Harley-Davidson has announced the Pan America 1250 and Pan America 1250 Special Adventure-Touring motorcycle will be available in Spring of 2021.
We’ve seen many shifts in the motorcycle market through recent years, perhaps the most surprising is Harley-Davidson’s step into the Adventure market with the Pan America 1250.
“From its inception more than a century ago, when many roads were little more than dirt trails, Harley-Davidson has stood for adventure. So I’m very proud to present Pan America as the first adventure touring bike designed and built in America,” said Jochen Zeitz, chairman, president and CEO of Harley-Davidson. “The Pan America models exude that go-anywhere spirit, shared today by riders in the US and around the globe who want to experience the world on a motorcycle.”
The new Revolution Max 1250 engine powers the Pan America, the 1,250 cc liquid-cooled V-twin produces 150 hp and is said to have a broad powerband with extra oomph in high RPMs.
The Pan America will be equipped with technologies focused on enhancing the rider’s experience. This includes multiple ride modes (Road, Sport, Rain, Off-Road, and Off-Road Plus) and Cornering Rider Safety Enhancements. The Special model additionally features electronically adjustable semi-active front and rear suspension and the option to install Adaptive Ride Height (ARH) from the factory.
The Pan America offers two seat heights with the low position being 868 mm (34.2 inches) while the high position sits at 894 mm (35.2 inches). The Special’s Adaptive Ride Height (ARH) is a completely new concept in the adventure market, and will only be available as an upgrade on the Special model for an additional $1,300. This technology automatically adjusts your seat height from a low stopped position to an optimal ride height while moving. ARH will adjust the seat height 1-2 inches depending on the selected pre-load, and settings. While stopped the seat height will sit at 830 mm (32.7 inches) in the low seat position and 855 mm (33.7 inches) in the high position. ARH does not compromise suspension travel, ground clearance or ride quality; furthermore, the ARH can be adjusted to lower quickly while braking, have a short or long delay, or turned off altogether.
Cornering Rider Safety Enhancement covers a broad spectrum of technology designed to match the performance of the motorcycle with available traction and terrain being ridden. The systems are electronic and utilize the latest chassis control, electronic brake control and powertrain technology. Cornering enhanced technology utilizes an inertial measurement unit (IMU), for optimal intervention when the motorcycle is leaned compared to when the motorcycle is upright. Elements of Cornering Rider Safety Enhancements for the Pan America 1250 model include Cornering Enhanced Electronically Linked Braking, Cornering Enhanced Antilock Braking System, Cornering Enhanced Traction Control System, Cornering Enhanced Drag-Torque Slip Control System, and Hill Hold Control.
The new model will weigh 242 kg dry and 253 kg wet with a 21.2-litre fuel tank. The Pan America will offer features such tire pressure monitor, adjustable brake pedal, brush guard, skid plate heated grips, hand guards and a centre stand.
Harley-Davidson offers a full line of accessories for the model available in dealerships, including durable luggage systems and a line of technical riding gear in partnership with REV’IT!.
The frame of the Pan America is comprised of three portions with the powertrain as a stressed member; the front frame, mid frame and the tail section, all of which is bolted directly to the powertrain. The design produces a stiff chassis and cuts down on the weight, while a cast-aluminum swingarm minimizes unsprung weight.
The Pan America rolls on a 19-inch front and 17-inch rear cast aluminum wheel, meant for paved and gravel roads and less aggressive dirt. The tires were collaborated on by Harley-Davidson and Michelin to design the Scorcher Adventure tire, dealers will also offer the Michelin Anakee for those demanding more on the dirt. There is the option to upgrade to laced wheels for $585, only available for the Special model. The model will don an all-new braking system by Brembo, a new radial monoblock four-piston (30 mm) caliper pairs with dual 320 mm front brake rotors and a 280 mm diameter rear disc.
The Pan America has fully adjustable front and rear Showa suspension with 190 mm of travel, the front is a 47 mm inverted cartridge fork; while the rear is a piggyback reservoir shock with adjustable preload. The rear suspension also incorporates a linkage system to provide a progressive stroke through compression. The Pan America Special features electronically adjustable semi-active front and rear suspension.
The Pan America 1250 will be priced at $20,999 and come in Vivid Black, or River Rock Grey for an additional $450. While the Pan America 1250 Special model will be priced at $24,199 and will come in Vivid Black; as well as Gauntlet Grey Metallic for an additional $450, or the Baja Orange/Stone Washed White Pearl for an additional $850. The Pan America 1250 and Pan America 1250 Special models will arrive at Harley-Davidson dealerships in Spring 2021.
You can find more at Harley-Davidson Canada.