The 2021 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide is here, and it’s louder and sleeker than ever—plus it has some wild new wheels. Here’s what’s new with the top shark, which sports a Milwaukee-Eight 117 powerplant that produces 126 ft-lbs of torque:
The 18-/21-inch wheel combo used wire spokes and cast-aluminum rims. The Combo wheels are exclusive to the new CVO Road Glide, and it’s the only motorcycle in the Harley-Davidson Touring lineup that gets a 21-inch front wheel. With the big front hoop, the suspension is tuned to accommodate the different rotational forces. There is also a TPMS to make sure your psi is where you want it to be.
Sound is provided by Harley Davidson Audio powered by Rockford Fosgate Stage II. The system, which is only available on the CVO Road Glide and Street Glide models, uses three-way speakers—woofer, mid-range driver, and bridge-mounted tweeter. The pair of speakers in the fairing has a woofer diameter of 6.5 inches, while the saddlebag speakers are 5” x 7” oval woofers. A 400-watt, four-channel Rockford Fosgate amplifier drives the four-speaker array. With the Boom! Box GTS infotainment system, you can use a Rockford Fosgate app to fine-tune the sound, which includes Motorcycle Dynamic EQ and Bass Management Enhancement. Jimi Hendrix’ Ezy Ryder has never sounded so good.
Form over function for 2021, as the extended-length bags are replaced by standard bags. Long-distance riders have been overruled by the urban and local touring crowd.
The console light is now an LED.
The new CVO Road Glide gets new instrument faces.
The MSRP of the 2021 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide is $41,399. That gets you a choice of three paint jobs, which have their own finishes:
Sunset Orange & Sunset Black Fade w/ satin chrome finishes
Black Hole w/ gloss black and black onyx finishes
Bronze Armor w/ smoked satin and gloss black finishes
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!