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Harley-Davidson kicks off 120th anniversary with 2023 bikes

A year-long celebration of 120 years of Harley-Davidson pride and craftsmanship was launched today with the introduction of the first release of new models in the brand’s 2023 motorcycle line-up.

The fresh bikes include a CVO Road Glide Limited Anniversary model, a refreshed Harley-Davidson Breakout performance cruiser, the exciting Road Glide 3 trike, the new Nightster Special middleweight sport motorcycle, and a restyled and blacked-out Freewheeler trike.

“Since 1903, Harley-Davidson has pioneered American motorcycle design, technology, and performance, and today marks the beginning of a year-long celebration of Harley-Davidson’s 120th Anniversary,” chairman, president and CEO Jochen Zeitz said.

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“2023 is going to be an unforgettable milestone for the company, celebrating the history, culture and community of Harley-Davidson.”

The very limited-edition, super-premium CVO Road Glide Limited Anniversary model celebrates 120 years of craftsmanship with one of the most intricate paint schemes ever offered by Harley-Davidson.

2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Limited Anniversary
2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Limited Anniversary

Panels of Heirloom Red are applied over a base coat of Anniversary Black, each outlined with a bright red pinstripe and a hand-applied gold paint scallop. Subtle details added within the panels portray the head and wings of a soaring eagle.

The gold-plated tank medallion depicts an art deco rendition of the eagle. Additional details include luxurious Alcantara seat surfaces with gold and red contrast stitching accents, gold-tone powertrain inserts and bright red rocker boxes and pushrod tube collars.

Only 1,500 examples of this motorcycle will be produced for global distribution, each serialised with a laser-etched panel on the fuel tank console. The new Breakout flexes more muscle over its long-and-lean chopper profile.

That’s provided by the Milwaukee-Eight 117 V-Twin engine, the pinnacle of torque and displacement in a factory-installed, regular-production Harley-Davidson powertrain that gives the Breakout rider instant bragging rights on the street.

Other new features include an 18.9 litre fuel tank topped with a low-profile chrome console shaped to lengthen the motorcycle profile and extend riding range, and a new handlebar riser and polished stainless-steel handlebar.

2023 Harley-Davidson Road Glide 3
2023 Harley-Davidson Road Glide 3

A dazzling chrome finish is applied to the rear fender supports, side covers, muffler shields, turn signals, mirrors, and Heavy Breather intake. New 26-spoke cast-aluminium wheels are finished in gloss black with machined details.

Joining the Breakout is the new Road Glide 3 model combines the advantages of three wheels and a load of hot rod attitude, with the comfort, convenience and style of the frame-mounted Road Glide fairing.

The rider will enjoy wind-and-weather protection for the long haul plus BOOM! Box GTS infotainment, with Milwaukee-Eight 114 on-demand performance available with a twist of the throttle.

A first of its kind, it features dual Daymaker LED headlamps, Gloss Black cast aluminium wheels and bobtail rear fenders. A weather-proof rear trunk with top-mounted door, electric reverse gear and trike-specific rider safety technology is also included.

The Nightster Special delivers exhilarating performance via the Revolution Max 975T liquid-cooled V-Twin engine, and offers passenger pillion and foot pegs, cast aluminium wheels with tyre pressure monitoring, and a new handlebar and riser.

2023 Harley-Davidson Nightster Special
2023 Harley-Davidson Nightster Special

A 4.0-inch round TFT screen displays all instrumentation and infotainment functions, with Bluetooth connectivity, and access to the Harley-Davidson App for navigation via a connected smartphone.

Premium Brembo braking components include a single front brake with axial-mount four-piston calliper and 320mm rotor. The single rear brake features a floating single-piston calliper and 260mm rotor.

An 11.7 litre fuel cell located below the seat moves the weight of fuel low in the chassis, which lowers the centre of gravity for improved handling and easier lift off the side stand. The fuel fill is reached by lifting the hinged locking seat.

It comes with Road, Sport, Rain and custom ride modes, and a host of safety tech including ABS, traction control, and drag-torque slip control. Full LED lighting also features, along with standard cruise control and a USB charging port.

The Freewheeler, an attitude-soaked, cruiser-inspired trike, gets a blacked-out restyle for 2023, with the front end, headlamp nacelle, tank console, hand and foot controls, powertrain and exhaust all having black finishes in place of previous bright finishes.

2023 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler
2023 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler

The result is a dramatic change in appearance that reinforces this model’s raw, hot-rod attitude. Rear 18-inch wheels replace 15-inch rims, and are paired with a mini-ape handlebar, electric reverse gear and Milwaukee-Eight 114 powertrain.

Classic custom bobtail rear fenders, a weather-proof rear trunk with top-mounted door, dual mufflers with slash-down tips and trike-specific rider safety enhancements also feature.

Across the range, electronic cruise control will now also be a standard feature for the Fat Boy, Fat Bob, Breakout, Low Rider S models, and remains standard on Low Rider ST, Heritage Classic and Sport Glide models.

Separately, special 120th Anniversary paint in a different scheme to the CVO will be offered on six limited-production models, with colour and design combinations inspired by early Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Each features a classic panelled paint scheme with gleaming Heirloom Red as the base colour. Panels are outlined with a bright-red pinstripe and filled with a darker Midnight Crimson fade.

2023 Harley-Davidson Breakout
2023 Harley-Davidson Breakout

Additional details include an art deco eagle tank medallion, seat covers with red side panels and gold embroidered Harley-Davidson logo, and red fade powertrain inserts.

Those six bikes include the Ultra Limited Anniversary (1,300 examples), Tri Glide Ultra Anniversary (1,100 examples), Street Glide Special Anniversary (1,600 examples), and Road Glide Special Anniversary (1,600 examples).

There will also be a Fat Boy 114 Anniversary (3,000 examples) and and Heritage Classic 114 Anniversary (1,700 examples). All bikes are available to order now. For further information, contact your local Harley-Davidson dealer.

This story first published on Exhaust Notes Australia.

Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkinhttp://twowheeladdicts.com.au
Andrew Jenkin is the founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, a contributor to BikeReview and Drivetribe as well as being a panel judge of Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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