“Same same, but different?” One of Harley-Davidson’s strengths is the timeless appeal of its lineup.
While the company has been forced to keep up with the times in recent years such as the introduction of the Pan America adventure bike and the fully rebooted Sportster/Nightster, its bikes on the whole still employ the same formula it has motored with for years: big, lumpy V-twins with mountains of torque, extroverted styling, and visions of cruising American roads to the tune of “Born to Be Wild.”
For this year, Harley-Davidson’s Custom Vehicle Operation (CVO) division expands its lineup by adding the Street Glide, the Road Glide, the Road Glide ST, and the Pan America to the mix.
The CVO Road Glide ST is ready to rock with the Milwaukee-Eight 121 High Output V-Twin rated at 127hp and 193Nm. Along with a lower final drive ratio and reduced weight (now just 363kg dry), it’s said to be the fastest performance bagger yet produced by Harley-Davidson. Ride modes include Road, Sport, Track, Track Plus, Rain, and multiple Custom modes.
The CVO treatment for the Street Glide and the Road Glide includes an updated Milwaukee-Eight 117 V-Twin with a new cooling system said to improve thermal comfort for the rider, along with enhanced performance by revising the intake and exhaust flow. The engine comes with four selectable Ride modes: Road, Sport, Rain, and Custom.
For the first time in Harley-Davidson’s history, the brand will also outfit the Pan America adventure bike with the CVO treatment. The CVO Pan America gets all the goodies including semi-active suspension, touchscreen display, and Daymaker Adaptive Headlamp technology.
CVO further enhances this with Adaptive Ride Height, aluminum top and side cases, a quickshifter, tubeless laced wheels, auxiliary LED forward lighting, and an aluminum skid plate. It retains the Revolution Max 1250 V-Twin.
Each of these CVO models will reach the Southeast Asian markets soon. If a regular Harley isn’t enough for you and you just have to have the CVO model, call up your nearest Philippine Harley-Davidson dealer to place an order.