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Hoping to throttle into the adventure touring market as intensely as possible, H-D focused on lighter weight. The standard weighs 534 pounds with a full tank of gas, and the Special 559 pounds (well worth it due to the extras that are discussed below).
To help keep weight down, Harley uses a cast-aluminum swingarm, and an aluminum 5.6-gallon elongated fuel tank that sits lower within the frame to keep the center of gravity lower—something off-road riders crave while piloting a bigger ADV bike.
What adventure bike would be worthy without larger wheels?
The base model rolls on 19-inch front/17-inch rear cast wheels, with the option to upgrade to the stainless steel cross-laced spoked wheels ($500 premium). The wheels are wrapped in 90/10, street-biased Michelin Scorcher Adventure tires.
These wheels slow and stop by the best braking name on the motorcycle market: Brembo. Two 320mm discs up front are squeezed by a 4-piston caliper, and a single 280mm disc by a floating single-piston caliper out back, providing more than enough braking power for a sub-600 pound motorcycle.
Other tasty bits for the bike that seems to mate a small and fixed Road Glide fairing with a Fat Bob headlight include a 6.8-inch color TFT touchscreen dashboard and a 33.5 to 34.5-inch adjustable seat.
Pan America 1250 Special owners also get the option for Adaptive Ride Height (ARH), which lowers the bike 1 to 2 inches while stopped. No worries about remaining flat foot when stopped, something that many shorter riders complain about when riding some of the most popular big adventure bikes.
Pricing starts at $17,319 for the standard, and $19,999 for the special, placing the Pan America in the pricing range of most top-selling ADV bikes.
Adventure riders will also want to splurge for the Special, considering it arrives stock not only with ARH, but also the stainless steel cross-laced spoked wheels, a more robust skid plate, crash bars, heated grips, an Öhlins steering damper, and a center stand.
Stay tuned for more on the Pan America, including a lineup of Touratech products for America’s newest adventure bike. Also check our blog for a Pan America review further confirming that Harley has delivered a serious American competitor into a world controlled by Bravarians and Austrians.