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ADV News2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America Full Specs and Details Revealed

2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America Full Specs and Details Revealed

Harley Davidson's first adventure bike is finally officially unveiled.

Published on 02.22.2021
WATCH: 2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America Global Reveal

It’s been a long roll out for Harley-Davidson’s Pan America and a bold leap of faith into the adventure bike world for the cruiser-focused brand. Today the full cover has finally lifted with the global reveal of Harley’s ‘first’ adventure bike. Although the company’s video premiere is quick to emphasize they got their start in the early 1900s when there were few paved roads and all motorcycles were, by default, off-road capable. For a short time in the 60s and 70s, Harley made dirt bikes as well and even won a Baja 500 race in 1975. Then there were the Harley-powered Buell XB12X Ulysses from the 2000s that gave them a toe in the ADV game.

Since the first announcement of the Pan America in 2018, Harley’s venture into the Adventure segment has been met with plenty of skepticism. Today’s unveiling marks the end of speculating what the specs sheet has in store. Although the new machine is no lightweight trail bike by any means, its numbers look competitive with the big dog in the category — the BMW R1250GS. Key off-road specs such as suspension travel, ground clearance, weight, and seat height all match up well, and there is a similar level of advanced electronics and rider aids to improve confidence on the trail. They’ve even introduced an industry-first technology (Adaptive Ride Height) that is sure to get many riders intrigued. 

2021 Harley Davidson Pan America
The Pan America is equipped with Adaptive Ride Height (ARH), an innovative suspension system which automatically lowers the bike when it comes to a stop.
2021 Harley Davidson Pan America

The new Adventure Bike comes in two different flavors — the Pan America 1250 and Pan America 1250 Special loaded with extra features. At the heart of both models is the all-new Revolution Max 1250 engine, a liquid-cooled V-Twin pumping out 150 horsepower and 94 ft.-lbs. of torque. According to Harley, the new powerplant is designed to offer a broad powerband with emphasis on smooth low-end torque and low-speed throttle control for off-road riding. To minimize overall motorcycle weight (Pan America 1250 534lb. wet/Pan America 1250 Special 559lb. wet), the Revolution Max engine is integrated into the vehicle as the central member of the chassis and the drivetrain is chain driven. 


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Pan America models are equipped with technologies designed to enhance the riding experience, including multiple electronically controlled ride modes plus Cornering Rider Safety Enhancements. This broad collection of technologies is designed to match motorcycle performance to available traction during acceleration, deceleration and braking. The Pan America 1250 Special model is equipped with electronically adjustable semi-active front and rear suspension. As an industry-first innovation, Pan America is equipped with Adaptive Ride Height (ARH), a revolutionary new suspension system which automatically lowers the bike when it comes to a stop.

2021 Harley Davidson Pan America
At the heart of the Pan America is the all-new Revolution Max 1250 engine, a liquid-cooled V-Twin pumping out 150 horsepower and 94 ft.-lbs. of torque.

Chassis

The powertrain is a stressed member of the chassis, eliminating the traditional frame. Three distinct elements – the front frame, the mid frame and the tail section – bolt directly to the powertrain. This design reduces motorcycle weight and results in a stiff chassis that contributes to precise handling. The cast-aluminum swingarm minimizes unsprung weight. The chassis is designed with a 62.2-inch wheelbase, Harley says is suited for touring (especially with a passenger and loaded luggage) and off-road maneuverability.

2021 Harley Davidson Pan America

According to Harley the cast aluminum wheels (19-inch front and a 17-inch rear) are designed to be strong, yet light weight, intended for use on paved roads and un-paved surfaces, such as gravel roads and fire roads. Tubeless spoked wheels are also available as an option. Harley-Davidson and Michelin collaboratively designed a Scorcher Adventure tire for the Pan America models to meet the demands associated with adventure touring. Michelin Anakee Wild tires with a “knobby” tread pattern will be offered through Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories for riders seeking maximum off-road traction and a bold style profile.

Brembo Braking

2021 Harley Davidson Pan America

Harley-Davidson and Brembo collaborated on an all-new braking system for the Pan America™ models that is designed to provide the rider with outstanding braking feel and performance. A new radial monoblock four-piston (30 mm) caliper takes full advantage of the material characteristics to increase stiffness while reducing overall weight. Dual front brake rotors are 320mm in diameter; single rear-brake rotor is 280mm diameter. A new lightweight front brake master cylinder offers adjustable lever response.

