It was a long time since we were not so curious to get on a vehicle like this X-ADV. And going up – for once we can’t really say going down – you discover a natural driving position, which allows ample freedom of movement . The handlebar is the protagonist of the scene, because it is he who makes the difference with all the competitors, and immediately places the new Honda proposal more among motorcycles than scooters.

The saddle is a bit high, and despite the flare at the tip, touching the ground is not a natural operation if you do not exceed one meter and seventy-five. On the other hand, the balance, even at less than pedestrian speeds, is truly impressive: the mass is felt very little, and despite the significant wheelbase the maneuvers are quite successful. Only the less experienced will feel a little uncomfortable in the U-turns, but it takes very little to melt and become familiar.

While waiting to subject the X-ADV to the examination of the metropolis in an in-depth test, we can tell you that in urban centers, at low speeds, the Honda crossover performs very well. The DCT is perfect – here we use Drive mode, which we found perfectly tuned for disengaged use – and the wide travel suspension is starting to prove its worth. Slowing humps, manholes, even deep holes, do not break up the X-ADV in the least : the response of the fork is perfect, that of the mono a little more rigid, but the choice of a sustained calibration pays dividends in extra-urban use, as we will discover after.

Braking is powerful but not very prompt . You would expect more bite at the first touch on the right lever, while the command responds with progressiveness and sweetness. Excellent in the city and for the less experienced, therefore, also because by increasing the force on the lever the power actually jumps out; and, above all, we do not remember competitors who do much better.

When the road opens we move on to Sport mode, because the invitation to play that the X-ADV has been giving us for several minutes is impossible to decline. The twin-cylinder of the NC family offers the best from low revs, and can be exploited well with all three mappings of the Sport mode. To tell the truth, the third level, the most aggressive one, turns out to be almost excessive in insisting with the ratios, but, thanks to a decidedly more captivating exhaust tone than the NC and Integra sisters , you end up enjoying accelerations and downshifts as on much more noble bikes.

And if you really want to go up in gear, the “paddle” on the left block is just waiting to come to your aid. The more time and generations of the DCT pass, the more warmly we would like to recommend it : there is no situation in which it does not constitute an improvement compared to a traditional unit on means of a tourist or sport-touring nature.

The chassis of the new Honda fits perfectly: more stable than agile – a predictable feature given the technical data sheet – it rewards sports driving by making you go fast, even more than we realize, with a very low psychological commitment. Precise, impeccable in keeping the trajectory, it is only a bit tiring in the changes of direction , the only juncture in which mass and wheelbase shine through. On the other hand, on our damaged asphalts the X-ADV runs straight ahead, without giving any sign of embarrassment even in front of holes, dips or humps cheerfully faced in the bend.

We also ventured into a stretch of light off-road, where the X-ADV performed excellently. Bumps that would have destroyed other scooters have been digested smoothly – the fork collects well, and cannot be touched underneath unless you expect steps out of context for such a vehicle. But what impresses most is the control that X-ADV can express, completely out of the reach of the competition. And we are sure that with the adoption of dedicated platforms the situation can only improve.

In transfers the X-ADV reveals the only, very slight defect that we were able to find: some slight vibrations that filter into the platform area at high revs. Not much, and easily negligible in a really positive overall picture, also because, on the other hand, the aerodynamic protection is excellent. With the plexi set to the highest position, touring averages are held, leaving only the shoulders out of the aerodynamic pressure, except of course for basketball stature.

February 20, 2017 – Scooter or cross-country motorbike? We discover a truly breakthrough vehicle, very fun, versatile and refined in finishes, which creates a new segment. It is coming to the dealership for 11,490 dollars.

Let’s face it: the time has come to invent another term that takes the place of “crossover”, because contamination between segments is the order of the day. It is in fact inevitable to define the X-ADV in this way, a Honda proposal born from that City Adventure concept that had so excited us at EICMA 2015.

On closer inspection, however, it is a definition that is almost narrow to the new X-ADV: a vehicle born from the imagination of the Italian branch (it was conceived and designed entirely by the Honda R&D center in Rome, by the hand of the designer Maurizio Carbonara and the Planning Section Manager Daniele Lucchesi ), and capable of bridging three segments. Starting from the tried and tested, ingenious base of the NC platform, which in the Integra declination already represents a link between motorcycles and scooters, X-ADV goes to fish in yet another segment: that of road enduro, or rather of maxi-enduro crossovers, identifying itself as few other models with compact SUVs on the four-wheeler market. A kind oftwo-wheeled version of the same CR-V , if you like, but definitely more refined and prestigious. Above all, a truly breaking model, because such a proposal was not yet there. If it is true that Yamaha made a fortune with the BW’s of the late 80s (but it came a little later), it is equally indisputable that no one had yet had the courage and resources to create a vehicle that combined scooters and off-road vehicles at this level. , and with these performances .

A vehicle born almost by chance, because if it hadn’t been for the Greek slowness, perhaps the X-ADV would never have arrived. The idea of ​​this crossover – pass us the term, waiting for a neologism that better identifies the segment – actually came to Daniele Lucchesi on the occasion of a return to Ios. Having already been on the island almost twenty years earlier, riding an enduro, Daniele had discovered Manganari Beach, a semi-hidden beach that can only be reached via a dirt road that is not exactly trivial. On his return, with his girlfriend and rented scooters, Lucchesi wanted at all costs to return to visit the beach but … he had to surrender to the reduced potential of the vehicle. And since then, when he returned home, he began to think and reflect, until he found the classic squaring of the circle with this new proposal. Which must have identified several enthusiasts, given that, even in the face of many more prestigious and high-performance innovations, X-ADV was one of the most talked about vehicles of the last shows.

In short, it is certainly not strange that already with the concept, and then with the final version, X-ADV has raised quite a fuss, generating (predictable) discussions between detractors and admirers. What is certain is that X-ADV certainly does not leave you indifferent . In short, you can understand our curiosity in flying to Sardinia, in the spectacular Costa Smeralda theater, to touch the X-ADV for the first time .