Harley-Davidson's CVO Road Glide is a bona fide showroom showstopper with lots of chrome and a trio of new paint packages.
Powered by a top-shelf Milwaukee-Eight 117 engine – the largest production engine from the MoCo to date – this machine rolls with stock ride safety-control features that keep all that power under control.
Harley keeps to the overall look as established by the previous CVO Road Glide model, but the differences between this gen and the last make all the difference in the world.
Stock bags and fairings complete the bagger ensemble to make this a viable bike for performance-minded riders looking to tour, cruise, or just boulevard bruise.
The color TFT display acts as control central for the Boom! GTS Infotainment System that bundles a host of capabilities together that cover your on-road communication, navigation, and weather update needs.
Plus it rocks with Rockford Fosgate components in the Stage II audio package.
Built around the classic FL frame, the CVO Road Glide maintains the large double downtube/double cradle format and fat front end that have always marked H-D's touring family.
The front forks are non-adjustable, but they are Showa's Dual Bending Valve units that deliver dynamic, demand-driven damping changes for a superior ride.
The factory sees fit to equip 300 mm discs front and rear with four-piston calipers to bind them – dual brakes up front, of course – with stock ABS protection as the first of many ride-quality and safety features.
So far the overall package of the CVO Road Glide is fairly close to standard for H-D's touring lineup, but the beating heart sets it well apart from the rest of the big bikes in the lineup with a monstrous, 117-inch (1,923 cc) Milwaukee-Eight mill.
Output of the Milwaukee-Eight 117 is 126 pound-feet of torque at 3,750 rpm so it has something to give in every gear and with a solid roll-on at any rpm.
It will get up to speed quicker than the less-noble models, but is still governed to around 107 mph so it's no faster than the rest of the lineup, maybe just a bit quicker in spite of its great heft.
The higher electronics bring a level of control and safety that were unheard of from America's longest-running brand just a few short years ago.
H-D's Reflex Defensive Rider Systems adds corner-sensitive ABS to the linked-brake system, corner-enhanced traction control system, and a cornering Drag-Torque Slip Control.