Adjustable Suspension

The Pan America 1250 model features premium passive front and rear suspension that is fully adjustable for pre-load and compression/rebound damping. Suspension travel front and rear is 7.48 inches (190mm). Front suspension is provided by a SHOWA® 1 by 1 47mm inverted cartridge fork. Rear suspension is a SHOWA® Piggyback reservoir shock with adjustable hydraulic preload. The rear suspension incorporates a linkage system which provides a progressive feel through the stroke and maintains a comfortable, compliant ride on-road, while providing superior support for off-road conditions.

Touchscreen Display

2021 Harley Davidson Pan America

All instrumentation and infotainment functions are displayed on a tilting 6.8-inch TFT touchscreen (thin-film-transistor, a type of liquid-crystal display noted for high image quality and contrast). Its non-reflective glass cover makes it easier to view in most lighting conditions. The touchscreen function is disabled when the motorcycle is in motion, but the rider can use hand controls to manage many functions of the screen display when the motorcycle is moving. The display supports infotainment generated by the rider’s Bluetooth-equipped mobile device, including music and calls. Navigation is supplied by the free Harley-Davidson® App for iOS or Android.  

Cornering Rider Safety Enhancements

2021 Harley Davidson Pan America

The Pan America 1250 model is equipped with Cornering Rider Safety Enhancements, a collection of technologies designed enhance rider confidence during unexpected situations or poor road conditions. The systems are electronic and utilize the latest chassis control, electronic brake control and powertrain technology. Cornering enhanced technology utilizes an inertial measurement unit, IMU, for optimal intervention when the motorcycle is leaned compared to when the motorcycle is upright. Elements of Cornering Rider Safety Enhancements for the Pan America 1250 model include: Cornering Enhanced Electronically Linked Braking, Cornering Enhanced Antilock Braking System, Cornering Enhanced Traction Control System, Cornering Enhanced Drag-Torque Slip Control System, and Hill Hold Control.  

Ride Modes

Selectable Ride Modes electronically control the performance characteristics of the motorcycle, and the level of technology intervention. Five modes are available on the base model (4 are pre-programmed and one can be customized). The Pan America™ 1250 Special model has two additional modes that can be customized by the owner. Pre-programed ride modes for the Pan America 1250 models include Road, Sport, Rain, Off-Road and Off-Road Plus. Each Ride Mode consists of a specific combination of power delivery, engine braking, Cornering Enhanced Antilock Braking System (C-ABS) and Cornering Enhanced Traction Control System (C-TCS) settings. The rider may use the MODE button on the right-hand controller to change the active ride mode while riding the motorcycle or when stopped, with some exceptions.  

Additional Pan America 1250 Model Features

2021 Harley Davidson Pan America

The exhaust system is crafted from corrosion-resistant 304-series stainless steel and designed to meet global emissions (including Euro V) and sound regulations without compromising durability or the performance experienced by the rider. The catalyst is located as close to the engine as possible to minimize its size and weight and also keep heat away from the rider. A pair of mufflers – one below the engine and the second on the right side of the motorcycle – adds volume to the exhaust system, which allows effective sound muffling with minimal back pressure, which improves performance. The exhaust system is designed to create clearance under the motorcycle to limit potential impact damage during off-road riding, and to not compromise lean angle.

2021 Harley Davidson Pan America
2021 Harley Davidson Pan America
  • The rider portion of the seat has a high and low position which allows the rider to achieve a better fit on the motorcycle. Seat height adjustment does not require tools. Unladen seat height is 34.2 inches in the low position and 35.2 inches in the high position.
  • A four-position windscreen can be adjusted with one hand, using a lever adjacent to the display screen, through a range of 1.8 inches to best match rider stature, preference or changing environmental conditions.
  • Cruise control is standard equipment.
  • A lightweight aluminum fuel tank holds 5.6 gallons for extended riding range. The fuel filler is located forward on the top of the tank so it will not be covered by most tank bags, making it easier to fuel up with a bag in place. The fuel tank is shaped to optimize the capacity of the engine intake airbox, which is located below the tank.
  • The Pan America™ 1250 model features all-LED lighting designed to deliver signature style and outstanding performance with and additional focus on rugged durability in the off-road environment. The Daymaker® Signature LED headlamp has been designed using new photometric analysis technology to produce outstanding “punch” down the road with a very homogenous spread of light; eliminating distracting “hot spots.”
  • The front turn signals are positioned to be protected by the brush guard during off-road riding.
  • Paint Color: Vivid Black, River Rock Gray with Medallion

