2021 Honda ADV150 Review – First Ride

by | Aug 6, 2020 | Honda, motoGP News

2021 Honda ADV150

Editor Score: 86.5%

Engine 18.0/20
Suspension/Handling 13.5/15
Transmission/Clutch 9.0/10
Brakes 7.0/10
Instruments/Controls 4.0/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 9.0/10
Appearance/Quality 8.5/10
Desirability 9.0/10
Value 8.5/10
Overall Score 86.5/100

Adventure riding and adventure motorcycles are all the rage right now worldwide. While the idea of blending some of the off-road styling into scooters isn’t an entirely new idea, Honda has taken this approach to an entirely new level with the X-ADV, a 750cc Parallel Twin scooter with a dual-clutch transmission. Sadly, we won’t be seeing that model stateside any time soon thanks to US regulation of what constitutes a scooter versus a motorcycle (the X-ADV has too tall of a seat to be considered a scooter and without foot controls, it cannot be considered a motorcycle so…).

What we do have – available in dealers now – is the 2021 Honda ADV150. An adventure-styled PCX150 scooter that is more adventuresome in the looks department than in practice. At any rate, the ADV150 delivers fun around town performance with aggressive modern styling.


2021 Honda ADV150 Review

Well, why not? With the adventure market booming, it makes sense to throw some of that adventure styling onto an accessible worldwide model such as a 150cc scooter. The story of how the ADV150 came to fruition is a bit more interesting than simply why not, though. The concept came from an internal design competition among Honda’s global design offices. Ultimately, the Thai X-ADV themed concept won out and was put into production. 

“I followed the image of X-ADV because I wanted to add tough and adventure elements,” says Kim, a manager at the Thai design studio. “In order to deliver a new lifestyle that will inspire the adventurous spirit of customers all over the world, we held a design competition in four countries, including Japan and Europe in addition to Thailand and Indonesia, and the Thai design proposal was adopted.”

2021 Honda ADV150 Review

The 2021 Honda ADV150 will do it in the dirt.

Although the ADV150 looks the part of its X-ADV and Africa Twin family members, the machine is little more than a restyled PCX150 – a scoot John B recently lauded as “too much fun.” Aside from styling, the ADV150 differs from the existing PCX with longer travel Showa suspension; just over five inches up front and 4.7 in the rear. A slightly larger single 240mm disc with ABS slows the front wheel while a drum brake without ABS works the rear. The ADV150 uses Honda’s smart fob system:

 “Honda’s Smart Key system, the scooter’s main knob is automatically activated as the owner approaches, and the engine can be started without inserting the key. (An on/off switch prevents a third party from using the scooter even when the owner is in the vicinity.) The system incorporates an “answer-back” switch that flashes the turn signals to help the owner locate the scooter, as well as an anti-theft mechanism whereby the handlebar remains locked when an attempt is made to start the scooter by force. The fuel lid and seat are unlocked via a rocker switch adjacent to the main knob.”

2021 Honda ADV150 Review

The two-position adjustable windscreen did a great job of keeping wind off of my chest without causing any wind-buffeting on my helmet at its highest point, and allowed cooling airflow in the lower position.

All LED lighting gives a premium look that accents the angular styling nicely, elevating the look of the ADV150 into modernity. This new Honda scooter is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise dated market. Styling from most scooter manufacturers hasn’t been updated for some time. Its large LCD screen also provides plenty of information. 

Adventure in practice

2021 Honda ADV150 Review

Honda says the ADV150 is, “A lightweight, compact scooter with adventure-ready features, a crossover model that embraces Honda’s ‘City Adventure’ concept and is positioned for both daily commuting and recreation.” And it’s not trying to be anything more. The styling, the extra suspension travel, the ADV moniker, they’ll do little more than the preceding PCX when the pavement runs out. That’s not to say it’s not a blast – like most scooters are – to rip around on.

The 149cc Single with its automatic V-matic belt-drive tranny has enough oomph around town and was capable of easily cruising at 55 mph during our ride. On flat ground 65 mph wasn’t out of reach and downhill, whilst fully tucked, the speedo flashed between 67 and 68. The LCD screen indicated an average of 79 mpg on my scoot, while other testers came in slightly above and below that number during our ride (which was spent at full throttle whenever possible). That number, considering the 2.1-gallon fuel tank, should allow for a 166(ish)-mile range. 

2021 Honda ADV150 Review

Short wheelbases make for flickable machines.

As a scooter should be, the ADV150 is nimble enough to dice its way through traffic while also delivering a fun ride through the odd twisty bit of tarmac. I like the dirtbike-esque tapered handlebar which adds to the off-road disposition. The ADV150’s brakes won’t be setting the world on fire, but they do get the machine stopped, just keep in mind ABS is only on the front wheel.

2021 Honda ADV150 Review

Stay charged while on the go.

Storage is available at the dash on the left where you have a 12-volt charger as well as under the seat. Alas, the ADV scooter couldn’t fit my ADV helmet in the underseat storage. I suspect it will fit only the smallest full-face helmets, though most three-quarter and half-helmets shouldn’t be an issue. 

2021 Honda ADV150 Review

As mature as we’ve shown ourselves to be here at MO, visions of adventurous grandeur played itself out in my head as we wrapped up our day’s ride. What kind of adventure are these things really capable of? Sure, they’re amply equipped for daily use in cities around the world, but if we’re careful, and keep the airtime minimal, how far could we venture? I’ll be back; I’ve got to call Troy. Stay tuned!

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2021 Honda ADV150
+ Highs

  • It has looks to inspire adventure
  • Will do 65 mph
  • Long overdue modern styling in the scooter segment
– Sighs

  • $600 more than the scooter it’s based on
  • Underseat storage won’t fit most full-face helmets
  • In reality, it’s not much more adventurous than the PCX

In Gear

2021 Honda ADV150 Review
Helmet: KLIM Krios $500
Jacket: REV’IT! Offtrack $400
Jeans: Pando Moto  $335
Gloves: REV’IT! Sand 3 $120
Boots: Dainese Axial D1 $530


2021 Honda ADV150 Specifications
MSRP $4,299
Engine Type 149cc liquid-cooled 80° single-cylinder four-stroke
Valve Train OHC; two valves
Bore x Stroke 57.3 mm x 57.9 mm
Compression Ratio 10.6:1
Induction Fuel injection; 26 mm throttle body
Ignition Full transistorized
Starter Electric
Transmission V-Matic
Clutch Automatic centrifugal dry type
Final Drive Belt
Front Suspension 31mm Showa telescopic fork; 5.12 in. travel
Rear Suspension Twin Showa shocks; 4.72 in. travel
Front Brakes Single hydraulic caliper w/ 240 mm disc
Rear Brakes Mechanical w/ single 130 mm drum
Front Tires 110/80-14
Rear Tires 130/70-13
Rake (Caster Angle) 26°30′
Trail 3.4 inches
Length 76.8 inches
Width 30.0 inches
Height 45.4 inches
Seat Height 31.3 inches
Ground Clearance 6.5 inches
Wheelbase 52.1 in.
Fuel Capacity 2.1 gallons
Curb Weight 294 pounds (claimed)
Color Matte Black Metallic


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