Two exclusive models launched by H-D for 2020

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Words: NZ Autocar
7 Feb 2020

Harley-Davidson might be going electric at some point in the future, having released its halo Livewire machine, but meantime it hasn’t forsaken ICE power, launching a new CVO Road Glide that introduces Defensive Rider Systems. Also announced at the same time, a limited edition Fat Boy 30th Anniversary edition. The latter was introduced in 1990, and made famous a year later in Terminator 2: Judgement Day when it was ridden by Arnie through the streets of LA.

The CVO Road Glide is also a limited-production, premium ride from Harley’s Custom Vehicle Operations division. Think of this touring motorcycle as the ultimate long distance weapon from the bar and shield brand. 

Powering it is the Milwaukee-Eight 117 engine, the biggest (1923cc) and most potent (170Nm) from the company and with a high performance intake and camshaft, it’s exclusive to CVO models.

Special features of the bike include mirror-like chrome finishes for the shifter pegs, brake pedal cover, and muffler end caps, along with heated grips and rider and passenger boards.

The seven-spoke alloy wheels, 21 inches in diameter up front and 18 inches at the rear, are finished in Gloss Black/Smoked Satin paint. Front suspension is tuned for a mix of handling and braking performance.

Bodywork, including the shark-nose fairing, has been designed to enhance aerodynamics without causing buffeting. The fairing incorporates LED headlamps while there are one-touch opening saddlebags. Safety features include traction control and ABS.

The CVO Road Glide comes with a Bluetooth helmet headset to mate to the 600wpc infotainment system. This new headset includes control of phone, navigation, radio and audio, and is compatible with Apple Carplay. A 6.5-inch color touchscreen is said to offer exceptional visibility in all situations.

Paint colour is an off-white or Sand Dune finish highlighted by Smoked Satin Chrome, Gloss Black and Black Onyx finishes. The 2020 CVO Road Glide model costs $57,495 in New Zealand.

Also new for 2020 is the Fat Boy 30th Anniversary Limited Edition. Cloaked in dark finishes with bronze highlights and powered by a blacked-out Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine, just 2500 examples will be available, each with a numbered plaque affixed to the fuel tank console.

The 2020 limited edition Fat Boy is based on the 2018 version that introduced a new chassis and style. It features darker finishes paired with a single-color option, Vivid Black. Alloy wheels are finished in Satin Black with machined highlights, while the engine covers are in gloss black with bronzed lower rocker covers. The rear wheel is wrapped in 240mm rubber. Its exhaust finish is Black Onyx, a durable paint that reveals the underlying chrome in bright light.

Vivid Black for the headlamp nacelle, handlebar and controls complete the overall dark look. Headlight technology is LED.

The Softail frame and suspension promise an agile ride while the monoshock rear suspension preserves the hardtail lines of the updated chassis. Remote hydraulic preload adjustment is accomplished by turning a knob under the seat.

The Milwaukee-Eight 114 V-Twin engine is the biggest in the Softail range, and is rigid-mounted for enhanced chassis stiffness. Dual engine counter-balancers reduce primary vibration at idle speed.

The Fat Boy 30th Anniversary Limited Edition model sells for $38,495 in New Zealand.




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