H-D Press kit pic:
H-D Press kit pic:
I went looking for an image of the Pan America from the side, and found this article - very interesting motorcycle. Very interesting indeed. Says 150 Hp, 242 Kg wet. It seems to have knobby tyres as well....
Expedition Portal has some nice pictures of the PanAmerica and a great quote from Bill Rodencal, Harley Davidson Museum Collections Lead, who said : “What’s a road? To a motorcycle, what isn’t?”
The article reminds readers that Harley's early competition on roads were horses and buggys on totally unpaved roadways......
I don't know if modern buyers will totally buy this argument, but there is some truth to the meme that waay back in the beginning, Harley began in the dirt........ Some interesting points about adjustable ride heights in the article too, for short legged riders.
At 2/3rds the price of the Live Wire, I suspect it might be a much bigger seller in the Harley line than the Live Wire. I'll bet Ewan McGregor wished he had this bike in South America too, when he was looking for a plug to charge his Live Wire in Long Way Up.
Not even Harley expected to sell many Live Wires. It has performed other purposes.
Re-branding / brand perception, infrastructure set up and like. And it got them global press on an unprecedented scale.
I'm curious to see what happens with this one. While I'm not a fan of the cyclops styling I could see how this might be a good mount. It checks a lot of boxes for sure but I wonder about two things that only time will tell;
First, what will the harley dealership support be? As mentioned Buell only got a little bit of support because it wasn't a big seller. Here we have a bike that isn't anything like what the dealer has seen before. Will they accept it or sideline it?
Second is the target audience. It seem harley is looking to convert some of the existing ADV crowd, and that is going to bring a bunch of dusty, textile wearing, full-face helmet people into their buildings. Also something they have never really seen before. Will they be accepted? Do they know that the ADV community can be frugal? (Joke: What's the cheapest thing on a BMW? The rider.)
I think we are going to see some interesting social interactions in the future. I, for one, embrace a larger selection of bikes if only to make the competition stronger. I also hope for Harleys sake, that this is a successful venture.