Harley-Davidson teases new CVO era

Speculation has been rife over Harley-Davidson’s premium Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) motorcycles, with rumours sweeping the internet of sharper, revolutionary design upgrades and a new 121 Milwaukee Eight VVT powerplant.

Overnight, the US bike maker teased the release of two brand new models, with the full reveal scheduled for 7 June 2023. From what we’ve seen, sweeping aesthetic changes are coming.

A CVO Street Glide and Road Glide will offer two paint finishes and an upgraded infotainment system. Upgraded suspension will also feature on the aspirational collection of limited production motorcycles.

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Delivering the ultimate in styling, design, craftsmanship and attention to detail, along with top-of-the-line performance, the range debuted in 1999, and have evolved since then. The two new models feature dramatic visuals, advanced tech, and improved performance.

“With the introduction of the all-new CVO Street Glide and CVO Road Glide, we’ve completely reimagined two of Harley-Davidson’s most iconic motorcycles and redefined the boundaries of CVO in the process,” Harley-Davidson CEO and president Jochen Zeitz said.

2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide
2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide

“By rethinking these two models from the ground up, we are ushering in a new era of innovation, design, engineering, and technology, while expanding the definition of Harley-Davidson CVO and taking the Grand American Touring experience to another level,” he added.

“The new CVO Street Glide and CVO Road Glide break the mould and reset the bar for the pinnacle Harley-Davidson riding experience.”

The new batwing fairing featured on the 2023 CVO Street Glide model offers an evolved profile and a more swept windshield. Undercuts beneath the headlamp are more pronounced, and turn indicators are integrated as opposed to being external units.

The iconic “T” shape is retained, the silhouette and graphic outline have been modernised with updated surfacing, and the new fairing integrates in design with the fuel tank, side covers and saddlebags.

The new CVO Road Glide model fairing presents an aggressive update over the 2022 design and integrates with the fuel tank, side covers and saddlebags. The single LED headlamp has a wide, horizontal shape, yet appears to have twin elements.

2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide
2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide

Full details will be revealed on 7 June 2023.

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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