Harley-Davidson CVO Limited Review. THE BEST Touring Motorcycle on the Planet? We put it to the test

Harley-Davidson CVO Limited Review. THE BEST Touring Motorcycle on the Planet? We put it to the test

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this is the harley davidson cvo limited   the most expensive production  harley-davidson motorcycle in the world the harley-davidson cvo limited costs 37 495  pounds in the uk we've got it in this bronze   color here you can also get it in a blue black  fade this color it's not just the paintwork that's   in this color you can see all the different parts  around the bike the exhaust the footboards the   grips everything has got this sort of finish on  it and to me it looks like black chrome but they   call it bronze i think it looks really nice and  we certainly had a few people looking at this   bike whenever you stop somewhere and if you go  for the other color option you get a little bit   more chrome so this is a little bit more military  looking the brake on this is 26 degrees the fork   angle is actually kicked out to 29.9 degrees so  it looks like it's not as steep as it actually   is the trailer is 170 millimeters which is quite  long the trail gives you your high speed stability   and you do feel very confident riding at 80 or  90 miles an hour of course we only do 70 in the   uk i'd never go above it um but if you did you  know you'd have to be on a track or the autobahn   and we have access to a private track  which runs right the way across the uk the thing is at slower speeds the steepness  of the rake gives you easy light steering   which is good for your town maneuvering and  what have you but the only only downside to   that is that because it will turn so easily  you feel the weight if it tips particularly if   you're in the car park maneuvering or turning  tightly so um you know you can put you see   there's videos of people turning these on a dime  so they are good if you have the technique but um   you say you feel that weight tipping you  think am i going to be able to handle it   the seat height is 760 millimeters or 29.9 inches  um i'll sit in it go through the middle and   as you can see for me at six foot two  this is just about right i can get my feet   on the floor quite easily and this seat height  isn't that high compared to a lot of other bikes   but if you are below sort of five foot eight you  might struggle if you're sort of on your tiptoes   chunking this thing around because it weighs  428 kilograms and that's not light by any means   due to all these extras and back boxes side boxes  and speakers and everything this bike is not light   and you wouldn't expect it to be with all this  stuff um so yes you do sort of need a bit of   a gym membership to be able to push this thing  um and it could really do with the reverse gear   they do have them on the trikes so i  think they need to put them on stuff   like this got this little rode wireless go mic  and put it on every time the stupid wind smuff   thing comes off because the design is so bad  and we've we got on under warranty some new   ones and they're still rubbish and i've dented  the flipping thing trying to get them on so   great mic for sound but rubbish design so don't  get one arguably this harley davidson cvo limited   is the best touring motorcycle in the world and um  i can't think of any comparables that are close to   this personally uh maybe the honda gold wing but  in my opinion this looks a lot better this is the   clint eastwood the honda gold wing is the james  bond if you like and see the mic things falling   off again it's completely useless um so yeah  this if you if you want the ultimate touring   motorcycle let us know if you think there's  anything better than this i can't think of it the v-twin engine in this bike is 117 cubic  inches or 1923 cc which is one hefty engine   and it produces 105 horsepower at 5450 rpm and it  produces 169 newton meters of torque which is 125   foot pounds of torque at three and a half thousand  rpm and this spike as we say with all harleys   they're all about the torque you can cruise at 70  miles an hour at two and a half thousand rpm and   it just goes on and on and on it's not about  how much power it produces because that's un   just absolutely irrelevant with this kind  of bike it's all about the torque pulling on   all this weight and all the luggage you're going  to take and the passenger it needs plenty of it and also your side's actually bald now in it  what do you think this fuel tank is 22.7 liters   and the old man is ridden down here from  wales and he's done 169 miles and that   used up three quarters of a tank which isn't  bad going the miles per gallon figures are   37 miles per gallon but that's the uk miles per  gallon figures in the usa it's 41. they have  

