The 2021 Harley-Davidson CVO Limited arrives with two new paint choices, plus a couple of updates in the dash area. There’s a new LED console light, which will please after-dark riders. Everyone will notice the new instrument faces for 2021. The price of these changes is modest—the 2021 CVO Limited costs just $60 more than last year’s edition.Paint is always of great interest, and each paint job comes with its own surrounding finishes. The Royal Purple & Royal Black Fade is matched with chrome finishes. The understated Bronze Armor paint is paired with finishes in smoked chrome. Gloss Black and Contrast Chrome Tomahawk wheels are standard, with Gloss Black and Contrast Smoked Satin Tomahawk wheels as an option.
Returning is the Twin-Cooled Milwaukee-Eight 117 powerplant that is a naked display of power—125 ft-lbs at 3500 rpm. Harley-Davidson’s electronics package, dubbed the RDRS Safety Enhancements for ’21, is back and includes several cornering-aware rider aids, including linked braking, ABS, and traction control. Plus, there a hill-control function and tire pressure monitoring. A Boom! Box GTS infotainment system with a four-speaker, 300-watt sound system watches over it all.We have tested the Harley-Davidson CVO Limited.2021 Harley-Davidson CVO Limited SpecsENGINE
Motor: Twin-Cooled Milwaukee-Eight 117 V-twin
Bore x stroke: 4.075” x 4. 5”
Displacement: 117 cubic inches (1923cc)
Maximum torque: 125 ft-lbs @ 3500 rpm
Compression ratio: 10.2:1
Valvetrain: Pushrods, 4vpc
Cooling: Liquid and air
Lubrication: Dry sump
Transmission: 6-speed Cruise Drive
Clutch: Hydraulically actuated assist-and-slip
Primary drive: Chain
Final drive: Belt
Frame: Mild tubular steel w/ two-piece stamped and welded backbone
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at email@example.com and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!