Pan America 1250 Special Model

The Pan America 1250 Special model is loaded with the following additional exclusive features:

2021 Harley Davidson Pan America
  • Semi-Active Front and Rear Suspension with Vehicle Load Control
    The Pan America™ 1250 Special model is equipped with electronically adjustable semi-active front and rear suspension. Utilizing data provided by sensors on the motorcycle, this suspension system automatically controls damping to suit the prevailing conditions and riding activity. These suspension components are provided by SHOWA, while the control software was developed by Harley-Davidson. The Vehicle Loading Control system senses the weight of the rider, a passenger and luggage to select optimal suspension sag by automatically adjusting rear preload. Unladen seat height is 33.4 inches in the low position and 34.4 inches in the high position.
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
    The TPMS displays current front and rear tire pressure on the on the color display screen and displays an indicator to alert the rider when tire pressure is low, and the pressure should be checked. Maintaining proper tire air pressure is important both for vehicle performance and tire life.
  • Center Stand
    The center stand supports the parked motorcycle in an upright position. With the center stand deployed the parked motorcycle takes up less space than it would leaning on its side stand, a benefit when garage space is tight. The stand also raises the rear wheel off the ground to facilitate maintenance and tire changes, at home or in the backcountry.
  • Multi-Position Rear Brake Pedal
    Without using tools, the rear-brake foot pedal height can be changed between two positions to improve control and comfort when the rider is standing. Standing while riding through off-road terrain can improve control of the motorcycle and improve rider’s vision of the trail ahead.
  • Brush Guard
    Tubular steel brush guards are designed to protect the radiator and help support the motorcycle in a tip-over event.
  • Aluminum Skid Plate
    This rugged skid plate is designed to protect the engine crankcase from impacts.
  • Daymaker® Signature Adaptive Headlamp
    Advanced Daymaker® Adaptive Headlamp technology utilizes the ABS IMU to determine the lean angle of the motorcycle and automatically project additional light into corners to illuminate areas of the road that may be unlit by an LED headlamp without this technology. The system includes three LED elements per side, located just above the main Daymaker headlamp. The adaptive lamps illuminate in sequence based on motorcycle lean angle, at 8 degrees, 15 degrees and 23 degrees. Rather than just switching on and off, the current to the adaptive elements ramps up gradually so the additional lighting is progressive and appears almost seamless to the rider. The system functions when the headlight is in either high-beam or low-beam mode.
  • Heated Hand Grips and Hand Wind Deflectors
    Both provide added comfort when riding in cool weather. Heated grips have three temperature settings, selected with a button on the hand control.
  • Steering Damper
    A steering damper enhances dynamic performance during aggressive off-road riding.
2021 Harley Davidson Pan America
  • Factory Installed Option: Adaptive Ride Height
    Harley-Davidson is the first to offer this technology in the motorcycle industry, and Adaptive Ride Height (ARH) is an option for the Pan America™ 1250 Special model only. ARH enables a lower seat height when the motorcycle is at rest, without compromising ground clearance in motion.

    This innovative suspension system automatically transitions the motorcycle between a low stopped position and optimal ride height when the motorcycle is in motion. The system allows the rider to mount the Pan America 1250 Special model with ease, and facilitates placing feet down to the ground at a stop, by lowering the seat height 1 to 2 inches (depending on automatically selected rear pre-load, which determines ride height when the bike is moving). Unladen seat height is 32.7 inches in the low position and 33.7 inches in the high position.  ARH retains all of the features of the semi-active front and rear suspension.
2021 Harley Davidson Pan America
  • ARH does not compromise suspension travel – full travel is always maintained – and does not compromise lean angle, ground clearance or ride quality.
  • There are four selectable Adaptive Ride Height sub-modes: 1) Auto Mode: The system determines how quickly to lower the suspension based on how aggressive the braking action is, with the target of having the suspension fully lowered when the bike comes to a stop. 2/3) Short Delay and Long Delay Modes: In these modes the lowering function is delayed until the motorcycle comes to a stop, so that full ride height is maintained while the motorcycle is moving at low speeds, such as when negotiating a parking lot. 4) Locked Mode: The Adaptive Ride Height system will always maintain the normal ride height and does not lower at a stop. This mode might be selected by a tall rider who does not need Adaptive Ride Height to be flat footed at a stop, or for off-road riding when full ride height is desirable at low speeds.
2021 Harley Davidson Pan America
  • Factory Installed Option: Tubeless Laced Wheels
    The stainless-steel spokes are inserted through the aluminum wheel rim outside of the tire bead. This design allows the use of a tubeless tire, which eliminates the weight of an inner tube. Plus, the spokes are repairable in the field without removing the wheel from the motorcycle or removing the tire from the wheel.

