2018 Africa Twin Adventure Sports
Not sure if anyone has seen this video but i thought it was interesting.
They have been working on it for at least a couple of years. Teasers would show up from time to time. Hopefully they did their homework. It is a tough market to enter with well established competition. Harley cannot afford to get this one wrong. Harley's bikes have come a long way over the years. If test rides ever get going again, I would love to try one. I have ridden a few Harleys over the years but never found one I really wanted to own. I really like my Africa Twin. For me to buy a Pan America it would have to impress me far more than the Honda. That would be a high benchmark to meet.Hey gang,
There may be other or previous threads on this but, my son and son-in-law just sent me this video. It's a Harley ADV bike intro. If this is new, I was wondering if and when Harley was gonna venture into the ADV market.
A nice collection of lumps, indeed.Other pictures i have seen it does not look much bigger than say a KTM motor. Its just not buried by the frame and a bunch of body work which definelty would give the illusion that its massive. It is definitely showcased which given that HD makes it that is not a surprise at all. In some of the pics i have seen the motor looks more compact than the one in my old Multi 1200. Time will tell on how well they balanced the bike out. Harley only has one chance to get this right, they know it and by looking at the specs it looks like they did their homework. This is not the underpowered, overweight pig that everyone thought it would be by any stretch. Time will tell the story on whether or not they can steal some sales away from BMW, KTM, Honda etc.
In these pics it seems pretty compact or at least not wildly out of proportion compared to others in its class.
Compared to say this engine which is from the Multistrada 1260
Or this one from the KTM 1290
@Cuchulainn First time I saw a pic of the bike's nose my first thought was the Cylons from the TV series Battlestar Galactica!Sorry about the Megaforce joke. But every time I see the front end of the Pan America I think about that movie bike or Bender from Futurama
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Anything else is just speculation. My thinking is that they will try to go after the premium ADV bike market pricing themselves in at or above the BMW R1250GS and KTM 1290 Adventure. But they don't have the pedigree or experience of either. That said, it will probably do better than the Motoguzzi Stelvio in sales, simply because of the HD nameplate on it.
Spoked Wheels cost extra
A while back I almost got a HD dual sport, had a chance to pick up one that HD made for military trials ( they didn’t get the bid).