A Virile Motorcycle Imagination
Harley-Davidson is applying an exclusive twist to the old commercial aphorism-"give the people what they want"-with the return of the FLTRSE3 Road Glide to the company’s 2009 Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) line.
Harley-Davidson buyers face perhaps the biggest paradox in motorcycling: the challenge of maintaining their individuality in the face of roughly 360,000 other "individuals" who purchase Hogs each year. However, dedicated Harley acolytes determined to stand out from the ever-thickening crowd can find solace in the company’s Custom Vehicles Operation line. In the 16 years since its inception, CVOs have grown from a barely known niche product to an eagerly anticipated stable of special editions.
The future can be a funny thing. For every dream of levitating, hydrogen-powered Jetson’s Cycles, there is an equal and opposite desire to keep the past alive. Harley-Davidson, long tuned into the intoxicating allure of reminiscence, has raised nostalgia to an art form by building bikes that are veritable shrines to simpler days gone by.
Milwaukee is the Mecca for massive, chugging air-cooled V-twins and that wistful glint of sunlight off chrome.
For many of us, the Harley-Davidson alphabet code is a bewildering thicket of consonants. FLSTSC collides with VRSCDX, causing reasonably intelligent minds to buckle. Amid the clutter, one acronym has become a familiar badge of exclusivity in the Harleyverse since 1999; the SE, or Screamin’ Eagle designation, is assigned to those machines produced by Harley-Davidson’s elite Custom Vehicle Operations unit. CVO is the Motor Company’s Special Ops, Chrome Division. Milwaukee’s Delta Force of Soul.
Tis’ the season once again, and though a motorcycle electric vest would be nice, or an intercom system might bring you and your partner closer together—let’s face it— nothing really says, “I love you” like a full-blown Harley-Davidson motorcycle.