Honda’s GTR Adventure appears as official Honda special at motorcycle show… hmmm…

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Whilst Eicma eyes were on the X-ADV adventure scooter (below) thing from Honda there has been something else happening in the ‘adventure scooter on stilts’ market elsewhere – and this bike also comes from Honda.

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It’s called the GTR Adventure. Originally first shown as a concept special made by Indian-based PTR Honda, the bike is based around a Supra GTR which is a scooter made for emerging markets but has some pretty decent performance.

Engine-wise the machine gets the same motor that you’d find in the CBR150R. The 149cc lump puts out 16bhp and is wrapped in a steel frame. Suspension front and back is jacked up to give 130mm of travel, the adventure-type styling, handguards and soft luggage all point to the more off-road type of riding – although to be fair, it’s never going to do much on the dirt with the front mudguard like that (you could just take it off…).

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But, and here’s the point, the bike which made it’s first public foray a few months ago, has just been shown on the Honda stand at the Indonesian motorcycle show. It’s common for Honda to punt out a few specials (and we’ve seen a few over the past couple of Indonesian shows) but for a single special like this to be a major part of the Honda stand is seen as significant in the asian market.

What do you reckon to this bike? Would you have a 16bhp step-thru Adventure bike with a rorty exhaust and tall riding position? The conventional gear change from the CBR is going to win a lot of love with the type of rider who might just be swayed into trying out something like this – and although we don’t have a wet weight figure for this bike we think that it’s got to be lighter than the encased X-ADV street scooter.

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Tony Carter

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