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Harley-Davidson Redefine Premium With New CVO Motorcycles

Harley-Davidson have officially lifted the covers off their next generation of premium motorcycles, with the new CVO Road Glide and Street Glide showcasing enhanced performance and advanced technology.

The mid-year introduction of the two premium 2023 models from Harley-Davidson’s Custom Vehicle Operations(CVO) are highlighted by the powerful new Milwaukee-Eight VVT 121 engine.

This new 121-cubic-inch 45-degree V-Twin engine produces 86kW and establishes a new benchmark for factory- installed torque (183Nm) and displacement (1977cc) available in a Harley-Davidson Touring motorcycle, offering approximately 8 percent more torque and 9.5 percent more horsepower than the Twin- Cooled Milwaukee-Eight 117 engine.

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The Milwaukee-Eight VVT 121 is equipped with a number of new features, including optimised liquid-cooled cylinder heads with a new cooling system, variable valve timing (VVT), and a new intake tract. A single counter-balancer is tuned to cancel undesirable vibration.

Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide
Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide

For the first time on the CVO Street Glide and CVO Road Glide models selectable Ride Modes that electronically control the performance characteristics of the motorcycle and the level of technology intervention are offered. There are 5 modes for the rider to select from that include Road, Rain, Sport and two customisable modes.

Each Ride Mode consists of a specific combination of power delivery, engine braking, Cornering-Antilock Braking System (C-ABS) and Cornering-Traction Control System (C-TCS) settings. Harley-Davidson RDRS system is also present on both CVO models.

To complement the power of the new Milwaukee-Eight VVT 121 engine every aspect of design that could impact overall performance and the comfort of rider and passenger was carefully considered during the development of the CVO Street Glide and CVO Road Glide models.

Stunning new design creates dynamic flow among the key components of the new motorcycles, with newly designed fairing, fuel tank, side covers and saddlebags. The result is a dramatic visual transformation that respects and is clearly evolved from the familiar shapes of previous Harley-Davidson Grand American Touring motorcycles.

Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide
Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide

Both CVO models models will be offered in two paint/finish choices which include as standard Dark Platinum with Bright Smoked Satin pinstriping and colour-matched inner fairing.

Powertrain and air cleaner are Gloss Black with Scorched Chrome accents on the engine inserts. The lower rocker boxes, pushrod tubes and exhaust are finished in Scorched Chrome. Adversary Collection accessories are finished in Black powder coat with machined highlights.

For an additional cost buyers can opt for Whiskey Neat/Raven Metallic two-tone with colour- matched inner fairing. This complex paint scheme is hand-applied. Raven Metallic panels are laid over the deep orange Whiskey Neat base, with airbrush accents and a bright orange pinstripe at the colour break.

Powertrain and air cleaner are Gloss Black with orange accents on the engine inserts. The lower rocker boxes and pushrod tube collars are painted Whiskey Neat. Pushrod tubes and exhaust are chrome. Adversary Collection accessories feature a Black and Orange double anodised finish.

Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide
Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide

Dry weight has been reduced significantly, by 14 kilograms for the CVO Street Glide model and by 15 kilograms for the CVO Road Glide model, compared to the models they replace.

This reduction was achieved by shaving grams whenever possible. The result is an improvement in every aspect of performance – braking, handling and acceleration – and in rider comfort in regard to lift-off the side stand, balancing at a stop and even moving the bike around the garage.

High-performance suspension components are designed to promote confident handling and provide a dramatic improvement in rider comfort compared to previous CVO models.

Front suspension is provided by 47mm SHOWA inverted forks designed to promote confident handling by keeping the tyre in contact with the road surface. Front suspension travel is 117mm.

Rear suspension travel is 76mm, a 50 percent increase in travel compared to comparable 2022 Grand American Touring models. SHOWA dual outboard emulsion technology shock absorbers feature a new remote hydraulic pre-load adjustment knob located forward of the left saddlebag.

Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide
Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide

Braking is provided by premium Brembo components which offer outstanding braking feel and performance for added rider confidence. Dual front disc brakes feature new radially mounted four-piston Brembo callipers designed to offer the rider more braking power.

The front brake rotor diameter is increased to 320mm from 300mm (previous models). The single rear brake features a four-piston Brembo calliper. Rear brake rotor diameter is 300mm.

Lighting is all-LED, designed to deliver style, outstanding performance, and to help make the motorcycle conspicuous to other motorists. The LED headlamps are designed to produce an even spread of light.

A redesigned seat shape and padding materials offer a significant improvement in long- range comfort for most riders. The CVO Road Glide’s handlebar has a wider, flatter bend than the previous shape, which puts the rider’s hands in a more natural, comfortable position for long-haul riding and enables 27-degrees of adjustability.

An All-New Infotainment Powered by Skyline OS lifts the technology bar on both the CVO Street Glide and CVO Road Glide models introducing an all-new suite of infotainment technology. A TFT colour touch screen is the most tech-forward display ever offered for a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide
Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide

The TFT display replaces all analogue instrumentation and most switches as found on previous CVO motorcycle models. This premium display is bright and well-organised, is customisable within three distinct viewing (Cruise, Sport and Tour) options, and is compatible with Apple and Android devices.

The 12.3-inch (diagonal measurement) TFT screen is 90 percent larger diagonally than the 6.5-inch BOOM! Box GTS screen featured on previous CVO models and offers more than 400 percent more screen area. It offers a bright presentation and can display more information in a clear, easy-to-see manner. The screen has anti-reflective and anti- fingerprint coatings.

The upgraded infotainment system offers additional features including Wi-Fi connectivity, new voice recognition functionality, DAB and new Bluetooth receiver for wireless headsets, which is now built into the system.

The CVO Street Glide and CVO Road Glide models are equipped with a premium, high- performance Harley-Davidson Audio powered by Rockford Fosgate Stage II audio system powered by a new 4-channel, 500-watt RMS amplifier.

For further information on both of these new Harley-Davidson CVO models, contact your local Harley-Davidson dealer.

Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide and CVO Street Glide
Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide and CVO Street Glide
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