Why You Should Upgrade to a Harley-Davidson CVO

Jake Robison - July 30, 2022

No matter how long you’ve been on two wheels, you’ve probably heard of Harley-Davidson. The name is synonymous with freedom and tradition, and the brand has left its mark on many of us. For over 115 years, Harley has dominated the American motorcycling world—but why do people continue to gravitate toward the brand?

For riders, the bikes in Harley-Davidson’s CVO line represent the pinnacle of design, style, and technology. Here, you’ll learn a bit more about these bikes and find out why your next ride should be a Harley CVO.

CVOs and Other Harley-Davidsons: What’s the Difference?

The differences between CVOs and regular Harleys are easy to spot. The CVO or Custom Vehicle Operations line is a group of limited edition bikes that incorporate the newest design, performance, and technological advances. When you’re looking for a way to elevate every ride, only a Harley CVO will do.

Harley-Davidson developed the CVO line to give the brand a little more swagger—which, in our opinion, isn’t necessary. Designers have taken things one step further, though, when it comes to customizing bikes to suit riders’ preferences. With its latest CVO models, Harley has brought its old-school style into 2022 and beyond.

CVOs Offer Luxurious Design and High Style

One of the best things about buying a Harley CVO is that you’ll get a factory bike with custom style. On every model, you’ll find luxurious design touches and colors that look like they’ve come straight out of a custom paint shop.

Because of all their customized design elements, CVOs are at the top of the Harley heap as far as pricing is concerned. While it’s possible to buy a less expensive model and customize it yourself, it may be cheaper to buy a CVO that’s already been done.

On a Harley CVO, it’s truly the little things that matter most. You’ll find a level of detail that’s just not available on other models, including touches such as:

  • Chrome fasteners
  • Blacked out or chrome forks
  • Trim-covered hardware
  • A custom-designed chin spoiler
  • Upgraded passenger pegs and floorboards
  • Remote lockable saddlebags
  • Ergonomically designed leather seating
  • Heated handle grips
  • Special CVO accents
  • A key fob that’s only available with CVO models

When you want the ultimate in style, performance, and rideability, only a CVO will do. The American Motorcycle Trading Co. has a selection of CVO Harleys in stock—check them out today.

They’re Truly Limited Edition

Every year, Harley-Davidson makes an extremely limited number of CVO bikes, with each model having a low production cap. While the figures aren’t always available to the public, it’s been estimated that a few hundred to several thousand CVO Harleys are made annually.

While that may seem like a lot, it’s quite low compared to Harley-Davidson’s yearly sales figures. If you can’t manage to find a CVO at a dealer after you sell your motorcycle, consider turning to the experts at the American Motorcycle Trading Co.

Gaining Access to Exclusive Features and Advanced Technology

CVO Harleys come with features you won’t find on other models. For instance, they include Stage II Rockford Fosgate audio, as well as the Boom! Box infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity. The benefits don’t end there!

CVOs also come with automatic braking, RDRS or Reflex Defensive Rider Systems, and selectable ride modes. And, for maximum safety and visibility, all CVO models include adaptive headlights.

These bikes aren’t lacking in the performance department. All 2021 models come with the Milwaukee-Eight 117, Harley’s most potent engine. At 117 CI and 126 lb. ft. of torque, it gets the job done.

It’s Performance You Can Count On

While many buyers choose their rides based on appearances, it’s just as important to consider engine specs. A new bike—especially a Harley CVO—is a big investment, and thankfully, it’s a reliable one, too. If you’re looking for a bike that will become a constant companion, any model from this line is a great place to start.

Harley-Davidson’s CVO bikes come with some of the brand’s most reliable engines. And, if after a few years of riding, that powerplant starts to lose its luster, you can ship it to Harley headquarters and have it rebuilt to factory specifications. With this special benefit, it’s easy to see why so many riders are excited about Harley CVOs.

