Back in 2021 when I reviewed the then brand new Harley-Davidson Pan America adventure motorcycle, it was a revelation. Competent and capable – and very fast – it surpassed the expectations of pretty much everyone who tested it. Derisively dubbed the “Dirt Glide” by some, many owners came to see the name as a badge of honor, including putting it on T-shirts and stickers.
Three years later, the Pan America just got an upgrade of sorts from The MoCo in the form of the CVO Pan America, a fairly turn-key adventure touring rig with most of the bits many riders have been adding all along.
For the uninitiated, “CVO” denotes attention from Harley’s Custom Vehicle Operations division, where for 25 years now they have been churning out limited edition glamour sleds typically slathered in deep metal-flake paint, acres of chrome, and punched-out power plants among other upgrades.
The $28,399 CVO Pan America came in for a bit of that treatment, sans the chrome and more cubic inches. Building on the top-spec Pan America ‘Special’ platform, the main things those $8,398 extra CVO dollars buy is, yes, a special paint job that includes a very red frame, matching red crash bars, red seat piping, and more red paint on the tank surrounding the familiar Harley “No. 1″ logo. Plus, a lot of CVO badging.
In terms of hard parts, the CVO gets a long list of desirable goodies from H-D’s Screamin’ Eagle accessory catalog, including a triplet of “CVO” badged aluminum panniers (from our friends at SW-Motech), what looks like a nicer seat (with CVO badging, natch), dual LED spot + flood aux lights up front plus the Daymaker adaptive headlight tech, optional quick-shifter, tank gripper pads, handlebar wind deflectors, the $1,000 set of wire wheels that run tubeless tires, the useful Adaptive Ride Height suspension system, and a more burly aluminum skid plate under the 150-horsepower 1,252cc Revolution Max’s metal underbelly. We’ll have a complete list after we hopefully get some seat time later this year. All in all, it’s a lot of stuff, plus a haircut and fresh makeup.
What’s not included? There’s no performance exhaust (which H-D does offer) or more ponies in the barn. Understandable, since the 150 stallions on tap seems adequate for most ADV situations. But a bit more noise might’ve been nice. C’mon, it’s a Harley!
Also, there’s some exclu$ivity in owning a CVO Harley, although the company didn’t say how many CVO PanAms they planned on making. Most likely: Not many. Want one? Hustle down to your local Harley dealer, one should be there now—or very soon.