Harley-Davidson raises the bar with 2024 touring models

Harley-Davidson has offered the first official look at its next generation touring models in a global launch event held in the early hours of this morning, Australian time. A new Street Glide, Road Glide and performance-inspired CVO Road Glide ST are due here in March.

Commemorating the 25th anniversary of Custom Vehicle Operations, the new CVO Road Glide ST takes hot rod bagger capability to the next level with high performance suspension and brakes, and a potent new Milwaukee-Eight 121 high output engine.

Paired with a low final drive ratio, it’s expected to produce the kind of acceleration and mid-range thrust aggressive riders crave. That’s especially so given it’s the quickest, fastest, and most sophisticated performance bagger ever produced by Harley-Davidson.

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A deep solo seat and six-inch riser paired with a moto handlebar put the rider in an aggressive, upright position, on a bike with a genuine West Coast custom style. It will be available in Golden White Pearl or Raven Metallic.

A Screamin’ Eagle graphic on the fairing sides and fuel tank is inspired by the Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson factory motorcycles raced in the MotoAmerica Mission King of the Baggers series.

The Milwaukee-Eight 121 High Output V-Twin engine is exclusive to the CVO Road Glide ST model, tuned to produce 94kW and 193Nm, with a kerb weight of 366kg. The bike also utilises selectable riding modes including Track and Track Plus.

Fully adjustable front and rear suspension include SHOWA rear shock absorbers with remote reservoirs and an inverted 47mm 1×1 fork. Braking is provided by Brembo braking components.

In the same vein, a fourth model was unveiled overnight, in the form of a CVO Pan America adventure bike. That motorcycle isn’t coming down under.

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

In positive news though, CVO will add Copperhead and Legendary Orange to the colour range of the existing CVO Street Glide and Road Glide, launched last year.

Those bikes start at $63,995 ride away, while the new CVO Road Glide ST will be priced from $62,995 ride away. The standard Street Glide and Road Glide feature an updated Milwaukee-Eight 117, with a new cooling system, and enhanced intake.

A similarly updated exhaust flow boosts performance, while there’s now also selectable riding modes. It’s a more powerful, comfortable, and lighter package that sports advanced tech, including a new infotainment system.

“Without question, these are the most enticing touring motorcycles ever offered by Harley-Davidson,” Harley-Davidson chairman, president and CEO Jochen Zeitz said.

Infotainment technology is powered by Skyline OS and presented on a 12.3-inch TFT colour touchscreen that replaces all analogue instrumentation and most switches. A new 200-watt audio amplifier drives sound to a pair of fairing-mounted speakers.

Both the Street Glide and the Road Glide receive improved aerodynamics to enhance rider comfort and reduce subjective helmet buffeting at highway speeds Rear suspension travel is increased to 75mm.

A redesigned one-piece seat shape and padding materials offer a significant improvement in long-range comfort for most riders. For more information, you can talk to your local Harley-Davidson dealer, or visit their Australian website.

2024 Harley-Davidson Road Glide
2024 Harley-Davidson Road Glide
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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