2023 Harley-Davidson® Pan America™ 1250 vs 2023 BMW R 1250 GS
If you’re interested in an ADV bike, the team at Harley-Davidson® of Rochester wants you to know that the 2023 Harley-Davidson® Pan America™ 1250 is now available. You can see it in our showroom as soon as today, and if you want to test ride it, we can set that appointment up for you. The Pan America™ 1250 is one of the more interesting new Harley-Davidson® motorcycles to come a long in a long time. With this bike, the brand has really branched out into something new and into an arena that was arguably due for more competition. Another option in this space is the 2023 BMW R 1250 GS. Many enthusiasts consider it the benchmark of the class, and with that in mind, let’s compare the 2023 Harley-Davidson® Pan America™ 1250 vs 2023 BMW R 1250 GS and share our thoughts on these two impressive models.
One of the ways BMW has distinguished the GS is with the displacement and output of its engine, and that was certainly a focal point for Harley-Davidson®. The 2023 Harley-Davidson® Pan America™ 1250 has a 1252cc engine compared to the 1254cc unit found in the 2023 BMW R 1250 GS, but it doles out an impressive 150 horsepower compared to 134 by its counterpart. The H-D® engine is also fully liquid cooled, which the BMW is not, and its hydraulic tappets are zero maintenance.
Both the 2023 Harley-Davidson® Pan America™ 1250 and 2023 BMW R 1250 GS have a semi-active suspension, but there are some notable differences. In short, the BMW delivers more outright performance particularly on rough terrain, whereas the Pan America™ 1250 delivers a more predictable experience on any terrain. Harley-Davidson® is also a bit more innovative here with the adaptive ride height, but note that this particular feature is limited to the Pan America™ 1250 Special.
Advanced rider aids are a must when it comes to modern ADV bikes, and both of these models have them in spades. These include selectable ride models that shape riding dynamics. While comparable for the most part, the advantage when comparing the 2023 Harley-Davidson® Pan America™ 1250 vs 2023 BMW R 1250 GS goes to the American motorcycle maker. There are more modes overall and more custom modes in particular. BMW locks those additional modes beyond premium models. Harley-Davidson® also includes the adaptive ride height here, but that too is locked behind a premium model.
Design & Personalization
BMW offers three color schemes for the 2023 BMW R 1250 GS. You have four choices overall here at Harley-Davidson® of Rochester across both the standard model and Special. There is also no competition when it comes to customization. Harley-Davidson® hit a home run with the introduction of this bike and has even added more options with the release of the 2023 model.
If you’d like to test-drive the Pan America™ 1250 Harley-Davidson® of Rochester, you can schedule that appointment online any time or by phone during our standard dealership hours. Visit our showroom at your convenience, and if you have any additional questions about the 2023 Harley-Davidson® Pan America™ 1250 vs 2023 BMW R 1250 GS or would like a custom quote, call or email us today.