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2022 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Limited

This is the luxury-touring version of luxury tourers

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Harley-Davidson brought together two of its best subcategories – the Limited line – to field the 2022 CVO Road Glide Limited. This machine sits at the tippity-top of the food chain with the best of just about everything the MoCo has to offer as far as touring goodies go along with the largest production Big Twin to date. As always, the King Of Paint has some sizzlin’ hot combinations on the palette to set it even further apart from the pack.

2022 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Limited Design

  • Dual Daymaker LED lighting
  • Hand-laid premium paint packages
  • 6.5-inch color TFT display
  • No lower fairing storage
  • Audio powered by Rockford Fosgate Stage II
  • Kahuna Collection features
2022 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Limited
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2022 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Limited
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Outpriced only by H-D's CVO Tri Glide that shares the same red flame paint job, the CVO Road Glide Limited looks a lot like its non-CVO cousin, but the devil is in the details.

This is it, folks, the pinnacle of H-D’s two-wheeled lineup. Outpriced only by H-D’s CVO Tri Glide that shares the same red flame paint job, the CVO Road Glide Limited looks a lot like its non-CVO cousin, but the devil is in the details.

First off, the paint is top shelf. A pair of sporty, two-tone packages combine black with either orange or yellow over chrome, which are both classy if not quite classic in their layout and edgy quality. Of course, my favorite is the red and black reverse-flame fade over blackout that adds an undeniable custom flavor to the mix with an extra side of mad curb appeal.

A high-side fender leads the way under the frame-mount Sharknose fairing that usually has a fork-mount, Batwing fairing-equipped equivalent, but in this case the CVO version is in a class all its own. Even more than usual, that is. The vented windshield is fairly tall with comfort as its main attribute, but if you’re too cool for school, you can always throw on a chopped or even tinted screen. Maybe both.

The speedo and tach each have their own analog gauges just above the handlebar clamp, but all of the top-shelf fandanglery comes shoehorned into the 6.5-inch color TFT display. The latter has quite the workload with ride metrics, navigation, and weather on board, plus it manages the Boom! Box GTS music options with Rockford Fosgate yummygoodness in the speakers. Party on, Wayne.

Tomahawk wheels and Kahuna grips dress up the chassis, and this bike also comes stock with blackout highway pegs for pilot comfort. Both rider and passenger floorboards are of the Kahuna line for the comfort and style they bring to the table. Heated Kahuna grips come paired with heated pilot and passenger seats, and the pilot backrest rocks a new lumbar support to improve long-distance comfort. The passenger also benefits from a full backrest supported by the Tour Pak.

Hard bags come stock with liners for quick loading/unloading, and join with the Pak for a total of 4.7 cubic-feet of secure dry storage. As for the storage in the fairing lowers, you can stop trying to pry the cover off, that storage was traded off to make room for the twin-cooling equipment.

2022 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Limited Chassis

  • Very stable tracking
  • Exclusive 21-inch front wheel
  • Low-effort steering
  • Lean-sensitive ABS
  • Hill-Hold Control
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2022 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Limited
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Factoring in all the metrics, you have a very stable ride that tracks well in a crosswind with low-effort steering corrections.

In keeping with the norm, the factory went with mild steel as the material of choice for the CVO Road Glide Limited, on both the main frame and yoke-style swingarm. A heavy, box-style backbone lends its great strength to the structure, but the rest of the frame proper is tubular steel with MIG welded joints.

It all comes together at the steering head up front that sets a rake angle of 26 degrees, but an offset in the tripletree makes the actual fork angle 29.25 degrees from the vertical. Factor in the 6.7 inches of trail over the 64-inch wheelbase and you have a very stable ride that tracks well in a crosswind with low-effort steering corrections.

Providing that you weigh at least 180 pounds, you can expect to push the seat down to its running position at 28.2 inches off the deck. That’s really not very tall for such a big bike, and it joins with the mid-mount foot controls and medium-lift handlebar to make for a comfortable, upright riding position for most average body types. If that’s no good for you, a range of suspension and seating changes lets you massage the rider’s triangle a bit to accommodate your needs.

Cast wheels round out the rolling chassis in the Tomahawk design with a 130/60-19 hoop ahead of a 180/60-18. The CVO Road Glide Limited is the only bike in Harley’s touring stable that comes with a 21-inch front wheel.

