Pan America the next evolution in Harley-Davidson’s journey

Harley-Davidson have continued their evolution into a diversified model range with the release of their much anticipated and slightly controversial Pan America adventure bike, designed for on and off road.

This rugged, powerful, technologically advanced multi-purpose bike is designed from the ground up to inspire rider confidence and fuel the spirit of adventure, wherever the road may take you.

Harley-Davidson has leveraged its cutting-edge design and engineering capabilities to create the Pan America adventure-touring motorcycle range, each designed with premium features, outstanding performance and innovative technology.

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“I’m very proud to present Pan America as the first adventure touring bike designed and built in America,” Harley-Davidson CEO and chairman Jochen Zeitz said.

“The Pan America models exude that go-anywhere spirit, shared today by riders in the US and around the globe who want to experience the world on a motorcycle.”

That same adventurous spirt is deeply shared by actor and brand ambassador, Jason Momoa, who is joining creative forces with the company to bring the Pan America’s passion for adventure to the world.

The Pan America 1250 and Pan America 1250 Special models are powered by the new 112kW Revolution Max 1250 engine; a liquid-cooled 1,250cc-displacement V-Twin designed to offer a broad powerband that builds to a rush of high-RPM power.

To minimise overall motorcycle weight, the Revolution Max engine is integrated into the bike as the central member of the chassis, with design, material choices and component optimisation all helping to make a lighter, more powerful riding experience.

The powertrain is a stressed member of the chassis, eliminating the traditional frame. Cast aluminium wheels (19-inch front and a 17-inch rear) are designed to be strong, yet lightweight too.

With its intended use spanning paved roads and un-paved surfaces, such as gravel roads and fire roads, Harley-Davidson and Michelin collaboratively designed a Scorcher Adventure tyre specifically for the Pan America models.

Michelin Anakee Wild tyres with an aggressive knobby tread pattern will be offered through Harley-Davidson spare parts and accessories catalogue.

 Jason Momoa rides the 2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America
Jason Momoa rides the 2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America

Pan America models are also equipped with technologies designed to enhance the riding experience, including multiple electronically controlled ride modes, plus cornering rider safety enhancements.

This collection of technologies is designed to match motorcycle performance to available traction during acceleration, deceleration and braking. The Pan America 1250 Special is also equipped with electronically adjustable semi-active front and rear suspension.

The Pan America 1250 features premium passive front and rear suspension that is fully adjustable for pre-load and compression/rebound damping. Suspension travel front and rear is 7.48-inches (190mm).

Front suspension is provided by a SHOWA, with an inverted cartridge fork. Rear suspension is a SHOWA Piggyback reservoir shock with adjustable hydraulic preload.

The rear suspension incorporates a linkage system which provides a progressive feel through the stroke and maintains a comfortable, compliant ride on-road, while providing superior support for off-road conditions.

As an industry-first innovation, the Pan America is equipped with adaptive ride height (ARH), a revolutionary new suspension system which automatically transitions between a low stopped position and optimal ride height when the motorcycle is in motion.

All instrumentation and infotainment functions are displayed on a tilting 6.8-inch TFT touchscreen. Its non-reflective glass cover makes it easier to view in most lighting conditions.

The touchscreen function is disabled when the motorcycle is in motion, but the rider can use hand controls to manage many functions of the screen display when the motorcycle is moving.

The display supports infotainment generated by the rider’s Bluetooth-equipped mobile device, including music and calls. Navigation is supplied by the free Harley-Davidson App for iOS or Android.

Like a good multi-tool, function leads the form of these Harley-Davidson models. From grab handles to integrated luggage mounts, to a horizontal headlamp configured to better illuminate an off-road trail, function defines style.

Inspired by the spirit of rugged North American off-road versatility, the Pan America 1250 and Pan America 1250 Special models stand out visually in the adventure touring landscape, with design that reflects the capability of the motorcycles.

Harley-Davidson dealers will offer a complete line of accessories for the Pan America 1250 and Pan America 1250 Special models, including three durable luggage systems, with new riding gear also available thanks to a collaboration with REV’IT!

The Pan America 1250 Special will be the only variant offered for sale in Australia and New Zealand, and should arrive in dealerships in Q3 of this year. It’s priced at $31,995 ride away in Australia and $33,995 ride away in New Zealand.

Laced wheels and adaptive ride height are optional extras. For further information, contact your local Harley-Davidson dealer.

2021 Harley Davidson Pan America
2021 Harley Davidson Pan America
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.


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