Honda adv 150 problems

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Yeah, I wasn't too concerned about the lack of a disk brake in the rear. I paid $5,000 out the door after all said and done. True, a little more than I would have liked, but new PCX 150s are difficult to find in my area and I was getting impatient. My local dealer had three ADV150s in stock and once I saw one in person I really liked it. It's hard to tell from pictures, but in front of one it's really cool for a "scooter". My rides will be mostly paved roads and very casual riding. For me it seems like a good fit. I could have found a used scooter online probably for half the price, but at the same time I didn't want to inherit someone else's problem child. You just never know. I feel like I am justifying my purchase here, but hey, I like it. :)That's what matters. No, it's not for everyone and that's why they make lots of different scoots! So far it rides really nice and has plenty of zip. I don't ride it hard and never plan to, so it should give me many years of enjoyment.

Yamaha NMAX vs Honda ADV 150 - Head to head

Yamaha NMAX vs Honda ADV 150 - Head to head

When it comes to the premium commuter scooter segment in the Philippine market, no other motorcycle has come close to what Yamaha has achieved with the NMAX. Ever since making its debut several years ago, this scooter has captured the hearts of many Filipino motorcycle enthusiasts thanks to its  impressive performance, fuel efficiency, and affordable price tag. Last year however, Honda introduced a new scooter in the market. A scooter that could redefine the very essence of the daily commuter scooter.

The Honda ADV 150 is fast becoming a fan favorite thanks to its burly looks, equally impressive performance, and unique styling. With Honda stirring the pot in the premium commuter segment, could the ADV 150 hold its own against the industry-leading Yamaha NMAX? Read on to see how these two scooters stack up against each other, as well as which one is best fit for your lifestyle.


Yamaha NMAX

Of course, when looking at a scooter similar to the NMAX and ADV 150, it’s important to take overall performance and efficiency figures into account. Leading the charge, we have the Yamaha NMAX and its well-loved 155cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, single cylinder engine. Pumping out around 15 horsepower, the NMAX is no supersport, but it is however, plenty capable for Manila’s congested city streets, and the occasional stretch on undulating provincial roads. As far as fuel efficiency goes, the NMAX is a stellar performer, boasting an average of around 40 kilometers per liter. 

On the other hand, the new kid on the block—the ADV 150, comes with a very slightly more docile power plant. In contrast to its sharp and aggressive appearance, the ADV 150 churns out just 14.5 horsepower out of its 149.3cc SOHC, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled motor. It does, however, boast slightly higher fuel efficiency with an average of around 48 kilometres per liter. 


On the feature front, we’re all well acquainted with the Yamaha NMAX. If you’re not, then let’s run down the scooter’s features real quick. The Yamaha NMAX comes equipped with simple yet effective underpinnings which consist of a standard front telescopic fork, and preload-adjustable rear shocks. The local model also gets ABS as standard, as well as pretty impressive under-seat storage. The latest model even gets its own smartphone app, and can be connected to your mobile device via Bluetooth. 

Honda isn’t one to let tech pass itself by, either. In fact, the Japanese manufacturer has equipped the ADV 150 with some premium tech consisting of Showa suspension components front and back. Specifically, it gets long travel 5.1-inch Showa telescopic forks, as well as a pair of adjustable rear shocks with external piggyback reservoirs, and a generous 4.7 inches of travel. Of course, the scooter also gets ABS as standard. Additional creature comforts come in the form of an adjustable windscreen, and a handy charging port for your mobile devices. 


Honda ADV 150

As far as pricing is concerned, both these scooters occupy the premium entry-level segment. As such, they aren’t the cheapest scooters out there. However, the aforementioned performance and tech features more than makeup for their premium price tag. All that being said, the Yamaha NMAX starts with a sticker price of P119,900 for the base model, while the range-topping model with Yamaha’s Y-Connect technology fetches P144,500. 

