Back in February, Harley-Davidson unveiled its first ever adventure motorcycle, the Pan America 1250. Now just a couple of months down the road, the Pan America 1250 and the Pan America 1250 Special have made their way to Indian shores, with booking for the bike already open. The standard bike will be priced at Rs 16.9 lakh while the Pan America 1250 Special will be priced at Rs 19.99 lakh. Apart from this the company also announced prices for the 2021 model year range of motorcycle.
You can read all about the two bikes in more detail, here. But here’s a quick recap:
The Pan America 1250 is Harley-Davidson's foray into the world of adventure bikes. It uses the ‘Revolution Max 1250’ engine that has been built from the ground up and unlike typical lazy Harley V-Twins it has a 9500rpm redline and delivers 148bhp of power and 127Nm of torque.
The Pan America 1250 uses a three-piece frame (front, mid and rear) and since the engine acts as a load-bearing component, the three frames are bolted onto the engine. The bike uses a 19-inch front and 17-inch rear cast aluminum wheel setup with Michelin Scorcher Adventure rubber. Braking is handled by radially mounted Brembo calipers mounted on 320mm discs at the front and a 280mm rotor at the rear. In terms of suspension the standard variant gets 47mm Showa USD’s at the front and a Showa monoshock at the rear both of which are adjustable for preload, compression and rebound damping and offer 190mm of travel. Ground clearance also stands at a healthy 210mm. The Special gets a more sophisticated semi-active suspension set which also bestows the bike with a unique adaptive ride height feature. The standard bike weighs 242kg (kerb) while the Special with all the extra goodies weighs 254kg (kerb). Electronics include IMU based rider aids, riding modes (extra modes on the Special), hill hold control, cruise control all of which can be controlled via a 6.6-inch TFT touchscreen instrument cluster.
The 1250 Special, apart from electronic suspension, also benefits from more kit as standard that includes a tyre pressure monitoring system, a centre stand, heated grips, steering damper, an aluminum skid plate, adaptive LED headlamps and a multi position rear brake pedal.
Commenting on the commencement of bookings, Ravi Avalur, head, premium segment business unit, Hero MotoCorp, said, “We are excited to open the bookings for the 2021 range of Harley-Davidson motorcycles in India. The line-up is now strengthened with the introduction of the Pan America Adventure Tourer. The 2021 model range appeals to a broader consumer segment and will ensure Harley-Davidson’s leadership in the leisure motorcycling segment.”
Bookings for the Pan America 1250 are already underway and the bikes should be available in India shortly. Harley-Davidson will make use of the Hero MotoCorp network to expand its reach beyond the 12 dealerships that are there in the country. Harley-Davidson has also announced the prices for the rest of its 2021 model range. The Pan America 1250, once launched, will go up against the more expensive BMW R 1250 GS/GSA and the soon to launch Ducati Multistrada V4. Should make for an interesting comparison test, right?