Honda, Yamaha maxi scooters face off at Milan Motorcycle Show

Adventure versus touring
by Aris Ilagan | Nov 18, 2016

As the battle for supremacy among premium scooters intensifes in the global market, Honda Motor Company Limited unveiled its 2017 Honda X-ADV scooter before a huge crowd of motorcycle fanatics at the 2016 Milan Motorcycle Show.

Considered Honda’s first ever adventure scooter, the X-ADV is powered by a 745cc parallel-twin engine matched with smooth-shifting dual-clutch technology. It is the same engine fitted to the Honda NC750X compact adventure bike.

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Designed for a high-riding position, the X-ADV floats on an upside down fork with long suspension travel in front, and rear mono shock absorbers that provide high ground clearance. It rolls on a pair of semi-knobby tires for better traction on tarmac and off-road conditions.

To protect the rider from harmful elements and provide good aerodynamics, the X-ADV has a standard five-stage adjustable windscreen. The first batch of Honda X-ADV scooters are scheduled to be released for the European market in the coming months.

Meanwhile, Yamaha unleashed its own TMAX maxi scooter also at the Italian motor show. Its newly designed front cowl, exhaust pipe, taillight and wide seat give the 2017 TMAX a meaner stance than its predecessor. Its new lightweight aluminum chassis provides better handling and agility, both in traffic and highway riding. Aside from these, the underseat compartment of the 2017 TMAX can accommodate two demi jet (open face) helmets.

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The new TMAX, which measures 2,200mm in length and 1,475mm in height, is powered by a 530cc engine that churns 45hp at 6,750rpm and 53Nm. Weighing around 213kg, the 2017 TMAX offers a seat height of 800mm.

However, there’s still uncertainty if the new Honda X-ADV and 2017 Yamaha TMAX will be made available in the Philippine market soon, although the previous TMAX models are now selling like hotcakes in the country.

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