Meet the biggest and baddest Harleys yet –
Harley have announced three new CVOs
with 1923cc engines plus two new blacked
It seems Harley-Davidson have had a radical change in image. Say goodbye to the tens of square feet of
chrome and say hello to blacked out engines, menacing new paint schemes and Harley’s torquest engine
Harley’s Custom Vehicle Operations department have always produced special, limited numbers bikes
that are meant to be the pinnacle of what they can achieve. For 2018, they’ve produced three new CVOs
that will set hearts, and back tyres, alight: there’s the wile-eyed tourers CVO Street Glide, the bagger-lovers
dream come true CVO Road Glide and the daddy, the CVO Limited.
At the heart of each of these bikes is the new 117 engine, which is Harley’s biggest and most powerful engine
to date. The new 117 now shovels 1923cc of fuel and air into its gaping maw every time it revolves and in return
it gives back a whopping 122ftlbs of torque. If that isn’t going to put ripples in the tarmac, we don’t know what
will. The 117 is dual-cooled on all models too, meaning it utilises both water and oil cooled to regulate the
temperatures inside the shuddering metal behemoth. It also means the bikes should spare the riders thighs
from a total roasting, which for riders of older Hogs will be a welcome change.
There have also been big changes in the styling department. The new bikes have much darker and more
aggressive paint schemes with the most brooding colourways also matched with a blacked out engine. There are
smaller changes to individual models such a colour-coded inner fairings, new wheels (including a 21” one for the
Road Glide) and different exhaust finishes.
To overcome the noise of the new engine obviously means a new stereo, including a whopping 900w of speaker
power on the CVO Street Glide. There are also some changes under the hood too, which now allows riders to pair
Bluetooth headsets with the stereo, replacing the old corded system.