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2012 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Custom Review


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The Goods: Chrome This, Skull That
2012 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Custom

The CVO Road Glide Custom is powered by an air-cooled, Twin Cam 110 engine with a "Heavy Breather" style air intake. (Click to enlarge)

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As with all CVO models, the 2012 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Custom features a seemingly endless build sheet listing numerous custom painted, hand-finished, and chrome bits. So rather than describing every last detail, let's focus on what makes the $30,699 CVO Road Glide Custom unique.

The CVO Road Glide Custom is powered by an air-cooled, fuel-injected Twin Cam 110 (1,802cc) v-twin, though this application features a "Heavy Breather" style air intake with a black anodized cover. The mill produces a peak of 122 ft-lbs of torque at 3,750 rpm, and is mated to a 6-speed cruise drive transmission that powers the rear wheel via belt drive. Anti-lock brakes and cruise control are standard, as is a high-performance hydraulic clutch and braided steel and clutch lines.

The Road Glide's signature twin headlamp design is ornamented with a brushed nickel skull medallion (as is the fuel tank), and the frame-mounted fairing incorporates a smoked windscreen and a color-matched inner fairing. A high-output Harman/Kardon CD/AM/FM/WB audio system features two-way 5x7 fairing mounted speakers that produce a total of 200 watts, and included with the stereo is an 8GB Apple iPod Nano that attaches via an interface in the saddlebag.

A color-matched, low-profile fuel tank console displays an illuminated CVO graphic, and a custom solo touring seat has a matching detachable pillion saddle with color-coordinated stitching. Rumble Collection footboard insert, shifter pegs, brake pedal and hand grips lend a custom look, as do the Chrome Agitator wheels (19 inches up front, and 18 inches at the rear.) All in all, the Road Glide Custom weighs 807 pounds.

Injection-molded extended hard saddlebags round out the rear of the bike, with a color-matched rear fascia with LED brake/turn signals. Three color combinations are available: White Gold Pearl/Starfire Black with Real Smoke graphics, Maple Metallic/Vivid Black with Real Smoke graphics, or Candy Cobalt/Twilight Blue with Real Smoke graphics.

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