Big news out of Harley-Davidson today with the release of two new Harley-Davidson CVO models that feature significant styling updates for the popular Street Glide and Road Glide models. Just as significant, if not more so, is the debut of a new 121ci Milwaukee-Eight motor that includes a new variable-valve-timing system.
H-D’s premium CVO line regularly features new components that eventually make their way into the MoCo’s regular product portfolio. These mid-2023 models will have their public reveal at the Harley-Davidson Homecoming extravaganza in July.
“With the introduction of the all-new CVO Street Glide and CVO Road Glide, we’ve completely reimagined two of Harley-Davidson’s most iconic motorcycles and redefined the boundaries of CVO in the process,” said Jochen Zeitz, Chairman, President and CEO of Harley-Davidson.
Full details of the new bikes won’t be released until their official premiere on June 7, but here’s what we know so far.
The Street Glide’s iconic batwing fairing has been resculpted into an edgier design, with an undercut headlight panel that vaguely resembles the LiveWire One. The windscreen is laid back for a faster profile, and it’s likely that it now includes electric adjustability. Turnsignals are now integrated into the fairing rather than using unsightly external signals.
The Road Glide’s sharknose fairing also receives a freshened treatment with added creases in its design to create a more modern look. The LED headlamp has been styled to emulate the twin headlights of earlier designs, and turnsignal lamps are integrated within the outer portions of the fairing. An electric adjustment for the windshield is also probable here.
“These all-new designs bring a cohesive and dynamic flow from the front fenders to the saddlebags,” said Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson Vice President of Design and Creative Director. “Achieving a greater degree of visual change than any generation prior, the design of these CVO models are revolutionary takes on the historical art of evolution. Like all Harley-Davidson motorcycles, these new models are meant to instill a sense of timeless desire.”
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Both models feature a new inverted fork and Brembo radial-mount brake calipers, along with a new wire-spoke wheel design that will allow for tubeless tires. Two paint/finish options will be available, but we’ve only seen the gray colorway in these photos. New infotainment systems are also teased but not seen. We expect a large TFT screen, perhaps around 10 inches, to navigate the controls and settings. A 6-axis IMU will likely be included to inform electronic rider aids like cornering ABS and traction control.
The most interesting item in these new CVOs is the new Milwaukee-Eight VVT 121 engine, a step up in displacement from the 117ci power units that were once the exclusive domain of CVOs but have now migrated to regular Harleys. H-D has thus far provided no details about the new V-Twin, but certification filings in Australia reveal that it displaces 1,923cc and has a peak output of 103 hp. Its variable valve timing is intended to broaden the motor’s range of power to pull strongly from down low and also rev out on top. It may also serve as a way to extend the life of the air-cooled V-Twins in the face of stricter emissions regulations.
“By rethinking these two models from the ground up,” Zeitz added, “we are ushering in a new era of innovation, design, engineering, and technology, while expanding the definition of Harley-Davidson CVO and taking the Grand American Touring experience to another level. The new CVO Street Glide and CVO Road Glide break the mold and reset the bar for the pinnacle Harley-Davidson riding experience.”
Pricing for the new CVOs has yet to be announced, but they’ll surely carry MSRPs higher than the $42,000 of last year’s CVO Street/Road Glides.
Further details will be announced on June 7, 2023. For more information, visit the Harley-Davidson website.
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