Harley Davidson, the legendary motorcycle brand from Milwaukee has had all sorts of problems in the last few years. In India specifically, it has endured a very torrid stay. Its street 750 was marred with build quality issues and brake failure that tested customers patience. The brand had to close shop due to cut-throat competition and also due to the resurgence of Royal Enfield.
Harley Davidson however has been in the business for a long long time. Yes, times are incredibly tough for the brand at the moment, but if any company can weather past these situations, it is Harley Davidson. The company continues to fight slump with some exciting new launches on the cards. The most interesting of which is the Pan America Adventure Touring motorcycle.
Showcased way back in 2018, this bike has created quite a big hype on the internet since its the first such motorcycle from the brand. Harley has always made big bulky motorcycles that could go down the highway with speed and presence but would never go offroad. Pan America, however, is an all-new adventure motorcycle with long-travel suspension, upswept exhaust, a tall windscreen, bash plate and anything a motorcycle needs to be a good offroader. It would come with a 1250cc liquid-cooled engine with 60 degrees V-twin layout. Harley calls this design “Revolution Max”! This engine is capable of producing 143 bhp and 122NM of torque.
Covid-19 has affected every aspect of our lives and so has been the case with Harley. Pan America was slated to be launched in 2020 itself but a worldwide lockdown has pushed its launch to 22 February 2021.
This motorcycle is meant to be an adventure motorcycle, which is a fancy way of saying that it can go offroad as well can munch miles. If this motorcycle weighs around 250 kgs then it will directly compete with the likes of BMW 1250GS, Ducati Multistrada 1260 and Triumph Tiger 1200. If however, it manages to keep the weight around 225kgs it would compete with the likes of Honda Africa Twin, Tiger 900, Multistrada 900 and others. We must wait for 22 February 2021 when Harley Davidson Pan America is launched to know more about it.
Its India launch would certainly be delayed by a year or so since new motorcycles are rarely launched here when they are launched in the west.