The tires are Dunlop’s Harley-Davidson series with an “H” speed rating that will tolerate speeds up to 130 mph, which is plenty fast for this kind of machine. If it ain’t, then you’re looking at the wrong kind of bike, my friends. A hand-adjustable rear suspension setup allows for quick and easy preload changes sans tools and dirty knees, but the front suspension is special indeed with the Showa Dual Bending Valve technology that delivers demand-driven damping for a plush with no adjusters with which to fiddle.

The dual front brakes and rear brake all center around 300 mm discs with dual, four-bore calipers up front to provide the bulk of the stopping power. Lean-sensitive ABS joins with H-D’s Enhanced Electronic Linked Braking to help you safely use that great braking power to the max with no fear of breaking loose at either end. Harley’s Hill Hold Control finishes out the brake goodies by holding the brake for you so you can safely but both feet down at stops on grades.

Frame: Mild steel; tubular frame; two-piece stamped and welded backbone; cast and forged junctions; twin downtubes; bolt-on rear frame with forged fender supports; MIG welded.
Swingarm: Mild steel; two-piece drawn and welded section; forged junctions; MIG welded.
Front Suspension/ Travel: 49 mm Dual Bending Valve/ 4.6 in. (117 mm)
Rear Suspension/ Travel: Premium standard height hand-adjustable rear suspension/ 3 in. (76 mm)
Lean Angle, Right/Left (J1168): 34.3°/ 33.4°
Rake (steering head): 26°
Fork Angle: 29.25°
Trail: 6.7 in. (170 mm)
Wheels, Front: Gloss Black and Contrast Chrome Tomahawk (optional:Gloss Black Tomahawk)
Wheel, Front: 3 in. (76 mm) x 19 in. (483 mm)
Wheels, Rear: Gloss Black and Contrast Chrome Tomahawk
Wheel, Rear: 5 in. (127 mm) x 18 in. (457 mm)
Brakes, Front: Dual floating 300 mm rotors, 32 mm, 4-piston fixed calipers
Brakes, Rear: 300 mm fixed rotor, 32 mm, 4-piston fixed caliper
Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS): Standard
Tires: Dunlop® Harley-Davidson Series, bias blackwall
Tire, Front: D408F BW 130/60B19 61H
Tire, Rear: D407 BW 180/55B18 80H

2022 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Limited Drivetrain

  • 1,923 cc Milwaukee-Eight® 117 V-Twin engine
  • Ample power and torque low in the rev-range
  • Corner-sensitive traction control
  • Drag-torque control
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2022 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Limited
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The Milwaukee-Eight 117 produces some serious power and torque that comes on quite low in the rev-range.

The electronic fandanglery on the CVO Road Glide Limited continues well into the engine controls with corner-sensitive versions of the traction control and drag-torque control features as part of the standard equipment package. This brings H-D into the 21st century as far as electronic safety equipment goes, and this suite will stand against the best comparable designs in the world.

Credit where it’s due, the factory put in an engine that, at 117 cubic-inches, is large by anyone’s standards. But, it could be better if H-D instead shoehorned in its Milwaukee-Eight 122 monster, so there is room for improvement, even if it’s minor.

As for what the CVO Road Glide Limited actually does have, the 125 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm holds it in good stead, even with its nearly half-ton wet weight. Tweaks to the intake tract lower drag to improve volumetric efficiency just a tad, and they work alongside a high-performance camshaft and low-resistance exhaust to pretty much roll with a built-in stage-one performance package.

While those performance goodies will get you to top speed more quickly, the governor still limits revs to 105 mph in top gear with the stock final-drive pulleys. A six-speed transmission and slipper-style clutch make the connection from engine to the tarmac with a fiber-reinforced belt for the final drive that delivers quiet, low maintenance service.

Engine: Twin-Cooled™ Milwaukee-Eight® 117, Pushrod-operated, overhead valves with hydraulic, self-adjusting lifters; four valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke: 4.075 in. (103.5 mm) x 4.5 in. (114.3 mm)
Displacement: 117 cu in (1,923 cc)
Engine Torque (J1349): 125 lb-ft (169 Nm) @ 3,500 rpm
Power: 105 hp (78 kW) @ 4,850 rpm
Compression Ratio: 10.2:1
Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Exhaust: Dual, with crossover
Lubrication System: Pressurized, dry-sump
Primary Drive: Chain, 34/46 ratio
Final Drive: Belt, 32/68 ratio
Clutch: Mechanically actuated 10 plate, wet Assist & Slip
Transmission: 6-Speed Cruise Drive®
Gear Ratios (overall): 1st: 9.593, 2nd: 6.65, 3rd: 4.938, 4th: 4, 5th: 3.407, 6th: 2.875

2022 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Limited Price

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2022 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Limited
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MSRP starts at $44.9k for Dante's Red; add $3k for Wicked Orange Pearl or Hightail Yellow Pearl.

