Those relentless sleuths at Motorcycle.com have uncovered another juicy tidbit: The Honda ADV150 has been approved by the California Air Resources Board for usage in that market.
Does this mean we’re finally going to get an adventure scooter in North America? Maybe even in Canada? It seems so. We’re still waiting for the Honda Super Cub and CT125 Trail Cub and XL-ADV, but maybe this could be the magic machine that makes it in.
Frankly, the scooter scene is looking worse and worse in our country all the time, as the Chinese supply has been greatly reduced, the Japanese seem to have lost interest, and the others (Kymco, etc.) are facing their own challenges due to restrictions in their home markets (emissions regs) or problems here with importation. The ADV150 could be the encouraging kick in the pants that the scene needs.
Unveiled mid-year 2019, the ADV150 is basically an adventurized take on the PCX150. Styling is similar to the XL-ADV, and it’s got a bit more ground clearance than the average step-through. It should be a fairly practical choice for many riders in developing countries, where scooters are taken everywhere.