By Ryan Adams Editor Score: 86.5%
2021 Honda ADV150
Editor Score: 86.5%
Adventure riding and adventure motorcycles are all the rage right now worldwide. While the idea of blending some of the off-road styling into scooters isn’t an entirely new idea, Honda has taken this approach to an entirely new level with the X-ADV, a 750cc Parallel Twin scooter with a dual-clutch transmission. Sadly, we won’t be seeing that model stateside any time soon thanks to US regulation of what constitutes a scooter versus a motorcycle (the X-ADV has too tall of a seat to be considered a scooter and without foot controls, it cannot be considered a motorcycle so…).
What we do have – available in dealers now – is the 2021 Honda ADV150. An adventure-styled PCX150 scooter that is more adventuresome in the looks department than in practice. At any rate, the ADV150 delivers fun around town performance with aggressive modern styling.
Well, why not? With the adventure market booming, it makes sense to throw some of that adventure styling onto an accessible worldwide model such as a 150cc scooter. The story of how the ADV150 came to fruition is a bit more interesting than simply why not, though. The concept came from an internal design competition among Honda’s global design offices. Ultimately, the Thai X-ADV themed concept won out and was put into production.
“I followed the image of X-ADV because I wanted to add tough and adventure elements,” says Kim, a manager at the Thai design studio. “In order to deliver a new lifestyle that will inspire the adventurous spirit of customers all over the world, we held a design competition in four countries, including Japan and Europe in addition to …read more