Harley-Davidson has presented the first travel enduro in the company’s history in detail. With 150 hp, 127 Nm and 242 kg, Harley sets clear standards and shocks the competition with a competitive price.
One thing is already certain: The Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 is not a tentative attempt by an outsider to get a few crumbs from the big cake of the travel enduro market segment. Based on the data and equipment features, it is clear: You studied the market and future competition in Milwaukee very carefully and then acted consistently.
There will be not just one Pan America 1250, but two model variants, the Pan America 1250 and the Pan America 1250 Special. The technical basis is the same: a tubular steel frame, a USD fork and a cast aluminum swing arm form the chassis. With the wheel sizes 19 and 17 inches and spring travel of 191 mm front and rear, Harley’s travel enduro has proven benchmarks. What you can seldom write at Harley: Both the 47 fork and the central spring strut combined with reversing levers can be adjusted in terms of spring preload, rebound and compression damping.
The engine is a new development. As BMW holds on to the Boxer, Harley cannot be dissuaded from the V2. At BMW, the current boxer engines still have the cylinder arrangement in common with the 500 from 1923, and the situation is similar with the latest V2 from Harley, called the Revolution Max 1250.
The liquid-cooled V2 with a 60 ° cylinder angle is designed with a short stroke of 105 x 72 mm and has a very high compression ratio of 13: 1. The crank pins are offset by 30 °, which means that the engine has the same firing order as a 90 ° -V2. The four valves per cylinder are each controlled by two overhead, chain-driven camshafts. The valve clearance is hydraulically balanced, and the intake and exhaust camshafts are equipped with a variable valve timing mechanism. Six gears and chain drive are a perfect match for this motorcycle.
The brakes are supplied by Brembo, a 320 double disc with radial calipers is installed at the front. The electronics are also up to date: ABS cornering, lean angle-dependent traction control, navigation system in the TFT display, cruise control, heated grips and smartphone connectivity.
The Pan America 1250 Special is more fully equipped, which increases the weight to 258 kg. The highlight is the semi-active chassis, with engine protection, protective bars, main stand, cornering light and steering damper installed.
The Pan America can optionally be equipped with spoked wheels and an “Adaptive Ride Height System”. This automatically lowers the chassis height and thus the seat height by 50 mm when the vehicle is stationary. The system offers further possibilities, for example the driver can lower the driving height, for example in difficult terrain when driving slowly. Something like this already existed on the Suzuki DR350SH in the mid-90s, but the lowering of the seat height, which is very popular with small drivers, soon disappeared again, and no one complained.
The bottom line is that the presentation of the Harley Pan America 1250 is a successful surprise: engine performance on par with the competition, equipment in line with the market and a shocker when it comes to weight: If the information is correct, Harley has mutated into a lightweight brand. And the prices mentioned are just one more surprise: The Pan America 1250 costs from 15,995 euros, the Special from 17,995 euros.