Harley Launches Three New CVO Models, Plus Road Glide and Street Glide Specials

CVO Family
2018 Harley-Davidson CVO family. Photos courtesy Harley-Davidson.

The new models continue to roll out of Milwaukee, as Harley-Davidson announces three new limited-edition CVO (Custom Vehicle Operations) Touring models outfitted with a new, 117ci Milwaukee-Eight power plant, the largest stock displacement engine ever offered by Harley. Additionally, the Road Glide Special and Street Glide Special models get a redesign for 2018, swapping chrome for a sinister, blacked-out look.

Read about the new 2018 Harley-Davidson Softail models here

2018 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide (starting at $39,949)

2018 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide
2018 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide

The Street Glide gets the CVO treatment, with the new 117ci (1,923cc) Milwaukee-Eight engine that Harley claims is good for 125 lb-ft of torque and a 900-watt BOOM! Box sound system. Choose from three new premium paint schemes, Dark Alloy/Black Denim, Orange Lava/Black and Gunship Gray, and matching Talon wheels and rotors for a complete factory custom look.

2018 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide (starting at $41,399)

2018 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide
2018 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide

The ultimate bagger with swagger gets the 117ci Milwaukee-Eight engine, a 600-watt BOOM! Box 6.5GT audio system with wireless headset and a sleek new front fender that drapes over the first Harley factory-installed 21-inch Knockout front wheel for Touring models. It’s available in three premium paints schemes, Black Earth/Vivid Black, Orange Lava/Dark Alloy and Gunship Gray.

Read our first ride review of all ten new 2018 Harley Softail models here

2018 CVO Limited (starting at $42,949)

2018 Harley-Davidson CVO Limited
2018 Harley-Davidson CVO Limited

This premium touring machine boasts claimed best-in-class power, stunning paint and the ultimate in rider and passenger comfort. Dual bending valve Showa front suspension and rear suspension with a remote preload adjuster make that cross-country ride comfortable, along with heated hammock seats with custom stitching. The CVO Limited is also equipped with the BOOM! Box 6.5GT infotainment system (with two wireless headsets included), remote locking luggage, tire pressure monitoring system (TPS), and a Tour-Pak carrier LED bezel, LED indicators and an LED light surround. It’s available in two must-be-seen-to-be-appreciated colors: Burgundy Cherry Sunglo Fade and Black Earth Fade.

2018 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special and Road Glide Special

2018 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special
2018 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special

The winner of our 2017 Bagger Comparo, the Street Glide Special, along with its Road Glide Special sibling, get a new blacked-out look for 2018. New Talon wheels (19-inch front, 18-inch rear), black components like the engine guard, fork, handlebar, turn signals, tank console, air cleaner, engine cover, mufflers and exhaust shields, and custom touches like the stretched saddlebags, accentuate the Specials’ new look.

2018 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special
2018 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special

The 2018 Street Glide Special is available in Vivid Black, Twisted Cherry, Bonneville Salt Denim and Hot Rod Red Flake Hard Candy Custom paint, starting at $25,999. The 2018 Road Glide Special is available in Vivid Black, Wicked Red, Bonneville Salt Pearl and Hot Rod Red Flake Hard Candy Custom paint, starting at $26,299.

For more information, see your dealer or visit h-d.com.



  1. Burgundy Cherry Sunglo Fade? How many marketing gurus got paid to come up with these names? The paint color names are getting longer than the model names..
    That being said, I do like the looks of the color of that particular paint in the photo. Then again, paint, lack of paint, and/or color of paint is pretty near the absolute bottom of my list of priorities/concerns when it comes to selecting a bike. As long as it’s not something butt ugly (to me) like metal flake, black, pink, etc.

  2. I guess are being marketed to Doctors, Lawyers and CEO’s. No way this old working class boy can pay that for a bike. Once again Harley forget who keeps them going.

  3. If I had $43Gs for one of these new CVO’s, (and I wish I did), the first thing I’d do is take a side cutter to all that info tainment crap, I ride a bike to listen to the motor, nothing more, nothing less, if I see some scenery, that’s a plus, but for me, my mind runs with that motor.

  4. I don’t really pay attention to what Harley does anymore. Just way too expensive to think about. I don’t even visit their dealerships anymore. Motorcycles for the rich.

  5. No Harley for me until Trump resigns or gets impeached. The Motor Company executives actually went to the White House to shakes hands with him. They lost all of my business with that move.

  6. I have the Manley for any and all and I am with Dave I have not turned any of my radio or anything on my bikes as I ride to live and enjoy the bike the engine and the scenery.
    If you don’t get that then you are missing the motorcycle thing in the first place.
    Riding for 40 plus years on every type of motorcycle ever made.

