The long wait is nearly over, as the Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 will finally get its production debut on Monday, February 22nd, 2021 – the Bar & Shield brand tells us (they will “preview” the bike, yet again, on January 19th).
Accordingly, this date will end what will be an almost three-year tease and wait process from the American motorcycle company, as the first Pan America concept broke cover in July 2018.
Since that time, Harley-Davidson has “let go” of CEO Matthew Levatich, and swapped its “More Roads” plan for the current “Rewire” scheme that has seemingly killed many of the diverse models once announced by Harley-Davidson.
The ADV project remains though, if for no other reason than it was the furthest along in Harley-Davidson’s portfolio by the time that current CEO Jochen Zeitz came onboard.
What can we expect from the 2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250? That is a good question.
We know from previous releases that the Pan America will have a 60° liquid-cooled v-twin engine, which will produce more than 145hp and 90 lbs•ft of torque.
That horsepower figure is nothing to brag about in the ADV space, but the torque numbers suggest a very burly engine. Reading between the lines on those two numbers, we would expect a machine that has a tremendous amount of grunt low in the rev range
Like what we have seen in the superbike space, the Harley-Davidson Pan America frame is built directly off the cylinder heads of its motor.
This is a first in the adventure space, and it will be interesting to see how effective this chassis arrangement will be during off-road duties – especially during big hits.
Harley-Davidson is making no shortage of social media posts with the Pan America aloft in the air though, so perhaps they hope to dispel any thoughts that the American ADV bike isn’t up to the task.
That remains to be seen, but the chassis style does bode well for the curb weight figure, which has yet to be revealed, but could be a welcomed departure from Harley-Davidson’s usual target figures.
How much it will cost will be an interest point to see as well, but we only have a couple more months to wait to find out. Stay tuned!