The Harley-Davidson Pan America Adventure Bike Receives the CVO Upgrade.


When you consider Harley-Davidson's Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) lineup, images of lavish cruisers adorned with flashy details and robust engines likely come to mind. This week, Harley-Davidson unveiled the CVO Road Glide ST, adhering to this very template, featuring the new Milwaukee Eight 121 HO V-twin, high-performance suspension, and a cosmetic overhaul. However, the announcement also introduced a CVO variant of the Pan America adventure bike.

The Pan America stands out significantly within Harley-Davidson's range. It represents the brand's first foray into modern adventure bikes, prioritizing capability over extravagance. Joan Pedrero Garcia recently completed the Africa Eco Race aboard a Pan America, validating its true potential. Thus, how does Harley integrate it into the prestigious CVO lineup?

Surprisingly, Harley-Davidson refrained from altering the engine or adding excessive chrome. According to Harley's PR statement:

"All of the features that have made the Pan America 1250 Special model a leading choice among discerning global Adventure Touring riders are retained, including the smooth-and-powerful Revolution Max 1250 engine, semi-active front and rear suspension, touch screen display, selectable ride modes, and Daymaker Adaptive Headlamp technology. The CVO Pan America model is outfitted with a host of rugged accessories selected to enhance the journey, including Adaptive Ride Height suspension, rugged aluminum top and side cases, a Screamin’ Eagle quickshifter, tubeless laced wheels, auxiliary LED forward lighting, an aluminum skid plate, providing excellent value to the adventure rider who wants it all and more."

Essentially, it resembles the 2024 Special model (the sole Pan America variant sold in Canada this year), but with practical accessories already installed. Given that most riders typically equip panniers and a skid plate, this presents an opportunity to purchase the bike fully equipped, starting at an MSRP of $34,599. Considering the 2024 Pan America Special model costs $24,999, this represents a significant price increase for exclusivity.

Available in a striking red hue with a #1 graphic, this paint scheme extends to the crash bars, frame, and accents across the bike. Undoubtedly, there will be additional color options in the future.

In summary, while this machine commands a premium price, Harley-Davidson's emphasis on practical features like adaptive headlights, a quickshifter, and durable luggage (rebranded SW-Motech bags, seemingly) rather than mere exterior embellishments or impractical power enhancements for off-road use is commendable.