The red sofa – Honda ADV 350 test – Auto-Motor

The handlebars are particularly wide, like the X-ADV, the hand protectors offer a reassuring sight, and you can see clearly in the mirrors. Although there is only one brake disc at the front and a two-piston Nissin caliper – of course with ABS – the braking effect cannot be criticized, the equipment works efficiently and with little force

I was looking forward to meeting the ADV, because I had pleasant experiences with one of its ancestors, the X-ADV, and the 330 cm3 block was familiar from the SH 350. Of course, the X-ADV is in a different category with its 750 engine, and the SH is a typical city scooter. So let’s see how the combination of the two turned out. The appearance is fine, the color (Matte Carnelian Red Metallic) is very fine, the chassis looks solid, the (inverted) front fork would also fit a larger engine, and there are two progressive spring elements with separate gas tanks at the back. The suspension is primarily designed for city roads (although there are bad road surfaces here as well…), but it is suitable for country roads as well. The only thing about the spring elements is that they are all Showa products. Do you have any other questions?

A significant number of motorcyclists do not like stepless belt transmission. I am not one of them. There is a category where this is the best solution. And that’s exactly what we’re talking about right now. Here it works so that the engine speed is below 4000 only when it is ticking at idle speed. The 4,000 current swings to the smallest throttle, and in normal use, in the city, it does not exceed five thousand. There is no need for it, because the coordination of the engine and the power transmission is so good that it accelerates briskly when starting off, and the slightest movement of the gas grip is the answer to immediate acceleration while driving. Do you need better than this? And the torque regulator is very useful when starting off, because the iron has such a starting torque that without electronics the wheel can tend to overspin and slip. It is no coincidence that after switching off the ignition, when switching it on again, the strongest control level takes effect. By the way, it has three switching positions, off (not recommended), moderate torque reduction and maximum reduction (of course this applies to coasting). The intervention is quick and effective, perhaps too much so. In this case, the acceleration is significantly reduced for a few seconds – for safety. Caution! The torque control does not work with the engine brake! You have to be careful with the throttle on slippery roads.

On the center stage – because it is

The “T” written in the ring on the display is the torque regulator sign. If there is a full circle around it, then it is most effective. If it’s only a half circle, then it’s good to be careful, and if there is no circle, switch back quickly! By the way, the display has the most necessary data, supplemented by two types of daily counters, which, among other things, also calculate and display the average consumption of the given section. It is very useful to indicate the oil change and service due every 12,000 km or annually by displaying a discreet “OIL CHANGE” or a small wrench in the lower right corner.

This is how it looks in the evening, the “Honda wings” are clearly visible. This would be the dimmed light: the light spread and light intensity would be fine, the only problem is that it was not properly adjusted. It was very tall, so it blinds the oncoming traffic. That’s why I couldn’t even appreciate the high beam, because it illuminated the crowns of the trees. The matter can be easily remedied, but there was no time for another evening test

Don’t think that this vehicle can only be used in the city. Far from it! It easily knows the speed between 90 and 130 km/h, the maximum is somewhere around 150, and on the highway, among the trucks, I didn’t feel at the bottom of the food chain, in fact. Even on the long climbs, he ran cheerfully uphill, it didn’t seem like he was losing much strength – within the given limits, of course. Only the test consumption was a bit high, of course I examined this in the light of the fact that before the CB500X consumed less than this. It’s true that sitting on the ADV I enjoyed the dynamics of the continuously variable transmission and pulled for it. On country roads, of course, the engine speed was already in the higher regions. So, on normal weekdays, this consumption can easily be less.


