2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide & CVO Street Glide – First Look

Harley-Davidson revealed full details about its next-generation CVO models, and the new Milwaukee-Eight VVT 121 engine. The 2023 CVO Road Glide and CVO Street Glide offer a dramatically new (and already polarizing) fairing design, updated suspension, selectable ride modes, and a giant 12.3" TFT display.

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2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide and CVO Street Glide Confirmed

Harley-Davidson officially announced it will reveal new CVO Street Glide and CVO Road Glide models for 2023, confirming many of the details we've previously uncovered. These include a new Milwaukee-Eight VVT 121 engine, new suspension, a new infotainment system, and dramatically redesigned fairings that have already drawn strong reactions from the Harley faithful. While we will have to wait until June 7 for more information, here's what we know for certain.

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More Leaked Photos of the New Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide

Official images appear in Australian certification filings

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Harley-Davidson's New 121ci CVO Engine Has VVT

A couple of days ago, we were tipped off by Harley-Davidson blogger Dr. Dan Morel about photos of an alleged new CVO Road Glide and CVO Street Glide taken from the factory floor. Morel has since sent us another photo, offering a clear look at the CVO Road Glide’s right side, including evidence that the new 121ci engine uses variable valve timing.

Here’s the full image we received:

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2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide and CVO Street Glide Leaked

Harley-Davidson released the bulk of its 2023 lineup about two months ago, but we’re still waiting to here about more models, such as the Custom Vehicle Operations models that will be joining the CVO Road Glide Limited Anniversary. We may not have much longer to wait, as videos of a new CVO Road Glide and CVO Street Glide have popped up on line, revealing some big changes to the CVO models, and perhaps a sign of what to expect for the 2024 lineup.

Blogger Dr. Dan Morel sent us a video that a source sent him over WhatsApp, and similar videos have been uploaded to YouTube and TikTok. The earliest version we found as uploaded to The Fast Life Garage LLC’s Instagram account.

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Leaked: 2023 Harley-Davidson Touring, CVO and 120th Anniversary Models

Earlier this week, we uncovered Australian certification documents revealing a new Nightster S model and Harley-Davidson‘s 2023 Softail lineup including 120th anniversary Fat Boy 114 and Heritage Classic 114 models. As we predicted, a similar document certifying Harley-Davidson’s 2023 touring models has now been released in Australia, confirming the models returning, as well as the Anniversary Edition Touring models, plus one possible addition to Harley’s Icon collection.

120th Anniversary Harley-Davidson Softail Models Leaked

Returning for 2023, at least for the Australian market, are the Road Glide Special, Road Glide ST, Street Glide Special, Street Glide ST, Road King Special, and Ultra Limited. According to the certification document, Harley-Davidson will introduce Anniversary Editions for the CVO Road Glide Limited (FLTRKSEANV), Road Glide Special (model code FLTRXSANV), Street Glide Special (FLHXSANV), and Ultra Limited (FLHTKANV). Most of these anniversary models also received 115th Anniversary Editions in 2018, including the Ultra Limited pictured above.

New for 2023 is a model designated as the “FLHFB”. The model code was previously used in the ’60s for the FLHFB Electra Glide, which makes us suspect that it will be 2023’s addition to Harley-Davidson’s Icon lineup. The 1965 Electra Glide was one of the last Harley-Davidson models to use the Panhead engine, but the first with electric start.

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2022 Harley-Davidson Road Glide ST and Street Glide ST First Look

Taking inspiration from its championship-winning King of the Baggers factory race bikes, Harley-Davidson introduces new, performance-focused ST versions of the Road Glide and Street Glide.

Like Kyle Wyman’s King of the Baggers Road Glide Special racer, the Road Glide ST and Street Glide ST have been upgraded with some Screamin’ Eagle Performance Parts upgrades. Harley didn’t go so far as to install the same Screamin’ Eagle 131ci crate engine, but the new ST models do come with the Milwaukee-Eight 117 V-Twin with a high-flow intake, high-performance camshaft and a new exhaust to deliver the same level of performance as its CVO models. Harley-Davidson claims 106 hp at 4750 rpm and 127 lb-ft. at 3750 rpm for the ST models.

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Four Harley-Davidson CVOs for 2022

When you show up on a CVO, you know you’ve arrived and so do all the peons on lesser machines. “Exclusive and hand-crafted paint and designs are executed to a level of intricate quality that is unmatched in the motorcycle and automotive categories,” says H-D, to “represent the pinnacle of style and design.” For 2022, a new CVO Road Glide Limited replaces the CVO Limited, with CVO Street and CVO Road Glides returning, along with the CVO Tri Glide. 

Each CVO gets a burly Milwaukee-Eight 117 powertrain, H-D’s biggest and most powerful factory-installed motor. 

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2022 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Limited to Be Announced Jan. 26

Harley-Davidson is expected to announce more 2022 models on Jan. 26, including its top-of-the-line Custom Vehicle Operations models. While the full list of 2022 CVO models remains to be determined, we expect a new Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Limited will be part of the announcement.

The confirmation comes to us after we got our hands on the installation manual for a secondary amplifier kit, required by Harley-Davidson’s Rockford Fosgate-powered audio systems that use six to eight speakers. The installation manual, dated Jan. 26, 2022, makes multiple references to a 2022 FLTRKSE.

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2021 Harley-Davidson CVO Lineup Announced

The Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations lineup returns four models for 2021, offering the most exclusive components and styling the company has to offer. The four CVO models are the same as last year, consisting of the CVO Limited, CVO Street Glide, CVO Road Glide, and the CVO Tri Glide threewheeler.

