Scoot off-road: 745cc Honda X-ADV looks like any modern scooter

The 2018 Honda X-ADV has a split personality, allowing it to be ridden on roads and on light off-road terrain.
Be careful when riding up a slope or attempting to take a jump on the X-ADV. Without aftermarket footpegs which shift the rider's position rearwards, taking a jump could result in the windscreen hitting your chest.
Be careful when riding up a slope or attempting to take a jump on the X-ADV. Without aftermarket footpegs which shift the rider's position rearwards, taking a jump could result in the windscreen hitting your chest.ST PHOTOS: KELVIN CHNG
The Honda X-ADV has a 21-litre underseat storage space (above) as well as a dirtbike handlebar, a rally-style instrument panel, hand guards and a large windscreen, which is unusual for a scooter
The Honda X-ADV has a 21-litre underseat storage space (above) as well as a dirtbike handlebar, a rally-style instrument panel, hand guards and a large windscreen, which is unusual for a scooterST PHOTOS: KELVIN CHNG
The Honda X-ADV has a 21-litre underseat storage space as well as a dirtbike handlebar, a rally-style instrument panel, hand guards and a large windscreen, which is unusual for a scooter
The Honda X-ADV has a 21-litre underseat storage space as well as a dirtbike handlebar, a rally-style instrument panel, hand guards and a large windscreen, which is unusual for a scooterST PHOTOS: KELVIN CHNG

The Honda X-ADV has low- to mid-end grunt, an automatic gearbox and allows for a relaxed riding posture, making it ideal for daily urban commuting

From afar, the 745cc Honda X-ADV looks like any modern scooter. But get closer and you will spot things not commonly associated with scooters.

For example, it has upside-down forks, a bash plate, hand guards, rally-style exhaust and dirt bike handlebars. It is also chain-driven.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 29, 2018, with the headline 'Scoot off-road'. Print Edition | Subscribe