Road test: 2013 Harley-Davidson CVO Road King Driving

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2013 Harley-Davidson CVO Road is as quick as it is blingy


a rapper’s bridgework or Don King’s fingers, Harley’s CVO Road has almost too much bling. The are chromed. Ditto the brake axle bolt covers, sliders and the headlight. And that’s all getting aft of the front fork.

even the voltage regulator is chromed out.

There’s so chrome on the CVO edition of the Road that it is a photographer’s nightmare. morning sunshine gleaming off all chrome makes capturing all sparkle problematic, every seemingly producing the professional (not that my photographic even approach the professional) “hot spot.” Indeed, that perfect angle so elusive that I gave up on and settled for the shade of a tree. The photos may not capture all the sparkle is a CVO Road King, but at least it look like a solar

Of course, Harley’s Custom Operations products have been about the getting Essentially a stock Harley customized by The Motor Company justifying the $30,000 (minimum) tag that CVOs command leaving no metallic surface and uncoated, the resultant lustre positive of the owner’s deep Hence all the, well,

But glitter is not a CVO’s real card. Indeed, once one past the shiny baubles and out trinkets, a CVO Harley offers mechanical advantages, first and amongst those the humungous (Harley-Davidson still much that the girth of its engines be imperially rather than V-twin engine. Besides pistons and revised fuel Harley’ biggest engine — for 110 cubes measure out to a whopping cubic centimetres metrically — has (read louder) exhausts and an “Ventilator” air intake system.

Harley doesn’t quote figures, but does say that the Cam 110 pumps out 118 pound-feet of torque at 3,750 rpm. Incredibly reassuringly responsive and possessing acceleration, the CVO is what a big-inch should feel like, out so much power at such a low it almost never seems to be

It’s a little like Michael Phelps swim; you the world is moving fast, but seems so little effort that one is seduced into that such speed is CVO’s Road King is one of the few big that come with a and, as one might suspect, one rarely needs to wind it up 4,000 rpm for serious acceleration.

And one of the wonderful aspects of the CVO’s is how it manages that performance and its bravura exhaust note contravening any noise regulations. unlike aftermarket exhaust manufacturers, has to meet the same restrictions as any other OEM manufacturer. means that the breathed-on King’s pipes manage a more of that throaty for which Milwaukee is famous being “look-how-small-my-male-appendage-is” loud.

Indeed, the CVO is proof positive noisy pipes are not needed to get performance out of a Big twin, the 1,832-cc CVO being equal to the high wonders from Asia. Harley all you want for insisting on almost $35,000 large for the CVO King, but don’t doubt can build a truly wonderful

There’s a lot more to love the CVO. Though no Harley will ever be a true carver, this Road manages to combine light with rock solid stability. The suspension, usually bugaboo, is well calibrated limited (especially at the rear)

And unlike many Milwaukee the CVO Road King also very well, there two — instead of the typical one — Brembo calipers at the front wheel.

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Brembos are even monitored by a hidden anti-lock braking CVO obviously sees ABS as a blight — at visually — on its bikes, so it has taken pains to disguise its top-of-the-line as more basic than are. This includes the required perforated disc rings inside the Road oversized wheel hubs.

the CVO looks like it may have born of the 1960s or ’70s, but with 21st-century technology.

bit of modern technology is the Boom! exclamation point being 200-watt audio system and its honking great speakers — two 5 x 7 jobbies in the speakers and two more items in the fairing lowers — really do produce extraordinary Unlike fully-dressed touring there’s no radio system on the King (there’s no fairing to the console), so the only input is an connection (iPhone5s require an

But, then, I prefer my own selection anyways. Whatever musical tastes, the sound is

Other upgrades to the basic King include a more seat, a vented (the Splitter is supposed to reduce turbulence) front windshield, floorboards and a different handlebar. be told, I prefer the standard King’s seating position, but always a matter of preference and my is based solely on worn out lumbars. I suspect that Harley owners will the CVO Road King plenty

CVO Road King owners also enjoy a little information than other riders, its gas tank-mounted instrument including that, God forbid, as well as the de rigeueur speedo and indicator.

It’s hard to think of potential CVO Road King might complain about. Oh, the price tag will seem but the Custom Vehicle Operations so assiduously attend to the standard King’s limitations that hard to even nitpick. of course, it’s got all that

Harley-Davidson FLHRI Road King Injection
Harley-Davidson FLHRI Road King Injection
Harley-Davidson FLHRI Road King Injection
Harley-Davidson FLHRI Road King Injection

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