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Pan America 1250 vs BMW R 1250 GS

As you shop for your next new motorcycle, you may have the 2022 Pan America 1250 and BMW R 1250 GS on your shortlist. These models are sure to provide thrills that never end on the roads or trails of Richmond Hill, Markham, and Vaughan, Ontario. Which will you choose?

In this comparison, we at Pfaff Harley-Davidson want to show you how these motorcycles—one adventure touring, one dual-sport—measure up. Which will give you more power, and which is best adapted for the trails? You’ll find all the answers here.

Pan America 1250

BMW R 1250 GS

Engine Power

150 HP / 112 kW

136 HP / 100 kW

H-D® / Michelin™ Scorcher tyres



Weight (Ready to Run)

245 kg (540 lb)

249 kg (549 lb)

Performance: A Pan America Victory

The Pan America 1250 and BMW R 1250 GS promise a formidable performance. Designed for power, efficiency, and control, these motorcycles should add a little smoothness to your ride, too.

What about the engine specs? The Pan America performs on the power of the Revolution™ Max 1250 engine, a liquid-cooled powertrain with up to 150 horsepower (112 kW) on tap. The BMW R 1250 GS is a little bit behind the competition with just 136 horsepower (100 kW) available.

If you’re gearing up for power and pure speed, the engine of the Pan America knows how to deliver.

Motorcycle for Handling: Pan America vs BMW R 1250 GS

Lighter motorcycles are among the most efficient and best-handling bikes out there. So, how do the Pan America 1250 and BMW R 1250 GS compare on this measure?

They’re roughly the same weight, with the Pan America 1250 clocking in at just 245 kg (540 lb) when in running order. The BMW R 1250 GS is just a bit heavier, weighing 249 kg (549 lb).

So, what has helped the Pan America 1250 cut down on the kilograms? The Revolution™ Max engine is a big part of the answer. As a structural component of the motorcycle chassis, it eliminates a need for one of the traditional frames, significantly reducing weight.

Pan America vs BMW: Off-Road Features

Pan America is more trail ready

The BMW R 1250 GS is a dual-sport motorcycle, which means it can ride on the streets and on the trails. The Pan America 1250 is a full-on adventure touring motorcycle, and that means it offers more for off-road enthusiasts who really want to go the distance.

Here are just a couple Pan America 1250-exclusive features you won’t find on the BMW R 1250 GS:

H-D® / Michelin™ Scorcher tyres

These tyres were designed to meet the needs of both on- and off-road adventure touring enthusiasts. They are set on a 19-inch front and 17-inch rear cast aluminum wheelset and have been optimized for performance.

Five pre-programmed ride modes, including Off-Road and Off-Road Plus

Tune the power delivery, engine braking, Cornering Enhanced Antilock Braking System (C-ABS), and Cornering Enhanced Traction Control System (C-TCS) settings for any off-road situation.

Pan America 1250 vs BMW R 1250 GS: Which Is Better?

Richmond Hill, Markham, and Vaughan, ON, riders have two excellent motorcycles with the Pan America 1250 and BMW R 1250 GS. Which one you choose will depend on what you need most from a bike. If you see yourself riding off-road, we’d love to introduce you to the Pan America.

Schedule your test ride at Pfaff Harley-Davidson and take this motorcycle for a spin today. See how the Pfaff Difference sets our dealership apart.

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