New Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 adventure tourer

H-D has big plans for the future it seems - and a new adventure bike on the way.

Harley-Davidson Pan American protoype

THIS IS just coming in and we'll have more on it as soon as we can - but Harley-Davidson is making a big push for growth, with a stack of new, smaller bikes on the way, and confirmation of its Livewire electric bike project.

The most interesting thing in their release might be this though. A prototype of a new Harley adventure tourer, dubbed the Pan America. It's the first Harley-powered adventure machine since the unloved Buell Ulysses, and will hopefully be a stack better than that...

Here's a pic of the prototype - and it looks like a proper job indeed. The engine is an all-new modular, with a 1250cc capacity, DOHC heads, and what looks like a 60° V-angle. Harley's looking to make this engine in capacities from 500-1250cc, and with a choice of two transmissions too, which could suggest a possible shaft final drive as well as the belt drive shown on some prototypes. It could even mean there's a H-D autobox on the way.

The running gear is also bang up to date, with USD front forks, Brembo brakes and a cast alloy rear swingarm. It's hard to tell exactly what the final drive is from the released pics so far - but it could well feature a proper chain drive too. Woo!

If it didn't have the Bar and Shield logo on the side, you could well mistake it for a new Aprilia Capo Nord, or maybe even a stripped-down Ducati Multistrada. That is A Good Thing if you're not sure. 

We'll be posting more on Harley's announcements as we get it..

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