That didn’t take lengthy. Earlier in April 2023, proof of the existence of a near-future Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide 121 emerged in Australian automobile certification paperwork. It gave us some perception into what we might anticipate, whereas additionally elevating further questions. The Milwaukee-Eight 121 engine actually sounded tasty on paper, however wouldn’t it include variable valve timing to assist with emissions compliance?
On April 26, Harley-Davidson put a few of the hypothesis in regards to the 2023 CVOs to relaxation. Whereas it didn’t go for a full reveal of the redesigned bikes at the moment, the adjustments are vital—a lot in order that it dropped a teaser trailer with just a few alternative particulars, scattered like breadcrumbs to take pleasure in till the total meal arrives.
Each the 2023 CVO Street Glide and 2023 CVO Road Glide are on their method and can make their formal public debut at each the Harley-Davidson Homecoming and a hundred and twentieth Anniversary occasions held within the US and Europe later this summer season.
Full specs aren’t but out there as of April 26, 2023, however right here’s what we do formally know: The Milwaukee-Eight 121 engine will certainly include variable valve timing. Different tantalizing upgrades embody (in Harley’s phrases) an all-new suspension, all-new infotainment system, and two separate paint and end choices. Since we now have zero particulars about both the suspension or the infotainment system, we’ll have to attend and see precisely what “all-new” means as a descriptor.
The visible parts, as we’ve already famous, have advanced to incorporate totally built-in flip indicators, quite than separate exterior items as prior to now. That’s true on each the CVO Road Glide and the CVO Street Glide, however the Street Glide’s LED headlamp additionally provides a neat visible trick to hark again to earlier designs. Though it’s a single rectangular LED setup, its configuration makes it seem to have twin parts.
“With the introduction of the all-new CVO Road Glide and CVO Street Glide, we’ve utterly reimagined two of Harley-Davidson’s most iconic bikes and redefined the boundaries of CVO within the course of,” Harley-Davidson chairman, president, and CEO Jochen Zeitz mentioned in a press release.
“By rethinking these two fashions from the bottom up, we’re ushering in a brand new period of innovation, design, engineering, and know-how, whereas increasing the definition of Harley-Davidson CVO and taking the Grand American Touring expertise to a different degree. The brand new CVO Road Glide and CVO Street Glide break the mould and reset the bar for the head Harley-Davidson using expertise,” he continued.
“These all-new and unquestionably Harley-Davidson designs convey a cohesive and dynamic circulate from the entrance fenders to the saddlebags. Attaining a better diploma of visible change than any technology prior, the design of those CVO™ Road Glide® and CVO™ Street Glide® fashions are revolutionary takes on the historic artwork of evolution. Like all Harley-Davidson® bikes, these new fashions are supposed to instill a way of timeless need,” added Harley-Davidson VP of design and artistic director Brad Richards.