Honda's Adventure Scooter Is Coming For 2017, Start Petitioning For A U.S. Version

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Remember that knobby tired adventure scooter concept we showed you from Honda last month? A surprising number of you agreed with us that the want to ride was reeeeal strong with this one - and it looks like now you’ll get your chance.

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Illustration for article titled Hondas Adventure Scooter Is Coming For 2017, Start Petitioning For A U.S. Version

Honda Europe has now filed for trademark patents for the “ADV” name, as was seen badged on the City Adventure concept during EICMA. While the idea of an adventure scooter is new, the ADV isn’t actually all that far of a stretch for Honda.

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It will use the 745 cc motor and DCT engine from the NC750 range, likely with technology borrowed from the DCT in the new Africa Twin (review coming soon!). It’s also the same platform they’ve used as the basis for Europe’s Integra scooter.

As of now, it looks like the ADV will only be released in Europe because, well because they’re the only people who actually appreciate scooters. But, this might be just the thing we need to get over our machismo and realize that scooters are freaking awesome.

Photos: Honda

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Maybe I’m missing something, but I don’t see much evidence of scooters taking off in the states. Certainly not here in Los Angeles where one would think the weather, lack of parking, legendary traffic and look-at-me culture would result in hordes of scootered Angelinos happily buzzing all over the city as if it were Barcelona. (Now that’s a scooter city!) I’m just spitballing’ here without any scooter sales data, but my anecdotal evidence of seeing very few scooters on the streets says they aren’t making much of a dent in the personal transportation market. Motorcycles, however, are more and more plentiful. I ride one daily and I’ve noticed a big increase of bikes on the road in the last five years. Perhaps the price points for scooters and motorcycles are so close. Case in point, my wife’s Vespa in 2014 was close to $6,500.... That’s decent entry level/used moto money.