Needless to say, all those bells and whistles in the CVO Road Glide Limited add up at the end of the day. The base model in Dante’s Red Fade over blackout starts at $44,899. Whether you choose Wicked Orange Pearl or Hightail Yellow Pearl, both colorways over black and chrome, you can expect to shell out $47,899.

Model ID: FLTRKSE
Service Interval: First 1,000 miles (1,600 km), every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) thereafter
Warranty: 24 months (unlimited mileage)
Color: Dante’s Red Fade, Wicked Orange Pearl, Hightail Yellow Pearl
Price: $44,899, Color: $47,899

2022 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Limited Competitors

2022 First Look: Indian Pursuit Limited & Pursuit Dark Horse
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2022 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Limited
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Indian Motorcycle doesn’t have an exact model for my competitor section, but the Pursuit Dark Horse looks to me like it’s probably close enough for government work.

Indian Pursuit Dark Horse

2022 First Look: Indian Pursuit Limited & Pursuit Dark Horse
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Indian manages to get the Black Smoke model to the checkout with a $31k MSRP that leaves a substantial amount of cheddar on the table.

The similarities between the Pursuit Dark Horse and CVO Road Glide Limited are obvious, from the broad fixed front fairing to the rear-end luggage and the huge V-twin in between. Indian meets its domestic foe tit-for-tat with all-around LED lighting for high, two-way visibility, but gets a win with its power-adjustable windscreen that lets you dial in for preference.

A seven-inch TFT display handles Indian’s proprietary RIDE COMMAND and Apple’s CarPlay music service to more or less match the MoCo’s infotainment features, though the actual engine electronics fall short of Harley’s pure ride-control brilliance. As for hardware brilliance, you can forget about it. The Pursuit Dark Horse runs blackout everywhere that doesn’t get shot with the sheet-metal paint.

The PowerPlus engine in the Indian runs a 108 cubic-inch displacement with 128 pound-feet of torque on tap to get a couple or three extra pounds of grunt, but that difference is not even a blip on the old heinie dyno at the end of the day. I can tell you what is though, the price.

Indian manages to get the Black Smoke model to the checkout with a $30,999 MSRP. Models with non-monochromatic paint fetch $31,749 while the two-tone sells for $32,499, to leave a substantial amount of cheddar on the table.

Read our full review of the Indian Pursuit Limited and Pursuit Dark Horse.

He Said

“Holy smokes sports fans – this bike pretty much has it all, including badder-than-usual paint to put a bow on it. I’m digging the reverse-flame fade, to be sure, but it’s the infotainment goodies and ride electronics that really make the sale for me.”

She Said

My wife and fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, “The CVO Road Glide Limited is the luxury-touring version of luxury tourers. Passenger amenities abound as well they should on a machine of this type. The backrest on the topcase makes a snug, comfy perch for your passenger and components from the upscale Kahuna Collection add to the prestigious nature of the bike. What else can I say? It’s top-shelf all the way.”

