Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India (HMSI) has filed a trademark for an interesting name tag, the X-ADV in India. Now, this is an interesting move by Honda which is starting to bring in good motorcycles to Indian soil.
Recently, HMSI introduced the BS6 version of the Honda CB300R with more power than before. It is priced quite aggressively to compete with other bikes like the KTM Duke 390 and BMW G310R. Now we hear more good news in the form of this trademark filing by HMSI for the name of X-ADV.
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The Honda X-ADV is already sold in international markets and is a pretty unique vehicle as frankly nobody would have thought such a vehicle need to exist. There are different types of crossovers we have seen before like sports tourers, adventure tourers, SuperMoto bikes etc., but this one is a crossover between a scooter and an adventure bike.
This adventure enabled maxi-scooter, has a 745cc parallel-twin engine at its heart. It is the same engine that powers the Honda NC750X adventure tourer. The engine spits out 59hp and 69Nm of power and torque figures respectively, and this is mated to a 6-speed semi-automatic dual-clutch transmission. It does not come with a clutch or gear shifter and the transmission is automatic. If you want manual control, then you will have to use the buttons on the handlebars for changing gears.
Assisting the scooter to go off-road is the wire-spoked 17-inch wheels at the front and 15-inch at the rear, which are shod with block-pattern tyres and almost 150mm of travel at both ends. The tech features are also loaded to the brim with keyless ignition, Bluetooth enabled 5-inch TFT display, five riding modes and three modes for the DCT alone.
Now, the filing of the name does not confirm that the product will be launched in India as it can be used for other purposes as well, and Honda has done that previously with the CRF300L, which is still not on sale in India. But, we would not totally disregard the option of Honda launching it because who in their wildest dreams had thought BMW would launch the C400GT in India? It may be an unconventional product especially for the Indian market who are still stuck on the mainstream category of bikes and are now opening up to new segments, but you know what they say, anything is possible.
What do you think about the Honda X-ADV and the concept of Adventure Scooter itself? Do you think India will need it especially considering the fact that our everyday Indian roads are one of the best off-road tracks that we can test these kinds of scooters on? I believe it might have a chance of even selling well if it comes with a 200-300cc engine with a little bit of fuel efficiency as well. Go ahead and let the comments pour in with your opinions.