First teased in April, Harley-Davidson has revealed full information about the new models in its premium CVO line. The 2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide and CVO Road Glide employ the new Milwaukee-Eight VVT 121 engine, with the VVT referring to a variable valve-timing system.  

2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide and CVO Street Glide
Full LED lighting improves nighttime visibility and makes for a cleaner design with integrated turnsignals.

More obvious is the new styling of the models, which adds sharper edges to create more contemporary design sensibilities. “Exclusive and dramatic new visual designs present a transformative revision of the Harley-Davidson Grand American Touring platform,” says the MoCo.  

2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide and CVO Street Glide
The new CVO Street Glide and Road Glide have received comprehensive styling updates yet still remain familiar.

Keep in mind that the bikes’ new styling will surely migrate to non-CVO models, featuring fairings with integrated venting and LED signature lighting with integrated turnsignals. Additional design elements include a trimmed front fender, saddlebags with a three-dimensional shape to blend in with the fairings, and new fuel tanks with side bevels. New Combo Cast Laced wheels have a black machine-cut cast-aluminum rim and laced spokes for a unique appearance, a design that enables TPMS (tire-pressure monitoring system) on a laced wheel.  

2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide
The CVO Street Glide’s fairing features a new “floating” windshield, an integrated splitstream vent, and turnsignals integrated into the fairing.

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The new fairings feature a “floating” windscreen design that is said to improve aerodynamics and rider comfort, augmented by adjustable air-control vanes in the center vent. H-D reports that helmet buffeting is reduced by an average of 60% in wind-tunnel testing compared to previous models.  

2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide
The CVO Street Glide’s new fairing combines with TFT instrumentation, more power, additional suspension travel, and new Brembo brakes for the Glide platform.

“With the all-new CVO Street Glide and CVO Road Glide models, our mission is to advance every aspect of the Grand American Touring motorcycling experience,” said Jochen Zeitz, chairman, president, and CEO of Harley-Davidson. “These models set a new standard for Harley-Davidson performance, technology, and style, accelerating the evolution of the world’s most desirable motorcycle brand.” 

Power-To-Weight 

2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide and CVO Street Glide
The new 121ci Milwaukee-Eight VVT engine provides a boost in power over the 117ci engine on previous CVO models.

The new 121-cubic inch Milwaukee-Eight VVT 121 ramps up power and reliability, featuring liquid-cooled cylinder heads, variable valve timing, a new intake tract, a higher compression ratio, and a freer-flowing exhaust system. The 1,977cc V-Twin boasts 9.5% more horsepower (115 hp at 4,500 rpm) and 8% more torque (139 lb-ft at 3,000 rpm) than the previous Twin-Cooled Milwaukee-Eight 117 engine.   

2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide

Variable valve timing helps expand the engine’s powerband by advancing or retarding camshaft timing over a range of 40 degrees of crankshaft rotation, which also improves fuel economy by up to 5%. Redesigned 4-valve cylinder heads incorporate new channels for coolant flow around the exhaust valve areas using an electric pump to circulate coolant to a heat exchanger (radiator) located low on the front of the frame. A new 4-liter airbox offers a 50% improvement over the former Heavy Breather intake and combines with a larger throttle body to improve power. The transmission is upgraded with a new shift drum that supposedly makes it easier to select neutral.  

2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide and CVO Street Glide

The CVOs also offer selectable ride modes (Road, Sport, and Rain) that electronically control power delivery, engine braking, Cornering-Antilock Braking System (C-ABS), and Cornering-Traction Control System (C-TCS) settings. 

2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide
Bigger exhaust pipes and a larger intake system helps the new engine breathe and make more power.

All baggers are heavy, so it’s nice to see the new Glides have trimmed some fat. Dry weight of the Street Glide has been cut by 31 lb, while the Road Glide is 35 lb lighter. New triple clamps use a liquid aluminum forging process that reduces weight by about 7 lb, and the 6.0-gallon fuel tank is formed from lighter-gauge steel. 

Rolling Stock 

2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide and CVO Street Glide
Radially mounted 4-piston Brembo calipers up front are another upgrade the 2023 CVOs have over past CVO models.

