2011 Harley-Davidson CVO Buyer’s Guide
Pictures by: Tom Riles and Brian J. Nelson
Each year, Harley-Davidson’s elite Custom Vehicles Operations team focuses its efforts on tarting up a thin slice of the manufacturer’s offerings, and those bikes are endowed with unique powerplants, paint finishes, upholstery, and features that differentiate them from the standard Harley-Davidson lineup.
Pricey but highly regarded, the low production numbers of CVO bikes invariably translates to exclusive status and swift sell-through. For 2011, Harley-Davidson has created CVO versions of the Road Glide Ultra, Softail Convertible, Street Glide, and Ultra Classic Electra Glide. Each is powered by a Screamin’ Eagle 110 engine that displaces 1,803cc and produces 115 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm, mated to a 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission.
Let’s take a look at how the 2011 Harley-Davidson CVO bikes stand out from the H-D lineup.
2011 Harley-Davidson FLTRUSE CVO Road Glide Ultra
Harley’s big, touring-friendly Road Glide gets the CVO treatment for the fourth year, and in the process gets slapped with the lineup’s second-steepest MSRP: $35,999. Built around a rigid, single-spar frame and resting on 18-inch mirror chrome Agitator wheels wrapped in dual-compound Dunlops, the Road Glide’s frame-mounted fairing is designed to offer lighter steering feel while housing the signature dual headlights.
The CVO Road Glide come equipped with saddlebags and a Deluxe Tour-Pak accented with color-matched LED brake/tail lamps and an Air Wing rack. A power locking system uses a remote key fob, and a lightly smoked 16 inch windshield has a revised angle for limited cockpit buffeting, while wind tunnel-tested deflectors reduce turbulent airflow that passes between the fairing and the fuel tank. ABS and cruise control are standard.
The upgraded stereo incorporates a 40 watt per channel Harman/Kardan system with four BOOM! Bagger speakers, and the audio setup comes with an 8 gigabyte Apple iPod Nano with an etched Bar & Shield logo. Also included is a Road Tech zumo 660 Navigation system that mounts to the 1-inch, internally wired chrome handlebar.
Approximately 3,000 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Ultras will be produced for the 2011 model year, and the bike will be available in three color combinations: Rio Red and black Ember with Quartzite Graphic, Charcoal Slate and Black Twilight with Quartzite Graphic, or Frosted Ivory and Vintage Gold with Quartzite Graphic.
2011 Harley-Davidson FLSTSE2 CVO Softail Convertible
This ornate ride is priced at $29,599, and can be configured to satisfy two types of riders: laid back cruisers, or casual tourers. The Softail Convertible switches between both modes via key components that can be installed or removed without the use of tools: a compact fairing, leather-covered saddlebags, passenger pillion, and backrest pad.
For 2011, the detachable fairing integrates an audio system with 3.5 inch speakers, also enclosing a 20-watt per channel amplifier. An 8 gigabyte Apple iPod Nano is included, along with a protective pouch. Alligator-style leather inserts have been added to the seat, backrest pad, and saddlebags. The bags have also been enlarged for greater storage capacity.
The Softail Convertible wears new chromed, 1.25 inch mini-ape handlebars, which incorporate the first ever use of welds in a factory issued Harley. ABS and electronic cruise control are standard, and bits like the headlight nacelle, switch housings, and derby covers are chromed. Also included is a keyless ignition system that operates with a backlit CVO medallion on the tank console. Instrumentation combines an analog tachometer and a digital speedometer.
The Convertible’s rear section has a hardtail look, but hides a horizontally-mounted coilover shock. Approximately 2,400 Softail Convertibles will be built, and they will be available in three colors: Scarlet Red Pearl and Dark Slate Pearl with Metal Grind Graphics, Midnight Sky and Candy Cobalt with Blue Ice Graphics, or Maple Metallic and Roman Gold with Burnished Copper Graphics.
Go to the 2011 Harley-Davidson CVO Softail Convertable overview page.
2011 Harley-Davidson FLHXSE2 CVO Street Glide
Harley’s CVO Street Glide is priced at $32,499, and is positioned as a customized hot rod bagger. At the rear is an 18-inch Agitator wheel, and the 19-inch front wheel is the largest ever produced on a touring Harley-Davidson. Featuring a new side-fill fuel tank with a flush-mounted LED gauge and cap, this bike’s tank console is slammed for a low-profile look.
In addition to the usual chromed parts, this CVO features gray satin inserts on the derby, timer, and ignition switch covers, and new color-matched components are found on the fairing lowers, upper fork slide covers, and rear strut covers. The low-profile seat wears snake-style leather inserts and a matching passenger backrest pad.
The Street Glide boasts a high-output, eight speaker audio system powered by a 100 watt per channel amplifier. ABS and electronic cruise control are standard, and the one-piece, injection-molded extended saddlebags contribute to the Street Glide’s low-slung look.
The Street Glide is available in three colors: Kryptonite and Black Diamond, Black Diamond and Inferno Orange, Autumn Haze and Antique Gunstock, or Black Diamond with Crimson Tag Graphics. The Street Glide will be the most common CVO model, with approximately 3,700 models built.
Go to the 2011 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide overview page.
2011 Harley-Davidson FLHTCUSE6 CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide
The Ultra Classic Electra Glide has been the cornerstone of the CVO lineup for the past six consecutive years, and at $36,499, takes the cake as the most expensive 2011 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. This fully rigged-out touring bike has a suspended, hammock-style dual-control heated seat with leather inserts and reshaped padding, an adjustable lumbar support for the passenger, and a springboard-style passenger suspension system.
The Tour-Pak’s plush bottom liner is finished with a CVO monogram, and unique diamond-cut inserts can be found at the CB pod, Tour-Pak lid, and engine intake. Chrome parts include the adjustable rider and passenger footboard supports, the billet-style brake lever, and the heel/toe shifters. Rumble Collection parts include highway pegs, mirrors, windshield trim, and heated hand grips.
Included with the Ultra Classic Electra Glide is a Road Tech zumo 660 navigation system that feeds verbal GPS commands through the bike’s 80-watt Harman/Kardom audio system. ABS and electronic cruise control are standard, as is LED interior lighting for the Tour-Pak and a 12 Volt outlet.
The Ultra Classic Electra Glide is the rarest 2011 Harley-Davidson CVO model, with only 1,500 units coming out of the Custom Vehicles Operations facility in York, Pennsylvania. It will only be available in one color: Black Ember and Rio Red with Flame Graphic.
Go to the 2011 Harley-Davidson CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide overview page.