Honda City Adventure Concept – An ADV Scooter?

11/16/2015 @ 11:47 am, by Jensen Beeler15 COMMENTS

City Adventure Concept

Now, I’m not one to talk when it comes to slapping knobby tires on an inappropriate street bike, and heading out to the dirt trails on it. But that being said, the Honda City Adventure concept takes the notion even farther than we could imagine.

For those times when you feel like getting your ADV on, but you know…with a scooter…the Honda City Adventure concept is there for you, and it debuted today at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy.

Honda seems to like blending different kinds of bikes in order to create new segments, we have seen this practice with a number of machines, and it has produced some interesting ideas.

The Honda City Adventure concept is equally interesting, though it seems like the answer to a question no one is asking. Maybe we are wrong though, and there are just thousands of scooter riders out there, eager to hit the trails on their feet-forward machines…

City Adventure Concept

City Adventure Concept

City Adventure Concept

City Adventure Concept

City Adventure Concept

Source: Honda

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  • Ryan Donahue

    Huh … ook, then.

    Two things come to mind; given the deplorable street conditions in many cities, this makes sense. And secondly, the market has been clamoring for a lighter ADV bike. Maybe this is it? (only half serious.)

  • Willis24

    Not sure it needs spoke wheels, but it seems to have everything else in the right place.

  • coreyvwc

    If you gave me one I would have an absolute blast on it. I can’t imagine ever buying one though.

  • RoRdr

    This is brilliant! Hope they bring it to market soon enough.

  • Campisi

    This has “Dirt Quake” written all over it.

  • JSTNCOL

    Chain driven… interesting.

  • Paul McM

    The tires would be useful in areas with dirt roads. Otherwise, as Beeler says, this may be “the answer to a question no one is asking”. I keep thinking what Honda could accomplish if it didn’t assign so many designers and engineers to weird projects (e.g. the NM4 Vultus). In any case, here are some high-heel hiking boots for ADV Scooter riders: http://www.getgorge.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/1.jpg

  • Jason

    Visit some countries where a Honda Cub is primary transportation and you will understand knobbies on a scooter. Lots of poorly maintained dirt roads and alleys.

  • paulus

    “Maybe we are wrong though, and there are just thousands of scooter riders out there, eager to hit the trails on their feet-forward machines…”
    Oh yes, there are. Most developing countries… where the brands make their actual money.
    Scooters with Knobblies are a staple part of the biking scene

  • Gorga Naibaho

    Yamaha did something similar, if at least in spirit, not actual engineering, by launching the X-Ride “tough scooter” in Indonesia. It is popular among the touring/light adventure crowd there.

  • Tim

    Honda actually never calls this a scooter. In their press release they call it a “new interpretation of the idea of motorcycling adventure.” It might be a motorcycle with a dual clutch transmission. If you look closely at the handlebars, you can see the DCT controls: gear down (-) button on the left and the D mode switch on the right. It’s probably a fun bike with a really low CG and probably decent power if it needs dual disc brakes up front.

  • AndrewF

    Many ADV bikes never go off road and this ADV scooter doesn’t have to,
    either. Given the sorry state of our streets, it will find plenty of
    challenge without ever leaving the city.
    I would be interested.

  • appliance5000

    Headlight area could use a bit more italjet, but this thing looks fun.

  • John

    Looks like a sophisticated version of Ruckus. Not as cool though.
    There may be sufficient demand to warrant production.

    Especially with the deteriorating state of road surface.

  • Joseph

    Would be really cool if this was a style exercise for a future NC750X.