Have no fear Harley fans, if you’re looking for that something special the limited production factory has an answer. For those who may not know about this corner of the Harley world, consider your motorcycle minds about to be blown.
Harley-Davidson CVO motorcycles are engineered and customized using exclusive components and paint treatments combined with numerous items from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories. The CVO program is often used to introduce new technologies, custom components and paint and graphic techniques before they are offered as original equipment or accessories.
Bold paint, potent power and exclusive prestige soar to even higher levels in 2016 as Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) presents its latest collection of three limited-production factory-custom motorcycles, each a hand-crafted masterpiece intended to push the boundaries of motorcycle luxury, performance and technology.
Loaded for the long-haul aficionado, the 2016 CVO Limited model features an all-new paint scheme and new tank badges. Offering outstanding aerodynamics for rider and passenger, the 2016 CVO Road Glide Ultra motorcycle is available in three new paint color combinations with revised comfort and technical features.
According to Harley-Davidson, the sonic capability of the 2016 CVO Street Glide model is matched only by its mind-blowing performance on the street, and the ultimate hot-rod bagger is back with four outrageous new color options.
“Each year we work to make the new CVO motorcycles even more exclusive with content not available on a regular-production Harley-Davidson, along with an extreme level of attention to detail in design and finish,” said Brian Nelson, Harley-Davidson Principal Stylist. “The goal is to create motorcycles that are visually exciting and thrilling to ride. Some CVO bikes make a wild statement, others express premium exclusivity, but they are all special motorcycles.”
Tell me about the tech!
For 2016, three new technical features debut on each of the 2016 CVO model motorcycles:
- A Tire Pressure Monitoring System integrated into the valve stem on each wheel functions to monitor front and rear tire pressures and to provide a warning of lower-than-optimal pressure. Tire pressure can be viewed anytime through the odometer or the info screen of the infotainment system. The warning alert is displayed as a pop-up screen on the BOOM! Box infotainment system.
- A new integrated key fob combines the functions of the electric luggage locking system and the proximity-activated security system, conveniently replacing two previous fobs with a single device.
- New LED front turn signals combine modern style and long bulb life with increased light intensity for enhanced conspicuity.
The 2016 CVO Limited, CVO Street Glide and CVO Road Glide Ultra are exclusively powered by the Screamin’ Eagle Twin-Cooled Twin Cam 110 engine with a combination of air-cooled and precision liquid-cooling strategies to maintain peak performance under the most demanding loads and riding conditions.
All models are equipped with the Assist & Slip Clutch Pack that provides a slip feature on downshifts to reduce loading of the driveline, and hydraulic clutch actuation to reduce lever effort and maintenance. Similarly, all Harley-Davidson CVO models are factory-equipped with electronic cruise control, Reflex Linked Brakes with ABS, keyless ignition and the H-D Factory Security System, and an indoor/outdoor storage cover with the CVO logo.
We threw out a lot of gadgets in that paragraph, so let’s look a little closer at each one. Electronic cruise control should be something every rider has heard of and mostly likely enjoyed in their own bike. Reflex Linked Brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) on the other hand might sound new to some. Its two must-have technologies in one great safety device. ABS turns a locked-up front wheel or a rear wheel skid into a relic from riding’s history. Furthermore, with this option, the front and rear brakes are electronically linked to provide exactly the right amount of brake to each tire no matter what the road condition is.
The H-D Factory Security System is a feature riders will wonder how they ever walked away from a parked motorcycle without it. The factory-installed next-generation security system features a hands-free fob that automatically arms and disarms the vehicle's electronic security functions as the owner approaches and walks away from the bike. Riders simply need to keep the fob on their ignition key ring and let it do all the work.
Back to the motorcycles
New for 2016, a narrow-profile primary cover and derby cover on all three models improves rider leg clearance, allowing many riders a more firm-footed stance on the ground.
The 2016 CVO Limited offers the ultimate in refined touring luxury, appearing in a new paint scheme that flows from front to rear and incorporates new tank badges. New styling details include a color-matched split stream vent in the batwing fairing, replacing the previous black vent.
