Harley-Davidson has recently announced the official release of their much hyped Pan America. The all new motorcycle will see two models released in 2021; the entry-level Pan America 1250 and range-topping Pan America 1250 Special.
Both the Pan America 1250 and Pan America 1250 Special models are powered by the new 112 kW Revolution Max 1250 engine, a liquid-cooled 1,250cc-displacement V-Twin designed to offer a broad powerband that builds to a rush of high-RPM power. To minimize overall motorcycle weight, the Revolution Max engine is integrated into the vehicle as the central member of the chassis.
The powerplant also produces a decent amount of torque – 127 Nm to be exact – peaking at 6750 RPM. With power and torque numbers like these, the Pan America is well placed when compared to category leaders such as BMW‘s R 1250 GS Adventure (100 kW and 143 Nm) and KTM’s 1290 Super Adventure R (119 kW and 138 Nm).
The Pan America models are also equipped with technologies designed to enhance the riding experience, including multiple electronically controlled ride modes plus Cornering Rider Safety Enhancements. This broad collection of technologies is designed to match motorcycle performance to available traction during acceleration, deceleration and braking. The Pan America 1250 Special model is equipped with electronically adjustable semi-active front and rear suspension. As an industry-first innovation, the Pan America is equipped with Adaptive Ride Height (ARH), a revolutionary new suspension system which automatically transitions between a low stopped position and optimal ride height when the motorcycle is in motion – a novel idea.
The new model is certainly polarizing the motorcycle community, with riders seemingly split down the middle on the looks of the Pan America. Personally we think it’s a welcome change to a category where a lot of models tend to look very similar. With its squat rectangular headlight and unmistakable Milwaukee Twin, the Pan America is certainly shaking up the ADV segment!
If you’re like us and interested in checking one out, head on over to your nearest Harley-Davidson dealership.