Honda X-ADV (ADV750) Simplified Maintenance Schedule

This is the maintenance schedule for the Honda X-ADV, a.k.a. the ADV750 — Honda’s maxi-scooter with adventure bike styling.

The Honda X-ADV is an SUV-like scooter that’s based on a 745cc parallel twin SOHC 8-valve engine with a mild 10.7:1 tune. It produces a mild 55 hp (40 kW) at peak.

Peak power isn’t what the X-ADV is about. While it’ll scoot you north of any speed limit and to freeway speeds at the rate of a sports car, the X-ADV is rather about comfort and all-terrain ability.

What’s interesting about the Honda X-ADV is that it’s quite high-spec. Aside from the powerful, torque-forward engine, in its latest incarnation the X-ADV has inverted forks, twin disc brakes, and a TFT display. And the transmission is a DCT setup, rather than

It’s the same platform on which the Honda NC750X is based, but the X-ADV is in scooter set-up, with no manual transmission option (just DCT).

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Honda X-ADV 750 Service Intervals

General maintenance intervals for the X-ADV are every 8000 miles or 12000 km, or every year. At every service, change the oil, and do a series of checks for leaks, smooth operation, and lubrication.

Every two services, do a major service: Change the oil filters (for the engine oil and clutch oil) and air filter, check the plugs, and check the valve clearances.

Make sure you keep your fluids (brake fluid, coolant) up to date.

What you need to service your Honda NC750X

Below are some parts and consumables you will need to service your motorcycle. Honda NC750X owners tend to often be do-it-yourselfers.

PartHonda X-ADV spec
OilHonda recommends SAE 10W-30, JASO T 903 standard MA for the X-ADV. Pro Honda GN4 10W-30 is a good option.
Oil filterHonda’s standard part number for the oil filter is 15410-MCJ-505 (used on many Hondas). You can also use a Hiflofiltro HF204RC for the oil filter.
Air filterThe OEM air filter part is 17210-MKT-D00. You can also use the DNA air filter, whose part number is P-H75SC21-01.
Spark plugsUse NGK spark plug part IFR6G-11K. Use a gapping tool to set the gap to 1.0-1.1 mm.
Transmission filterUse a HF117 transmission filter.
Brake fluidYou can use many brands, but Honda recommends Honda DOT 4.
Brake padsThe part number is 06455-MKH-D01. EBC double-hardened front brake pads have part number FA679HH.
Brake padsThe rear brake part number is 06435-MGS-D32. EBC double-hardened rear brake pads have part number FA496HH.
CoolantUse Honda Long-life Coolant, which is based on ethylene glycol.
Chain maintenanceYou need to maintain the chain. A Motul chain care kit is a good investment.
Honda X-ADV (ADV750) parts for maintenance

Pre-ride checks for the Honda X-ADV

Before every ride, check the following on the Honda X-ADV.

This is much the same as on most motorcycles.

  • Fuel level
  • Throttle operation, lubricate as necessary
  • Engine oil level (top up with Pro Honda GN4 engine oil as necessary)
  • Coolant level (top up with Honda HP coolant as necessary)
  • Drive chain
  • Brake fluid (top up with Honda DOT 4 as necessary)
  • Brake pads wear
  • Lights/Horn
  • Engine stop switch
  • Side stand (lubricate if necessary)
  • Wheels/tyres condition

Maintenance Schedule for the Honda X-ADV/ADV750

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Honda X-ADV/ADV750, but re-organised to make it more intuitive.

Notes

  • Past the end of the maintenance schedule, follow it in the pattern shown.
  • The break-in service is omitted (change the oil, oil filter, and clutch oil filter)
  • Honda recommends you get a professional to service the wheels and steering bearings. But a home mechanic can do everything else.
x 1000 mi8162434
x 1000 km12243648Every
Perform full standard inspection (see checklist below)
Engine Oil — Replace (Pro Honda GN4 10W-30)Year
Engine Oil Filter — Replace (HF204RC)
Clutch oil filter — Replace (HF117)
Air cleaner — Replace (P-H75SC21-01)Change more often when riding in dirt/wet
Spark plug — Inspect condition, gap
Spark plug — Replace (IFR6G-11K)
Valve clearances — Inspect
Evap emission control system (if fitted) — Inspect
Brake fluid — Replace (Honda DOT 4)2 years
Radiator Coolant — Replace (Pro Honda HP Coolant)3 Years
Crankcase breather — CleanMore often when riding in rain or aggressively
Maintenance Schedule for the Honda X-ADV/ADV 750

Standard inspection checklist

Below is the standard inspection checklist for the X-ADV.