Availability and Pricing

The Pan America 1250 and Pan America 1250 Special models will arrive at Harley-Davidson dealerships in Spring 2021. MSRP for the standard version starts at $17,319 and $19,999 for the ‘special’ version. The new bike will be offered in Vivid Black; Gauntlet Gray Metallic; Deadwood Green (select international markets only); two-tone Baja Orange and Stone Washed White Pearl.

2021 Harley Davidson Pan America

Harley-Davidson Pan America Specs

ENGINE:Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 60-Degree V-Twin
DISPLACEMENT:1,252cc (76.3 cu in)
BORE X STROKE:4.13 in. (105 mm) x 2.83 in (72 mm)
HORSEPOWER:150 @ 9,000 RPM
COMPRESSION RATIO:13:01
FUEL SYSTEM:Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
EXHAUST:2-into-1-into-1; catalyst in header
TORQUE:94 ft-lbs @ 6,750 RPM
CHARGING:Three-phase, 45 Amp system (300 Watts @13 Volts, 1200 rpm, 585 Watts max power @ 13 Volts, 2250 rpm)
ELECTRIC POWER OUTLETUSB C-Type , Output 5V at 2.4 Amp
DRIVETRAIN:Chain Driven
FRONT FORK:47mm USD Fork with compression, rebound and preload adjustability. Special model only: Electronically adjustable semi-active damping control.
REAR SHOCK:Linkage-mounted piggyback monoshock with compression, rebound and preload adjustability. Special model only: Automatic electronic preload control and semi-active compression & rebound damping on Special model.
SUSPENSION TRAVEL:7.5″ (190mm) front and rear
RAKE:25 degrees
TRAIL:6.2″
WHEELBASE:62.2″
GROUND CLEARANCE:8.3″
LENGTH:89.2″
SEAT HEIGHT (High/Low Seat):34.2″/35.2″; 32.7″/33.7″ (With ARH)
FRONT TIRE:120/70R19 60V
REAR TIRE:170/60R17 72V
TIRE TYPE:Michelin Scorcher Adventure, Radial
FRONT WHEEL:19″ x 3″ Cast Aluminum, satin black (Anodized aluminum tubeless spoke wheels optional)
REAR WHEEL:17″ x 4.5″ Cast Aluminum, satin black (Anodized aluminum tubeless spoke wheels optional)
FRONT BRAKE:320mm twin discs. Radially mounted, monoblock, 4-piston caliper, with cornering ABS
REAR BRAKE:280mm disc. Floating single piston caliper, with cornering ABS
DISPLAY:6.8″ touchscreen color TFT with Bluetooth phone connectivity
OIL CAPACITY:4.75 qt. (4.5 l)
COOLANT CAPACITY:2.32 qt. (2.2 l)
SERVICE INTERVAL:First 1,000 miles (1,600 km), every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) thereafter
FUEL CAPACITY:5.6 gal.
FUEL ECONOMY:48 mpg (4.9 l/100 km)
WEIGHT (FULLY FUELED):534 lb. (Standard); 559 lb. (Special)
GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT RATING:1,003 lb. (455 kg)
WARRANTY:24 months (unlimited mileage)
MSRP:$17,319 (Standard); $19,999 (Special)
AVAILABLE COLORS:Standard: River Rock Gray & Vivid Black. Special: River Rock Dark Gray, Vivid Black, Deadwood Green, Baja Orange & Stone washed White Pearl.

