After decades of living in its comfort zone, Harley literally decided to become more adventurous. When it announced its plans of branching out, one of the models H-D showed us was the 2021 Pan America. Harley kept quiet while developing the adventure motorcycle, and until now hasn’t given us much info about it.
The Pan America’s looks are definitely polarizing, but if Tesla’s Cybertruck has taught us anything, it’s that it’s not important whether people like it or not – as long as they talk about it and create publicity. Most likely, it will make its official debut towards the end of the summer, Harley’s favored period for its yearly announcements. Harley’s pictures of the Pan America in off-roading settings has created high expectations for the 2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America – and adventure bike riders can be a ruthless bunch.
Harley-Davidson unveiled its new Revolution Max V-twin engine at EICMA 2019. It will come in two different sizes; the 975cc version will serve the upcoming Bronx streetfighter, and the 1,250cc will be fitted to the Pan America. Harley announced that the 1,250 will produce “more than” 145 hp and “more than” 90 lb-ft of torque.
Harley hasn’t said anything about the brake and suspension specifics yet, but it has confirmed that it’s collaborating with Brembo to design a new monobloc, four-piston caliper for the Pan America.
Michelin is also on board and has been tasked with developing a brand new set of tires specifically for the Harley adventurer.
The biggest concern is the weight. Harley-Davidson isn’t known for making lightweights, but with an adventure bike, the weight will be a deciding factor of how it’s received. There haven’t been any announcements about tank size, suspension travel, saddle height, accessories, or pricing.
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