features quite an impressive array of updates. For starters, it comes with twin LED headlights which feature revised styling cues, and integrated daytime running lights with automatic daylight sensing functionality. All of the adventure scooter’s lights are now LED, and it even comes with an Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) feature for the tailight. Now, moving on to the bodywork, the new X-ADV features a revised seat which now comes with a narrower inseam. This makes it easier to straddle the scoot while keeping both feet on the ground, especially for shorter riders.
Upfront, the new Honda X-ADV has been fitted with a five-way adjustable windscreen which features a quick release knob making it easier for the rider to toggle the position of the windshield. Handguards, as well as a 2.5mm aluminum bash guard have been added for extra protection and durability in off-road situations. Moving on to the heart of the beast, the 2021 Honda X-ADV is equipped with a 745cc liquid cooled, parallel-twin engine featuring a single overhead cam and an 8-valve cylinder head. It pumps out a decent 57 hp and 69 Nm of torque making for a comfortable yet nimble ride on city streets, highways, and light off-road.
Power is transferred to the back wheel via a 6-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT), similar to that found on the Africa Twin adventure bike. The X-ADV now features revised gear ratios which makes it accelerate a tad quicker while sacrificing just a bit of top speed in the process. It also allows the rider to choose between fully automatic or manual modes with trigger shifters present on the left side of the handlebar. The 2021 Honda X-ADV is expected to begin deliveries soon, and comes with a sticker price of P830,000.