2012 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide

July 20, 2011
Bryan Harley
Bryan Harley
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The Street Glide makes the CVO cut for another year. Check out the latest version in our 2012 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide First Ride Video.

The bagger segment was well represented in the 2012 CVO lineup as Harley chose to customize both the Road Glide and Street Glide. The primary focus of the upgraded 2012 CVO Street Glide went to its audio system. The Motor Company has reworked the fork-mounted bat-wing fairing to contain a booming sound system. Two amps, one of them hidden within the left saddlebag, provide 400 watts of power to eight speakers. There are speakers in the fairing, fairing lowers and even a set in the saddlebag lids. The custom saddlebag lid speakers are 5x7s with bridged tweeters, two 6.5-inch speakers sit in the lower fairings, and four 5.25-inch speakers are nestled in the front fairing. The 200-watt amp is tucked away in the bottom of the left saddlebag without sacrificing much storage space. It, too, has an iPod dock and holder.

The new stereo literally encompasses the rider in a cocoon of sound and is a system you’d expect to find at a custom bike show. Besides the ability to pump out bass you feel in your bones, the sound of the new system is not only indisputably loud but clean as well.

The CVO Street Glide has enough ground clearance to lean it over with confidence.
The CVO Street Glide has enough ground clearance to lean it over with confidence.
A 19-inch  seven-spoke Mirror Chrome Agitator wheel leads the way on the 2012 CVO Street Glide.
A 19-inch, seven-spoke Mirror Chrome Agitator wheel leads the way on the 2012 CVO Street Glide.

Another attractive feature of the 2012 CVO Street Glide is its new custom two-piece, low-profile, leather touring seat. It’s wide with big beast leather inserts and is ultra cush. The passenger pillion and backrest pop off quickly if you’re looking for a solo, custom look. Harley did a great job of making the rear fender look natural without it on. The bike’s got all-day ergonomics, upright in the saddle, the bars positioned so they fall naturally at hand, legs stretched comfortably forward on ample-sized floorboards. Though it only has a shorty smoked windscreen, the bat-wing fairing provides a decent buffer from the wind. Give credit to the fairing lowers for deflecting wind around the rider’s legs, too.

On the CVO Street Glide, it’s all about the attention to details, from diamond-cut charcoal engine cover inserts and diamond-cut instrument faces to its smoked turn signal lenses. Its thumping TC 110 has been powder-coated in granite and the cylinder heads are stamped with 110 Screamin’ Eagle identifiers. There’s plenty of chrome, from small items like front axle nut covers to the chrome-plated mirrors to the sharp-looking 19-inch Agitator front wheel.

There’s always one CVO model whose paint really pops. Such is the case with the 2012 CVO Street Glide. Everything’s color-matched, from fairings to fenders, tank and saddlebags. It’s offered in three new paint schemes, all with custom pinstriping and phantom flame graphics on the front fairing. The CVO Street Glide doesn’t feel as hopped up as the CVO Road Glide Custom, but will still haul the goods when you roll on the gas. The only strike against CVO Street Glide was its metal air filter which got hot on our right leg when we rode and was almost untouchable afterwards.

The Street Glide is the bagger that sets the mark. It’s the original, so opting to include it in the CVO line is only natural. The 2012 CVO Street Glide raises the standard once again. The fit and finish is incredible, from the accents of the seats to the color-matched cockpit to the Rumble Collection grips. Even if you’re not a fan of flames, the paint on this thing is done with such panache, it will make you a fan. It’s a striking motorcycle with plenty of punch and a sound system that will rattle the fillings in your head loose. It’s all that and a bag of chips for the MSRP of $32,699.

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