Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 to contest Spanish rally with Joan Pedrero

Harley-Davidson announced it will be entering the Baja Espana Aragon with the Spanish rider Joan Pedrero and a stock Pan America 1250.

Joan Pedrero on Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250. - Harley-Davidson/Victor Gaudo

Harley-Davidson is not well-known for its racing exploits in Europe. In America, it competes in the MotoAmerica King of the Baggers series, and Harley has a history in American Flat Track, of course.

Additionally, Harley-Davidson is not necessarily seen as a big off-road brand. Aside from its flat track exploits, the default mental image of a Harley is pretty much a cruiser. 

That, of course, was somewhat changed when Harley launched the Pan America. With a 1250, and now the 1250 Special, too, coming into the Pan America range, the famous American brand has established itself as an off-road brand of sorts, and now it is looking to address its international racing status. 

To do that, it is entering the Baja Espana Aragon. This year, the race will celebrate its 38th edition between 22-24 July 2022. It is regarded as one of the most important races in the Spanish All Terrain Rally Championship, “as well as a classic in the World Cup,” Harley says. 

For 2022, and this 38th edition of the race, there will be the addition of the Trail category. This will be the one which Harley’s Pan America 1250 will be entered in, with its rider Joan Pedrero. The Spaniard is a veteran of the Dakar Rally, where he has gained experience which will be vital in overcoming the difficulties of racing a stock bike from a brand not accustomed to rallying in the extreme heat of the Teruel desert, and over the difficult terrain that such a place contains. 

Mick Extance & Harley-Davidson Adventure Centre | Taking the Pan America off-road

Mick Extance & Harley-Davidson Adventure Centre | Taking the Pan America off-road