Author: ADV Pulse Staff
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  1. Pingback: 2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America Full Specs and Details Revealed - ADVENTURE & OVERLAND MOTORCYCLE TRAVEL

  2. I’m still not sure I like the design of the bike especially with the two tone color scheme, its not ugly however there are definitely better looking bikes on the market. Other than that I think Harley has done a good job in terms of specs, features and pricing. Of particular interest is the adaptive ride height feature. Overall I still think seat height is on the high side, also I would have liked more than 1.8″ of adjustment on the windscreen. It will be interesting to see the road and off-road reviews on this bike – I don’t think Harley has hit a home run with this bike however based on the specs, features and pricing it should be well positioned to compete with the other bikes in this segment.

  3. I like the risk Harley has taken. It’s different enough to stand out in the ADV crowd. What a great idea the adaptive ride height, fantastic engineering if it works as advertised. Looking forward to seeing it person.

    • So… Don’t buy it, then?

      The styling cues and design language are blatantly obvious to anyone that is familiar with Harley’s production bikes in the last 20 years, and this thing is CHOCK FULL of innovative, bleeding-edge tech, aggressive curves, and a next-gen powerplant with a comprehensive engine management and chassis control suite.

      We GET it, bud- You don’t like Harley; Trust me, EVERYONE knows, already… But hey, that’s what happens when you start trying to give a brand new, unreleased product bad press.

  4. Styling is subjective obviously but this design is just too un-appealing to me. At least in black its less ugly. Sounds like the specs and price are in order for the uber ADV category. Hope it works well. I’m also curious to see how the engine stacks up against the big KTM.

  5. This new Harley motorcycle is a real eye-opener. Did Harley have this engineering technology all along and never used it? This motorcycle could be a game-changer for Harley. And when you view this motorcycle it does look pretty nice, pictures don’t do it justice.

    • I think Its going to take a bite out of the GS market ! Looks wise it perhaps is as ugly as the beamer.. actually better looking, since it doesn’t have that unsightly protrusion of a boxer engine and no idiotic beak !! Reliability wise, beamers are bottom of the list, while, harleys are placed right after the Japanese bikes… but this one seems to be built rugged, so hopefully a lot more reliable than their fat, unwholesome cruisers. Technology wise, the specs seem to be top of the line with plenty innovations. Hopefully they win big with it…as that may motivate them to reach a broader group of riders than the show-queens that usually are attracted to the brand !!

  6. This not only good for HD and showcases tech via a new entry into an ultra competitive segment of the MC market. I believe it will push innovation by the other players. Personally I have had no previous desire to own an adventure bike, too tall a seat hight and limited appeal. I’m sure some of the innovative tech may trickle into other HD models. HD is firmly in 2021 with this new model, not 1921….(tho I love antique mc’s).

  7. A big plus will be dealer availabilty nationwide. You don’t only buy the bike, you buy the support system. HD has that hands down and along with brand loyalty will be huge in the decision of which adventure bike to buy.

    • this might be an argument in the US, but certainly not worldwide ! furthermore they’ve just entered a very competitive segment with lots of alternative to the new HD (BMW GS, KTM SuperDuke, Triumph Tiger, Ducati Multistrada, Yamaha SuperTenere …)

  8. I really like the Pan America. I believe that the Pan America will be the bike for the new and old Harley customer. I have had 7 Harley bikes in the last 5 years and just purchased the 2021 Harley Road Glide Special and The 2021 Heritage Classic, now i will have to purchase the Pan America to add to my bikes. This will be a game changer for Harley.

  9. I believe it’s one of the only adventure touring bikes that does not look like an insect invading us from Asia. The technology on the bike is amazing and it looks great. The weight is not for the faint of heart but a challenge to off roaders to step up their game. This is an on road, off road bike that will appeal to all ages and will grind through road conditions of any type. Give it a chance guys and i am sure it will not dissapoint.

  10. The Pan America Predator would be a great name for it. It will definitely devour most other adventure touring bikes on the market.

  11. My first impression is that this bike is too ugly to live, but then again I ride a 2001 R1150 GS and it’s hardly a beauty queen. But what matters is how it performs. I am very interested in taking one out for a test ride and if it does what I’m looking for I’d seriously consider buying. On the plus side it does stand out from all the GSs we have over here in the EU.

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