Harley-Davidson’s CVO range is well known for causing a stir amongst brand fans, but 2019 looks like being a vintage year with three new stunning models being released.
All the new 2019 models come with the Milwaukee-Eight 117 engine, which is exclusive to CVO models and features 117 cubic inch displacement, a high-performance camshaft and intake, an elevated 10.2:1 compression ratio and produces up to 125 ft. lbs. of torque.
The bikes also get the new Boom! Box GTS infotainment system as standard. This system features a wireless headset with Bluetooth interface, eliminating any cables and enabling the same functions as a wired headset with premium sound quality. The headset has a range of up to one mile and can communicate with up to eight other compatible headsets.
The new 2019 CVO Limited now comes with a blaze red band on engine rocker boxes, Tomahawk 19-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels, and the Kahuna Collection, which comprises of shifter pegs, brake pedal cover, muffler end caps, heated grips and rider and passenger foot boards.
Buyers can also choose three new paint options; auburn sunglo/rich bourbon/black hole with contrast chrome Tomahawk wheels, red pepper/wineberry/magnetic grey with contrast anodize Tomahawk wheels, or magnetic grey fade with contrast anodize Tomahawk wheels.
The Limited’s new Boom! Box GTS system features four stage I speakers (paired in fairing and Tour-Pak carrier) powered by a single amplifier and 75-watts per channel.
The 2019 CVO Street Glide also gets the blaze red engine band and the Kahuna Collection, but this time with a red Bar & Shield inset on some of the components.
Paint options include charred steel/lightning silver with contrast chrome Talon wheels, wineberry/black forest with contrast anodize Talon wheels, or black forest with contrast anodize Talon wheels.
The Street Glide’s Boom! Box GTS system comes with six stage II bi-amped speakers (paired in the fairing, lowers and saddlebag lids) with 150 watts per channel from three separate 300-watt amplifiers for 900-watts total power.
The ever-popular Road Glide also gets the CVO treatment for 2019, running the blaze red band, a new Fang front spoiler, Screamin’ Eagle heavy breather intake, and exclusive Knockout 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels – the only factory-installed 21-inch front wheel offered on a Harley-Davidson touring motorcycle.
Colours include charred steel/lightning silver/black hole with contrast chrome Knockout wheels and bright chrome covers and exhaust, red pepper/magnetic grey/black hole with contrast anodize Knockout wheels, and mako shark fade with contrast anodize Knockout wheels.
The Boom! Box system on the Road Glide features four stage II bi-amped speakers (paired in fairing and saddlebag lids) with 150-watts of power per channel from two separate 300-watt amplifiers for 600-watts total power.
Some of the paint finishes for the CVO models are unique and extremely difficult to produce. The fade paint for example, is an extremely complex treatment. Developed exclusively for Harley-Davidson, the fade effect goes from a lighter to darker shade as it moves higher and is very carefully aligned on each piece of bodywork to create the illusion that the motorcycle is being lit from below. This paint treatment relies on expertly programmed robotic application of multiple layers of paint.
The black onyx on the exhaust of the darkest styling treatments is a ‘physical vapour deposition’ finish, applied over chrome. The finish was originally developed for military-spec and jewellery applications. It’s very durable but also so thin that in bright light the underlying chrome is visible through the black onyx finish.
Just in case anyone isn’t aware, the CVO (Custom Vehicle Operations) programme creates limited-production Harley-Davidson motorcycles for the most-discerning customers often using finishes, materials and accessories that are only available on a CVO.