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Discussion in 'Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports' started by Ken Hooligan, Jul 30, 2018.
You mean like a KTM 1x90 Adventure or Ducati Multistrada?
Again, it's benchmark competition.
Something pretty wicked dropping today... Premiers at 11:00 EST
I saw one, and only one, PA at the annual ADV Fest in Wakefield, Michigan this past weekend. It stood out not so much as being a PA, but as being the only clean and shiny bike among a sea of muddy and dusty BMW GSs and a handful of equally filthy KTMs. It looked to have been trailered up or was just detailed. It definitely had a much smaller look to it in person. I was hoping to meet the PA’s owner to ask him about the bike, but didn’t have a chance to do that.
Strangely enough...I have yet to see one on the road and I live in a major metropolitan area.
Demoed the Special at IMS Pennsylvania this weekend. Won’t repeat the raves, but all the raves are accurate, it’s an impressive bike.
Definitely a bike that needs to wake up— there’s enough torque low to move around fine (impressive stability at slow speeds, not top heavy *at all*), but once you get north of midrange, hold on. If I bought one, I’d need a big cookie jar for speeding ticket money.
Stretching for complaints— the engine ticks a bit at low RPM, not a kick ass sound (didn’t notice that at all on the Sportster S, that bike sounds kick ass from the start, the different tune makes a difference), and there was an audible whine/whistling between about 15-30 mph that I couldn’t place— whether engine or wind, who knows. Might not notice it if I owned it, or it might annoy me like Edgar Allen Poe. Gave me incentive to whiskey the throttle (as if I needed it).
Is it better than a GS? Having only rented them, I can’t say— I think they’re close enough for it to come down to other intangibles (aesthetics, dealer support, etc.). Personally, I think I put the P-A ahead— as everyone says, in person it’s a purty bike, and it’s just all kinds of neat that Harley nailed it out of the gate.
Oh… it definitely, absolutely, positively needs a quickshifter. This is a sport touring bike in ADV clothing— more KTM than BMW— it begs for a QS.
I don't have a FB account, but look at their PA page. Found this...we knew it was coming.
I’ve seen Harley tour packs on a Kawasaki’s, Honda’s, and Triumphs. They are very versatile.
Great to see another one “in the wild”
I concur with the first post of this thread. I was really impressed with the bike. The thing I noticed most was how at home I was on a bike this size with this power. It is a very competent bike. If I were to buy a bike off the showroom floor and leave an epic trip, this a bike I would feel would be able to rise to the occasion.
Functionally, the HD Pan America is a sport touring motorcycle. Its positioning as a so-called ADV bike is a function of marketing, not capability.
[mention]Tall Man [/mention] the PAS does not seem to be any less capable as an “ADV bike” than competing heavy weights in the same class and may be better than some.