The Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 is perhaps the most-anticipated motorcycle for the 2021 model year, as the bike is set to define the future of the Bar & Shield brand.
If the bike is a success on the sale floor, the future bodes well for this iconic American institution. If the bike is another failure, like the V-Rod (and Livewire), then well…Harley-Davidson has a tough road ahead of it.
With the European press launch of the Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 coming ahead of the bike’s debut in the USA (weird, right?), we couldn’t wait when came to evaluating this important machine.
As such, we had our Dutch friend Iwan van der Valk spinning some tires for us in Germany. He put together this quick video review in English, which you can watch above, and his more in-depth review of the bike will be on Asphalt & Rubber very soon.
His quick final verdict? The Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 Special is a very capable and well-done machine, though it falls short of displacing the BMW R1250GS and KTM 1290 Adventure S as the category benchmarks for many enthusiasts.
If you want to read Iwan’s review in Dutch (Google Translate is your friend), you should head on over to his website: Testmotor.nl.
Think of Iwan as the Dutch Jensen Beeler, as he writes his reviews without bias and influence from the motorcycle manufacturer marketing budgets – as it should be.