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2012 Harley CVO Softail Convertible | Preview

2012 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

Harley-Davidson returns for 2012 with its popular CVO Softail Convertible, a motorcycle that can be quickly reconfigured without tools from a comfortable, two-up tourer to a solo machine ready for some stylish boulevard cruising. This is possible due to detachable leather saddlebags, passenger pillion and front fairing with windshield.

And while you can change this Custom Vehicle Operations Softail from cruiser to tourer on a moment’s notice, you’ll have no problem with a speedy arrival to your location; the 2012 Harley-Davidson CVO Softail Convertible arrives stock with a Screamin’ Eagle 110 ci engine, the V-Twin producing 105 ft. lbs. of torque at 2750 rpm.

Regarding suspension, Harley says “the Softail rear suspension mimics the clean lines of a vintage hardtail frame but offers the comfort of modern suspension that is hidden under the chassis.”

For 2012, the CVO Softail arrives with three new paint schemes, improved wind protection on detachable front fairing, revamped saddlebags and a Garmin 660 with integrated MP3 Player.

Following are the highlights, specs, color options and MSRP for the 2012 Harley-Davidson CVO Softail Convertible.

2012 Harley-Davidson CVO Softail Convertible Highlights

  • NEW Three exclusive paint schemes: – Crimson Red Sunglo with Scarlet
  • Crystal Graphics – Abyss Blue with Catacomb Graphics – Satin Pewter with Catacomb Graphics
  • NEW Detachable fairing with improved wind protection
  • NEW Garmin 660 with integrated MP3 player
  • NEW Detachable, lockable, sealing Leather saddlebags with distressed brown leather (satin pewter only) or reptile inserts
  • NEW Custom leather seat, removable passenger pillion, and detachable stylized passenger upright and backrest pad with distressed brown leather (satin pewter only) or reptile inserts
  • Electronic throttle control with cruise control standard
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) standard • Chrome, 1.25-inch internally-wired welded
  • mini-ape handlebar
  • Keyless ignition system with CVOTM backlit medallion on the tank console
  • Extended jiffy leg
  • Mirror Chrome Aluminum Stinger Custom wheels, 18-inch, with matching Stinger chrome sprocket and Stinger floating brake rotors
  • Digital speedometer and analog tachometer with gray satin tint aluminum face
  • High-flow Ventilator engine air intake with leather on insert and rain sock
  • Color-coordinated frame and swingarm, frame inserts, and horseshoe oil tank
  • Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110B Granite powder-coated powertrain with 110 Screamin’ Eagle identifiers on cylinder heads
  • Rumble Collection grips, rider floor boards, passenger peg, shifter pegs, brake pedal pad and mirrors
  • Chrome Accessories (Clutch line and brake line clamps – Shorty chrome dual-exhaust with slashdown mufflers and heat shields – Headlight trim ring, nacelle and back plate – Front sliders and upper fork slider covers – Wheel spacers – Handlebar risers and caps – Shifter, rear brake lever and forward control mounts – Voltage regulator – Rear brake master cylinder cover – Switch housings – Upper belt guard and debris deflector – Sprocket bolt covers – Valve stem caps – Front and rear axle nut covers – Pivot shaft covers)
  • Black high-torque 1.4kW starter
  • High-performance clutch with hydraulic actuation
  • Harley-Davidson Smart Security System

2012 Harley-Davidson CVO Softail Convertible Specs:


  • Air-cooled, Twin Cam 110B
  • Displacement (in./cc): 110/1802
  • Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Cruise Drive
  • Miles Per Gallon: 45 combined City/Hwy
  • Fuel Capacity (U.S. gals/liters): 5.0/18.9


  • Length (in./mm): 94.9/2410
  • Seat Height (laden) (in./mm): 24.4/620
  • Wheelbase (in./mm): 64.2/1631


  • Dunlop Harley-Davidson Series, radial blackwall front and rear
  • Front: D408 130/70R18 63V
  • Rear: D407 200/50R18 76V


  • Front: Mirror Chrome Stinger Custom Wheels 18 in. x 3.5 in. (457 mm x 89 mm)
  • Rear: Mirror Chrome Stinger Custom Wheels 18 in. x 6 in. (457 mm x 152 mm)

Weight as Shipped (lbs./kg):

  • 761/345

2012 Harley-Davidson CVO Softail Convertible Color Options/MSRP:

  • Crimson Red Sunglo with Scarlet Crystal graphics / $29,699
  • Abyss Blue with Catacomb graphics / $29,699
  • Satin Pewter with Catacomb graphics / $29,699

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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