Harley-Davidson CVO – BAM Motorcycle News
Riders within the V-Twin world frequently hear the term CVO and are curious as to what it means. Simply put, it stands for Custom Vehicle Operations and refers to a family of models created by Harley-Davidson Motor Company for the custom market.
Since the program’s inception in 1999, the company has chosen a very small selection of its most popular mass-produced bikes and turned those into limited-edition by modifying the engines for larger displacement, elaborate paint designs, and additional accessories not found on the mainstream models.
Some of these special features include Screamin’ Eagle branded aftermarket parts, ostrich leather seats, hand-painted pinstripes, gold leaf details on the paint, and electronics such as iPod players and GPS navigation systems.
All CVO’s are produced at Harley-Davidson’s plant in York, Pennsylvania which is also the home of the touring and Softail models. The features for these customized bikes are sometimes offered for models in later years; however, the paint and badging are exclusive to the CVO owners and can only be replaced by providing proof of ownership.
The 2013 models that are part of the CVO program include the following:
- CVO Breakout (FXSBSE)
- CVO Road King (FLHRSE5)
- CVO Road Glide Custom (FLTRXSE2)
- CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide (FLHTCUSE8)
The typical CVO bike will carry a much higher suggested retail price and typically peak around the USD $32,000 mark and the program targets what Harley-Davidson calls their “Alpha Customer”; this is a rider that is very loyal to the brand and will only ride the best.
Who wants one?
Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys® / BAM Biker News