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Pan America vs Pan America Special

Harley-Davidson’s long-awaited Pan America is finally out there in the world. An adventure touring motorcycle, it comes in two distinct types: 1250 and 1250 Special. We bet you’re wondering what makes the two different from one another—and we have the answer.

Join us for a journey of discovery and see how these two compare. Sure, the 2022 Pan America 1250 and Pan America 1250 Special have lots in common, but with the help of Pfaff Harley-Davidson, riders across Richmond Hill, Markham, and Vaughan, Ontario, will see the difference.

Pan America 1250

Pan America 1250 Special


Revolution™ Max 1250

Revolution™ Max 1250

Adaptive Ride Height



Semi-Active Front & Rear Suspension



Pan America vs Pan America Special: Engine Comparison

So, how many features do the Pan America 1250 and Pan America 1250 Special share? Quite a few, actually. These adventure bikes were designed with much of the same DNA, right down to their Revolution™ Max 1250 V-Twin engines. This is power you have to feel:

  • Engine Torque: 127 Nm (94 lb-ft) @ 6,750 rpm
  • Horsepower: 150 HP / 112 kW @ 9,000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy: 5.1 L / 100 km

This liquid-cooled powertrain isn’t the only feature these motorcycles have in common. You’ll also have a chance to personalize your performance with five pre-programmed ride modes. Enjoy a ride customized to the conditions you find and the thrills you crave.

What Is the Difference Between the Pan America and the Pan America Special? 

The Pan America 1250 is an excellent adventure bike. However, if you want to compete with the best off-roaders in the segment, the 1250 Special comes loaded with top-of-the-line features.

Let’s look at all the extra benefits for the 1250 Special.

Special: Suspension for rider comfort

The added versatility of the Pan America 1250 Special’s suspension means more comfort for you, even as the terrain gets rough and the landscape tests your limits.

The semi-active system includes 191 mm (7.48 inches) travel on Showa™ BFF™ (Balance Free Forks) fronts and a BFRC™ (Balanced Free Rear Cushion-lite) coil-over rear shock. It reacts to suspension position, vehicle speed, and other factors to keep you comfy by your parameters.

Special: Top-of-the-line ADV features

Beyond the semi-active front and rear suspension, the Pan America 1250 Special offers plenty of other off-road-ready features. Ride with these equipped, and you won’t want to go without them ever again:

  • Daymaker™ Signature Adaptive Headlamp
  • Multi-Position Rear Brake Pedal
  • Brush Guard
  • Aluminum Skid Plate
  • Adaptive Ride Height (optional)

With factory-installed Adaptive Ride Height, you’ll always feel comfortable on the ride and can even lower the seat when stopped to relax for a while.

Pan America vs Pan America Special: Which Is Better?

The Pan America and Pan America Special are both satisfying bikes.

If you feel those premium adventure bike features are non-negotiable, only the Pan America Special competes at the highest level. Richmond Hill, Markham, and Vaughan, ON, riders should go for a test ride before they choose their dream motorcycle.  

Contact us at Pfaff Harley-Davidson and schedule a time to take these bikes for a spin. Get a feel for how they ride—and a feel for what makes the Pfaff Difference so special.

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