Harley-Davidson® has broken the mold with the new 2021 Pan America! It is the first Adventure Touring model designed straight from the drawing board to the production line to wear the Bar & Shield. Have there been other models over the years that Harley-Davidson marketed as dual-purpose, enduro, or off-road bikes? Indeed, there have been several. But the Pan America is the first model intentionally created from scratch to dominate the ADV segment.
The point of this article is to cover the top 7 reasons why the Harley-Davidson Pan America is the ultimate motorcycle for ALL of Oklahoma's roads, regardless of their surface. Below, you'll find links to some great articles with more technical information about the Pan America that you might find interesting.
While you're reading, listen in on our 1st Week Review phone call with Kyle H., Route 66 Harley-Davidson's first Pan America buyer, recorded one week after he took delivery the first week of June and has put over 7000 miles on it since. We hope to do a follow up interview with him soon!
TOP 7 Reasons Why You NEED a Harley-Davidson Pan America from Route 66 Harley-Davidson
1: Accessibility - Within a half-hour of Route 66 Harley-Davidson, you can leave Tulsa and be on some great gravel and dirt roads that will take you to places you've likely never seen before!
- Head north on US 75 and take the Skiatook exit toward Pawhuska. This curvy road is a blast ride! When you get to Pawhuska, grab some lunch at the Pioneer Woman Mercantile and enjoy the unique shopping downtown. Along the way, head off on one of many gravel roads to explore the beautiful terrain around Osage county, but be sure to make your way toward Bluestem Falls to cool off and relax before making your way back toward Bartlesville,
- If you've never been there, or haven't been there recently, plan to stop at the Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve. It is a great reminder about our history and the beauty of our great state! Grab some satisfying home cookin' at Murphy's Original Steakhouse before making your way back to Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Sapulpa, or wherever you call home. But before you get too far out of Bartlesville, be sure to visit Gravity Hill. Legend has it that the laws of physics are reversed here as you can put your bike in neutral and coast uphill! Check it out for yourself and see if it's true!
- We'll be publishing an Oklahoma ADV Guide soon. It will feature some great places you can ride your Harley-Davidson Pan America. Join our Pan America notification list by completing the form below if you'd like to receive it.
2: Versatility - The Pan America is easily customized to your individual riding preferences and needs, giving you access to various virtually unlimited riding destinations. It has five different riding modes, including two specifically for off-road conditions that maximize your traction and confidence as a rider. On a paved highway, the Pan America is a rocket ship! Several buyers have commented that despite being an "Adventure" bike, the Pan America is the fastest, most breathtakingly responsive motorcycle they've ever ridden on the street! It truly is the best of both worlds and opens up access to places previously off-limits. With advanced Cornering RIder Safety Enhancements, the Pan America provides electronic stability, traction, and braking enhancements to maximize control in various riding conditions.
3: Comfort - Despite its utilitarian, two-wheel-multitool appearance, riders have universally praised how comfortable the Pan America is to ride, even on extraordinarily long rides. Furthermore, the Pan America Special is offered with an optional industry-first ADAPTIVE RIDE HEIGHT adjustment. Amazingly, the seat height automatically lowers when decelerating to a stop and raises when accelerating. This feature alone opens up the customer pool to riders who have been uncomfortable with the tall seat heights typically associated with Adventure bikes. With an optional low seat and automatic ride height adjustment, the Harley-Davidson Pan America is the most comfortable adventure touring bike ever made for small to average-sized riders. With cruise control and the advanced ABS/RDRS-based traction control system, riders can ride far, ride fast, and ride in any condition mother nature can throw at them while feeling good doing it! The windscreen has an easy to operate, fully-functional one-hand height adjustment lever! Wind protection at highway speed is surprisingly effective as it directs airflow right over your helmet.
4: Performance - With 150HP, the 1250 Revolution Max® engine propels the bike as fast or faster than 98% of its riders will ever want to go! Torque is outstanding at over 94 ft-lbs. Words used to describe acceleration: "Crazy fast!" "Scary fast!" "Super quick!". Terms used to describe power: "Unstoppable", "2-wheeled Jeep", and "Mule".
5: Appearance - This is subjective, but the folks we've talked to love the look of the Pan America. Instead of the insect-eye look of the major competitors in this segment, the Pan America looks like a Harley-Davidson ADV bike should look - a freakin' beast, not an insect! There's more to appearances than meets the eye. For example, the headlight not only looks cool, it's also got the DAYMAKER ADAPTIVE HEADLIGHT that functions similarly to H-D's top touring bikes. Meaning bright LED light is broadcast on the road far in front of where you're heading - that means into the curve. The engine is undeniable Harley, but you may be surprised to know the Revolution Max 1250 is also a structural member of the frame. This not only looks awesome, but it reduces weight and increases rigidity for maximum handling.
6: Customizability - The Pan America may be an adventure bike, but it is still a Harley-Davidson! That means there is no shortage of options to customize it and make it your own. Besides performance upgrades like a new set of pipes, there are many bags, cargo boxes, seats, etc., available depending on how and where you plan to ride.
7: Price - For the money, the Pan America is the best value adventure motorcycle currently on the market - the MSRP is as low as $17,319! Factoring in all of the performance characteristics, included options, the unparalleled HDMC dealer service network, and comfort features, there simply is no better value ADV bike available! To top it all off, it is AMERICAN-MADE, by AMERICA's favorite motorcycle company!
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For further reading, check out these articles at ADVPulse, SuperBike, and Adventure Rider.
See our Current Pan America Inventory Available For Sale at Route 66 Harley-Davidson HERE