- New Pan America 1250 revealed
- Gets 150bhp motor
- Loaded with electronic equipment
Harley-Davidson’s most awaited motorcycle – the Pan America 1250 has finally been revealed. The BMW R1250GS rival was first announced about three years ago through the company’s new product expansion strategy.
This big ADV gets its power from a brand new engine – 1250cc V-Twin DOHC engine that churns out more power than its BMW rival at 150bhp but less torque than its German rival. The six-speed gearbox is new that is mated to this new engine. Unlike its main rival, this Harley transfers power to the rear wheel via a chain drive.
The Pan America 1250 rides on Show suspension setup with 47mm BFF forks at the front and a piggyback monoshock at the back. This setup is adjustable for preload, compression and rebound. The Special variant comes with a semi-active unit that automatically adjusts the damping and riding style and road conditions. The Pan America is a modern bike and that’s why it gets electronic aids like traction control system, five riding modes –sport, rain, road, off-road and off-road plus. There’s a custom off-road mode as well that lets the rider choose TCS, ABS, throttle response, torque delivery and suspension settings. All these can be selected through the 6.8inch instrument cluster which can be tilted (for standing up riding). But the touch controls will be disabled as the bike starts moving. Then the switchgear needs to be used to change the settings.
The Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 has been priced at £14,000 (Rs 14.27 lakh) for the base variant and £15,500 (Rs 15.80 lakh) for the Special variant. Interestingly, these prices are almost on par with the BMW R1250GS which has been leading this segment for decades now.
We can expect the Pan America 1250 to hit Indian market in the next few months and when it comes, expect the company showrooms to be filled with new set of buyers and not the traditional ones. But if the bike needs to do good sales, it needs to undercut the BMW R1250GS by a decent margin.