It was 2016 when Honda first released its X-ADV scooter in Europe.  The new scoot was part “adventure” motorcycle wrapped in an all-new “SUV style” bodywork.  It was a bit of a surprise at the time, but the X-ADV sales were brisk.  Even more interesting is that the X-ADV ranks second (through Sept 2021) in Europe’s “on-off” category.

ADV350 scooter

The 2022 Honda ADV 350 scooter.

So now, Honda says it’s time for the X-ADV’s DNA to come to the mid-capacity scooter market.  The new ADV350 takes its design from what Honda says is the “New Urban Adventure.”  It “mixes the sophistication and practicality of a polished scooter with rugged SUV style.”  The ADV350 is a fresh model that Honda says will appeal to a broad demographic, especially younger riders.

Frame

The new scooter features a lightweight tubular steel frame.   The bike’s wheelbase is fixed at 1520 mm with a rake of 26.5 degrees and 89 mm trail.

ADV350 Engine

Inside the frame is a 330 cc enhanced Smart Power+ (eSP+) SOHC four valve engine.  It produces a claimed 21.5 kW (~29 hp) @ 7,500 rpm and 31.9 Nm (23 lb-ft) of torque @ 5,250 rpm.

ADV350 powertrain

The ADV350’s powertrain.

The ADV350’s engine also has Honda’s two-level Honda Selectable Torque Control (HTSC).  HTSC monitors the front and rear wheel speeds, calculates the slip ratio, and controls torque output using the engine’s fuel injection to regain rear wheel traction.  The HTSC system is rider switchable.

Range

The engine meets EURO5 standards and represents a 40% decrease in total hydrocarbon emissions compared to the previous standard.  With these better emissions, fuel economy is 30 km/l (~70 mpg).  Combined with the scooter’s 11.5-liter tank capacity, the ADV350 offers a potential range of 340+ km (~210 miles).

Suspension

A 37 mm upside-down fork with 125 mm (~4.9 inches) of stroke handles the bumps at the front.  At the rear, twin remote reservoir rear shocks use progressive dual-rate springs for a “variety of road surfaces and when two up.”  They provide 130 mm (~5.1 inches) of travel and are mated to a one-piece aluminum swingarm.

Braking

For stopping power, there are disc brakes at the front and rear.  Up front is a single 2-piston Nissin caliper clamping on a 256 mm disc.  At the rear, you’ll find a single 1-piston Nissin caliper grasping a single 240 mm disc, complete with 2-channel ABS.

The braking setup uses Honda’s Emergency Stop Signal technology.  In a hard stop situation, the system will flash the scooter’s turn signals (and will self-cancel them) to alert road users behind.

Wheelset

Honda says that the ADV350’s wheels are new.  They are cast aluminum and are finished in black.  Wheel sizes are 15-inch up front and 14-inch at the rear and use an X-shaped 6-spoke criss-cross pattern.  Tires sizes are 120/70-15 at the front and 140/70-14 at the rear.  Honda says the block-pattern tubeless tires offer a supple ride thanks to wide tread width and ample air volume.

Storage

As for day-to-day usefulness, the scooter has an under-seat compartment that Honda claims has room for two full-face helmets.  In addition, the glovebox also has a USB C-type socket.

smart key top box

Honda says that the underseat storage will accommodate two full-face helmets, as will the optional top box.

Electronics

There’s also an LCD dash that integrates into the Honda Smartphone Voice Control System.  Adding to convenience is Honda’s Smart Key.  It can control the scooter’s main ignition switch knob and seat lock while still in the rider’s pocket.  The Smart Key can also manage the ADV350’s optional top box.  Finally, the Honda Smart Key has an “answer back” switch that will flash the scooter’s indicators to help a rider find the bike in large parking lots.

cockpit display

The view from the ADV350’s cockpit.

All up, the scoot has a wet weight of 186 kg (about 410 pounds).

Color options

The ADV350 is available in three color options.  You can choose from “Spangle Silver Metallic,” “Mat Carbonium Gray Metallic,” and “Mat Carnelian Red Metallic.”  In other words, you can choose from silver, gray, and red.

Pricing for the 2022 Honda ADV350 has not yet been announced.  There’s also no word on whether the scooter will come to North America.

Honda ADV350 specs:

ENGINE  
Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke, 4 valve SOHC single; Euro 5 compliant
Displacement 330cc
Bore & Stroke 77mm x 70.8mm
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Max. Power Output 21.5 kW @ 7,500 rpm
Max. Torque 31.5 Nm @ 5,250 rpm
Noise Level (dB) Lurban 76.9db / Lwot 81.9db
Oil Capacity 1.8 L
FUEL SYSTEM  
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Fuel Tank Capacity 11.7L
CO2 Emissions WMTC

 

79g/km

 

Fuel Consumption 29.4km/L
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM  
Starter Electric
Battery Capacity 12V-8.6 AH
DRIVETRAIN  
Clutch Type Automatic centrifugal clutch; dry type
Transmission Type CVT
Final Drive V-Belt
FRAME  
Type Steel underbone
CHASSIS  
Dimensions (L x W x H) 2200mm x 895mm x 1430mm
Wheelbase 1,520mm
Caster Angle / Fork Angle 26.5°
Trail 89mm
Seat Height 795mm
Ground Clearance 145mm
Kerb Weight 186kg
SUSPENSION  
Type Front 37mm Upside down forks – 125mm stroke
Type Rear Twin Shock – 130mm travel
WHEELS  
Type Front 15-inch six-spoke cast aluminum
Type Rear 14-inch six-spoke cast aluminum
Rim Size Front 3.5in
Rim Size Rear 4.0in
Tires Front 120/70-15MC 56P
Tyres Rear 140/70-14MC 62P
BRAKES  
ABS System Type 2-channel ABS
Type Front Single, 2 piston Nissin caliper. Single 256mm disc
Type Rear Single 1 piston Nissin caliper. Single 240mm disc
INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS  
Instruments Full LCD, clock, two trip meters, fuel consumption gauge, Honda SMART Key indicator.
Security System Immobilizer
Headlight LED
Taillight LED
Connectivity Yes
USB Yes
Cruise Control No
Additional Features HSTC (Honda Selectable Torque Control) and ESS (Emergency Stop Signals)

 

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