After more than a year of waiting, the Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 has officially been unleashed. The iconic motorcycle brand’s first adventure touring bike brings the H-D name into a new era, taking decades of heritage on the asphalt off-road. Yeah, this is big.
The Harley-Davidson adventure touring bike is set to hit the global market with two initial models – the Pan America 1250 and the Pan America 1250 Special, both of which are powered by the new liquid-cooled,150 hp Revolution Max V-Twin 1250 engine. With a six-speed transmission, the engine is set to deliver 127Nm of torque. The front frame, mid-frame, and tail section bolt directly to the powertrain to reduce weight, but the move also stiffens up the chassis for better handling.
While Harley-Davidson hasn’t always been known for its adaptive prowess, the New Pan America 1250 models do offer some rider-focused upgrades. Both bikes offer five different ride modes, a suite of electronic rider aids like cornering ABS and traction control and a configurable touchscreen display. Fans will definitely enjoy the new Off-Road Plus mode which disables both the rear ABS and the linked brakes so you can lock up the rear without impacting the front.
You can also choose more hues than ever before. For example, the Special cops options for Vivid Black; Gauntlet Gray Metallic; Deadwood Green (in select international markets only); two-tone Baja Orange and Stone Washed White Pearl.
But for all its new ride modes and styling, the real boost for H-D fans is the Adaptive Ride Height. Available as an after-market upgrade on the Special only, the new addition is a first for Harley-Davidson. “This factory-installed option unlocks confidence you can feel by lowering seat height when stopped, and maintaining a constant, optimum suspension sag at speed by adjusting preload while continuously sensing weight inputs,” Harley-Davidson wrote.
That “industry-first” addition is a big plus for shorter riders. In the past, those under six foot tall have struggled to balance the larger adventure touring bikes on their tippy-toes, but now, the adjustable-height makes stopping and starting more comfortable.
The 2021 Harley Davidson Pan American 1250 was launched on February 22 and will arrive at US Harley-Davidson dealerships in the spring of 2021.