Honda has always been known for its premium bikes, as well as its impeccable fit and finish. The ADV 150 is no exception with its high-end suspension, head-turning styling, and impressive build quality. This adventure-ready scooter comes with a price tag of P149,000. This premium price gives you the benefit of added comfort thanks to chunkier tired and longer suspension, as well as some light off-road capability brought about by this machine’s adventure-ready design. 

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Postby Koutei »

Hello everyone! I am new to this forum and actually came across it when trying to diagnose a problem I am having with my pcx. I am pretty sure the problem is something of my own making due to my ignorance as a first time scooter owner. Here's the history and description of the problem.

I have been riding my scooter for about 2 years now, I purchased it new from a dealer in the beginning of 2011 and rode it as my main mode of transportation until it became too cold in November '11. (It received it's first oil change in June '11, I replaced the oil with the recommended "pro honda" brand. The mileage was a tad bit over the first 3000 miles.) When It was too cold to ride, I stored it in an open garage where it was safe from most of the elements but not from heat or cold. In spring, around the end of February beginning of March, I brought it out and began riding again. I have been riding from then until August when the first problem showed up. I was riding to school, made it about 7 miles away from my house when the engine just died going down a hill. I tried restarting and it would turn over but refuse to stay going and could not idle. I am a college student and didn't have the money to take it to a dealer then, so it sat in the garage for about two weeks when my father and uncle recommended we try a few things before taking it in. Mainly, they wanted to recheck the oil because I had been "neglecting it" in their opinion, and the engine got too low and died. I disagreed because I thought I had at least another few months before I needed to worry about that. But I agreed to try it because I was hoping it would be something simple and even if I was too stupid to check the oil, I would prefer that to having my baby die.

So we went to start it and he started up fine, we idled it for the recommended 3 minutes, let it cool for a minute then checked the dipstick. (By the way, I HATE these dipsticks, they are so hard to read.) We couldn't see any oil on the dipstick - assumed I was an idiot and the oil was almost gone. We added about 3/4ths of a bottle to the bike and rechecked the dipstick. (Idled then waited and rechecked.) It was back at the full mark, I hopped on and rode for about 30 minutes with no issues or problems. The engine sounded normal and doesn't sputter, spit or make any concerning noises. I thought we had fixed the issue however now about 2 weeks after adding that 3/4th of a bottle, I rechecked the oil level and it says it's out again!! There are no visible leaks, and the tailpipe has not been smoking as you would expect if oil were being burned. The bike itself hasn't died again, but I have stopped riding it to prevent any further damage I might cause.

I hope someone can help me figure out what I might check for before I take it in to a dealership. It's just at 7000 miles now, and my mother thinks it is normal for it to be eating oil after reaching that many miles. I really don't think that is the case, surely just having 7000 miles on a two year old bike isn't enough to eat almost an entire casing full of oil in a week and a half is it?

I plan on ordering a few more bottles of oil and doing a full cleaning and replacement, as well as ordering an air filter before I take it in. Could having a dirty oil screen cause these problems? I know I should have cleaned it when we added oil, but I didn't have the forethought to do so at the time.

Thanks for anyone who read that whole thing.

(P.S for any who are curious, I have replaced the tires also this summer at around the 6300 mile mark. I am not riding on bald tires!)


Honda ADV150 "Adventure" Scooter Review

Honda ADV150 "Adventure" Scooter Review: Tiny Titan for the Colossal Hearted

The ADV segment is so hot, scooters are getting in on the action. We got our hands on Hondas trick little ADV150 and ran it though some on- and off-road testing. Can you take a scooter off road? What are the bike’s limitations? Is it really “ADV”?

While more common outside of North America, scooters are fun, practical, and exciting ADV transportation. If you’re willing to slow it down a little, scooters have many benefits over traditional motorcycles. A low center of gravity, great fuel efficiency, comfort, nimble handling, and good rider protection top the list. But what makes the ADV150, or any scooter, “ADV”?