A new color-matched bezel for the wrap-around lighting on the Tour-Pak luggage replaces the previous black bezel. A new super-premium cover material for the rider and passenger seating surfaces combines vinyl and perforated leather for improved comfort. Refined by Project Rushmore, the CVO Limited is equipped with Daymaker LED lighting, Reflex Linked Brakes with ABS, and the color touchscreen BOOM! Box 6.5 GT infotainment system with 3D GPS and 6.5-inch BOOM! Bagger speakers with 75-watt-per-channel amplification.
The Airflow Collection combines black rubber and brilliant chrome highlights on heated hand grips, the brake pedal pad and shifter peg and rider and passenger floorboards. Premium removable luggage liners, back-lit hand control and dash switches and a high-output charging system are also standard equipment. The CVO Limited rolls on polished-chrome Slicer custom wheels.
The new paint scheme is offered in three color combinations: Palladium Silver/Phantom Blue, Carbon Dust/Electric Red Pearl, and Charcoal Slate/Palladium Silver.
The 2016 CVO Limited has a starting MSRP of $39,999.
Harley-Davidson 2016 CVO Limited
Another product from the limited-production factory is the 2016 CVO Road Glide Ultra. Wind-tunnel tested to deliver outstanding aerodynamic performance for rider and passenger, the distinctive frame-mounted, shark-nose fairing of the CVO Road Glide Ultra motorcycle features triple split stream vents and a 13.5-inch touring windshield to virtually eliminate head buffeting.
An exclusive 1.25-inch diameter chrome handlebar offers more pullback and height to position the rider for optimal control and long-haul comfort. Touring comfort is further enhanced by improved seat and backrest shapes and foam density for rider and passenger. A new color-matched bezel for the wrap-around lighting on the Tour-Pak replaces the previous black bezel. The fairing is equipped with brilliant Dual Daymaker Reflector LED headlamps. The color-matched inner fairing holds a color touchscreen BOOM! Box 6.5 GT infotainment system with 3D GPS and 6.5-inch BOOM! Bagger speakers with 75-watt-per-channel amplification.
The influence of Project Rushmore includes Reflex Linked Brakes with ABS, One-Touch design latches, and stout 49mm forks. A dual-control heated seat, polished chrome Slicer custom wheels, premium removable luggage liners, back-lit hand control and dash switches and a high-output charging system are also standard equipment.
The paint scheme features flowing color in three new combinations: Ruby Red/Palladium Silver, Stardust Silver/Palladium Silver, and Charcoal Slate/Carbon Dust.
The 2016 Road Glide Ultra has a starting MSRP of $40,299.
Harley-Davidson 2016 Road Glide Ultra
Last and certainly not least, the 2016 CVO Street Glide combines muscular Screamin’ Eagle performance with a premium audio system unmatched for sonic quality in the motorcycle category, a BOOM! Box audio system driving four dual-amped three-way speakers through a pair of 300-watt, four-channel amplifiers, meticulously engineered to deliver extraordinary sound optimized for the motorcycle riding environment.
A color-matched split stream fairing vent replaces the previous black vent in the batwing fairing. The CVO Street Glide also features a side-fill fuel tank topped by a slammed console with illuminated CVO logo, extended saddlebags, Airflow Collection accessories from hand grips to muffler caps, a custom CVO seat, Daymaker LED headlamp and aerodynamic Wind Splitter windscreen. Project Rushmore features include an iconic Batwing fairing with split stream vent to reduce head buffeting, Reflex Linked Brakes with ABS, and the BOOM! Box 6.5GT infotainment system with touch screen and GPS.
For 2016, wheels are selected to complement each paint color combination: Five-spoke Contrast Chrome Aggressor wheels and a blacked-out engine are paired with the dynamic Carbon Crystal/ Phantom Flames and White Amethyst/Black Licorice Flames colors; Polished Chrome Aggressor wheels and a Granite and Chrome engine are matched with the Atomic Red/ Candy Apple Flames or Black Licorice/Midnight Cobalt Flames colors.
The 2016 CVO Street Glide has a starting MSRP of $36,799.
Harley Davidson 2016 CVO Street Glide
While the different models may seem like they carry the price tag of a small luxury car, there is a price for both performance and style. Also, they are produced in limited numbers making the motorcycle unique and certainly increases the odds you’ll be riding something unlike any other at the next bike night.
Best of all, interested riders don’t need to wait for the new line-up. The new 2016 Harley-Davidson motorcycles and accessories start rolling into Harley-Davidson dealerships immediately. They can be seen online where riders can also find local authorized Harley-Davidson dealers.