2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Avenue Glide 121 Revealed

Certification filings from Down Under have revealed the 2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide, powered by a brand-new 121ci engine with variable valve timing.

Certification filings from Down Underneath have revealed the 2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Avenue Glide, powered by a brand-new 121ci engine with variable valve timing. (Harley-Davidson/)

Editor’s word: This text has been up to date to replicate the right mannequin 12 months. Initially Cycle World had reported this as a 2024 mannequin primarily based on obtainable data. Harley-Davidson will launch the brand new CVO Avenue Glide and CVO Street Glide as 2023 fashions. Extra data can be launched June 7.

Harley-Davidson’s upcoming CVO Avenue Glide 121 has but to be formally confirmed by the manufacturing unit, however it’s been the topic of big quantities of web intrigue already this 12 months. Now, these real photographs of the bike have emerged by way of new certification filings in Australia.

The pictures (which we’ve digitally enhanced for extra readability) present a machine that’s each immediately recognizable as a Avenue Glide but in addition distinctly new in comparison with its predecessor. The visible adjustments begin with that considerably reworked batwing fairing, which now homes a squared-off “squircle-shaped” LED headlight as a substitute of the present Avenue Glide’s spherical design. It sits in a suitably reshaped recess, whereas the fairing’s decrease edge now juts ahead to offer a extra trendy, aerodynamic look.

The current-generation Street Glide ST.

The present-generation Avenue Glide ST. (Harley-Davidson/)

In addition to containing a number of LEDs for its excessive and low beams, the brand new mild is rimmed with accent lighting and flanked by lengthy strips of LED operating lights extending all the way in which into the mirror housings on the very fringe of the fairing. Beneath it, there’s a brand new front-fender design wrapped over an revolutionary wheel that mixes traditional-style wire spokes with a forged or cast alloy rim that has raised sections the place it meets the spokes, related in idea to BMW’s Cross Spoke wheels on the R 1250 GS, however extra fashionable.

A pair of huge, floating brake discs, extra like these seen on sportbikes, are gripped by radial-mount, four-piston Brembo calipers. That is all revolutionary stuff for a Harley tourer, and whereas the preliminary mannequin is a part of the high-end CVO vary—carrying the FLHXSE mannequin code and carrying CVO badges on the facet circumstances—it’s certain to filter right down to the extra mainstream bikes before later.

Transferring farther again, the remainder of the bodywork can also be new. The tank seems to be subtly reshaped, notably across the decrease entrance edges, and sits forward of a thickly padded seat, embroidered with the CVO brand and contrasting stitching. The facet panels under it aren’t as deep as the present design, making for a lighter look to the rear finish, regardless of the very fact the facet circumstances seem like larger. These circumstances are topped with audio system, with one other pair seen contained in the fairing as a part of a high-end Growth! Field GTS audio system.

As revealing as the front three-quarter shot, this rear shot shows the new taillights, exhaust pipes, infotainment screen, and most importantly the big “121” on the intake.

As revealing because the entrance three-quarter shot, this rear shot reveals the brand new taillights, exhaust pipes, infotainment display screen, and most significantly the massive “121” on the consumption. (Harley-Davidson/)

Seen from the rear, the bike has new, vertical taillights filling the hole between the rear fender and people facet circumstances, and the exhausts are additionally redesigned with bigger exits and a darkish chrome end. The rear angle additionally reveals the bike’s huge show display screen, changing any typical devices and inevitably offering connectivity, navigation, and multimedia management in addition to entry to an array of rider-adaptable settings. There seem like new, multifunction management pods on the bars, with a D-pad on left-hand bar controls to function the added tech.

Regardless of all this, the CVO Avenue Glide’s foremost draw is prone to be its engine. The “121″ badges are clearly seen on the consumption and the clutch cowl, denoting its capability in cubic inches. That’s equal to round 1,983cc, and a fraction lower than the 122ci supplied by the present Stage III Screamin’ Eagle equipment for the Milwaukee-Eight V-twin, however the capability alterations are solely the beginning of the brand new engine’s enhancements. It’s extensively anticipated to make use of the variable valve timing system that we wrote about again in 2020, giving the air-cooled Milwaukee-Eight a brand new weapon within the fixed battle to beat emissions limits.

Whereas nonetheless largely air-cooled, the CVO Avenue Glide has a giant cooler sitting in a blacked-out piece of bodywork simply forward of the motor. Whether or not it’s merely an oil-cooler or a radiator—making this the “Twin-Cooled” model of the engine—isn’t clear from these pictures. Sadly, the paperwork revealed alongside these footage doesn’t seem to incorporate the right particulars concerning the new engine, as a substitute quoting the capability and efficiency of the prevailing 117ci Milwaukee-Eight. The quoted mass of 831 kilos and wheelbase of 64 inches additionally match the numbers for the previous-generation CVO Avenue Glide—final a part of the vary in 2022—suggesting the paperwork, whereas carrying footage of the brand new bike, have figures regarding the previous model.

Visually, there are adjustments to the engine past the 121 logos. The timing cowl on the right-hand facet of the engine has a further bulge, believed to cover a number of the variable valve timing equipment, and the transmission facet cowl can also be bulkier, clearly hiding some new mechanical components. In addition to the brand new CVO Avenue Glide, Harley is predicted to launch a equally substantial set of updates on the CVO Street Glide later this 12 months, together with the identical new wheels and 121ci engine, in addition to redesigned bodywork.