Fancy a Honda X-ADV scooter (especially after seeing its recent win at the Gibraltar Rally), but can’t swing the price tag? Nae fear, matey, save your pennies and buy the new Honda ADV 150 instead!
There’s only one catch: The word on the street is that it’s only going to be available in Indonesia …
The Honda ADV 150 was unveiled at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show this month, and is intended to tap into the same ideas as the X-ADV, but at a much more modest price point. Instead of the massive parallel twin motor of the X-ADV, it gets a simple single-cylinder SOHC four-stroke engine, supposedly pumping out 14.7 hp and 11 lb-ft of torque. Definitely not the rubber-shredding power that the jaded big-bore ADV biker dreams of, but also definitely in line with other step-throughs in that market, most likely sharing common parts with other Honda scooters.
What else do you get? Buyers can choose from either a combined braking system, or ABS. There’s a 14-inch front wheel, with a 13-inch wheel in rear. The ADV 150 has cast rims, not spoked wheels, so flats will be easy to fix, but you’ll have to worry about dinging the rims on rocks if you’re riding hard on a bad road.
Chances are you won’t be bombing aggressively down single-track, though. The engine just isn’t made to scream along at rally speeds in the dirt, and the suspension won’t handle it either, despite those trick-looking rear shocks with piggyback reservoirs. And of course, the belt drive won’t hold up to aggressive dirt riding either, most likely, as a rock in the wrong place will most likely mean the end of your final drive.
None of it will likely be a problem for US customers, as it’s hard to imagine this scoot ever being sold there. Chances are the rumors of Indonesia-only sales are bogus, and this machine will see release across Asian markets, and maybe Europe as well. Keep an eye on the show circuit later this year for more news on that front.