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The 2024 Honda ADV160 Is An Offbeat Scooter You Can Take On Trails And On The Highway

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Adventure bikes are a popular category of motorcycle. An adventure bike is a wonderful way to get around regardless if you’re traveling across the country by highway or fire road. But what if you’re a scooter person? Well, frequently weird Honda has just the thing with its new 2024 Honda ADV160. Honda has already given America an adventure scooter with the ADV150, but this one is better. This new all-terrain scoot has more power, even more butch styling, and oh yeah, if you’re a bit nutty, this one is highway-legal.

Scooters are an underrated form of two-wheel enjoyment. They’re stylish, nimble, and so easy to ride. In my experience, they’re tons of fun, too. In 2019, I took a 1986 Honda Elite 150D on an off-road adventure at the Illinois Gambler 500.

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Off-roading a scooter is a different kind of motorcycle experience. You’d think the little things would be terrible, but my Honda got through mud and sand that stopped what should have been far more capable cars. My scooter even rode its way through a flooded trail without skipping a beat. It was a blast and I want to do it again soon.

Clearly, I’m not the only one who likes beating up scooters in the dirt because Honda will sell you a scooter with that purpose in mind.

How Does A Factory Adventure Scooter Come To Be?

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Honda’s adventure scooters were the result of a winning design from Thailand. As the story goes, Honda had an internal global design competition between teams in Japan, Europe, Thailand, and Indonesia. The design goal was to create Team Red’s next product. The Thai team won with its X-ADV design. Out of the other end came the 2017 X-ADV (below), a large adventure scooter with a 750cc engine and a DCT.

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Sadly, America didn’t get that beast. Instead, on April 1, 2020, we got the ADV150, a Honda PCX-like scooter dressed up like an adventure bike. Yes, Honda chose April first for a real debut! This machine first made its debut in 2019 in Asia.

The ADV150 is more than a scooter with some new plastic. Honda gave the little scooter more suspension travel and a rigid motorcycle-like duplex-cradle steel-tube frame. And that suspension is pretty cute. You got 5.1 inches of travel up front thanks to a Showa telescopic form and 4 inches in the rear with Showa twin shocks featuring remote reservoirs.

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Power in the ADV150 (above) came from a 149cc single making 14.8 HP and 9.4 lb-ft torque. This is notable because in many states, we’ll just give California as an example, two-wheelers with fewer than 150 cubes on tap are not allowed on the highway. Honda advertised a top speed of 73 mph, but a realistic top speed is closer to the high-60 mph range. Obviously, the ADV150 isn’t a touring machine.

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But! Being able to access a highway is still advantageous for a scooter rider in a city. In cities like Chicago and Los Angeles, the highways often move at far slower than 60 mph, so a scooter rider can hop on a highway and ride with traffic to get to a local exit.

Well, that’s how it could work in theory, because the ADV150 was just a touch too small for something like that. Honda’s latest version of its adventure scooter fixes that.

What’s New With The 2024 Honda ADV160

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This scooter has been rumored to be headed our way. It was announced last July for Asian markets, but there wasn’t any chatter from Honda about us here in North America. The folks of Motorcycle.com did some digging and got the next best thing to confirmation of the scooter’s American arrival. Motorcycle.com found that the EPA has certified the ADV160 and other models like a redesigned 2024 Honda Grom.

If you go to American Honda’s powersports website, you’ll find the cute scoot right there. So, it’s here and looks ready for a pint-sized adventure!

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The biggest change with the ADV160 from its predecessor is under the plastic. It’s now powered by a 157cc single making 16 HP and 9.8 lb-ft torque. That powers the rear wheel through a CVT belt drive. The extra 1.2 ponies and 0.4 lb-ft probably won’t make a huge difference to your top speed. The important thing here is you now will be able to scoot down the highway. Again, I don’t expect someone to tour on one of these but maybe scoot from one local exit to another.