Honda ADV150 Review FB

  • ADV150 Power and Performance

Hondas ADV150 feels right at home on most two-lane roads, comfortably cruising between 45–55 mph. Tight, sweeping corners are a blast with the very neutral and predictable handling. Much of this is derived from the bike’s low center of gravity and nicely balanced IRC Trail Winner 80/20-style tires. The Trail Winners provide decent traction both on and off the asphalt. They held up quite well on cold rainy surfaces as well, and we even had a bit of fun sliding the rear end around in some light snow.

The 150cc torquey fuel-injected power plant does well on back roads. The quiet and efficient motor started right up every time, even in freezing winter temps. At around 220-lb. rider weight, the bike was able to pull over 60 mph on a flat paved surface. It took about 20 seconds to reach that top speed, but it was quite stable. While it may be able to go faster, our guess is it’s electronically governed, as high speeds on a vehicle this size could be catastrophic for some riders.

With a smaller and lighter rider weighing around 120 to 160-lbs, the bike feels much quicker plus there's plenty of room for luggage.  The ADV150  design comes from Asia (Phillipines and Indonesia) where the pilots tend to be smaller and daily use of scooters like this really helps commuting on congested, chaotic and often broken roads. 

Honda ADV150 Review EngineHonda's ADV150 Engine is peppier without a 220-lb rider on it!

Many traditional scooters have an “underbone”-style frame which allows them to be completely step-through. While more convenient, the bow shape is also not as strong. Hondas solution to this is a duplex-cradle frame which, almost like a motorcycle, has a set of top tubes that meet the frame lower down. This creates a very rigid ride which contributes to its sporty on- and off-road manners at the sacrifice of some convenience and weight.

Dual hand-lever braking with the front ABS-enabled 240mm rotor felt positive and sufficient for a heavier rider. For a premium 150cc model at over $4,000, we would have liked a rear disk but the 130mm rear mechanical drum brake could be locked up at will, which made gravel-roading surprisingly fun.

Honda ADV150 Review brakes

  • ADV150 Features, Comfort and Geometry

Like many modern ADV bikes, the ADV150 is packed with creature comforts any scooter rider would enjoy. From the gadget geek side of things, the keyless ignition system is a nice touch. You can simply keep the key in your pocket and start the bike after turning the ignition selector to “ON.”

Honda ADV150 Review ignitionIgnition selector and remote fuel and seat release

The ignition selector sits in a control panel on the right-side dash that also houses the remote fuel and seat release rocker. Fuel is added below the front seat and will store a healthy 2.1 gallons, giving a solid 150-mile range with spirited riding. Looking under the seat reveals a grocery bag-consuming 27 liters of storage. A large-sized ADV helmet with peak won’t fit in there, but smaller street helmets, and certainly half-face helmets, wouldn’t have a problem.

Honda ADV150 Review storage27-Liter storage space under the seat

Speaking of storage, there’s another, smaller 2-liter glove box on the left side dash with a 12V outlet for charging your phone in relative safety from the environment. With the scooter’s clean lines, you could very easily throw on some saddle bags to quickly turn the ADV150 into a travel companion if you’d like. Although our test unit didn’t come equipped with a rear rack, they are available both from Honda and the aftermarket.

Honda ADV150 Review Glovebox2-Liter glove box on the left side dash

To further enhance rider comfort, an adjustable windscreen can be easily set in two different positions over the instrument panel that provides plenty of information but is a bit hard to read in direct sunlight.

Honda ADV150 Review GaugesInstrumental panel provides plenty of information

When riding, the ADV150 has a very natural seating position affording good visibility and comfort. Compared to a traditional scooter step-through-style frame, one limitation to the double-cradle frame is it effectively creates sideboards for your feet, which limits foot space. You get used to it easily enough, but the ADV150 also wants to put your feet slightly forward, creating a slightly awkward standing geometry.

Honda ADV150 Review carl offroadSlightly awkard standing geometry especially for tall riders

  • ADV150 Off-Road Riding. Is it “Really” ADV?