The fuel filler opening, above it is the ignition switch, in the middle position of which the fuel filler and the seat can be opened electrically (FUEL and SEAT). You don’t need to take the key out of your pocket to start the engine, nor to open the seat or fill up the gas, you feel that the key is close and everything works. There is otherwise ample space under the folded seat, even for two (smaller) helmets, there is a separate compartment for tools on the side of the packing area, and there is even an adjustable partition

And now let’s look at the good features typical of scooters, first of all, protection against wind and weather. It’s basically good, although the small windshield doesn’t completely divert the wind, but it moderates it significantly. Protection of the feet against mud and wind is good. Then the packing area. I think it’s important to have some space on the bike for smaller things – well, here it is! At first glance, there is room for two crash helmets under the folded seat, but the helmet for my large head could not be hidden here, I could not close the seat… The seat is big enough for two people, and the space for the rear box was prepared. You don’t even need to take out the key to open the factory box, it can be integrated into the engine’s “keyless go” system.

The windshield in the high position, naturally with a venturi window. It can be fixed at four heights, without tools. Honda adds an alarm to the ADV at the base price, which is very commendable. The sound is tolerable, not intrusive, and the chimney is large enough

There are a few buttons on the left handlebar, which you can use to navigate the menu. Here you can call up the daily counter, the consumption on the given road section – and these can be stored in two memories, so you can collect two data packages – the distance you can still travel with the petrol in the tank, the temperature of the surrounding air (between -10 and + 50 C°) and current battery voltage. You can’t do more than that, and it’s not even worth it… There is almost nothing on the right side, but it doesn’t need to be there. Throttle, start button, stop, done.

the design – that is, the format plan
protection against the weather
a dinamika
engine and transmission alignment
the comfort
the brightness of the LED lighting
storage space under the seat
hazard warning lights during emergency braking (for ABS braking above 50 km/h)

the space under the seat is not big enough for my helmet (or my head is too big…)

Who do I recommend it to? Anyone who runs mainly in the city, but sometimes needs to go to the next town. Even with a passenger. The engine performance is also suitable for this.

the old biker
Pictures: PappLaci and Papp Geri

Bore × stroke: 77 x 70.8 mm
Mixture formation: PGM-FI electronic fuel injector
Compression ratio: 10.5:1
CO2 emissions: 79 g/km
Total stroke volume: 330 cm3
Engine type: Liquid-cooled, four-stroke SOHC control, single cylinder; meets the requirements of the Euro 5 standard
Power 21.5 kW @ 7500 rpm
Torque 31.5 Nm @ 5250 rpm
Oil volume 1.8 liters
Start: Electric

Wheels, brakes, chassis:
ABS system: 2 channels
Front brake: 256 mm diameter disc
Rear brake: 240 mm diameter disc
Front suspension: Inverted (downtube is at the bottom)
Rear suspension: Double wishbone
Front tire: 120/70-15MC 56P
Rear tire: 140/70-14MC 62P

Dimensions and weight:
Battery type and capacity: 12V 9.1 Ah
Fork angle: 26.5°
Dimensions (LxWxH) 2200 x 895 x 1295 mm
Chassis type: Steel tubular frame with bottom guide
Gas tank capacity: 11.7 liters
Gasoline consumption: 3.4 l/100 km
Ground clearance: 145 mm
Weight ready to go: 186 kg
Seat height: 795 mm
Overrun: 89 mm
Wheelbase: 1520 mm

Clutch structure: Automatic, flyweight, dry
Final transmission: V-belt
Transmission type: CVT
Instruments and electronics:
Instruments: LCD instrument cluster with the following functions: fuel level, two trip counters, clock, Honda SMART Key indicator
Rear light: LED
Connection: USB connector (5 V 3 A)
Automatic Hazard Flasher
Security system: Honda Smart Key
Headlight: LED
Service cycle: 12,000 km or one year, replacement of the power transmission belt at 24,000 km (the cost of replacing the belt is approx. HUF 20,000 – at 2021 prices)

Test consumption: 3.8 l/100 km
List price of the tested model: HUF 2,289,000
With rear box: HUF 2,449,000
The length of the test ride was 361 km, thanks to Honda Hungary

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