Harley-Davidson is known for its powerful, solidly built bikes that it sends roaring down the road. The company’s division of Custom Vehicles Operations is sending out three new models with plenty of exciting features. The following models are based on Harley-Davidson’s touring bikes, with advanced technology to entertain, maintain, and power, a near-obsessive attention to detail, and finally show-stopping finishes.
2019 CVO Limited
The rider who wants features, style, performance, and luxury, expecting it all, will find it all here. The CVO Limited is the creation of the ultimate in long-range luxury and comfort for touring bikes. It boasts new Tomahawk wheels, 19-inch in the front and 18-inch in the rear, a new blaze red band featured on the engine rocker boxes, and new paint options all-told. Its collection of Kahuna features is also new, from shifter pegs to heated grips.
2019 CVO Street Glide
This custom bagger with its hot-rod performance, edgy styling, and mind-blowing, ear-pleasing premium audio system also boasts the blaze red band and some new Kahuna Collection features. These latter include a red inset of the Bar and SHield on some components such as shifter pegs, muffler end caps, and passenger boards. It offers new paint options as well.
2019 CVO Road Glide
There is no mistake to be made when witnessing a Road Glide. Its style is distinctive and menacing with a contrasting combination of long-haul comfort in a motorcycle built for performance touring. With the same blaze red band that marks the engine rocker boxes of the previous two models, the Road Glide is distinct in its new Fang front spoiler that displays dramatic lower bodywork. The Exclusive Knockout wheels are 21-inch front and 18-inch back, the only front wheel of that size offered factory-installed on a Harley-Davidson Touring model.
Three distinctive styling treatments are geared to appeal to a wide range of customer tastes. There are the bright chrome details and powertrain, a combination of bright and dark finishes, and finally a very dark look with fade or monochrome paint. The company’s CVO models aren’t just to feature the new technology, which includes a monitoring system for tire pressure, high-performance engines, and the new infotainment system, but also to reveal in situ new finish treatments as alternatives to the more traditional chrome look.
One infrequently talked-about industry that has been gaining definitive traction in recent years is the electric motorcycle market. Although high-power electric motorcycles have failed to catch on thus far, there is a broad market in the United States for low-power urban electric scooters. In fact, more than 1.8 million were sold in the country in 2016. Even larger is the market for electric bicycles, which typically require the rider to input energy but that augment the user’s work through electric propulsion.
Harley-Davidson, the company that has made its name as the producer of roaring, powerful V-Twin motorcycles that have become icons of muscular American independence, is now seeking to branch out into the world of both electric motorcycles and electric bicycles. What’s clear is that the company already has the knowledge and some infrastructure to create top-quality electric two-wheeled vehicles; the company currently produces more than 1,000 high-power electric motorcycles each year.
What’s not clear is if a brand that has earned its stripes as a loud and brutish exemplar of raw American power can make a segue into a market that is more about being environmentally friendly and saving energy costs.
Following future dollars
But what Harley is doing, at the end of the day, is simply recognizing the reality of where the market is heading. Sales of electronic bicycles have exploded over the last decade, with millions of units per year being sold in the United States alone. But it is throughout the world where the real potential lies. As cheap means of transportation, electronic bikes have the potential to become the predominant form of personal transportation throughout the world, especially as electric motor and battery technology continues to improve, allowing both high speeds and extremely long ranges.
Harley is already gearing up its operations. The company plans on spending more than $200 million over the next ten years on research, development and manufacturing of electronic bikes and motorcycles. The company is developing products ranging all the way from flagship 200-horsepower electric superbikes all the way down to rider-assisted bicycles. The company believes that the trends towards lower-cost transportation options and the eventual inexorable rise in the prices of fossil fuels will eventually mean that these bikes could turn out to be the next automobile. The future will only tell if they are successful.
Buying gear from a dealership gets old, but looking elsewhere can lead to surprising discoveries. Whether you want to buy a gift for a biker friend or you’re looking for a new investment for yourself, here are a few options to consider.
