2024 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide ST (bike review)

All hail the new king of the baggers. Harley-Davidson’s 2024 CVO Road Glide ST is the hero of this year’s model line-up, and is billed as the pinnacle in performance. It most certainly doesn’t disappoint in its quest to bring the track to the road.

Unlike traditional CVO motorcycles, which combine customisation with a plethora of comfort accessories for the ultimate touring experience, the ST is purely rider focused, featuring a stripped-down, almost animalistic, persona.

Marking 25 years of Custom Vehicle Operations alongside the first ever CVO Pan America, the latter of which is not available in Australia, the ST offers an array of performance touches in a variant that has already sold out.

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Following in the footsteps of the 2023.5 CVO range released last year, and the upgrades found in this year’s range of touring bikes, it doesn’t take long to realise that the ST is a serious bit of Milwaukee muscle.

2024 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide ST
2024 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide ST

Straight out of the crate and onto the bitumen, the 121 cubic inch power plant pushes 94kW and an earth shattering 193Nm of torque to the pavement. It’s totally exhilarating and smile inducing.

Harley-Davidson’s VVT technology makes way for a high-performance camshaft, race-inspired air intake and an elevated 5,900rpm redline here, with the package paired with five selectable ride modes, including Track and Track Plus for the first time.

Each affects such characteristics as power delivery, engine braking, cornering ABS, and cornering traction control. On wide open roads, with long straights and sweeping bends, Track mode is a treat, especially here on the NSW Central Coast.

Tested on a loop from Kulnura to Wollombi and taking in the Putty Road, we were able to evaluate the fully adjustable premium Showa suspension. Poor road conditions showcased just how well the package copes with harsh surfaces.

2024 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide ST
2024 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide ST

Up front is a 47mm 1×1 inverted fork with adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping. The true beauty of this setup is the ease with which the bike changes direction, especially when pushing hard.

It holds its line beautifully through a corner, as you feed the throttle. At the rear is an emulsion suspension setup that includes adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping, ensuring there’s no wallowing through bends.

In its element on the Putty Road, the CVO Road Glide ST was brilliant, and dare we say it, better than any Harley-Davidson that’s come before it. The big beast even stops well, with dual Brembo M4.32 four-piston radially mounted performance callipers up front.

These are paired with 320mm wave rotors to provide a really nice feel when pulling this 380kg machine up. The rear features a single axially mounted four-piston Brembo calliper with a 300mm rotor.

2024 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide ST
2024 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide ST

But while it boasts oodles of grunt, sublime handling and incredible stopping power, it’s missing a quick shifter. That one item would have finished what could have truly been the ultimate performance bagger package, but alas it isn’t there.

As we mentioned earlier though, the CVO is stripped down, losing 11.3kg of girth thanks to a number of forged carbon fibre components, and the removal of unnecessary clutter. This includes the pillion seat and foot pegs. Shorter rider floorboards have been added.

The traditional Road Glide mini ape hangers are gone too, replaced with a more performance oriented setup that puts the rider in a much more aggressive riding position. A modern switch block is easy to use and nice to touch.

We did find the cruise control a little fiddly though, which isn’t a deal breaker, because it’s way more fun feeding the throttle to listen to the harmonic engine note from its oval-shaped lightweight titanium pipes.

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2024 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide ST

There is Rockford-Fosgate Stage II premium audio on hand too, controlled via the new 12.3-inch TFT digital display. Featuring Skyline IOS, it houses the speedo, rider info, navigation and full smart phone integration.

It’s a nice to have on a bike that is cooler than ice and madder than a snake with its head chopped off. That’s a good thing, for those wondering. The 2024 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide ST takes all that is the bike brand’s custom vehicle operations, to the next level.

Despite being potentially risky because of the direction it takes, and how much it costs, it’s had immediate sales success locally (it’s sold out). A genuine nod to the King of the Baggers racing series in the US, it’s a truly special unit.

Priced at $62,995 ride away, it’s available in two paint options; Raven Metallic and Golden White Pearl, and is backed by a 2-year unlimited kilometre warranty. You can find out more on the Harley-Davidson Australia website, or by talking to your local dealer.

2024 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide ST
2024 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide ST

Our test bike was provided by Harley-Davidson Australia for independent review purposes.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Riding experience
10
Style and comfort
9.75
Braking and handling
9.75
Overall bike perfomance
9.8
Value for money
9

SUMMARY

Pros - exceptional ride and handling; complete riding experience; could be the best Harley-Davidson ever built.
Cons - price point; misses out on a quick shifter; fiddly cruise control function; limited supply.
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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<strong>Pros -</strong> exceptional ride and handling; complete riding experience; could be the best Harley-Davidson ever built.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong> price point; misses out on a quick shifter; fiddly cruise control function; limited supply.2024 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide ST (bike review)