Harley-Davidson to launch new Adventure Centre with Dakar legend Mick Extance

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Harley-Davidson have teamed up seven-time Dakar Rally competitor Mick Extance to set up a new off-road adventure school in Wales.

The H-D Adventure Centre will kick off in 2022, giving Harley fans the chance to push the Pan America adventure bike to its limits off-road and drink in the stunning Welsh landscape on a series of scenic road rides.

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The school will be based at Mick’s 1500-acre adventure playground in the Berwyn Mountains, near Llangynog, which the rally veteran already uses for his off-road enduro experience events.

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“This bike is a very capable off-road bike and I want to share that passion of mine and introduce it to people in a safe manner,” Extance told MCN. “From the minute I rode it I thought ‘what a cool bike.’ It’s got an amazing traction control on it, it’s very adequate off-road, it’s a great introduction to the adventure bike market.”

This is not the first time Mick has been involved with the Pan America, having helped facilitate the press launch back in May 2020, as well as riding the bike for demonstrations at events like the Adventure Bike Rider Festival.

“We’ve got a 1500-acre site and we want to give people the confidence to ride this bike on road and off road,” Extance added. “That’s the whole point of adventure riding.”

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More details on pricing and availability are set to arrive early next year, alongside a bespoke website. But Mick hopes to do more than just instruct on the Pan Am in the future…

He continued: “A rally called ‘The Real Way to Dakar’ has been launched. It’s the traditional route from France down into Morocco and Mauritania and Senegal. I think that will be a cool journey and I’d really like that to happen.”

Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

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