Stand Out In Crowds On Harley-Davidson Street Glide
To the uninitiated the Harley-Davidson Street Glide CVO may look like it has been built for the great open road, but this factory custom has been designed to be seen.
CVO stands for Custom Vehicle Operation, and while it may only be three letters, it’s very valuable once put alongside a Harley-Davidson model name. It reveals the bike has been hand-fettled in the Milwaukee factory with a sizeable chunk of bling and performance bits added. CVO also adds a sizeable amount to the ticket price – $12,000 in the case of the CVO Street Glide when compared to the Street Glide Special (from $34,995 plus on-roads to $46,995 plus on-roads for the CVO).
The Street Glide was one of three extra models given the CVO treatment this year. The existing CVO Limited was joined by the CVO Softail Deluxe, CVO Road Glide Ultra and the CVO Street Glide tested here.
Equalling the wild paintwork in loudness is the BOOM Audio Stage II sound system which features two 300-Watt amplifiers feeding eight, three-way speakers located in the batwing fairing and the pannier lids. The wide array of available navigation, riding and entertainment functions can also be controlled via tiny thumb joysticks located on each of the switchblocks or by voice command.
The rolling piece of motorcycle art sits on 19-inch (front) and 18-inch (rear) five-spoke chrome Aggressor alloy wheels with comfort provided by a two-piece custom-stitched leather seat.
Power is provided by a twin-cam 1801cc V-twin engine. The additional 111cc over the standard air-cooled twin-cam 1690cc engine has been achieved with a 3.2mm increase in bore from 98.4mm to 101.6mm, while the stroke remains at 111.1mm. Harley-Davidson has gone to great lengths to keep the lines of the bike traditional, so it has hidden the two radiators for the “Twin Cooled” heads inside the lower fairing. This provides not only additional surface area for the eye-catching paint, but also increased protection against the elements.
All the shiny extra bits not only add weight to the price, they also add weight to the bike itself, which rises from 372kg (wet, claimed) to 395kg (wet, claimed).
Forking out $46,995 is a big commitment, but the CVO Street Glide is a lot of motorcycle and the joy of seeing it as the garage door lifts may go a long way toward numbing the pain in your hip pocket.
Cylinder head: OHV, pushrod, two valves per cylinder
Bore/stroke: 101.6 x 111.1mm
Compression ratio: 9.2:1
Fuelling: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) with heated O2 sensors
Power: Not given
Torque: 156Nm @ 3750rpm (claimed)
Final drive: Belt
Frame material: Tubular steel
Frame layout: Double cradle
Front: 47mm non-adjustable, 117mm travel
Rear: Twin air-adjustable shocks, 54.6mm travel
Wheels Five-spoke polished chrome Aggressor wheels
Front: 19 x 3.5 Rear: 18 x 5
Front: 130/60B19 (61H)
Rear: 180/55B18 (80H)
Front: Twin 300mm discs, four-piston calipers
Rear: Single 300mm disc, four-piston caliper
Weight: 395kg (wet, claimed)
Seat height: 690mm
Max width: 960mm
Max height: 1345mm
Fuel capacity: 22.7L
Fuel consumption 5.7L/100km (claimed)
Top speed 200km/h (est)
CONTACT & SALE INFO:
Testbike supplied by: Harley-Davidson Australia
Colours: Starfire Black/Gold Dust Flames, Hard Candy Mercury/Smoky Quartz Flames, Ultraviolet Blue/Molten Lava Flames, Carbon Crystal/Phantom Flames
Warranty: 24 months, unlimited km
Price: $46,995 (plus on-roads)
This article by Chris Dobie appears in Motorcycle Trader #299