Honda X-ADV 750 standard inspection checklist
Drive chain slider — Check condition
Radiator coolant — Inspect level
Cooling system — Inspect for leaks
Brake fluid — Inspect level
Brake pads — check wear level
Brake system — check function, front and rear
Headlight aim — Check
Side stand — Check for smooth operation. Lubricate if necessary
Brake lock — Check function
Fuel lines — check for cracks, leaks
Throttle operation — check for free play, adjust as necessary
Engine idle speed — Check, adjust
Suspension — Check for smooth operation, no leaks
Nuts, bolts, fasteners — Check tightness
Wheels/Tires — Check overall condition and alignment
Steering head bearings — Check smooth operation, no notchiness
Honda X-ADV 750 standard inspection checklist

Maintaining Your Chain on the Honda X-ADV

It’s important to maintain your chain on the X-ADV, as on any chain-driven motorcycle, but particularly on a scooter that gets a wide variety of high-stress usage, including traffic and riding in the rain (or both).

Use a good-quality chain lubricant like Motul chain paste, or a Motul chain care kit which comes with a couple of handy tools to maintain the chain. Both are quite portable.

Honda recommends you follow the following chain maintenance schedule:

Chain maintenance itemEvery
Check drive chain lubrication condition, lubricating if necessary600 mi / 1000 km
Check drive chain slack, adjusting if necessary600 mi / 1000 km
Chain maintenance — Honda X-ADV

Notes:

  • Do these items (checking/adjusting slack, and checking/applying lubrication) more often if you ride your X-ADV in dusty or rainy conditions.
  • Always lubricate the chain after washing the motorcycle.

Tire sizes and pressures for the Honda X-ADV / ADV750

The Honda X-ADV ships with Bridgestone Trail Wing mixed use tubeless tyres.

WheelTyre (Tire) sizeTyre (Tire) pressure (cold)
Front120/70R17 M/C 58H250 kPa / 2.5 bar / 36 psi
Rear160/60R15 M/C 67H280 kPa / 2.8 bar / 41 psi
Tyre sizes and pressures for the Honda X-ADV

About the Honda X-ADV / ADV750

Honda X-ADV ADV750 on dirt road

The Honda X-ADV (known as the ADV750 sometimes) is at times a difficult to understand animal.

Many say that it’s an adventure-capable scooter. And it’s not far off the mark — it has protection for the engine, a windshield, and hand guards. But that only really gives partial justice to all the things the Honda X-ADV can be.

Honda introduced the X-ADV in 2016’s EICMA show for the 2017 model year. The bad news is that it’s only for UK/European markets. But the good news is that those guys get a really great bike!

The core of the X-ADV is the 745 cc parallel twin from the Honda NC750X. It’s an interesting engine — the 270-degree crankshaft gives it a bit of lump, but the lazy crankshaft timing and compression ratio mean that it’s not a firebreather of an engine in its original home.

But for a “scooter”, suddenly, it’s a cracker. Here’s a scooter that can get you to 100 km/h in under five seconds by cranking the throttle and leaving it pinned, letting the six-speed automatic transmission (Honda’s DCT — Dual Clutch Transmission) do all the work.

Rather than think of it as a scooter or an adventure bike, a better comparison for the Honda X-ADV would be an SUV. It’s quite similar in concept — here’s a bike that kind of could go anywhere, but more importantly, it could take you on freeways and around town with comfort and ample power.

Since release in 2017, Honda has made some small updates to the X-ADV platform. Aside from new colours, Honda in 2021 upgraded the X-ADV to get:

  • Ride by wire throttle with four power modes (rain, standard, gravel, sport), and a custom mode. The modes interact with the DCT for different shift scheduling
  • A TFT display with Smartphone Voice Control system
  • Peak power of 43.1 kW @ 6750 rpm, with peak torque of 69 Nm at 4750 rpm. 3kW (5 hp) more power, plus a 600 rpm-higher redline (now 7000)
  • Shorter first, second, and third gears for smarter (harder) acceleration, with taller fourth, fifth, and sixth gears
  • Lighter frame and details, for a 1 kg (2 lb) weight saving
  • DRLs, like on the Africa Twin CRF1100
  • More storage space (22L)
  • A new “Emergency Stop System” function that flashes the hazard lights if you brake hard

The saddest thing about the Honda X-ADV is that it hasn’t been brought to the US or Australia despite it being Honda’s second best-selling motorcycle.

The only things missing from the X-ADV are cruise control and heated grips — which I would think would go hand-in-hand with ride-by-wire and an adventure aesthetic, especially with the hefty price tag these command. Maybe in a few years.

Manual for the Honda X-ADV / ADV750

The above maintenance schedule came from the manual for the Honda X-ADV.

Honda X-ADV ADV750 maintenance schedule

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