That’s right, standing geometry. We tested the bike off-road and had mixed feelings. Part of the issue was being six feet tall, but most of the problem came from the forward angle and position of the foot well. Sporting size 11 boots doesn’t give much wiggle room, but smaller feet may find it more comfortable.

Honda ADV150 Review FootwellThe cockpit view

The biggest improvement for the ADV150s off-road prowess is it’s beefed-up Showa front and rear suspension with class-leading 5.1 and 4 inches of travel respectively. It’s not just the travel, though. The springs and dampening are actually stiffer, which makes cruising gravel roads at 45 mph very possible. Just don’t hit any deep potholes or washouts! Unlike adventure motorcycles with rock-eating 21-inch front wheels, the ADV150s 14/13-wheel size combo needs a little care when navigating the rough stuff.

Honda ADV150 Review ShowaShocksThe Showa rear shock

The ADV150s wheel size combo suffers from a lack of dual-sport style scooter tire options. Small bikes and scooters like Yamahas Zuma 125 or Hondas Ruckus and GROM have matching front and rear rim sizes, with an increasing selection of big-block-style off-road tire options.

That said, there’s no doubt the ADV150 can handle most any gravel road you throw at it. Its friendly center of gravity and lower speeds keep you from getting in too much trouble, and we even managed to run it across some water crossings without any issues. Actually, it was a lot of fun!

Honda ADV150 Review water

  • Honda ADV150 Comparison and Summary

So how does it stack up to competition? Yamahas closest rival would be their newly redesigned 2022 Zuma, which sports a 125cc engine and many of the same creature comforts like USB charging. Unlike the ADV150, it lacks a windscreen and has a step-through design. Both weigh in at around 300 lb. but the Zuma uses traditional 12-inch wheels with only three inches of travel front and rear. At $500 less than Hondas entry, it would be a tough call.

The biggest competition comes from Hondas 2021 PCX, which costs about $3,800 and received a few updates we hope to see on the ADV150. The PCX gets a new, higher compression-ratio engine with a very slight (7cc) bump in displacement and four valves. Also worth noting, the 2020 PCX came with 14-inch front and rear wheel, but in 2021 moved to the ADV150s 14/13 set-up, as well. The only change for the ADV150 from 2021 to 2022 is it now comes in a sporty “candy rose red” color which looks more exciting than the “matte black metallic” of 2021. The unit pictured here is not fully OEM as it has a reduced rear fender and an aftermarket ball mount added to the bar clamp.

For almost a decade we’ve heard people ask what makes a “real” ADV bike. Our answer has always been, “The one you’re on.” If you take a scooter like Hondas ADV150 and set realistic expectations for its use, you can go most anywhere on a fun, well-built, easy-to-handle package at an affordable price. From touring and commuting to bombing around back roads, the ADV150 can do it all. MSRP: $4,299


  • Above average Showa long-travel suspension
  • Peppy motor, solid build quality and reliability
  • Comfortable seat and center stand make life easy
  • Keyless ignition is a nice value add


  • Gauges hard to read in direct sunlight
  • Odd size wheels mean limited tire choices
  • Needs exciting colors and crash-friendly turn signals
  • Kick-starter option please!

  • Honda 2020 ADV150 Scooter Key Specifications

Engine:149cc, SOHC, liquid-cooled 80º single-cylinder four-stroke
Fuel Delivery:Fuel injection w/ 26mm throttle body
Front Suspension:     31mm Showa w/ 5.1” travel
Rear Suspension:Twin Showa shocks w/ 4.7” travel
Front Brake:Single 240mm disc w/ ABS
Rear Brake:130mm drum (mechanical)
Tire Size (F/R):110/80-14 / 130/70-13
Wheelbase:52.1 in.
Ground Clearance:6.5 in.
Seat Height:31.3 in.
Fuel Capacity:2.1 gal.
Wet Weight:294 lb.

Honda ADV150 Review ending


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