Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 ventures well off the beaten path
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Harley-Davidson is known for a lot of things - big V-twin engines that drip in chrome, heavy touring bikes, leather - but they're definitely not known for jumping into entirely new segments of the market. The all-new Pan America 1250 challenges that perception. It's a clean-sheet adventure touring motorcycle, and even if it still has a V-twin, this one is liquid-cooled and capable of 150 horsepower, 94 pound-feet of torque, a redline of 9,500 rpm, and "a wide power band." "Tuned builds on a rush of high-speed power. "
This 60 degree, 1,250 cubic centimeter, double overhead cam engine is a stressed element to which a front frame, midframe and rear section are bolted directly to form the chassis. A cast aluminum swing arm extends the wheelbase to 62.2 inches, which is only half an inch longer than the Ducati Multistrada V4. Cast aluminum wheels measure 19 inches at the front and 17 inches at the rear. The seat height can be adjusted between 34.2 inches in the low position and 35.2 inches in the high position.
A higher quality Pan America 1250 Special model (see picture above) has an electronically adjustable semi-active front and rear wheel suspension, a tire pressure monitor, a steering damper, a center stand, a brush guard and an underrun protection plate, an adjustable rear brake pedal and an adaptive headlight and heated handles . The electronic suspension automatically drops the bike when it is idle and lifts itself up again during movement.
Michelin Scorcher Adventure tires specifically designed for Pan America are standard, and Michelin Anakee Wild tires with a more aggressive tread pattern are also offered. Tubeless lace-up wheels are also offered.
The radial monoblock four-piston brake calipers were developed in collaboration with Brembo. The inverted 47mm front fork and rear shock are from Showa and offer 7.48 inches of travel at each end. A 6.8-inch tilting touchscreen display provides Bluetooth connectivity and navigation via an app available for Apple and Android phones.
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The riding modes Road, Sport, Rain, Offroad and Offroad Plus can be selected and adapt the bike's electronics package to the needs of the rider and the terrain. The Pan America 1250 has cornering safety improvements based on an Inertia Measurement Unit (IMU) to provide improved electronically linked cornering braking, improved anti-lock braking system for cornering, improved traction control system for cornering, improved drag control system for cornering and cornering Hill hold control. Cruise control is standard.
The Pan America 1250 starts at $ 17,319, which undercuts the Multistrada V4 (which is a clear competitor, though it's more powerful with 170 ponies from its four-cylinder engine). The Special Edition model is priced at $ 19,999. Both will arrive at dealers in the spring. Of course, a whole range of accessories will hit the market alongside the adventure bike, including luggage options, seats, and windshields. We expect more new bikes with this Revolution Max engine to be introduced in the coming months.
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