2024 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide ST – First Look
Featuring the most powerful factory-installed Harley-Davidson Big Twin ever
As we were first to report, Harley-Davidson is introducing a new CVO Road Glide ST to its 2024 lineup, giving the performance bagger the Custom Vehicle Operations treatment with a fancy paint scheme and several upgrades.
Interestingly, the CVO model will be the only Road Glide ST in Harley-Davidson’s 2024 lineup, as the non-CVO version will not be offered this year, nor will the Street Glide ST.
The next-generation shark nose fairing that debuted on the 2023 CVO Road Glide makes its way to the ST model, with a headlight and turn signals integrated into the fairing. The CVO Road Glide ST also gets a 12.3-inch TFT color touch screen, with the same Skyline OS software, as well as an audio system with a 500-watt amplifier and 6.5-inch fairing speakers.
The CVO Road Glide ST is powered by a Milwaukee-Eight 121 High Output V-Twin engine, a displacement increase over the 117 engine previously offered on the non-CVO model. The 1,977cc engine is the same displacement as the one that powered the CVO Street Glide and Road Glide introduced last year, but without a variable-valve timing system, and with a new “High Output” tuning.
Harley-Davidson claims a peak output of 127 hp at 4,900 rpm and 145 lb-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm, both records for factory-installed Big Twin engines on production Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The Milwaukee-Eight 121 VVT, in comparison, claims 115 hp at 4,500 rpm and 139 lb-ft. Along with the different engine tuning, Harley-Davidson also gave the CVO Road Glide ST a lower final drive ratio, claiming enhanced acceleration performance in every gear. The CVO Road Glide ST also comes with five preset ride modes: Road, Sport, Track, Track Plus, and Rain. Multiple custom modes can also be programmed.
The CVO Road Glide ST comes with a number of parts made of lightweight components such as titanium exhausts with carbon fiber end caps, a composite oil pan, new wheel designs, and wave-style front brake discs. It also incorporates a front fender, seat cowl and tank console made of a forged carbon fiber composite material that gives the components a marbled texture.
All that being said, the CVO Road Glide ST is still a Harley-Davidson bagger, and a few lightweight components can only do so much. Harley-Davidson says the CVO Road Glide ST still tips the scales at 838 pounds in full running order, or 6 pounds lighter than the 2023 Road Glide ST.
The suspension system consists of a 47 mm inverted Showa 1x1 fork and twin rear shocks with remote reservoirs. Both are fully adjustable, and offer 4.6 inches of travel up front and 3.0 inches of travel at the rear.
Other features include Brembo brakes, a deep solo seat, and a six-inch handlebar riser.
The 2024 Harley-Davidson Road Glide ST will come in two premium paint options: Golden White Pearl or Raven Metallic. Both versions come with Screamin’ Eagle graphics on the fairing and fuel tank, plus graphics marking the 25th anniversary of the CVO program. Pricing starts at $42,999.
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