As a scooter lover myself, my first test ride was an adventure in itself. I had the thrill of having to test this highly coveted model, the All-New Honda ADV160, along with a friendly bunch of moto vloggers at the Honda Safety Driving Center in Paranaque.
If its predecessor, ADV 150, was already the standard in urban ride adventure with its unique design and exemplary features, this latest model in the Honda ADV family has really pushed the excitement even further.
Well, I tried both models and experienced the difference between the two.
From its more sophisticated yet functional look, tires with dual purpose pattern, and upgraded features on all fronts, to the smoother and more comfortable ride for city driving or long touring, the All-new ADV160 is better, bigger, and a must-own for its introductory price of P164,000.
Here’s what got me hyped for the ADV160:
1. That Grunt
Let’s talk about the boosted engine displacement – 157cc, 4-Valve, Liquid-Cooled, eSP+ Engine that can deliver a maximum power of 11.8 kW @ 8,500 rpm and a top torque of 14.7 Nm @ 6,500 rpm. I thought I was riding an electric powerbike because of the smooth ride, due to the high-technology 4-valve mechanism and low friction technologies, and fuel efficiency.
2. Safety is a given
Worry no more about wet, slippery roads, the Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) works to balance the wheels’ rotation, preventing the rear tires from slipping. It has more stability and prevents wheel locking during sudden braking, thanks to the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Wavy Disc Brakes. For better handling, the wide tubeless tires made it handy.
Its Anti-Theft Alarm and Answer-Back System via the Honda Smart Key System make it easier for the owner to locate the motorcycle in a parking area. The Idling Stop System reduces fuel consumption as the vehicle comes to a stop for three seconds and then goes back to action with a simple throttle operation.
3. A brute headturner
The aesthetics have always been an important matter for a rider, not to mention that it’s a Honda brand. The “muscular” ADV160 was designed to captivate and make heads turn. Rugged-look, yet so smooth in performance. Then the functional windscreen with adjustable levels provides wind resistance depending on the kind of ride. The seat ride was made lower, and the ground clearance higher, making it safer and smoother on road curves.
The All-LED lighting system on headlights and brighter turn signals makes the night ride safer. Oh, and the “X” pattern of the LED taillight? It’s like a scene in futuristic movies. The future is now for ADV160 with its full-digital LCD meter panel and a more spacious luggage box.
The All-New ADV160 can now be yours in three color variants: Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic, Matte Solar Red Metallic, and Matte Pearl Crater White. Personally, the Black Metallic finish just adds more macho into what is already a manly everyday scooter.