Harley Davidson has revealed a prototype of their Pan America Adventure tourer. It is one among the three ‘new age’ Harley’s the Milwaukee powerhouse has in store for the next decade. With bike such as the all-electric Livewire scheduled for 2019, this doesn’t come as a huge surprise!
The Harley Davidson Pan America 1250, Livewire and even a Streetfighter 975 are all part of the manufacturer’s ‘broadening horizons’ drive. They want a motorcycle in almost all relatable segments and starting out with ‘sport/adventure-touring’ is clearly the more obvious choice (Royal Enfield did it first!). Hopefully there’s no faired one in the pipeline as I feel that it would somehow destroy the brand.
Harley Davidson Pan America 1250 Design and specs
Design wise, I am tempted to say it ugly but you know how Adventure Tourers are. If they work well, aesthetics are secondary (or tertiary) for all I care. The only problem is that this is a Harley and we are not quite used to the concept. Once that’s taken care off, the Pan America 1250 really has a lot going for it.
For starters, the bike has long wide seats and relaxed seating which Harley Davidson sure knows a lot about. The bulky fuel tank and headlight assembly, along with the huge windscreen should provide more than enough protection against the elements. Big knobby tyres, upswept exhaust, handguard mounted indicators and engine guard put ‘Adventure’ in to the bike.
Coming to the specs, carefully nestled 1250cc V-twin gets my immediate attention but nothing on its numbers are available yet. We are not sure about the transmission either but the Pan America seems like a great candidate for an automatic. Suspension duties are carried out by USD front forks, rear monoshock on cast-alloy swingarm, while braking is done by Brembos.
Price and release date
The Pan America 1250 is likely to be priced close to the ever popular BMW R 1200 GS. It will be officially revealed in production spec next year and subsequently reach dealerships as a 2020 model.
What do you think about this new Harley?