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Hi everyone.

Just picked up my Pan America Standard in river rock grey on Tuesday from West Coast Harley in Glasgow, UK.

What a bike, even better than I remembered from the test ride back in July.

I converted to Harleys from the usual Jap machines in 2012 when my wife started going pillion. We've been all over Europe since then, including a trip to Rolling Thunder in 2018 (riding a friends Fatboy from VA Beach to Washington). I'm also fortunate enough to have gotten a hold of a 30th Anniversary Fatboy.

Really enjoying the Pan America, having part ex'd a 2020 BMW R1250GS for it.

Looking forward to sharing information and general updates about this new model.

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Mark
 

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Hi everyone.

Just picked up my Pan America Standard in river rock grey on Tuesday from West Coast Harley in Glasgow, UK.

What a bike, even better than I remembered from the test ride back in July.

I converted to Harleys from the usual Jap machines in 2012 when my wife started going pillion. We've been all over Europe since then, including a trip to Rolling Thunder in 2018 (riding a friends Fatboy from VA Beach to Washington). I'm also fortunate enough to have gotten a hold of a 30th Anniversary Fatboy.

Really enjoying the Pan America, having part ex'd a 2020 BMW R1250GS for it.

Looking forward to sharing information and general updates about this new model.

Regards
Mark
Just seen this Mark and its interesting because my GS was a 1200 and I very nearly brought a 1250. So hopefully I made the correct decision. Ted
 

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I was ready to buy a KTM 1290 Super Adventure... Then I heard about the Pan America. I've been following this bike since it was just a rumor. I kept riding my KLR650 while waiting. Finally got it in June... I'm not a huge fan of how it sounds but other than that, I love everything about it.
 

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I was ready to buy a KTM 1290 Super Adventure... Then I heard about the Pan America. I've been following this bike since it was just a rumor. I kept riding my KLR650 while waiting. Finally got it in June... I'm not a huge fan of how it sounds but other than that, I love everything about it.
Similar situation here, except I was just looking to upgrade my 07 RK custom but a buddy has the bmw 1250 so I did a little research and at that time the PA was just a myth ok a prototype. So got new tires and brakes on ole yellow and rode like new bike then govt imposed shutdown didn't ride much and kinda forgot about it. Then I happened to see mamoas commercial around February and did some more reach... Well, finally at last got me the deadwood green on Aug 12th. More and more seat time more and more I'm lovin it. Just wished the accessories were available to people who bought the PA, mines still naked and can't go explore more than a day.
 

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Hi everyone.

Just picked up my Pan America Standard in river rock grey on Tuesday from West Coast Harley in Glasgow, UK.

What a bike, even better than I remembered from the test ride back in July.

I converted to Harleys from the usual Jap machines in 2012 when my wife started going pillion. We've been all over Europe since then, including a trip to Rolling Thunder in 2018 (riding a friends Fatboy from VA Beach to Washington). I'm also fortunate enough to have gotten a hold of a 30th Anniversary Fatboy.

Really enjoying the Pan America, having part ex'd a 2020 BMW R1250GS for it.

Looking forward to sharing information and general updates about this new model.

Regards
Mark
Hi Mark. Just joined this forum after having seen and immediately started lusting after a Pan America for the first time. I was out on my 19 plate GS 1250 and went into the dealer who also happens to be a HD dealer and saw the PA, now I'm hooked. I'm now definitely considering getting one. Test ride being arranged for next week.
Before I go all out and drop a deposit... . What are your thoughts after switching from a GS?

Thanks
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Hi mate,

I've had 3 GS's (1 x1200 & 2 x 1250's) over the last few years and I cannot deny that they are a fantastic all round bike. However, I was completely taken aback by the Pan America when I took it for a test drive. I wonder why Harley did not bring it into production 10 years ago!

Now, don't get me wrong, the Harley doesn't quite have the same feel on the quality front as the GS, but then BMW have been making the GS for 40 years. Performance wise it's up there, although requires higher revs initially compared to the roll on torque of the BMW, once its singing I found no difference in capabilities. I don't miss the upshifter either. I bought the standard model Pan Am, so don't have the ESA suspension, mine is manually adjustable and so far I have found it fine. I have had a little fun with a Ducati 916 last time out, so its very capable especially if you put it into sport mode.

Lastly, the change from shaft to chain drive may put people off, but I wasn't whatsoever. Just a little maintenance needed now and again. Servicing cost is a little high for the first one, a shade over £400. Hopefully the routine oil changes are a little cheaper.

In short, I have absolutely no regrets in my purchase. Just waiting for Givi to bring the side pannier brackets into general production.

Cheers
 

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Hi mate,

I've had 3 GS's (1 x1200 & 2 x 1250's) over the last few years and I cannot deny that they are a fantastic all round bike. However, I was completely taken aback by the Pan America when I took it for a test drive. I wonder why Harley did not bring it into production 10 years ago!

Now, don't get me wrong, the Harley doesn't quite have the same feel on the quality front as the GS, but then BMW have been making the GS for 40 years. Performance wise it's up there, although requires higher revs initially compared to the roll on torque of the BMW, once its singing I found no difference in capabilities. I don't miss the upshifter either. I bought the standard model Pan Am, so don't have the ESA suspension, mine is manually adjustable and so far I have found it fine. I have had a little fun with a Ducati 916 last time out, so its very capable especially if you put it into sport mode.

Lastly, the change from shaft to chain drive may put people off, but I wasn't whatsoever. Just a little maintenance needed now and again. Servicing cost is a little high for the first one, a shade over £400. Hopefully the routine oil changes are a little cheaper.

In short, I have absolutely no regrets in my purchase. Just waiting for Givi to bring the side pannier brackets into general production.

Cheers
That's great news - thank you. Really looking forward to that test ride. :)
 
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