Harley Davidson revealed their much awaited adventure bike this week, the Pan America 1250. There is going to be 2 models, the Pan America 1250 and the up spec Pan America Special. The bikes will be priced at $17300 and $19999 US. The motor is an all new, high tech (I know right? This is Harley Davidson we are talking about!) v-twin putting out 150hp, that is pretty decent. The bike has tons of technology including different riding modes and an IMU so it’s got traction control, ABS and everything. And while the bike is quite heavy, it is a 1250cc adventure bike after all; the weight is competitive for the class. The standard model comes in at 534lbs.This is a bizarre motorcycle and it’s just the right kind of ugly to me, if that makes any sense. What do you all think of it?
KTM announced the new 1290 Super Adventure R and it looks like it will be a lot of fun. The big Kato has 160hp, tons of tech and a fair few changes. If you’re interested in all changes, check out my article where I take an in-depth look at all the changes.
Aprilia held a live stream early today spruiking their new Tuono 660. If you haven’t watched it, I’ll save you the hassle, because it was pretty terrible. The video was them waxing lyrical about the bike and giving us details we already knew. I was able to get one snippet of interesting info though. In my previous video on the bike, I talked about the mid-size Tuono is limited to 95hp. In Europe the Tuono will be 95hp, but it will be 100hp in the USA. Fingers crossed it is 100hp in other overseas markets too. I can’t see why it wouldn’t be in Australia and various other countries that don’t use the A2 system. If the bike was to come with the full power engine and it is priced reasonably in Australia, I could be tempted.
In some surprising news, Buell is making a comeback…again! They are going to make touring and adventure models using the existing 1190 platform from the EBR. Eric Buell is not working on the project; he is busy working on electric bikes now days. The owners, LAP bought EBR in 2016 and recently bought the Buell name from Harley Davidson. I’ll be interested to see what they come out with, the 1190RX and SX sadly never took off but they were great bikes.
Triumph revealed their new Bonneville range and they will be available from as early as March this year. I won’t go over all the changes, but all the bikes are now Euro 5 compliant, the engines have been updated, there is some weight loss and styling updates. I have a soft spot for Bonnies, especially the T100 and T120’s. They have also updated the Speed master, Bobber, Street Twin and Scrambler.
While we are speaking about old school cool bikes, Moto Guzzi released some more information on their new V7 range. The transverse twin is now 858cc’s and puts out 65hp and 54ft pound of talk. There are tons of other changes including a larger swing arm, upgraded suspension and a new dash. I think it looks absolutely gorgeous. It’s a big disappointing that it isn’t putting out 80hp like the v85 TT, but the V7 has never been about power and I’d be keen to try it out. I’ve always thought a Bonneville or V7 would be a brilliant bike to cruise to work on. There are three models, the Stone, 100th Anniversary and Special. They will be available at the end of March.