Harley-Davidson announce new CVO Road Glide

Andy HHarley-Davidson, New Models Leave a Comment

Good to see Milwaukee is keeping tabs on what we’re doing here, and the lightning response to us nipping out on Indian’s Challenger last Friday was to launch a new Road Glide!!


Even without the new factory 131-inch Milwaukee Eight motor, Harley are winning the capacity battle with this 117, and the Boom!BoxGTS works with their Boom!30K Bluetooth headset – an updated, Harley-specific version of the Sena 20S I use – as their WHIM is installed as it has been in the past on some CVO models. Other new features include new lower bodywork and a 21-inch front wheel.

I will now pass you over to Oxford for the factory spiel:


CVO Road Glide
The CVO Road Glide model is a high-performance Harley-Davidson Touring motorcycle equipped to offer the rider outstanding long-range comfort, commanding performance, and a suite of new rider-assist technologies. Base price for the 2020 CVO Road Glide model is £33,995 (€45,995).

New features of the 2020 CVO Road Glide

  • H-D™ Connect (see below)
  • Reflex™ Defensive Rider Systems (see below)
  • Heated Kahuna™ Collection hand grips match Kahuna shifter pegs, brake pedal cover, muffler end caps, heated grips and rider and passenger boards. The Kahuna Collection features mirror-like chrome surfaces surrounded by rich black rubber that provides grip and traction where needed. A red Bar & Shield® logo completes the look on many Kahuna Collection components.
  • Boom!™ Audio 30K Bluetooth® Helmet Headset (see below).
  • Low-profile two-piece fuel tank console with lighted CVO™ logo.
  • A single-colour choice: Premium Sand Dune monotone finish with pearl topcoat and subtle graphics highlighted by Smoked Satin Chrome, Gloss Black and Black Onyx finishes. Front and rear wheels are finished in Gloss Black/Smoked Satin. Heavy Breather air cleaner is finished in Gloss Black.

Key CVO Road Glide Model features

  • The exclusive Knockout™ 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels feature a split seven-spoke design that provides an open and airy look, with the spokes blending into the rim to add visual diameter. This is the only 21-inch front wheel fitment offered on a Harley-Davidson Touring model. The front suspension is re-tuned for no compromise in handling and braking performance with this larger-diameter front wheel.
  • The Fang Front Spoiler adds dramatic lower bodywork and a fresh custom styling feature exclusive to the CVO Road Glide. The bodywork has been designed and tested not to disturb Road Glide model aerodynamics.
  • The Road Glide frame-mounted shark-nose fairing delivers world-class aerodynamics developed through wind tunnel testing to optimise rider comfort. Triple splitstream vents alter the air pressure behind the fairing to virtually eliminate head buffeting. The fairing holds dual Daymaker LED reflector headlamps that light a brilliant path down the darkest roads.
  • Moulded saddlebags feature One Touch latches and can be opened or closed with a single finger push or pull.
  • A high-performance Screamin’ Eagle® Heavy Breather intake improves air flow to the engine and adds bold hot-rod style.
  • The built-in Wireless Headset Interface Module (WHIM) permits wireless Bluetooth headset connectivity to the Boom! ™ Box GTS infotainment system.

New CVO Motorcycle Technology

H-D™ Connect
H-D Connect introduces subscription-based cellular connectivity to select Harley-Davidson motorcycles to keep riders connected to their motorcycle through their smart phone using the latest version of the Harley-Davidson® App.

Reflex™ Defensive Rider Systems (RDRS)
RDRS is a new collection of technology designed to match motorcycle performance to available traction during acceleration, deceleration and braking, utilising the latest chassis control, electronic brake control and powertrain technology.

Wireless Headset
The CVO Road Glide is shipped with a single Boom!™ Audio 30K Bluetooth® helmet headset designed for cordless interface with the Boom! ™ Box GTS infotainment system. This new headset features the latest wireless communication technology – Mesh Intercom™ Network. The protocol automatically connects to a near limitless number of riders while in public mode to eliminate lost group connections when someone goes out of range. The headset can connect with up to 16 riders in private mode up to five miles, and enables the same functions as a wired headset (CB, phone, navigation prompts, radio and audio, with voice commands) and fulfils the Apple Carplay® microphone requirement for the Boom!™ Box GTS. A Quick Charge feature can provide up to five hours of additional talk time with a 20-minute charge.

Boom!™ Box GTS with Premium Boom!™ Audio
The CVO Road Glide model is equipped with a Boom!™ Box GTS infotainment system with four Boom!™ Stage II bi-amped speakers (paired in fairing and saddlebag lids), 150 watts per channel from two separate 300-watt amplifiers for 600 watts total power. The 6.5-inch colour touchscreen is covered with durable Corning® Gorilla® Glass and offers the lowest reflectivity available with minimal sun washout for exceptional visibility in all situations. Additional features include advanced navigation, Apple CarPlay® compatibility, personalisation options, and integration with the Harley-Davidson App. The entire system can be managed through the touch screen, the motorcycle hand controls and by voice commands.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Exclusive Milwaukee-Eight® 117 Power
The Milwaukee-Eight® 117 (117ci / 1923cc) is largest-displacement factory-installed engine available from Harley-Davidson, and is rated at 125ft.lbs of torque.

  • A 10.2:1 compression ratio (compared to 10.0:1 for Milwaukee-Eight® 114 engine) helps increase torque.
  • A high-performance camshaft is matched to displacement and air flow.
  • A high-performance intake flows more air into the engine.

The Milwaukee-Eight 117 retains all Milwaukee-Eight engine features:

  • Dual counter-balancers cancel primary vibration at idle for improved rider and passenger comfort.
  • Four-valve cylinder heads (two exhaust and two intake valves per head, eight total) – improved airflow through the engine contributes to power output.
  • Dual spark plugs for more complete combustion of the air / fuel charge and maximised power and efficiency.
  • Single camshaft reduces mechanical noise so a richer exhaust tone can predominate.
  • Advanced cylinder head design, dual knock sensors, and precision cooling allow a higher compression ratio for increased torque output and strong acceleration.
  • V-Twin design with 45-degree cylinder angle maintains classic Harley-Davidson look-sound-feel.

Leave a Reply