Harley-Davidson is foraying into new segments in 2020, and the adventure-touring segment is one of them. The Pan America 1250 is its first adventure-touring motorcycle ever, and it sports the same structure as any big adv motorcycle – the tall stance, a windscreen, spoked rims and knobby tyres. It is based on the same platform that underpins the upcoming streetbike and cruiser. The headlamp section still looks like a Harley, because it is derived from the Road Glide. Long-travel suspension with inverted front forks, top-quality brakes and tyres that can handle both tarmac and the rough stuff are present.
The Pan America 1250 is still at a prototype stage, so it will be a while before it gets to the market. When it does, it has an uphill battle – there are stalwarts of the segment like the BMW R1200GS, Triumph Tiger, Honda Africa Twin and Ducati Multistrada that it needs to beat.
The Pan America will make its way to India soon after its global launch in 2020.