Honda to un­leash mad 750 ad­ven­ture scooter

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week -

When Honda showed the City Ad­ven­ture con­cept bike at last year’s EICMA show in Mi­lan few peo­ple took it se­ri­ously. A cross be­tween a big scooter and an ad­ven­ture bike, Honda re­fused to re­veal any tech­ni­cal de­tails of the bike, which closer in­spec­tion re­vealed to be based on the 745cc par­al­lel-twin engine and tubu­lar steel frame of the NC750 range.

But in the months since the un­veil­ing it’s be­come in­creas­ingly clear that the con­cept was ac­tu­ally a lightly dis­guised pre-pro­duc­tion ma­chine, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of other odd­ball, genre-bust­ing Hon­das like the DN-01 and Vul­tus.

Honda con­firmed the bike will be ar­riv­ing soon with an on­line teaser video show­ing glimpses of the pro­duc­tion ver­sion rid­ing on city streets and dirt roads. It prom­ises more in­for­ma­tion on Au­gust 30, but MCN can bring you the most per­ti­nent de­tails al­ready.

The above im­ages are from Honda’s de­sign patent for the new bike and re­veal how the pro­duc­tion ver­sion will look. Over­all it’s very close to the con­cept but gains a restyled ex­haust pipe, screen and hand guards. Un­sur­pris­ingly there are also higher spec com­po­nents fit­ted, like ra­dial brake calipers.

In Fe­bru­ary this year Honda ap­plied for the trade­marks ‘X-ADV’ and ‘Honda X-ADV’ and both were ac­cepted and granted in June, sug­gest­ing this will be the bike’s fi­nal name.

Given its NC750 roots, the bike’s per­for­mance will be sim­i­lar to the NC750X, with 54bhp and a weight of around 220kg.

‘The con­cept was ac­tu­ally a dis­guised pre-pro­duc­tion ma­chine’

New plans show Honda’s twisted ad­ven­ture scoot is pro­duc­tion-ready

Patent draw­ings show how the pro­duc­tion X-ADV scooter will look

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.