In recent years, we’ve seen one of the most iconic motorcycle manufacturers in the world undergo a renaissance. Once known for purebred, unadulterated cruisers which embody the American spirit, Harley-Davidson began venturing into the world of electric motorcycles with the LiveWire. Additionally, the company has signed multiple partnerships with companies like Hero MotoCorp from India, as well as QianJiang Motors from China, to outsource development and production of various low-displacement bikes.
In 2018, Harley-Davidson toyed with the idea of rolling out an adventure bike, as well. A bike designed to travel all across America, while embodying the true Harley-Davidson spirit. Fast forward some three years later, and we get the Pan America. The word Pan, derived from Greek etymology translates to all, or everything—precisely what the new Pan America has been designed to be capable of traversing. At first glance, this big, bad, burly adventurer indeed looks like a capable machine both on and off-road. That said, let’s take a closer look at this beast and what it holds in store for the global market.
At the heart of the new Harley-Davidson Pan America is a massive 1,252cc V-twin engine equipped with dual overhead cams, liquid cooling, and Variable Valve Timing (VVT). All these tech features add up to an impressive 150 horsepower at a sky high 9,000 rpm—a rev limit other Harleys would never dream of hitting. The bike’s VVT system has been designed to improve power and torque at higher rpms, while optimizing performance towards fuel efficiency at the lower to mid range.
Holding the engine in place is a steel frame that makes use of the engine as a stressed member. This setup maximizes rigidity while minimizing overall weight. The bike is suspended on a set of Showa inverted forks equipped with a massive 7.48 inches of travel. A Showa mono-shock fitted with a piggyback reservoir provides a similar 7.48 inches of travel out back, as well. Lastly, an aluminum swingarm has been fitted to minimize weight.
As is the case with most adventure bikes, the Pan America comes equipped with a 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheel. Wrapping the wire-spoked wheels is a set of Michelin Scorcher Adventure tires, ensuring maximum capability both on and off-road. On the tech side, the bike comes with an impressive 6.8-inch full-color TFT instrument panel through which the rider can configure multiple settings such as riding modes, traction control, ABS, and many others. It comes standard with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Now, as far as pricing is concerned, the base model starts at $17,139 USD, or the equivalent of P857,000. However, if and when this bike makes its way to the local market, chances are we’ll see that figure rise to well beyond the P1-million mark. That said, all we can do is wait and see if and when Harley-Davidson Philippines will launch the brand new Pan America in the local market.