After much, much talk and teasing, the Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 has finally debuted for the adventure-touring market. Much has been said and speculated about this ADV machine, but now it is finally all out in the open.
And what do we see? The bike holds its own on the spec-sheet, but the motorcycle shines the most on its pricing.
Harley-Davidson is saying “more than 145hp” from the bike’s 1,250cc v-twin engine, though the spec-sheet shows a 150hp / 94 lbs•ft performance figures, thanks in part to the Revolution 1250 engine’s variable valve-timing.
Not quite the Harley-Davidson motorcycle we are used to, the wet weight on the Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 starts at 534 lbs (242 kg) when fully fueled and ready to ride.
Both of those performance figures should give the naysayers something to chew on, but Harley-Davidson’s most powerful offering with the Pan America 1250 is the price tag: $17,319 for the base model.
For that money, you get Brembo brakes (dual 320mm discs up front) and fully adjustable Showa suspension pieces (7.48″ / 190mm), along with a number of premium features.
Before we wade too deep into that, we should say that the gas tank holds 5.9 gallons, with Harley-Davidson rating the Pan America 1250 with fuel consumption that is 46 mpg.
It is also worth pointing out the steel-tube chassis that uses the liquid-cooled 60º engine as a fully stressed member, with the frame’s three main pieces being built right off the engine block.
On the electronics side, there is a touchscreen 6.8″ TFT color display. The Pan America has a six-axis IMU, which powers both the cornering ABS as well as the traction control and drag-slip control on the clutch.
There are also five available riding modes on the base model Panm America 1250 (4 preset, 1 user customizable), while the Pan America 1250 offers an additional two more user customizable modes to the equation.
To offer some more adventure prowess out of the box, there is also the Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 Special model, which commands a $19,999 price tag, but comes with some of the add-ons ADV riders invariable demand.
The extra coin for the Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 sees the bike kitted out with Showa’s semi-active suspension pieces, a number of bits for crash protection, cornering lights, tire pressure monitoring, heated grips, steering damper, and a center stand.
In addition to the added cost, this ADV-focused features bring with them an obvious curb weight increase, with the Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 Special tipping the scales at 559 lbs (254 kg). Other performance figures remain the same, though.
Additionally, Harley-Davidson offers an adaptive ride height feature for the Pan America 1250 Special model, which lowers the motorcycle by 1 to 2 inches (depending on preload) when it comes to a stop , and then raises the bike when it gets underway again – a boon for shorter riders.
Tubeless wire-spoked wheels are also available for both models, to replace the cast aluminum ones (19″ front, 17″ rear) that come as standard.
Of course, there is no shortage of aftermarket parts and accessories for the Pan American 1250…because, Harley-Davidson. But, the Bar & Shield brand says it has taken a deep look at how it can offer these pieces to the ADV community, even partnering with REV’IT on its riding apparel.
Both trim levels of the Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 are expected to be in dealerships in Spring 2021.
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