HAR­LEY-DAVID­SON CVO

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Har­ley-david­son has its eyes set on 2020. It’s kick­ing off the man­u­fac­tur­ing of elec­tric bikes and a new liq­uid-cooled en­gine, and break­ing into the sport­bike genre. It’s go­ing to be a mas­sive year for the com­pany, and a year full of changes for us. While we’d like to com­plain about not see­ing a lot of up­dates to the tour­ing line, it’s nice to have one con­stant in this soon-chang­ing lineup. The 2019 CVO gets a larger en­gine, up­dates to the in­fo­tain­ment hard­ware and soft­ware, as well as in­te­grated Ap­ple Carplay and an up­graded stereo sys­tem, but the base styling and func­tion­al­ity stay the same.

The largest set of up­dates we see are based around the new Boom! Box in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem. All-new Go­rilla Glass has a more re­spon­sive feel both wet and dry, and is much more durable than pre­vi­ous screens. Start-up time is half what it was with pre­vi­ous sys­tems, and the dis­play is gen­er­ally sim­ple and easy to read. The con­trols, how­ever, are the same left-hand/ right-hand con­trols they have been, and nav­i­gat­ing the sys­tem is far from in­tu­itive when you’re us­ing any­thing other than the touch­screen. Ap­ple Carplay was an­other new in­te­gra­tion, but when at­tempt­ing to use it on two dif­fer­ent bikes, with three dif­fer­ent cords, it con­stantly be­came dis­con­nected and switched to FM and back in­ter­mit­tently. Even­tu­ally, I found keep­ing both my hel­met and the mo­tor­cy­cle teth­ered to my phone eas­ier and more con­sis­tent, and I could just nav­i­gate Siri with my Sena in my hel­met if and when I needed to.

The CVO and Spe­cial lines carry on sev­eral styling cues from past years, such as the ac­cented rocker box low­ers on a blacked­out en­gine—a look we love. The CVO Road Glide and Lim­ited both come with a new Fade-style paint job that’s a lit­tle more sub­tle than tra­di­tional CVO paint, but paired with all the trim, en­gine ac­cents, and a 117ci en­gine, you’re not sneak­ing past any­body. New race-in­spired paint adorns the Road Glide CVO with the iconic Har­ley “1” logo, and new min­i­mal lower fair­ings ex­tend down from the up­per shark nose.

In a year with so much big news from Har­ley-david­son, it’s a lit­tle sur­pris­ing to see only one new model in this year’s lineup (the FXDR 114, so far), but it’s clear the com­pany’s fo­cus is on what’s com­ing for 2020 and be­yond. But for those rooted in tra­di­tional H-D, to whom e-bike is a four-let­ter word, the tour­ing lineup is a wel­come con­stant. Aes­thetic lines that haven’t changed dra­mat­i­cally in years and a pow­er­plant that just keeps get­ting stronger and smoother—there’s not a lot to com­plain about, ex­cept the ever-climb­ing price tag (CVOS start at $40,000). A larger en­gine, quicker start-up times on your screen, and a bet­ter, louder stereo are ob­vi­ous choices that most CVO own­ers are look­ing for, but Ap­ple Carplay seemed to be both un­ready and un­nec­es­sary. Styling this year ap­pears to be mov­ing for­ward in a good way, while still of­fer­ing more tra­di­tional two-tone op­tions as well. In an ever-chang­ing world, the fact that th­ese bikes stayed es­sen­tially the same might be the best news some Har­ley-david­son fans hear all sea­son.

“IN AN EVER-CHANG­ING WORLD, THE FACT THAT TH­ESE BIKES STAYED ES­SEN­TIALLY THE SAME MIGHT BE THE BEST NEWS SOME HAR­LEY-DAVID­SON FANS HEAR ALL SEA­SON.”

2019 CVO STREET GLIDE

2019 CVO LIM­ITED

2019 CVO ROAD GLIDE

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