Honda‘s City Adventure scooter appears headed for production, with a camouflaged prototype recently spotted undergoing road testing. A video published by Italian site Omnimoto.it shows a prototype that very closely resembles the concept model that debuted at EICMA.
Despite the camouflage, we can see the concept’s lines and a similar swingarm design in the test mule. Like the original City Adventure concept, the test bike has spoked wheels, long travel suspension and a upswept exhaust to fit the “ADV” mold but the tires are noticeably more “City” than the semi-knobby rubbers on the concept. The test bike also has a more vertical windscreen, larger handguards and a different tail design
The scooter shares the same platform as the Honda Integra and the NC-series, using the same forward-tilted 745cc parallel-Twin engine and dual-clutch transmission.
As for the bike’s name, the City Adventure features several labels that read “ADV.” Honda also filed a trademark application last November, around the time of EICMA, for the name “ADV” suggesting it as a possible name for the production model. However, “ADV” has become a fairly common term in the industry for adventure-styled motorcycles and Europe’s trademark office may rule the name to be too generic to be trademarked (you don’t see any sportbikes out there called “Sportbike”, do you?). Last week, Honda filed new trademark applications for “X-ADV” and “Honda X-ADV” which are more likely to pass muster.
We expect to see the final production version at EICMA this fall as a 2017 model. Given Honda’s product-planning strategy for the Integra and other NC models, there’s a good chance the X-ADV will be a Europe-only model.