Published on July 31st, 2022 | by Aaron Fernandez0
Stock Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 finishes Maxi-Trail in the Baja Aragon Race
A stock Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 ridden by Joan Pedrero, Dakar‘s elite rider has just finished the Baja Aragon Race. The Maxi-Trail was the new category which Pedrero challenged and he became the first person to do it with a stock Pan America 1250. The race is by no means an easy task, riders have to face harsh temperatures and rough terrain and Pedrero did it all with his 150hp bike.
“We did it! We put a full stock bike in such a legendary rally-raid and the feedback has been fantastic,” said Francesco Vanni, Managing Director of Harley-Davidson Spain, Portugal and Italy. “This bike has everything you need to have a true experience on and off-road and we’re ready for the next adventure.”
A full stock Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 in the hands of Joan Pedrero, Dakar’s elite rider, made history by successfully finishing, for the first time in history, the XXXVIII edition of La Baja España Aragón race in the maxi-trail category.
This year, new categories Trail and Maxi Trail have been introduced in response to the high demand to bring this style of bike back to rally-raid competitions. Following the spirit of adventure that is part of the DNA of the American motorcycle brand, Harley-Davidson decided to accept the challenge to race off-road. Pedrero competed in this new category, testing the Pan America 1250™ full stock. At the legendary race in Aragon, the Dakar rider demonstrated the capabilities of the first HarleyDavidson Adventure Touring model, powered by the muscular Revolution® Max 1250 powertrain, a liquid-cooled 150hp 1250cc V-Twin engineered to deliver ample power to high revs, for an experience of adrenaline and technology at the highest levels.
Extremely hot temperatures over 40°C and dusty rocky roads have been the landscape of this incredible race. During the first stages, audience have been able to enjoy seeing the motorcycle of the American brand within the top fifteen overall positions. At the end of the long racing day, on top of leading the Maxi Trail category and despite four punctures causing the rider to lose more than 90 minutes, Joan Pedrero did not stop riding the Pan America 1250, impressing spectators with the versatility and resources of the American motorcycle.
The pilot has been collaborating with the American brand for several months, pushing the Pan America™ to the limit. However, participating in the Baja España Aragón has been a challenge and an accomplishment.
The participation of Harley-Davidson in this competition demonstrated the capability and reliability of the Pan America 1250, equipped with the Revolution® Max 1250 engine that offers a surging powerband to 150hp, tuned to maximise rider control. The high temperatures and dense dust that accompanied the race, made the rider take the challenge of participating with the fully stocked Pan America 1250™ to an even higher level.
Adventure is part of the Brand, and the Pan America 1250 is exploring new ways to live the true Harley-Davidson experience.