Harley-Davidson launches the first-ever Pan America

Published February 23, 2021, 6:09 PM

by Inigo Roces

A Harley for off-road

2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 and 1250 Special

After years of teasing, Harley-Davidson has finally taken the wraps off the Pan America, its first ever adventure bike,

The Pan America will be available in two adventure touring variants, the 1250 and 1250 Special.

Pan America 1250cc Revolution Max engine

Powering both variants is an all-new 150-hp Revolution Max 1250 engine. This new creation is a liquid-cooled 1,250cc V-Twin designed to offer a broad powerband.

The Revolution Max engine is integrated into the bike as the central member of the chassis. It forms part of a three-piece chassis construction, composed of the front frame, mid frame, and tail section which bolt directly to the powertrain.

This design reduces motorcycle weight and results in a stiff chassis that contributes to precise handling. The cast-aluminum swingarm minimizes unsprung weight. The chassis is designed with a 62.2-inch wheelbase, ideal for touring capability (especially with a passenger and loaded luggage) and agile handling required for off-road maneuverability.

2021 Pan America off-road

Keeping it aloft is a Showa 1 by 1 47mm inverted cartridge front fork. The 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.

Bringing it to a stop are new twin  Brembo radial monoblock four-piston (30 mm) calipers in front, biting 320 mm rotors. In the rear is a 280 mm rotor.

It rides on cast aluminum wheels (19-inch front and a 17-inch rear) shod on Michelin Scorcher Adventure tires collaboratively designed for the Pan America models.

As for the rider, he gets a 6.8-inch TFT touchscreen instrument panel. It can be tilted for optimum visibility while 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.

It supports mobile apps via Bluetooth-equipped mobile devices, including music and calls. Navigation is supplied by the free Harley-Davidson App for iOS or Android.

2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250

The rider also gets selectable ride modes with five to choose from. 4 are pre-programmed and one can be customized. The pre-programed ride modes are Road, Sport, Rain, Off-Road and Off-Road Plus. The customizable mode lets the rider choose power delivery, engine braking, Cornering Enhanced Antilock Braking System (C-ABS) and Cornering Enhanced Traction Control System (C-TCS) settings. Cruise control is fitted as standard.

There are also rider aids to make the Pan America easy to rain in during difficult situations or poor road conditions. Cornering enhanced technology utilizes an inertial measurement unit, IMU, for optimal intervention when the motorcycle is leaned compared to when the motorcycle is upright. These suite is made up of Cornering Enhanced Electronically Linked Braking, Cornering Enhanced Antilock Braking System, Cornering Enhanced Traction Control System, Cornering Enhanced Drag-Torque Slip Control System, and Hill Hold Control.

2021 Pan America 1250 and 1250 Special

Other standard equipment is a stainless steel lightweight exhaust. The Pan America also has an adjustable seat with a high and low position.

The windscreen can be adjusted to one of four positions with just a lever. Finally, it comes with a Daymaker Signature LED headlamp and all LED lighting.

The regular Pan America is available in Vivid Black, River Rock Gray with Medallion.

2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 Special with accessories

However, you might want to opt for the Pan America 1250 Special as it throws in a lot more exclusive equipment.

For one, it comes with semi-active front and rear suspension with Vehicle Load Control, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), center stand, Multi-Position Rear Brake Pedal (adjustable without tools), brush guard, aluminum skid plate, Adaptive Daymaker Signature Headlamp, heated hand grips and hand wind deflectors, a steering damper, Adaptive Ride Height with 4 modes (Auto, Short and Long Delay, and Locked), and tubeless spoked wheels.

The Pan America 1250 Special is available in Vivid Black; Gauntlet Gray Metallic; Deadwood Green; two-tone Baja Orange and Stone Washed White Pearl; all with Split Graphic.

2021 Pan America 1250 on-road

“From its inception more than a century ago, when many roads were little more than dirt trails, Harley-Davidson has stood for adventure. So I’m very proud to present Pan America as the first adventure touring bike designed and built in America,” said Jochen Zeitz, chairman, president and CEO Harley-Davidson.

“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 Pan America’s passion for adventure to the world.

2021 Pan America 1250 Special

The Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 and 1250 Special will be offered by authorized Harley-Davidson dealers in the Philippines. Contact them to express your interested. Unfortunately, prices have yet to be announced.