No you’re not seeing things, that is an off-road capable Harley-Davidson Adventure bike. What the heck is going on here?

Yep, it has taken over 115 years, but Harley-Davidson is finally dipping its toes into the adventure motorcycling market with the surprise announcement of the new Pan America 1250.

Like the name suggests, the Pan America 1250 utilises a brand new 1250cc V-twin from Harley and will be going up against the likes of BMW’s legendary R 1200 GS, Yamaha’s Super Ténéré and Triumph’s Tiger 1200 in the Adventure Tourer class from 2020.

Sure, it doesn’t look to be all that capable in the really rough stuff like a KTM 1290 Adventure R might be with its limited ground clearance and fragile looking bodywork but considering Harley-Davidson have never offered a bike like it before we’re willing to give them props for the effort.

Also announced at the same time was Harley’s first production electric motorcycle – the LiveWire which will arrive in U.S and European dealerships next August (no word yet on NZ arrival) – but it was the lighter more ‘flat track’ inspired concept bike noted for release after 2022 that grabbed our attention. With other US based outfit, Alta Motors, making waves in the electric dirt bike scene, we’re hoping Harley are really looking at broadening its line up deeper into the dirt world.

Imagine that. A real deal electric Harley-Davidson dirt bike. What a world we live in!

Wanna know more about the goings on at Harley? Check out our sister mag BRM’s take on the news right here