The Harley-Davidson Pan America is a bruising 1250cc Adventure bike from the Milwaukee brand and will be on sale in 2020. Nope, we never thought we'd really be writing this sort of thing, either...
The Harley-Davidson Pan America is a bruising 1250cc Adventure bike from the Milwaukee brand and will be on sale in 2020. Nope, we never thought we’d really be writing this sort of thing, either…

Debuting for the first time publicly at EICMA in Milan this afternoon, Harley-Davidson has showcased an all-new platform, including the latest signature Harley-Davidson V-Twin engine – the Revolution Max.

The all-new 60-degree V-Twin has been designed for a new range of Harley-Davidson motorcycles in two different guises – the 1250cc in the new Harley-Davidson Pan America and 975cc version which is in the Harley-Davidson Bronx 975.

The Harley-Davidson Bronx 975 - think of it as the Streetfighter motorcycle in the new range. Looks pretty good, doesn't it?
The Harley-Davidson Bronx 975 – think of it as the Streetfighter motorcycle in the new range. Looks pretty good, doesn’t it?

First announced in July 2018 in Harley-Davidson’s “More Roads” strategic presentation, these new models will both launch in 2020.

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The Pan America is available in this not-subtle orange and grey colourscheme.
The Pan America is available in this not-subtle orange and grey colourscheme.

Pan America 1250


Powering the new Pan America 1250 model is the new liquid-cooled Revolution Max engine. Created to power a range of new Harley-Davidson models, the Revolution Max is (according to Harley-Davidson) designed to give flexible performance with a broad powerband that builds to: “A surge of high-RPM power”.

The Revolution Max engine. Narrow and able to deliver some punch, according to the American bike builder.
The Revolution Max engine. Narrow and able to deliver some punch, according to the American bike builder.

Minimising weight and maximising performance, the Revolution Max means a narrow powertrain profile that is integrated into the motorcycle as the central member of the frame to enhance mass centralisation and handling.

The lightweight powertrain has an internal balancer that cancels primary engine vibration to enhance rider comfort and improve vehicle durability.

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What we know about the bigger motor, so far…

  • Displacement: 1250cc.
  • More than 145 horsepower.
  • More than 90lbft of peak torque.
It's all a bit mean-and-moody around the launch of the Bronx 975 motorcycle...
It’s all a bit mean-and-moody around the launch of the Bronx 975 motorcycle…

Bronx 975


The new Revolution Max powertrain can also be found at the heart of an all-new Harley-Davidson Bronx 975.

It's a 975cc motor in the Bronx, quite a bit smaller than the same engine in the Pan America Adventure bike from Harley-Davidson.
It’s a 975cc motor in the Bronx, quite a bit smaller than the same engine in the Pan America Adventure bike from Harley-Davidson.

What we know about the smaller motor, so far…

  • Displacement: 975cc.
  • More than 115 horsepower.
  • More than 70lbft of peak torque.

Revolution Max Engine Technical Features:

  • Since 1909, the V-Twin engine has been the centerpiece for legendary Harley-Davidson motorcycles. This lineage continues into the Harley-Davidson, self-named ‘middleweight’ market with the Revolution Max powertrain.
  • The 60-degree vee angle of the cylinders provides space for dual downdraft throttle bodies that maximise air flow and increase performance.
  • Liquid-cooling maintains a controlled engine temperature for consistent performance in changing conditions.

Harley-Davidson has collaborated with Brembo to create a new radial monobloc four-piston caliper especially for the Bronx 975 and the Pan America. For tyres, Michelin and Harley-Davidson have worked closely to develop co-branded tyres for each motorcycle model.

A newly-developed caliper from Brembo just for the two new motorcycles from Harley-Davidson.
A newly-developed caliper from Brembo just for the two new motorcycles from Harley-Davidson.
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