Harley-Davidson Pan America Thread

Discussion in 'Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports' started by Ken Hooligan, Jul 30, 2018.

  1. '05Train

    '05Train Mind is not for rent

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    I hate to say it, 'cause I'm not a flame guy, but that looks really good.
  2. oldoval

    oldoval Pleasant as fuck

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  3. y2blade

    y2blade Long timer

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    Saw that on the FB group, I think it looks absolutely amazing :cool:
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  4. rhuff

    rhuff Been here awhile

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    Posted in the PA owners thread, but figured I'd venture into this thread too.

    Took delivery of July 1. Promptly put the 1000 miles on ahead of a week trip into NorCal. I had none of the issues ahead of my trip/1000 mile service. On day 1 or 2 of trip, I started to get the dreaded starter whine. On day 3, just before heading into remote mountains roads with two friends, I noticed just a slight off throttle/decel rattle at about 4000-4200 RPM. Over the course of this 60 mile/2.5 hour road, the noise expanded to 4-5000 RPM and then, during the last 10 miles, the noise became like rocks in a can. I was certain halfway thru the trip that the engine was fubar'd, but super remote and on a constant decline on a tight mountain road with no shoulder pull off. Just rode it out. CEL light never came on rather surprisingly, until we descended into a small town and I was able to shut it off.

    Nothing like leaving your bike 14 hours from home. No rental cars anywhere, lol to even trailer back. Heard from the tech today what we both already knew.... going to be "catastrophic engine failure" due to cam tensioner becoming dislodged an grenading the engine at that point. They are still slowly tearing it down and sending vids/photos to the MoCo. Sigh.... biggest concern is: I want new engine (which the tech said is likely due to wanting the MoCo probably wanting it for 'forensics') and the hassle of getting a bike back from 14 hours away. Hoping the dealerships can work something out cuz the MoCo isn't going to be of help there (which I get, but disappointing as well).
  5. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    Ouch. Sorry to hear that your motor grenaded.
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  6. Mike Ryder

    Mike Ryder Kriegerkuh Supporter

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    Is this the first instance of a cam chain tensioner failing?
  7. ollieholic

    ollieholic Adventurer

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    Ironic, didn’t the early Twin Cams have cam chain tensioner issues?
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  8. rhuff

    rhuff Been here awhile

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    Supposedly the dealer said the MoCo told him this was the first "catastrophic total engine failure" but I did see in a fb group someone had a new engine shipped to them and I don't remember the details. Who knows.
  9. rhuff

    rhuff Been here awhile

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    Yuuup.
  10. Grabagrip

    Grabagrip Adventurer

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    The laced wheels were not available when I got my PA, and I'm not too bothered by that. The cast wheels will work fine for my usage.
  11. roadrash83

    roadrash83 He who dies with the most toys wins.

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    My special came in with the cast wheels and the dealer swapped them for wire wheels of another bike when it came in. I wanted the wires for resale. but after putting 700mi on the cast wheels, I will be looking for a set of cast takeoffs on E-Bay. Much improved handling and ride with the cast in my opinion.
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  12. 3DogNate

    3DogNate '74 R90/s - '65 Bonneville - '17 Road Glide

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    Yeah I’ll be looking for a set of cast wheels to put 80/20 tires on and keep knobbies on my laced rims for a quick switch on demand.
  13. '05Train

    '05Train Mind is not for rent

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    Looking for cast wheels to mount sportbike tires on.
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  14. Jed Clampett

    Jed Clampett Long timer Supporter

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    After looking at my rear tire today, I'll be putting more road worthy tires on soon.
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  15. ollieholic

    ollieholic Adventurer

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    How many miles?
  16. Jed Clampett

    Jed Clampett Long timer Supporter

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    3500.
  17. Monkeyshines

    Monkeyshines Long timer

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    Saw that too, bad oil pump.
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  18. johnnywheels

    johnnywheels Been here awhile Supporter

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    Anyone heard how many PA's have been sold? HD corporate doesn't seem to make public units sold statistics, but maybe someone with a dealer connection might know?
  19. Carlos Thomas

    Carlos Thomas Fast not Furious

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    Can you post a picture?
  20. Ocotillo Boy

    Ocotillo Boy Been here awhile Supporter

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    You guys need to have a chat with your fellow PA riders! I saw 5 of them in Big Bear this weekend and do you want to guess how many waved at me on my Multistrada?!?!? ZERO! Fukkers lol!
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