  7. Music is awesome. Riding is awesome. If you don’t like the music don’t turn it on! But don’t diss the bike or the company for offering a radio. Horse & buggy guy…..

  8. No wonder HD is is trouble agin. The prices obviously leave most working guys out of the market.
    I’ll bet the insrance on these is terrible and I can just see some little old lady taking out a 43k bike.
    They look really good but I’ll bet sales will be light.

    • Actually, from Friends with some of the more expensive Harley’s, insurance isn’t bad… A fraction of what an $11,000 Super Sport runs for full coverage. (I had a 2013 ZX6R-636 and full coverage, with 1K deductable was almost $1200/ yr, and I shopped around for insurance. Allstate was over $2400/yr. 50 year old driver/owner, 30+ years Motorcycle license, never a violation or accident on a motorcycle and only the only moving violation in my life was a 65 in a 55 zone in a car, and that was well over 20 years ago.)

  9. The Indian lineup goes from $9K to $28. Honestly dollar for dollar, they make more sense. Once again HD is trying to sell its name instead of competing head-to-head. I haven’t looked at the Japanese cruiser lines, but I’m sure they are more in line with Indian as well. Bottom line is you just do not need a 1.9 liter, 6-speed motorcycle! There are brands like Motus, Boss Hoss, Triumph 2.3liter bike and limited-edition/on of a kind bikes that only a very narrow market will buy. HD has a very unique problem, it’s core base are a bunch of over 40 types while the rest of the market place is a cross -section from 8-year-olds on up. The younger demographic just isn’t interested in these types of bikes. Eventually, us old farts will quit riding, or die, or both.

    • Yes, and if you are on a shoe string budget like me, there are cheaper bikes, at the present I’m looking at a 2015 Dyna Low rider with less than 2K milage, looks absolutely brand new. Probably pick it in the $11k range.

  10. bottom line you get what you pay for had a 07 flhx got totaled got back 13500.00 with 96000.00 miles on it try that with another brand you get shit now own a 2017 ultra limited low loving every mile

  11. Really clever marketing, do away with the expensive advancement of liquid cooling the exhaust valves, make the engine bigger to achieve the same power as the 2017 series and then jack the price up $2000, must have really dumb customers
    When the get hot they will produce less power than the 114 cu twin cooled motors.

  12. I have a 2013 Roadglide Custom, the usual performance add-ons and I just don’t see any need for anything more, especially a higher purchase price. This will be my last Harley.

  13. Oil cooled exhaust valve system now and you can get a nice bike 16___17 model Road Glide Street Glide in the low 20s my insurance cost $24 a month year round I have had over 20 HD in my life never fail to get most of my money back after riding them for several years definitely can’t afford a CVO but work hard save a little you can have the cheaper have to stretch them out for a long time though that’s for sure I guess it’s all what a man can live with!

  14. I used to buy only bikes with no radio. My friends kept telling me to try a nice sound system. I rode to Sturgis in 2015 and 2016 with an iPhone in my pocket and nice headphones. For 2017 I rode to Sturgis, Cody, Wy, Yellowstone, Jackson Hole and the Tetons and 3 days in Colorado and then back to Ohio, 5,000 miles in 13 days; all this on a 2016 CVO Road Glide Ultra with the Boom Box. There is nothing like riding thru Wyoming and Colorado listening to Bob Seeger, Steppen Wolf and AC DC!!!

  15. Hi I bought a 2017 Street Glide number one 2700 a year for full coverage you have to shop around number to got a hell of a deal on it that’s all I have to say

  16. I own a 2018 roadglide, it’s my 4th roadglide. It’s sad how people put down other bikes. My brother and I own several motorcycles and respect them all in their own way. In the 70’s I road Hondas and Kawasaki’s any boy did I get into heated discussions. Now I own a harley and defend them. No mechanical issues at all. They are pricy but it is a different experience. 2 wheels is what it’s about.

  17. Buzzard; you are the only one in this thread that hit the nail on the head. Harley’s although pricey. offer a unique riding experience. I’ve owned several motorcycles in my life ranging from dirt bikes, cruisers, baggers, and sport bikes and while riding a KTM in the dunes is fun and riding a Ducati 1098S may be thrilling – riding a Harley Davidson Road Glide Special for the first time was an experience that can be likened only to my first time on two wheels. The hard shifts, the vibration and all the noise of a slow(er) ride, provided by the legendary Harley Davidson is much more than just riding on two wheels… riding a Harley is a spiritual experience riding a mechanical work of art!


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