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After two years of researching every adventure bike I could get my hands on and or test ride, I chose the Pan America Special. I just picked it up yesterday. I have been riding motorcycles since I was 7 years old and have owned 10 different brands, mostly dirt bikes. What I have learned is that it really comes down to the rider and what is most important to the rider. BMW, Ducati, Triumph, KTM, Indian, Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Harley all make fantastic motorcycles. Brand loyalty can be fierce sometimes, just like loyalty to a sports team, and there can be disappointments along the way, just like with a sports team. But, they all have something in common, they all innovate, strive to get better each year and out shine each other. As riders and motorcycle nuts, we all benefit from that innovation and from that fierce competition among brands. The PAS is awesome and my dealer made the buying experience awesome as well, I have no doubt that if there is an issue, they will take care of it, and if there are no issues....then I will be one happy camper!
 

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Welcome to the forum.
Couldn’t agree more about competition driving every brand to produce better bikes. HD set the bar high with the PAS and I expect it will only get better year on year.
 

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After two years of researching every adventure bike I could get my hands on and or test ride, I chose the Pan America Special. I just picked it up yesterday. I have been riding motorcycles since I was 7 years old and have owned 10 different brands, mostly dirt bikes. What I have learned is that it really comes down to the rider and what is most important to the rider. BMW, Ducati, Triumph, KTM, Indian, Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Harley all make fantastic motorcycles. Brand loyalty can be fierce sometimes, just like loyalty to a sports team, and there can be disappointments along the way, just like with a sports team. But, they all have something in common, they all innovate, strive to get better each year and out shine each other. As riders and motorcycle nuts, we all benefit from that innovation and from that fierce competition among brands. The PAS is awesome and my dealer made the buying experience awesome as well, I have no doubt that if there is an issue, they will take care of it, and if there are no issues....then I will be one happy camper!
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Agreed, not sure which adv bike I'd be on if harley didn't make the PA but I'm sure I'd been just as happy on any as I am on my PA.
 

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Wellcome here in the Forum.
Your Statement is true.
I was Looking for a lighter Bike with more Power.
So i bought a Triumph trophy 135 HP with 300 kg (compare to the Street Glide 87 HP 370 kg). It was super.
With the PAS HD made a Bike what i liked at the first sight.
I ordered right away and no regreat.

So a verry warm wellcome.
 

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Now 550+ miles on the bike and completely thrilled with the PAS. I work full time, otherwise I would be on this bike full time. I wanted to leave the street tires on for at least 3,000 to 4,000 miles before putting on the knobbies and heading for some serious dirt.. I am glad that I did, it loves the street and glides easily into and out of the sharpest fastest curves I throw at it, at whatever speed. Engine braking and gear ratios are flawless. The different riding modes are perfect. I hit some dirt and gravel roads just for fun, the PAS transitioned well on and off of them. I can’t wait to get back out there, even at 40 degrees. Heated grips make take the bite out of the cold, but when the adrenaline kicks in the cold really doesn’t matter!!
 
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