It was back in July 2018 when Harley-Davidson first revealed its plans about building a brand-new adventure motorcycle that would go by the name Pan America. We also saw some pictures of what the bike would look like when completed. Then the Pan America was spotted at a trade show earlier this year which hinted towards its unveil at the EICMA 2019. Well, it indeed made an appearance at the show but in a prototype form.
Apparently, the Pan America isn’t ready yet and Harley-Davidson will finally unveil it next year as a 2021 model. Well, until that happens, we have to live with whatever details we have about the bike so far.
The bike on display looked very similar to the previous prototype that we saw in the pictures. Now, it gets additional panniers and a top box for carrying luggage on those long-distance hauls. Harley-Davidson also revealed a few more details about the engine that would be powering the Pan America.
It is going to be Harley’s Revolution Max – a 1250cc, 60-degree layout V-Twin with liquid-cooling. It was first seen on the V-Rod power cruiser. This engine would churn out a max power of 143 bhp and we could see a peak torque figure of 122 Nm. The thing to note here is that most of Harley’s engines are of a 45-degree layout, unlike this one.
For adventure riding purposes, the Pan America gets features like a tall windscreen, knuckle guards, radiator guards, an upswept exhaust canister, long-travel suspension setup, spoke wheels, knobbier tyres, and an upright riding stance. Harley-Davidson didn’t reveal anything about the electronics but it is quite understandable that being a premium product, the Pan America is very likely to get a host of electronic aids.
When launched, Harley-Davidson Pan America will lock horns against BMW R 1250 GS Adventure, Triumph Tiger 1200, Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro and the KTM 1290 Super Adventure R.