2019 CVO Limited is a Top-Shelf Touring Machine
Daily Slideshow: With all the option boxes checked, riding a Harley-Davidson CVO is an enjoyable and hassle-free experience.
A staple in the CVO lineup since 2006, the Harley-Davidson Limited makes a reappearance for 2019. Motor Company advertising states that the 2019 CVO Limited is “Not for everyone, and that’s the point.” While the $43,889 price tag might keep most buyers at bay, for those with means, the flagship of the touring armada is an obvious choice.
If the exclusivity of the CVO lineup is an insufficient draw, the CVO-only 117 cubic-inch Twin-Cooled Milwaukee-Eight should close the gap. With Blaze Red rocker box bands, the 117 Milwaukee-Eight cranks out a neck-snapping 125 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm. Standard electronic fuel injection and a single throttle body manage the induction, while power gets worked out in the 6-Speed Cruise Drive.
Premium custom paint is standard on the CVO lineup. Sounding like an off-menu special, the CVO Limited goes from light to dark, splashed with Auburn Sunglo & Black Hole With Rich Bourbon, or Magnetic Grey & Wineberry With Red Pepper, followed by Magnetic Grey Fade. In keeping with a minimal aesthetics, the attractive Magnetic Grey Fade features simple bar-and-shield tank badges and the most blacked-out accessories of the series.
First introduced in 1969, Harley-Davidson's iconic Batwing fairing graces the front end of the CVO Limited. Nestled in blacked-out bezels, a LED headlight, turn signals, and auxiliary lights are standard for the CVO Limited. Opened and closed with the push of a button, the Split-Stream Air Vent directs air to the rider and helps to relieve head-buffeting for stress-free cruising at interstate speeds.
On the business side of the fairing is a quartet of round analog gauges, and an LCD screen with all the important metrics. The real star of the CVO Limited is the all-new BOOM! Box GTS infotainment system, with premium BOOM! audio, and wireless headset. Responsive in wet or dry conditions, and with or without gloves, the screen's functions can be controlled by touch, handlebar buttons, or by voice.
Wheel Step Up
The new Tomahawk wheels are a radical styling departure for 2019. Available in Gloss Black or Contrast Chrome, the wheels get a full two-inch diameter increase from the previous year. Pulling from custom Bagger trends, the front wheel now stands at 19 inches, while the rear steps up to 18 inches. Braking is accomplished through the proprietary ABS assisted Reflex Linked-Brake system that electronically balances the front and rear anchors.
Rounding out the classic touring look is a pair of traditionally-styled hard bags and a set of blacked-out dual exhaust. With almost five cubic feet of storage space, the massive one-touch hard bags and Tourpak are equally ready for a cross-country trip as they are on a grocery run. Dialing in the cargo weight is a set of emulsion shocks with a remote hand-wheel for quick and easy preload adjustments.
Integrated LED lights in the Tourpak complete the back-end styling. Coupled with LED tail and indicator lights, the CVO Limited is as visible, as it is attractive. The front side of the Tourpak hosts the passenger back and armrests that extend up and off the plush leather hammock seat. Rigged with heat controls, the deeply scooped seat has a resting height of 30 inches, and plants the rider 28 inches off the ground when compressed.
The CVO Limited is a package deal with all the option boxes checked. Detractors say the CVO Limited is an “over-priced rolling jukebox,” and that is partly true. The CVO Limited is equipped with satellite radio, and while it commands a premium price, this machine is also a fully loaded luxury model. As the Motor Company states, the CVO Limited is “not for everyone,” but those who own them, also 'love' them — and that is worth every penny.
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