They’re Built for the Long Road Ahead

The Harley-Davidson brand is known for quality and longevity, and its CVO models are no exception. Most riders buy their bikes with plans to enjoy them for years, not months, and they look for brands that promise (and deliver) longevity and performance. Harley-Davidsons are known for their durability, and their rugged frames and advanced engines are built to last.

CVOs Come With Unparalleled Service and Support

Every rider has been through it: they’ve gone to the dealership looking for parts, only to be told they’re on backorder or unavailable. Because CVO models are so sought after, parts are readily available—which means you can fix things when they do break.

The wide-scale production of parts is one of the best things about owning a Harley-Davidson CVO. There are Harley dealers throughout the country, which means the parts you’ll need are right around the corner.

They’re Easy to Maintain

Most riders can attest to the fact that motorcycle maintenance is an act of love and care—and the most dedicated enthusiasts will do what it takes to keep their rides on the road. With Harley-Davidson CVO models, maintenance is straightforward. If you have the right parts (or access to a dealer service center), it’s easy to keep your bike rolling down the street and not in the garage. And, with scheduled service appointments, it’s never been easier to give your Harley the care it deserves.

You’ll Find Tons of Accessories

Although CVO models come off the showroom floor looking and performing great, there are numerous aftermarket accessories to consider. For Harley riders, it’s not just a bike; it’s a way of life and a labor of love. With performance modifications and the addition of accessories, CVO owners can push these bikes’ already high performance to new levels.

A Built-In Community

Harley-Davidson riders, and CVO owners in particular, love to hang out with friends and go on road trips. Many of these meetups happen thanks to the wide-ranging community that Harley riders have built.

When you buy a CVO (or any other Harley, for that matter), you’ll be invited into the H.O.G or Harley Owners Group community. H.O.G. hosts major events where owners can meet other riders from all over the country and around the world, and they also provide access to numerous members-only benefits. Owning a CVO Harley is an experience of a lifetime, and there’s no better way to get the most out of it than by sharing it with other like-minded riders.

A Smooth and Comfortable Ride

How do CVO bikes ride? That’s a great question, but there’s no simple answer, because every rider’s experience will differ. Most owners report the following benefits:

  • Smooth acceleration and great maneuverability. You’ll find easy throttle responses at every speed, and smooth shifts from the six-speed gearbox. Despite their 800+ pound weight, CVO Harleys are surprisingly maneuverable.
  • Easier touring use. Today’s CVO models—the Street Glide, Road Glide, Road Glide Limited, and Tri Glide—make great touring bikes, and they’re quite popular among first-timers and female riders.
  • Comfort on long trips. CVO bikes are equipped with plush Showa suspensions, and their ergonomic design keeps riders in a comfortable position on even the longest road trips.

With any CVO model, you’re sure to get superior stability and a reassuring, confident ride. The built-in mirrors are perfectly placed, and the windshield supplies perfect protection without blocking your view of the road ahead. In short, these bikes are the embodiment of Harley’s commitment to quality, and they provide a superior rider experience.

Becoming Part of the Brand’s Rich History

As if the above benefits weren’t enough to justify an upgrade, we’ve got one more reason to make the switch. When you buy a CVO, you’ll become part of a long line of Harley-Davidson owners and innovators. The company has its roots in the earliest years of the 20th century, when William Harley, Arthur Davidson, and Walter Davidson built the first five bikes. The rest, as they say, is history. Get your piece of an American legend by riding home on a Harley CVO today.

The American Motorcycle Trading Co. Makes it Easy to Find the Harley You’re Looking For

Whether you already own a Harley and want to upgrade, or your first bike has to be a CVO, one thing’s for sure: Harley-Davidson makes bikes that riders can trust. If you’re near Bedford, TX and are looking for a late-model, low-mileage used Harley-Davidson, be sure to visit our showroom to check out all your options. Alternatively, you can browse our inventory online. No matter how you find us, we’re here to help you get in the wind!




Jake Robison


Jake Robison has operated powersports dealerships since 2003.  With an extensive background in the motorcycle industry including sales, service, parts, finance, management and powersports training, he covers all things motorcycles and enjoys sharing valuable information to newcomers on two-wheels

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