Harley-Davidson gets off the marked trails

TEST – The American manufacturer is embarking on the growth segment of the large road trail with an original and perfectly accomplished Pan America.

With the Harley-Davidson brand going through difficult times, the announcement, two years ago, of the arrival in its range of a large road trail, a first, was a hopeless bet. After this test, it is clear that it is in fact a winning poker move, as daring as it is brilliant. To succeed, without any previous culture of the genre, to compete from the start with brands as established in this field as BMW, Ducati or KTM, is indeed no small feat. Especially since, refusing the facility, the American manufacturer did not content itself with copying European references; he reinterprets his own codes to deliver a very personal copy.

It is also obvious. Here, no duckbill, as is the fashion, but a very Yankee design, which, with its rectangular headlight, inevitably evokes the SharkNose style of the iconic Road Glide model. We like it or we hate it, but that at least has the merit of originality. Completely new, the engine resumes

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