Harley-Davidson will launch the Pan America adventure bike next year, but before the motorcycle goes on sale, a prototype or so Harley says, is being showcased in the company's showrooms across Europe. The idea is to gauge customer reaction and possibly get some bookings for the motorcycle as well. The Pan America is Harley-Davidson's first foray into the adventure bike segment, and the design is somewhat different and radical from the common big ADV designs we are used to from Japanese and European manufacturers.
The Pan America gets a DOHC 60-degree, liquid-cooled V-twin engine, which has a balancer shaft to keep vibrations in check. The engine has claimed output of 145 bhp of max power and 122 Nm of peak torque. Other features include cruise control, Brembo brakes, adjustable windscreen, a big TFT instrument console, smartphone connectivity, heated grips and electronic suspension with some degree of adjustability. The brakes have been developed in collaboration with Brembo, to create a new radial Monobloc four-piston caliper that Harley says, 'complements the personality of the bike'. For tyres, Harley-Davidson has worked closely with Michelin to develop co-branded tyres which are wrapped around spoked rims.
Harley-Davidson and Hero MotoCorp, the world's largest manufacturer of two-wheelers by volume, have announced a new partnership for the India market. Under the new partnership and distribution agreement, Hero MotoCorp will sell and service Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and also sell parts and accessories, as well as general merchandise, riding gear and apparel through a network of brand-exclusive Harley-Davidson dealers and Hero's existing dealership network in India. According to a press statement, as part of a new Licensing agreement, Hero MotoCorp will develop and sell a range of premium motorcycles under the Harley-Davidson brand name.