Text: Ken Freund • Photography: Tom Riles, Brian Nelson
It's hard to believe, but Harley-Davidson's Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) division is already a teenager, hitting its lucky 13th year! RoadRUNNER just viewed the latest crop of high-line Hogs at beautiful Lake Tahoe, a fitting venue for these pricey machines that are known for their fancy finishes, powerful motors, and acres of chrome and billet. Harley's CVO division is devoted to building premium motorcycles for customers who desire the exclusivity of these limited-production models with their intricate paint, custom accessories, and special engines not available with standard production. CVO models are customized using exclusive components and paint treatments combined with existing items from Harley's Genuine Motor Accessories catalog. Additionally, the CVO models often introduce new custom components before they're offered as individual accessories.
Harley's newest bikes continue this theme with big engines, premium audio systems and saddles, plus custom colors and graphics. For the 2011 model year, Harley's CVO created four limited-production motorcycles: CVO Road Glide Ultra, CVO Street Glide, CVO Softail Convertible, and Ultra Classic Electra Glide.
The CVO Road Glide Ultra sports a frame-mounted fairing and features a Road Tech Zumo 660 GPS navigation system. An upgraded Harman-Kardon audio system includes an 8gb iPod nano and dock connected to its audio system. There's a roomy touring seat with dual heat controls, adjustable backrests, and fancy leather inserts. Harley performed wind-tunnel testing to design a reshaped 16-inch windshield and deflectors that reduce buffeting at highway speeds. Lastly, a push-button, remote-control key fob activates power locks on the Tour-Pak luggage carrier, saddlebags, and ignition.
The CVO Street Glide rolls on a new taller 19-inch Agitator alloy front wheel. A ventilated fairing lowers house two of the six speakers, which are part of a high-output audio system boosted by a new high-efficiency, 100-watt-per-channel amplifier. The Street Glide's audio system also incorporates an 8gb iPod nano with its dock located in the right saddlebag. The side-fill fuel tank is topped with a flush-mount cap and trick LED gas gauge, as well as a revamped console. A new low-profile seat is faced with snake-style leather inserts, and the fairing is now topped with a seven-inch smoke-tint wind deflector. A choice of four different color combos is available for this and the other two CVO models; for the first time, each engine color and finish is color coordinated with the wheel, console, muffler end-cap, and inner fairing.
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For the complete article of the riding impression(s) and technical specifications, please purchase the September/October 2010 back issue.