We all know not to text and drive, but smartphones host a number of applications that make driving easier or more enjoyable. Rather than risk losing your phone while fumbling to skip a song or struggling to find an alternative route, invest in a phone mount that clips the device to your handlebars and allows it to be visible without being a distraction. This product in particular can rotate 360 degrees to allow for optimal visibility. It also features a lifetime warranty, and if while set in the mount, your device is fully insured in the case of accident or loss.
If you spend time off-roading and find your motorcycle is caked in mud, or even if it’s just not looking as clean as it was, it might be a good idea to invest in some cleaning supplies. Though not typical gear, this set includes a number of high-ranking products designed to keep your bike clean and functional.
Because safety and visibility are so important when riding a motorcycle, why not invest into reflective tires? They’ll improve visibility from the side to avoid and prevent collision with vehicles that are switching lanes and whose drivers fail to see you. These tires are a good find because until they’re hit with direct light, they appear black. Because tires have a much larger surface area than, say, your back, reflective tires will increase your chances of being seen and as a result will decrease your likelihood of getting into an accident due to low visibility.
Driving a motorcycle is dangerous business. Getting into an accident means serious injuries at best, and riding in the summer can lead to overheating. With foam built into the jacket and a design that allows for easy cooling and warmth retention depending on the weather, the FLY armored hoodie is a sound investment. The company largely designs products for motocross racers, but their latest creations seem to have a wider audience. With a sleek design that’s both functional and casual, this hoodie will make a great addition to your wardrobe while keeping you safe and comfortable.
About Graham Zahoruiko
As Director of Organizational Effectiveness, Public Benefit Corporation, Graham Zahoruiko is leading greater corporate shareholder wealth, public benefit, and social responsibility. Graham gets to exercise a level of independence that is rare in the business world. He needs to rely on himself to deliver on what he has been hired to do. There are no shortcuts, only hard work, and self-reliance. These are qualities intrinsic to Graham Zahoruiko, so it is no wonder that they permeate through his personal life as well. Graham is a motorcycle enthusiast. His most peaceful moments are when he is astride his Harley-Davidson and on the open road. Again, independence is the key. The iconic images of the lone rider tearing across the pavement are certainly romantic, but there is an undeniable beauty to it as well. It is a part of American culture – the independent traveler forging across the country à la the pioneers during westward expansion. The public’s understanding of motorcycle culture is also influenced by popular films – Easy Rider, the Wild Ones, Mad Max. Biker gangs are often a popular trope in these films, echoed by real-world incidences. For instance, the Hell’s Angels at the Altamont Free Concert in 1969 and the violence that ensued.
Graham Zahoruiko was introduced to motorcycle riding as a child when his uncle would give him rides in the front yard. In those days, helmets were optional and Graham and his uncle found themselves on the ground from unsuccessful wheelies. These early experiences manifested themselves into a lifestyle on the bike. Riding has always been a thrill that Graham has enjoyed as it compliments his spontaneous personality. Graham Zahoruiko averages about 5,000 to 7,500 miles during the riding season — April through October — on his black 2013 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softtail Classic.
For Graham and motorcycle riders alike, the open ride provides an immense sense of freedom in the open air. Sometimes with no destination in mind, the motorcycle is the ultimate escape. The open road and the motorcycle community provides the opportunity to meet some of the kindest and most patriotic people. Whether it is a motorcycle rally, event or ride, you always have the chance to meet and learn from interesting people all over the country.
Motorcycle enthusiasts like Graham Zahoruiko have to fight against those negative connotations. To that end, Graham has been able to combine is the love of riding with another one of his passions – philanthropy. Graham regularly participates in fundraising events focusing on motorcycle riding. For example, the 9/11 Ride. The event is organized by America’s 911 Foundation, Inc., and is purposed to remember the heroes, volunteers and victims of September 11th, 2001. Preserving the memories of all those who answered the call on that horrible day is the charge of the ride, and for the best 13 years, they have been very successful. The Ride is an annual event where 100s of riders travel together en mass. For a thousand miles, the caravan rides in formation, visiting each of the three major 9/11 crash sites. The event has grown tremendously, where now major highway interstates are shut down entirely and thousands of spectators line the streets to cheer on the bikers and honor the fallen.