Stand Out In Crowds | Harley-Davidson Street Glide

Date 03.2.2016

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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.



Configuration: V-twin

Cylinder head: OHV, pushrod, two valves per cylinder

Capacity 1801cc

Bore/stroke: 101.6 x 111.1mm

Compression ratio: 9.2:1

Cooling: Liquid

Fuelling: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) with heated O2 sensors

Power: Not given

Torque: 156Nm @ 3750rpm (claimed)



Type: Six-speed

Clutch: Wet

Final drive: Belt



Frame material: Tubular steel

Frame layout: Double cradle

Rake: 26°

Trail: 170mm



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

Tyres: Dunlop

Front: 130/60B19 (61H)

Rear: 180/55B18 (80H)

Brakes: Brembo

Front: Twin 300mm discs, four-piston calipers

Rear: Single 300mm disc, four-piston caliper

Control: ABS



Weight: 395kg (wet, claimed)

Seat height: 690mm

Max width: 960mm

Max height: 1345mm

Wheelbase: 1625mm

Fuel capacity: 22.7L



Fuel consumption 5.7L/100km (claimed)

Top speed 200km/h (est)



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