When Honda introduces the world’s first adventure scooter on August 30th, what they’re tentatively calling the X-ADV, it’ll be an affirmation that the best adventure vehicle is the one you’ve got—even if it happens to be a scooter. Especially if it happens to be a scooter.
Honda’s X-ADV will be a scooter with a longer suspension, dual-sport tires, a digital screen, and the same comfy step-through design as, say, a well-ridden Vespa PX200. Some say it looks like a “beefed-up Honda Integra (no, not the car).” Others say it will feature a 745cc parallel-twin engine, one shared with other adventured-minded bikes like the not-for-America NC750X. More Doom-Bringer than Scooty-Puff Jr, then. Why not tramp over a fire trail on the way to Shake Shack? Why not navigate your average city’s cobblestones and manhole covers in rugged comfort?
Last year, Honda teased something they called the City Adventure Concept: a knife-edged, scowl-eyed scoot-scoot on knobby tires that looked like it could combine the tantalizing lure of riding to Africa on your way past your nearest Starbucks and the practicality of stashing a helmet under your seat. (In 2013, Yamaha teased an even more aggressive-looking adventure scooter in Thailand, complete with brown digital camouflage, which never went into production.)