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Road Glide CVO

Story and Photos: Koz Mraz

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In HOG Heaven
In HOG Heaven

We need to get out. We need to ride, and we should ride in style. Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations has always set the gold standard of style and luxury. Because they are manufactured in a limited quantity, they always sell out. In this time of a Wuhan Covid quarantine a CVO may be the perfect prescription for your sequestered soul.

Often CVO is gilded in bold colors, dripping in chrome and stitched leather but the 2020 CVO Road Glide dares to be different. This puppy is available in only one color, Sand Dune monotone with pearl topcoat and subtle graphics highlighted by Gloss Black Onyx finishes and red accents. A classic little black dress, ruby red lipstick and red high heels… very sexy.

The CVO Road Glide is the only Harley tourer offered with a 21-inch front wheel. The 21-inch front/18-inch rear split seven-spoke wheels are finished in Gloss Black/Smoked Satin and the Heavy Breather air cleaner is finished in Gloss Black. I love that the bar and shield badging is all name free. It modernizes the overall look and vibe. Come-on Harley-Davidson is one of the most well-known brands on planet earth anyway. Did you know that 83 percent of all google searches are for Harley-Davidsons.

All three CVOs get the Milwaukee-Eight 117 motor. This powerplant is exclusive to the CVO line. It has the highest displacement of a stock Harley-Davidson, and more power than any other Motor Company showroom engine. With an elegant blaze of red paint, the engine features an incredible color mix of accented rocker box lowers. With 125 ft/lbs of torque, the M8 117 is amazing. You’re looking over the top of 100mph in a blink of an eye. This is Harley-Davidsons finest motor. I proudly attend the release of this new engine and anyone who’s been on a H-D M8 will agree.
The CVO’s frame-mounted shark-nose fairing returns with triple slipstream vents for better aerodynamics. I really like the Fang front spoiler integrated into the lower bodywork. It improves aerodynamics and adds to overall styling cool.
An amazing array of safety features have been integrated called REFLEX™ DEFENSIVE RIDER SYSTEMS or RDRS. This new collection of technologies helps give you confidence and control in less-than-ideal situations.

These systems utilize advanced chassis control, electronic brake control and powertrain technology to assist you with accelerating and braking in a straight line or while in a sharp turn.
Even a HOLD function that holds a 1400 pounds of human and passengers on a San Francisco hill hands free! I suggest looking at their video online at

Premium Boom! Audio lets everyone know you are arriving in style. The CVO Road Glide has 300-watt amp and four Boom, Stage I two-way speakers. The infotainment system includes a Boom Audio 30K Bluetooth Helmet wireless headset interface. Integrated into the system is a Mesh Intercom Network that can connect as many as 16 riders over a range as far as five miles. Voice command capability is also part of the package. For long-distance riders, in just 20 minutes the headset can get enough charge for five hours of talk time, should you run the battery out.

What’s more, the bike is built with the latest version of Harley Davidson-designed connect service and App, powered by cellular connectivity that’s based on rider’s subscription. It means whenever you’re on the bike, you’re able to freely and seamlessly connect through your smart device to your bike. With this, you can check for the fuel level, receive notifications about faults and tamper alerts. You can also monitor and track a stolen vehicle.
The Ride? This road rocket features a front suspension that contains a dual bending valve. The rear suspension is made of emulsion shocks. Each suspension comes with a hand-adjustable system that pre-loads. A 6-gallon tank with a claimed 41 miles per gallon for an 895 lb bike aint too bad.
The Road Glide is hands down my favorite Harley-Davidson. As it is for many other distance riders. Its Harleys only frame mounted faring which offers less wind buffeting, easier high-speed handling and corning.

My only issue is that the Heavy Breather air cleaner doesn’t allow any room to move for my right leg. I know, get highway pegs.
We all want a reason to get in the wind and you won’t want your 2020 CVO Road Glide spending time sequestered in some dank, dark garage. Get out and ride!

See ya in the wind!
See ya in the wind!
Sand Dune monotone with pearl topcoat
Starting at $40,999

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Great Review, Love the book Piers of the West Coast

Gary J Mraz
Sedona, AZ
Monday, November 16, 2020
Editor Response The ride is even better.

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