Oxford (21 August 2012) - For 2013, four models from Harley-Davidson® Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) ™ will take limited-production, factory-custom motorcycles to the highest level of performance, style and exclusivity. New models include the CVO Breakout™, a high-performance Softail® model with exciting new surface finish options and custom details, and the CVO Road King®, fitted with an innovative vented windshield and high-output audio system. Returning models with new custom features and finishes are the CVO Ultra Classic® Electra Glide® and the CVO Road Glide® Custom.
Serialised 110th Anniversary Editions of 2013 CVO Road King, CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide and CVO Road Glide Custom will also be available, with 110th Anniversary badging and fuel tank medallions, and an exclusive Diamond Dust and Obsidian paint scheme.
CVO motorcycles are designed using premium accessories and paint treatments combined with numerous items from Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Accessories®. The CVO programme is often used to introduce new custom components and techniques before they are offered as individual accessories. Harley-Davidson CVO motorcycles are backed by a two-year, unlimited mileage warranty.
All 2013 CVO models are powered by the Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110™ V-Twin engine. Rated at up to 122 ft. lbs. of torque, the 110-cid air-cooled Twin Cam 110 is the most-powerful engine offered in a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and is only available in CVO models. The new Assist & SlipClutch Pack provides a slip feature on downshifts to reduce loading of the driveline. A new internal design significantly improves the life of the clutch pack in test cycles. Hydraulic clutch actuation has been updated to reduce lever effort; peak force required is reduced by 10 percent and hold-in force is reduced by 17 percent. Finally, a new clutch lever shape reduces reach and optimises lever control. All 2013 Harley-Davidson CVO models also feature electronic cruise control, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), the Harley-Davidson factory security system, and a new indoor/outdoor storage cover with CVO logo.
2013 CVO™ Breakout®
This bold new Softail model is muscle in motion, projecting a tough attitude and boasting the highest power-to-weight ratio of any current CVO model. Taking production motorcycle finishes to a new level, the CVO Breakout is offered in two paint schemes that feature hand-polished steel sections on the fuel tank and fenders. A third paint option incorporates hand-laid lace stenciling. New polished chrome Turbine wheels feature dramatic spoke ridges on the rims. Fenders are chopped to expose the tyres.
A new wide front end is fully chromed and topped with a new mini-nacelle and chromed headlamp bucket. A chrome fuel tank console has been trimmed so low that braided-steel lines house the exposed tank vent. The CVO Breakout also features a new chrome internally wired handlebar, an integral riser with a low-mount speedometer/tachometer, chromed cast aluminum oil tank, and leather seating surfaces embossed with a horn-back gator hide pattern. Three colour options will be offered including Black Diamond and Molten Silver with Crushed Slate graphics; Hard Candy Gold Dust and Liquid Sun with Pagan Gold graphics; and Crimson Red Sunglo and Scarlet Lace with Hammered Sterling graphics.
According to Harley-Davidson Styling Manager, Kirk Rasmussen, Breakout is intended to project a tough attitude. “Stylist Mark Daniels penned a tough-looking hot rod concept. We begin by stripping the bike down to the bones and building up from there,” said Rasmussen. “To create a compact, muscular profile we’ve chopped the fenders to the legal limit so more tyre rubber is revealed at both ends of the bike. The same principle is applied to the console, where we shaved it down and used braided steel lines for vent tubes. This gives us a larger canvas for paint and finishes, an essential element of the CVO formula.”
The 2013 CVO Breakout production will be limited to approximately 1,900 units.
2013 CVO™ Road King®
The first factory-installed Road King audio system includes a 200-watt amplifier and aninterface module for an included 8GB Apple iPod controlled by buttons on the handlebar. The system drives two5x7-inch (127x177.8mm) speakers with bridged tweeters located on the saddlebag lids, and two 5.25-inch (133.35mm) speakers with bridged tweeters mounted in the fairing lowers.
The new detachable Vented Wind Splitter windshield was developed by Harley-Davidson and tested in the Wichita State University wind tunnel to relieve low pressure behind the windshield and significantly reduce buffeting at the rider position. A vane within the vent should be adjusted to match air flow to the rider’s height. A low-profile console holds a combination speedometer/tachometer with programmable back-light colours.
Other CVO Road King features include a chrome billet-style extended reach heel shifter, mirror chrome Agitator custom wheels, extended saddlebag bottoms with a custom fascia and LED lighting, a new chromed handlebar with an ergonomic bend, and Slipstream Collection hand and foot controls. A new solo touring seat and the removable passenger pillion and backrest have a tuck-and-roll leather insert.
A new painting process features hand-finished graphics created with textures and solvents in a multi-step process that results in unique detailing on each motorcycle. Three colour options are available, including the 110th anniversary scheme.
2013 CVO™ Ultra Classic® Electra Glide®
This super-premium touring motorcycle is fully equipped and stylishly appointed. New features for 2013 include the chrome and rubber Slipstream Collection heated hand grips, rider and passenger footboard inserts, brake lever pad, shifter and highway pegs and windshield trim. The suspended, dual-control heated, two-up seat and adjustable passenger backrest have a new perforated leather insert.
A new chrome billet-style extended reach heel shifter creates more boot room on the left-side footboard. The CVO Ultra is equipped with a high-performance Harman/Kardon Advanced Audio system that includes BOOM!™ Audio High Performance BOOM! Bagger™ speakers. Four new colour combinations are available, including the 110th anniversary scheme.
2013 CVO™ Road Glide® Custom
This distinctive shark-nose bagger now features the Daymaker™ LED headlamp, and is the first production Harley-Davidson equipped with this very bright and precise headlamp system. The high-output Harman/Kardon Advanced Audio system is upgraded with a second 200-watt amplifier and a pair of 5x7-inch speakers with bridged tweeters located in the saddlebag lids in addition to 5x7-inch fairing-mount speakers and two-inch dash-mount tweeters.
The audio system features CD/AM/FM/WB, an 8GB Apple iPod nano located in the right-side saddlebag, and a new, more-sensitive hidden AM/FM antenna located within the fairing. Other new CVO Road Glide Custom features include a smoked Wind Splitter windscreen with a ghosted Harley-Davidson graphic, a chrome billet-style extended reach heel shifter, a low-profile, two-piece seat with diamond pattern leather inserts, a black 1.25-inch (31.75mm) handlebar, and Slipstream Collection hand grips and foot controls. Three new colour combinations will be offered for 2013, including the 110th anniversary scheme.