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2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 Special does it all, and does it well

With semiactive suspension, a top-tier powertrain and unique styling, it's pretty easy to recommend Harley's first adventure bike.

Kyle Hyatt
Kyle Hyatt (he/him/his) hails originally from the Pacific Northwest, but has long called Los Angeles home. He's had a lifelong obsession with cars and motorcycles (both old and new).
Kyle Hyatt
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The Pan America is Harley's first effort at an adventure motorcycle.

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It packs a raucous liquid-cooled V-twin engine with variable valve timing.

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It's got a robust suite of rider aids.

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It's got excellent wind protection thanks to a tall windscreen.

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A tall windscreen that's easy to adjust, no less.

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It's loud and brash when you want, but relaxed and comfortable when you need.

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The Pan America's party piece is the self-lowering suspension found on the Special model.

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This makes it easier for shorter riders to put two feet on the ground at stops.

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It may lack a few niceties and cutting-edge features like adaptive cruise or a quickshifter.

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But it's an easy bike to love and an easier one to recommend.

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Keep going for more pictures of the 2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America Special.

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