By Kali Kotoski
July 1, 2022
Harley-Davidson has announced the first bikes in its new Enthusiast Collection with two U.S. Army-inspired paint jobs on the Pan America 1250 and the Tri Glide Ultra designed to honor U.S. Veterans and active service members.
“The Enthusiast Collection motorcycles are inspired by Harley-Davidson riders and their unique stories,” explained Jochen Zeitz, Chairman, President and CEO Harley-Davidson. “Harley-Davidson honors the legacy of Harley-Davidson riders who have served or actively serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.”
To commemorate the launch, two U.S. veterans will be awarded G.I. Enthusiast Collection models. Gary Wetzel is a Medal of Honor recipient for his heroic actions in the Vietnam War after his U.S. Army helicopter was shot down and came under heavy enemy fire. Severely wounded, he continued to fight back and help other injured soldiers. He is an avid Harley-Davidson rider and veteran issues activist.
Brian “Amarok” Critton served for a decade in the U.S. Army, including a tour of duty in Iraq, and now is active with veterans service organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project. In March, he was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle to a Muay Thai meeting in Jacksonville designed to help combat veterans deal with PTSD when he saw smoke billowing from a vehicle involved in a three-vehicle accident that happened moments earlier. His instincts turned into action while others watched as he pulled a woman from the burning car. These two Harley-Davidson riders exemplify the spirit of Harley-Davidson Enthusiasts.
The new Mineral Green Denim Deluxe paint pays homage to the Olive Drab paint used on Harley-Davidson WLA models.
“The tank graphic celebrates the iconic white five-point star, which was used during WWII on military vehicles,” said Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson Vice President of Design. “The tank graphic also features a stenciled ‘H-D’ and a location of Milwaukee, Wisconsin abbreviated, inspired from the spec tags found on government-issued military equipment. The stenciled approach is a treatment often found on military vehicles as lettering was frequently done in the field. Here we’re calling out the birthplace of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company and the original WLA model.”
The Pan America 1250 Special G.I. model will have a U.S. MSRP of $20,799.
The G.I. Enthusiast Collection Tri Glide Ultra model will have a U.S. MSRP of $38,099.