THE high-performance Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 completed the 1000 Dunas Raid this weekend, in the hands of Dakar veteran Joan Pedrero.
Competing in the super tough Elite class, Pedrero raced the factory stock machine Oct. 22-29, competing cross-country from Granada in southern Spain to Merzouga in Morocco. Once this stage is over, the teams and riders return north, cross the Mediterranean again and race to the finish line in Granada. The Elite class covers 2,500 km (over 1,500 m) and the terrain covered makes it an extreme test for rider and machine.
It turns out, however, that Harley-Davidson’s first modern-era adventure bike is more than a match for the field, as it and Pedrero took a coveted finish in the event.
Speaking after crossing the line, Pedrero said:
Pedrero said: “I’m thrilled to say that I put a full stock bike in the RAID 1000 DUNAS. Once again I had the opportunity to push the Pan America™ 1250 to the limit, demonstrating its ability to cross the most complicated surfaces, and I had the most incredible experience!”
Launched in 2021, the new Harley-Davidson Pan America propelled America’s most famous motorcycle builder into the world’s hottest two-wheel segment. Battling BMW, Triumph, Honda and KTM is no small feat, although after riding it at launch it quickly became apparent that the HD was well on its way to creating a strong contender to established offerings.