Harley-Davidson is going to build an adventure bike.
This morning, Harley-Davidson announced the new Pan America 1250 adventure bike, scheduled to hit the market in 2020. It’s a new direction for the company, and it’s an all-new platform. The Pan America will be built around a new liquid-cooled 60-degree V-twin. We don’t know much about that engine, only what we see in photos. Harley-Davidson is also making some noise about a new “modular” design, with engines of different capacity, so we may see this new V-twin available in different displacements, similar to the old Sportster design.
It would not be surprising to see this new V-twin replace the Sportster, as we’ve been saying for a while that the old air-cooled Sportster motor is going to be harder and harder to sell overseas due to emissions standards. The new liquid-cooled engine will be easier to tune for emissions reduction.
Harley-Davidson has released no specs for the new Pan America, only a minimal text blurb and photos that show a bike that looks like the love child of a Road Glide and a dual sport bike. Many of the components do look like something you’d see on a familiar adventure bike: trellis subframe, big wire wheels, skid plate, hand guards, etc. But, overall, it’s still definitely derived from Harley-Davidson’s Big Twin lineup.
Harley-Davidson does intend to make this machine offroad-worthy, though, as the marketing blurb reads “The commanding riding position allows the rider to see the world from another point of view. Travel coast-to-coast. On road or off.” Interesting times are ahead, for sure.