2022 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Limited Specifications

Engine & Drivetrain:
Engine: Twin-Cooled™ Milwaukee-Eight® 117, Pushrod-operated, overhead valves with hydraulic, self-adjusting lifters; four valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke: 4.075 in. (103.5 mm) x 4.5 in. (114.3 mm)
Displacement: 117 cu in (1,923 cc)
Engine Torque (J1349): 125 lb-ft (169 Nm) @ 3,500 rpm
Power: 105 hp (78 kW) @ 4,850 rpm
Compression Ratio: 10.2:1
Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Exhaust: Dual, with crossover
Lubrication System: Pressurized, dry-sump
Primary Drive: Chain, 34/46 ratio
Final Drive: Belt, 32/68 ratio
Clutch: Mechanically actuated 10 plate, wet Assist & Slip
Transmission: 6-Speed Cruise Drive®
Gear Ratios (overall): 1st: 9.593, 2nd: 6.65, 3rd: 4.938, 4th: 4, 5th: 3.407, 6th: 2.875
Chassis:
Frame: Mild steel; tubular frame; two-piece stamped and welded backbone; cast and forged junctions; twin downtubes; bolt-on rear frame with forged fender supports; MIG welded.
Swingarm: Mild steel; two-piece drawn and welded section; forged junctions; MIG welded.
Front Suspension/ Travel: 49 mm Dual Bending Valve/ 4.6 in. (117 mm)
Rear Suspension/ Travel: Premium standard height hand-adjustable rear suspension/ 3 in. (76 mm)
Lean Angle, Right/Left (J1168): 34.3°/ 33.4°
Rake (steering head): 26°
Fork Angle: 29.25°
Trail: 6.7 in. (170 mm)
Wheels, Front: Gloss Black and Contrast Chrome Tomahawk (optional:Gloss Black Tomahawk)
Wheel, Front: 3 in. (76 mm) x 19 in. (483 mm)
Wheels, Rear: Gloss Black and Contrast Chrome Tomahawk
Wheel, Rear: 5 in. (127 mm) x 18 in. (457 mm)
Brakes, Front: Dual floating 300 mm rotors, 32 mm, 4-piston fixed calipers
Brakes, Rear: 300 mm fixed rotor, 32 mm, 4-piston fixed caliper
Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS): Standard
Tires: Dunlop® Harley-Davidson Series, bias blackwall
Tire, Front: D408F BW 130/60B19 61H
Tire, Rear: D407 BW 180/55B18 80H
Dimensions & Capacities:
Length: 101.2 in. (2,570 mm)
Overall Width: 43.1 in. (1,095 mm)
Overall Height: 56.5 in. (1,435 mm)
Seat Height, Laden/Unladen: 28.2 in. (716 mm)/ 29.9 in. (760 mm)
Static Ground Clearance: 5.1 in. (130 mm)
Wheelbase: 64 in. (1,625 mm)
Fuel Economy: 41 mpg (5.7 l/100 km)
Fuel Capacity: 6 gal. (22.7 l) with 1 gal. (3.8 l) reserve
Oil Capacity (w/filter): 5 qt. (4.7 l)
Transmission Capacity: 1 qt. (.95 l)
Primary Chain Case Capacity: 1.1 qts. (1 l)
Coolant Capacity: 0.8 qt. (0.75 l)
Shipping Weight: 927 lb. (420 kg)
Curb Weight: 963 lb. (437 kg)
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 1,360 lb. (617 kg)
Gross Axle Weight Rating, Front/Rear: 500 lb. (227 kg)/ 927 lb. (420 kg)
Luggage Capacity -Volume: 4.7 cu ft (0.132 m3)
Electrics:
Battery: Sealed, maintenance-free, 12V, 28-amp/hour, 405 cca (per Battery Council International Rating)
Charging: Three-phase, 48-amp system (600W @13V, 2000 RPM, 625W max power @ 13V)
Starting: 1.6 kW electric with solenoid shift starter motor engagement
Lights (as per country regulation):
└ Headlamp: LED 34-watt, 915 lumen low beam, 37-watt, 915 lumen high beam.
└ Tail/Stop: LED
└ Front Signal Lights: LED
└ Rear Turn Signals : LED
└ Auxiliary Lamps: N/A
Gauges: Custom gauges features odometer, trip A, trip B, range to empty and gear indicator; and larger tell-tale indicators.
Electric Power Outlet: Electric power accessory port in fairing and tourpak
GPS System: Boom!™ Box GTS audio system with GPS and touchscreen
Reverse Gear: N/A
Details:
Model ID: FLTRKSE
Service Interval: First 1,000 miles (1,600 km), every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) thereafter
Warranty: 24 months (unlimited mileage)
Color: Dante’s Red Fade, Wicked Orange Pearl, Hightail Yellow Pearl
Price: $44,899, Color: $47,899

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TJ Hinton
TJ Hinton
T.J got an early start from his father and other family members who owned and rode motorcycles, and by helping with various mechanical repairs throughout childhood. That planted a seed that grew into a well-rounded appreciation of all things mechanical, and eventually, into a formal education of same. Though primarily a Harley rider, he has an appreciation for all sorts of bikes and doesn't discriminate against any particular brand or region of origin. He currently holds an Associate's degree in applied mechanical science from his time at the M.M.I.  Read full bio
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