We’ve never underestimated Harley CVO division’s power to deliver a radically upgraded Road Glide, but this is more that we can take. Everything on this bike is taken to a whole new level, unveiling a treatment more likely for supersports bikes to benefit of.
This is one great example of the American company’s ambition to sell production bikes that look and perform like having just rolled out from the custom shop.
A sleek, lean muscle machine, the 2009 Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) Road Glide is a bagger loaded with style and attitude. From its lowered front fender and skirted saddlebags to its vivid paint and massive powertrain, the CVO Road Glide is ready to romp down the highway or raise a ruckus on the boulevard.
The 2009 model is the third edition of a Road Glide model from the CVO group. This motorcycle first appeared in 2000 and made a splash with its distinctive, slashing Screamin’ Eagle head on each side of its VR Racing Orange fairing. That design serves as inspiration for the paint scheme on this new model, which features ghosted flamed feathers in the accent stripe on the fairing, tank, side covers and bags, and a more-subtle Screamin’ Eagle on the fairing.
2009 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide
The CVO group showed little restraint, however, when executing the rest of the CVO Road Glide. Start with the unbridled power of the Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110 engine, 110 cubic inches of pure American V-Twin muscle and the largest engine offered by Harley-Davidson. Available only on CVO models, the Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) Twin Cam 110 produces 115 ft. lbs. of torque at 4000 rpm and features electronic throttle control and a heavy-duty, self-adjusting clutch with hydraulic actuation. It’s finished in CVO-exclusive granite powdercoat with chrome covers, and features a new “110 Screamin’ Eagle” badge on the air cleaner cover insert. The engine breathes through a new air cleaner cover with an exposed Stage 1 Screamin’ Eagle element, and exhaust escapes through four-inch chrome touring mufflers with chrome billet end caps. A custom oil cooler has a chrome cover with the CVO logo.
The CVO Road Glide rolls on the same all-new chassis that underpins all 2009 Harley-Davidson Touring models, based on a redesigned frame and swingarm for enhanced maneuverability. The new Touring chassis also incorporates a new motor-mount system that reduces engine shake at idle, a new 2-1-2 exhaust system with a one-piece front exhaust shield, and a new 180 mm Dunlop Multi-Tread rear tire that offers longer tread life and 27 percent more luggage payload.
Over this foundation CVO layers chrome and custom components. To achieve a lower profile, composite skirts are added to the saddlebag bottoms and wrap over the exhaust pipe outlets. Filler strips between the saddlebag and rear fender incorporate LED stop/turn/tail lights that replace the traditional fender-mounted lights and signals. To balance the bike visually front-to-rear, the front fender has been lowered about three-quarters of an inch with a new mounting bracket, and the fender covers a new 18-inch-diameter front wheel. The effect is to place the front fender skirt as low as is practically possible for street use. The CVO Road Glide rolls on 18-inch Blade chrome forged aluminum wheels front and rear.
The frame-mounted, aerodynamic fairing is the most distinctive design element of the Road Glide, and it gets a full custom treatment from CVO. The inner fairing panel is color-matched and carries gauges with spun-aluminum faces. The two-inch gauges are back-lit. The headlight area is revised with new trim that discards the clear headlight cover used on the regular-production Road Glide. New headlight lenses are hardened. The fairing is topped with a black, low-profile wind deflector and trim assembly.
2009 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide
Rider comfort begins with a new low-profile, two-up seat with Buffalo inserts and a matching passenger backrest. The new Touring exhaust system creates more space between the passenger and the exhaust pipe, producing less heat. The new frame increases passenger leg room behind the calves by about 5/8 inch. Brembo brakes with ABS are standard equipment, as is cruise control, two-speaker AM/FM/WB/CD/MP3 Advanced Audio System by Harman /Kardon, and air-adjustable rear suspension.
A chrome tank console has a push-button fuel door and a new insert with the CVO logo. The hand and foot controls are from the Rumble Collection, with matching mirrors, saddlebag latches and passenger footpegs. Handlebars are internally wired for a clean look. Did we mention that CVO loves chrome? The CVO Road Glide has a chromed front end, chrome billet rear brake and shift levers, chrome switch housings and master cylinders, and enough other chromed parts to keep this bike sparkling night and day.
The 2009 CVO Road Glide is available in three color combinations: Yellow Pearl with Charcoal Slate, Stardust Silver with Titanium Dust, and Electric Orange with Vivid Black. A security system with smart siren, a CVO indoor cover and unique Harley-Davidson CVO gold ignition key with display box are included.
The CVO Road Glide is a limited-production motorcycle created by the Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) group, and based on the all-new 2009 Harley-Davidson FLTR Road Glide. Approximately 3,000 examples of the 2009 CVO Road Glide will be produced by a team of highly skilled technicians in a special assembly area at the Harley-Davidson York Vehicle Operations facility in York, Pa. The suggested U.S. retail price for the 2009 CVO Road Glide is $30,999 ($31,195 in California).
Not only the CVO Road Glide distinguishes as the most powerful tourer of its family, but it also stands as the most exclusive one, meaning that the money that you pay on the bike now will later on pay back. Some even like to consider such models long-term investments, but we’re militants of the fact that all bikes are made to be ridden and this one makes no exception.