A new scooter takes its place in the Honda range. The ADV350 mixes the tough adventure style of its X-ADV sibling with a rugged chassis spec. that includes tubular steel frame, 37mm USD forks and remote reservoir rear shocks. Its 330cc engine produces a healthy 21.5kW and 31.5Nm, with rear wheel grip managed by HSTC. The screen is height adjustable, there’s room for two full-face helmets under the seat and a USB Type-C socket in the glovebox. An LCD dash integrates the Honda Smartphone Voice Control system, while Smart Key operation adds day-to-day riding convenience.
From £5,699.00 OTR
With its tough stance the ADV350 already stands out from the homogenous crowd, and rugged angles and block colours promote the off-road look. The X-ADV is an obvious style benchmark, but so too is the CRF series of off-road performance machines.
Practicality has not been forgotten: there’s room for two full-face helmets under the seat, USB charger in the glovebox and convenience of Smart Key operation. The screen is height-adjustable and the LCD dash also integrates the Honda Smartphone Voice Control system.
The adventurous styling shows off the ADV350’s front end; the riding position offers natural control and the chassis – which includes 37mm USD forks, tubular steel frame and remote reservoir rear shocks – tuned to deliver agile steering, feedback and feel. Lightweight 15-inch front/14-inch rear wheels wear 120/70-15 front and 140/70-14 rear block-pattern tubeless tyres, allowing the ADV350 ample grip across all conditions. A 256mm single disc is matched to a 240mm rear.
There’s plenty of acceleration on tap, for urban and highway use. A 330cc, enhanced Smart Power+ (eSP+) SOHC four-valve engine delivers peak power of 21.6kW and 31.9Nm torque. Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) and Emergency Stop Signals are standard.
The ADV350’s styling gives more than a slight taste of adventure. Dual LED headlights (all lighting is LED) are set high above the front wheel, with the fairing sides cut out to show off the USD forks. Further accentuating the off-road feel, the painted panels are set high on blacked-out lower and rear seat cowl, giving an impression of the higher centre of gravity of machines like the X-ADV and competition-specification CRF450R.
A host of detail features are found around the ADV350 to add genuine versatility. The screen adjusts easily with a slide-lock mechanism through 2 stages and 133mm travel. In the high position airflow is controlled to wrap around the shoulders to reduce fatigue during longer, higher speed journeys. For city environments – where some cooling air is often appreciated, as is open visibility – the low position is perfect.
As a scooter designed to handle the rough-road rigours of the city – and even light off-road conditions – the ADV350’s chassis is built to be confidence-inspiring. A lightweight tubular steel frame provides core strength; wheelbase is set at 1520mm, with rake of 26.5° and 89mm trail. Wet weight is 186kg.
Motorcycle-style 37mm USD forks (with 125mm stroke) are clamped by motorcycle-style top and bottom yokes, increasing rigidity for the entire front end. Twin remote reservoir shock absorbers use progressive, dual rate springs and offer excellent suspension reaction on a variety of road surfaces, and when two-up. With 130mm travel, they work a one-piece aluminium swingarm.
The ADV350’s 330cc, enhanced Smart Power+ (eSP+) SOHC four-valve engine achieves both high environmental performance and strong output characteristic – for use in and out of the city – through comprehensive adoption of low-friction technology.
Peak power of 21.5kW @ 7,500rpm is matched to 31.5Nm torque @ 5,250rpm. Bore and stroke are set at 77mm x 70.7mm, with compression ratio of 10.5:1. A roller-type rocker arm, plain journal crank bearings and sealed crankcases deliver long-term reliability together with strong performance. To enhance piston cooling, an oil jet, as used on the CRF450R, sprays oil right to the back of the piston, advancing ignition timing and improving combustion performance. Oil capacity is 1.8 litres.
|Engine Type||Liquid-cooled 4-stroke, 4 valve SOHC single; Euro 5 compliant|
|Max Power Output||21.5 kW @ 7,500 rpm|
|Max Torque||31.5 Nm @ 5,250 rpm|
|Bore x Stroke (mm)||77mm x 70.8mm|
|Front Brake||Single, 2 piston Nissin caliper. Single 256mm disc|
|Rear Brake||Single 1 piston Nissin caliper. Single 240mm disc|
|Front Suspension||37mm Upside down forks - 125mm stroke|
|Rear Suspension||Twin Shock - 130mm travel|
|Front Wheel||15 inch six spoke cast aluminium (120/70-15MC 56P)|
|Rear Wheel||14 inch six spoke cast aluminium (140/70-14MC 62P)|
|Dimensions||2200mm x 895mm x 1430mm|
|Frame Type||Steel underbone|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||11.7L|
|Clutch||Automatic centrifugal clutch; dry type|