For 2021, the CVO lineup receives a new audio system powered by Rockford Fosgate. Specific features vary depending on the model, but they all incorporate Harley-Davidson’s Boom! Box GTS infotainment system. Each CVO model also comes with a Boom! Audio 30K Bluetooth helmet set.

All four CVO models come equipped with the Milwaukee-Eight V-Twin engine, displacing 117 ci (1923cc) and claiming a peak output of 125 lb-ft. of torque.

All CVO models come standard with the RDRS Safety Enhancements electronics as standard equipment. This includes cornering linked braking, cornering ABS, cornering traction control, drag-torque slip control, vehicle hold control and a tire pressure monitoring system.

The CVO Limited and CVO Street Glide also come standard with the Daymaker adaptive LED headlight that provides additional lighting while leaning into corners.

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2020 Vision: New Harley-Davidson Touring Models Review

You really do need a program to keep track of all the players at Harley-Davidson. I’m still in a constant state of bewilderment even after all these years trying to keep track of the Glides and Ultras and FXRs and things as they come and go. After passing summary judgment on the new Low Rider S last week, it’s time to move on to the new Touring models, all of which at least still carry the prefix “FL.” (As do some Softails, possibly a Dyna or two – now retired – and possibly a trike. Let’s move on.)

The cool new touring bike for 2020 would be the Road Glide Limited. From the H-D horse’s mouth: The new Road Glide Limited model replaces the Road Glide Ultra model for 2020 and offers new premium luxury-touring features, including painted pin striping, a gloss-finish inner fairing, heated rider hand grips, Slicer II Contrast Bright wheels and new tank, front and rear fender medallions. The Road Glide Limited model is a long-haul, two-up touring specialist featuring the distinctive aerodynamic Road Glide shark-nose fairing with triple split stream vents that limit rider head buffeting. The standard Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine delivers smooth, powerful touring performance while dual Daymaker LED headlamps offer outstanding night visibility.

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Harley-Davidson Recalls 238,300 Motorcycles for Potential Clutch Failure

Harley-Davidson is recalling 238,300 motorcycles worldwide (including 177,636 units in the U.S. alone) because of an issue that can prevent the clutch from disengaging. The recall affects all touring and trike models for 2017 and 2018 plus some 2017 Softails. Here’s the full list:

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2019 Harley-Davidson CVO Lineup Announced

The Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations line continues to showcase the most exclusive and advanced motorcycles the Motor Company can offer, with higher end finishes, paint and technology. Getting the CVO treatment for 2019 are the Limited, Street Glide and Road Glide.

For 2019, the CVO models come powered by the Milwaukee-Eight 117 engine, featuring a high-performance camshaft and intake, and a higher 10.2:1 compression ratio to claim 125 lb-ft. of torque at 3500 rpm.

All three CVO models come with a premium Boom! Box GTS infotainment system. The CVO Street Glide comes with six bi-amp speakers (two each in the fairing, lowers and saddlebag lids), with 300 watts per channel and three 300 watt amplifiers for a total of 900 watts. The CVO Road Glide comes with four bi-amped speakers (two in the fairing and two in the saddlebag lids) offering 150 watts per channel from two separate 300 watt amplifiers. The CVO Limited comes with a four-speaker system, with two in the fairing and two in the Tour-Pak carrier, with a single amplifier and 75 watts per channel.

The infotainment system is compatible with Harley-Davidson’s wireless Bluetooth headsets. The headsets can communicate with up to eight other compatible headsets within a range of up to one mile. The CVO Limited comes with two headsets while the CVO Street Glide and CVO Road Glide each come with a single headset.

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2017 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide First Ride Review

Every year Harley-Davidson releases special models from its Custom Vehicle Operations skunkworks. These limited-edition factory customs are chosen to represent the best that Harley has to offer, which is usually based on the most popular models the manufacturer sells. This year, for our test of a 2017 CVO model, we chose the CVO Street Glide. We did this for two reasons. First, we’d get to do a true apples-to-apples comparison since we were also testing the standard Street Glide. This perspective would give us the opportunity to see what similarities and differences the Milwaukee-Eight 107 had with the Milwaukee-Eight 114 bruiser. Second, we last tested the CVO Street Glide in model year 2015, which would give us a good impression of how far the model has come in two model years.

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Harley-Davidson Unveils The Milwaukee-Eight Engine For Touring Models

Well, we’ve joked about Harley-Davidson’s upcoming Milwaukee-Eight engine. We’ve prognosticated from EPA documents about what the Milwaukee-Eight would be. However, until now, we haven’t had the straight scoop about the ninth generation of the Motor Company’s Big Twin engines. After submitting ourselves to a variety of invasive tests, signing our lives away to gain entry into the Harley Media Department’s “circle of trust,” and waiting for the appointed hour to arrive, we can now tell you exactly what H-D has up its cylinder sleeves. However, the biggest news isn’t the part hidden in the sleeves at all.

SCOOP! Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight Trademarked

The Milwaukee-Eight engine will come as part of the 2017 model line in two displacements and three varieties (Milwaukee-Eight 107, Twin-Cooled Milwaukee-Eight 107, and Twin-Cooled Milwaukee-Eight 114) and will be utilized in every 2017 Harley-Davidson Touring and Trike motorcycle model. That’s a 4% displacement increase over the previous 103 cu. in. and 110 cu. in. configurations. (For those of you interested in cubic centimeters instead of cubic inches, the new displacements translate into 1750cc and 1870cc, respectively.)

Harley-Davidson To Announce 107ci And 114ci “Milwaukee Eight” Engine

While an increase in displacement is always appreciated, the big news of the Milwaukee-Eight resides in the new heads, which have seen their valve count doubled to four valves-per-cylinder. No, that wasn’t an earthquake you just felt but rather the shock of Harley-Davidson breaking with tradition.

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