The other notable change is in its styling and dashboard, which get a minor update for 2024. You also get a higher adjustable windscreen. In terms of technology, the scooter comes with a few gadgets. There’s two-channel ABS and switchable traction control. A 240mm disc mounted to the 14-inch front wheel stops the 294-pound scooter. A 131mm drum attached to the 13-inch rear wheel assists in stopping.

As for how its predecessor off-roads, check out this video from Zack Courts at RevZilla:

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To save you time from watching the video, yes, it’ll definitely go off-road. Honestly, you can take any scooter off-road just like I did. People in developing countries ride normal scooters through all kinds of rough stuff and probably not while wearing substantial riding gear. Courts concludes that the ADV150 is not a real adventure bike, but it’s also not just a styling exercise. It really does have some ADV chops and the enhanced suspension travel might even make it a better scooter on the road than Honda’s PCX scooter.

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Since the ADV160 is the same machine with a new face and a slightly larger engine, I would expect similar performance. That’s to say that it should be a heck of a fun time to ride. It even has 27 liters of storage, perfect to stow a helmet or some groceries.

Barring dealership markup shenanigans, the 2024 Honda ADV160 scooter can be yours for $4,499 plus a $400 destination charge and a $100 freight surcharge. Honda says the first spicy scoots will hit dealerships in July. This is another one I’d love to swing a leg over and maybe take down a fire road!

(Photos: Honda, unless otherwise noted.)

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Frederick Tanujaya
Frederick Tanujaya
11 months ago

This is also used as a touring bike over here in indonesia, and the 160cc engine made it to the smaller scooter, the Vario, such a hoot to ride a 125cc scooter with a 160 instead!

Myk El
Myk El
11 months ago

Aren’t all bikes adventure bikes in some way, really?

Seriously, though I was looking at something along those lines before my job went full remote. Would have been super nice to take that to the light rail station and taken a train that would have dropped me off around 1/4 mile from the office.

Alan Christensen
Alan Christensen
11 months ago

I live in a rural part of the US where once you turn off a highway you’re likely to be on unpaved roads. This is truck country. So something like an ADV scooter for quick errands is a handy and economical alternative to firing up the super duty 4×4. Maybe Honda should offer a selection of matte dirt colors so you can get a less citified version.

Jason Mason
Jason Mason
11 months ago

You can probably get it wrapped in duck blind camo or in other colors pretty inexpensively!

Alan Christensen
Alan Christensen
11 months ago

Too bad the engine/transmission/etc doesn’t allow for the traditional scooter step-through frame.

SageWestyTulsa
SageWestyTulsa
11 months ago

The real question is where to score the spoked wheel/tire setup as seen on the X-ADV. Completely transforms the look.

MrLM002
MrLM002
11 months ago

Honestly the only Honda motorcycles that interest me are the ones with carbs, cable brakes, and kick starters.

MrLM002
MrLM002
11 months ago
Reply to  MrLM002

And air cooling! I can’t believe I forgot to type that in comment above as well.

B3n
B3n
11 months ago

I’m happy Honda is offering this, along with the PCX. Great bikes for an urban environment, maybe a couple of exits on the interstate.
But the ADV 350 would be a much better fit for high-speed US highways, while still not as large and heavy as the 700 is.
The midsize 3-400cc scooter market could use a few more models.

BolognaBurrito
BolognaBurrito
11 months ago

I’d like more offerings in the 200-400 size. While the 160 is highway capable, it certainly would make me question any long stretches on the highway. A ~200+ would likely be able to comfortably cruise at 70+ without much fuss and hit maybe 80. Not that I want to go 80, but the 150 maxing out below 70 doesn’t exactly extoll confidence.

The Xmax has me interested… though, it’s had me interested for years now and I still haven’t pulled the trigger.

No Kids, Just Bikes
No Kids, Just Bikes
11 months ago
Reply to  B3n

Highway speeds on scooter-sized wheels seems a little twitchy to me.

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