Although the idea of a scooter that would allow some off-road use is not new, the truth is that the few models that had tried it a couple of decades ago - such as the Piaggio Typhoon or the Yamaha Bw's - had gone commercially quite unnoticed, since which, in essence, reduced everything to mounting huge “balloon” tires that were impractical in the city.
Before and now the brands were fully aware that many of their light scooters, when the summer season arrived, were also used in housing estates and second homes where they were eventually used on short trips on dirt tracks.
That is why five years ago the industry set out to recover the idea but along a different path closer to the crossover concept that had worked so well in automobiles; This is from asphalt models adapted for this new use.
The first model to hit the market in this new stage was the Honda ADV 350 and its success was immediate, largely because its older sister - the 745 cc X-ADV, although Honda is reluctant to classify that model as a Maxiscooter - was already had done much of the work proving that a similar concept could work.
From there, options of all prices and displacements are now available. It is worth noting, however, three important points: firstly, that they tend to be a little more expensive than the road versions, since they are equipped with more protective elements and reinforced suspensions. Secondly, we must insist that when we talk about on-road-off-road dual use, we must always understand it as the possibility of driving on mountain tracks and unpaved pavements without going any further. And thirdly, all the scooters presented have mixed tires and those larger than 125 are also available in A2 version.