The new CVOs use Showa suspension components that “promote confident handling and provide a dramatic improvement in rider comfort compared to previous CVO models,” with rear suspension travel increased by 50% to 3.0 inches, and a new remote hydraulic preload-adjustment knob is located forward of the left saddlebag.  

2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide

Braking performance should be significantly improved with the adoption of radially mounted 4-piston Brembo calipers up front.  

Infotainment 

2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide
The new 12.3-inch TFT display offers three view options, Apple and Android connectivity, and plenty of other features.

The Glides receive new instrumentation with a 12.3-inch TFT color touchscreen replacing the former bikes’ analog instruments and most switches, providing 400% greater screen area. Powered by H-D’s new Skyline OS, the display is customizable within three view options and is compatible with Apple and Android devices. 

2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide and CVO Street Glide

A high-performance audio system features four Rockford Fosgate Stage II speakers that are powered by a new 500-watt amplifier. Wi-Fi connectivity enables wireless connection to a rider’s device, and a Bluetooth receiver for wireless headsets is built into the system. Both models feature expanded media storage compartments with a USB-C connection point. Heated grips are now standard and can be adjusted through the infotainment display or on the grips.  

2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide and CVO Street Glide
Harley’s CVO line includes premium features for added rider comfort, like heated grips controlled through the TFT display or on the grips themselves.

CVO Street Glide 

2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide
2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide in Whiskey Neat/Raven Metallic.

The SG’s iconic batwing fairing gets a thorough overhaul, updated to present a faster overall look with the splitstream vent now fully integrated into the design and pronounced undercuts beneath the LED headlamp. Amber LED turnsignals are seamlessly integrated into the left and right lamp elements, cleaning up the overall appearance. A shutdown sequence keeps the signature lighting illuminated for 10 seconds after the vehicle is turned off for a dramatic curbside effect. 

2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide

CVO Road Glide 

2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide
2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide in Standard Dark Platinum.

The Road Glide’s distinctive sharknose fairing gets updated for a more modern appearance, “with more surface tension and the definition of a well-trained athlete.” The trailing edge of the fairing now better matches the shape of the fuel tank. The horizontal LED headlamp appears to have twin elements, mimicking the styling of previous RGs. Amber turnsignal lamps are integrated within the outer portions of the signature lighting, eliminating the previous bullet turnsignals. 

2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide

The Road Glide now has a wider handlebar with a flatter bend, which purportedly puts the rider’s hands in a more natural position for long-haul riding and enables 27 degrees of adjustability. 

2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide and CVO Street Glide

Both Glides feature a redesigned seat shape and padding materials to offer improvement in long-range comfort. The seats (at 26.7 inches when laden) are shaped to rotate the rider’s hips to a neutral position relative to the spine, said to reduce fatigue on a rider’s back and neck.  

Options 

2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide
2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide in Standard Dark Platinum.

Both the Glides will be offered in two finish options. The Standard Dark Platinum finish uses Bright Smoked Satin pinstriping with color-matched inner fairing panels. Engine components are Gloss Black with Scorched Chrome accents on the engine inserts. The lower rocker boxes, pushrod tubes, and exhaust are finished in Scorched Chrome.  

2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide
2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide in Whiskey Neat/Raven Metallic.

An optional upgrade is the Whiskey Neat/Raven Metallic two-tone with color-matched inner fairing, a paint process applied by hand. Raven Metallic panels are laid over the deep orange Whiskey Neat base, with airbrush accents and a bright orange pinstripe at the color break. The engine and air cleaner are finished in Gloss Black with orange accents on the engine inserts. The lower rocker boxes and pushrod tube collars are painted Whiskey Neat. Pushrod tubes and exhaust are chrome. Adversary Collection accessories feature a Black and Orange double anodized finish. 

2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide
The shape of things to come for Harley-Davidson’s Street Glide.

The CVO Street Glide and CVO Road Glide models will make a U.S. public debut in Milwaukee during the Harley-Davidson Homecoming Festival, July 13-16, 2023. Both models will reach authorized Harley-Davidson dealer showrooms globally in mid-July with an MSRP of $42,999. 

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