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THE FACTS O 54bhp 238kg O Seat height 820mm

Honda have a his­tory of build­ing in­sane scoot­ers that an­swer a ques­tion noone asked – and fol­low­ing the DN-01 and NM4 Vul­tus comes the X-ADV.

Con­ceived by Honda’s de­sign team in Italy, the X-ADV has an el­e­vated stance that Honda say gives it an ‘off-road ready at­ti­tude’. We can’t wait to try it away from the tar­mac, though its 17in front and 15in rear wheels aren’t likely to make light work of tough ter­rain.

Un­der that tall 820mm seat is 21 litres of stor­age ca­pac­ity, and with the bars set at 910mm it’s go­ing to feel like a weird en­duro/scooter rid­ing po­si­tion. The X-ADV also has a five-way ad­justable screen, ta­pered alu­minium han­dle­bar, Africa Twin hand­guards, a Rally-style in­stru­ment dis­play and a cen­tre­stand. A Smart Key means you can leave the elec­tronic fob in your pocket, and just jump on and ride.

At the end of the long-travel sus­pen­sion are spoked rims and du­alpur­pose tyres, and twin ra­dial-mount four-pis­ton calipers at the front.

Honda’s Dual Clutch Trans­mis­sion (DCT) is stan­dard, with two fully au­to­matic modes and a man­ual set­ting. All this makes the most of the Nc-de­rived 745cc par­al­lel-twin en­gine, which Honda claim will re­turn 79mpg if you’re rid­ing like a saint.

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