different sized gallons apparently who thought of  that this bike has a lovely plush ride it really   does you've got 4.6 inches of travel at the front  three at the rear this amazingly comfortable seat   i rode across countries from wales to england  and i did the whole journey and one go apart from   stopping for a quick wee in a bush um but apart  from that i had no aches and pains in my backside   legs whatsoever the seat is so comfortable um i  did have very tingly hands and that was the only   downside so i have to sort of shake my hands  every now and then but that's partly because   i pump iron a bit and you get big biceps and  it kind of squeezes your nerves so that's the   downside to doing bodybuilding which is where  i'm sort of coming down a bit in my musculature   but that's another point but you need a lot of  muscles to handle a bike like this and um it's   a fabulous ride though so at speed on the motorway  you could go along at the national speed limit all   day long perfectly confidently perfectly happily  and you don't feel nervous that the bike's sort of   twitchy or moving about at all it's very planted  in a nice straight line as if it's on rails   so this is definitely the bike for long distances  i wouldn't choose this bike if your normal rides   are just 20 30 miles just going out for a ride  around it's not the bike for that and it's not   marketed or designed to be that bike there's  plenty of other harleys that are perfect for that the dash here you've got the analog dials  the fuel the speed the revs and the voltage   being six foot two tall and my  torso is a bit longer than my legs   unless i sort of stoop down i can't  quite see the tops of the dials   and the numbers are a little bit hard  to read and i'm sort of in my mid 50s   when you get to mid 50s your eyes  become fixed focused pretty much so   that's going to be the same for most people riding  this bike i doubt many people are going to be 25. the ground clearance is 125 millimeters or 4.9  inches and that's plenty enough in the real   world to get over most bumps um in wales the  old man's driveway is basically a farm track   and right at the top of it there's this nice  sort of double bump which is uh quite a lot   of bikes get grounded on it um i grounded my  soft tail standard on the on the top of it   scraped the bottom a little bit which rather  annoyed me and i scraped my car on it as well   but this went over it fine with no issues which  is very confidence inspiring especially with   something with this amount of weight you don't  want to get it stuck on a bump and then fall over   so if you're taking it to a bike show and  you're coming off the ground and going onto   some bumpy grass it's going to be fine and  it's not going to have any issues with ground   clearance now with this you've got your radio  it always defaults to the radio and i rather it   would default to the satellite navigation to  be honest the sat nav on this is really good it only went wrong once i got to a roundabout  and it's just because the map wasn't probably   the latest update and it didn't know where i was  particularly and i didn't know where i was so i   ended up doing an extra 40 miles out of my way  going the wrong direction coming here um but um   when you know obviously the maps are updated  sat nav's very good it recap collects well   the one thing i like about the sat nav is that um   when you're not experiencing any forthcoming  turns it sort of zooms out and you can see   more of the route when there's lots of turns it  zooms in automatically telling you which way to   go one thing it does do it brings up the sort  of lane bars which obscures a bit of the map   so you can't actually see sometimes at a  junction which bit to take until you get to it now as a passenger on this bike it's so so  comfortable this is literally an armchair   and you can just sit back relax enjoy the views  and just take it all in the footboards are nicely   positioned they're very comfortable and i really  couldn't fault seeing on the back of this bike i   don't think any other bike would be as comfortable  for a long journey as this one it's absolutely a   brilliant experience from a rider's point of view  having a passenger on the back you don't notice   them actually which is really good some bikes you  really do you think the weight of that passenger   on this nothing so that's one of the advantages  of a heavier bike and it's well balanced when   it's riding you don't notice the extra  weight of the passenger or the luggage the stereo system is very very good it's  very loud um we put it on going through a   town and it was actually quite embarrassing  because everyone turned their heads and   we put it on full volume i'm sure they're  all thinking what an absolute bunch of prats   but it is very loud so if you are on the open road  you're definitely going to hear it over the wind   now a quick run through from the front of  the bike to the back you've got double disc   brakes on the front which provide plenty of  stopping power unique alloy wheels to this   bike the fairing is very good keeps all the  wind off the rider but as a passenger you do   notice a slight bit of buffeting but nothing  to worry about you can open these little   side things to allow more air or less depending  on whether you're hot or cold and then there's   a lever down there where you can change the  amount of air coming through to your legs   inside here you've got extra radiators to cool  the cylinder heads um and this exhaust is very   nice looking it sounds pretty nice gives kind of a  subtle rumble kind of what you'd expect from a jag   but with a nice exhaust you could open this up  and make it sound like any other harley it's   quite nice to get some end cans that gives it a  little bit more throatiness capacity wise you've   got a lot of luggage um and this rack is very  helpful you can carry even more up to four and a   half kilos on top of there um so luggage-wise  you could take enough for a two-week trip   this really is the ultimate tourer now when you're  cruising having footboards means you can position   your feet all the way forward or all the way  back which is nice but on the other side you've   got this sort of heel shift lever as part of the  gear shift lever you can actually unbolt it but   it means on the other side you can't put your toe  on the end because the heel shift is in the way oh did it didn't it that is on yeah now we say this so many times but the harley  stands are very uh they're not very confidence   inspiring especially when you've got such a lot  of weight behind you once it's going over it's   that's it it's going so if that stands not in  place which sometimes you can't tell if it is   it's a little bit worrying now once the harley  stand is in place it locks there and it's kind of   you know it's not going to move and when you get  off the thing you see it can sometimes if you're   on a slope sort of rock forward a couple of inches  and that's that's what sort of makes you worry   but it's not going to fall over but you never  know sometimes and it does happen you think   it's just doing its little rock and it does fall  over so um it's a little bit hard to tell and   some people love these stands um and don't have  any issues with them but we just can't seem to   get on with them um don't know if it's just us but  let us know what you think of harley stands in the   comments below you've got heated grips on the cvo  and you've got a dial on the left handle bar six   different levels of heat you've got front and rear  heated seats and two different levels of amount   of heat which is fabulous the mirrors are really  good i can see pretty much all of the road behind   me which is excellent and that's because the  handlebars are wide if you're broad shouldered and   the handlebars are narrow and the mirrors aren't  high you tend to not be able to see anything   so that's really good this cvo comes with the  daymaker adaptive headlights and the additional   lights come on depending on your lean angle but  the old man was riding last night in the pitch   black and he comes off a roundabout there's no  street lights in the middle of the countryside   bombs it up to 70 miles an hour flicks the light  on and nothing they all go off so i don't know   what's wrong with it probably just a bulb but  that's not very uh not very good and we couldn't   see how good the headlights normally are i assume  it's probably just the bulb has gone but um   you don't really want that happening at 70 miles  an hour in the pitch black now i rode from wales   to england on this bike and all the way the orange  engine light was on the whole journey i don't   know why um luckily my destination was sycamore  harley-davidson in eppingham and chris kindly   sorted it out went through the menus and systems  and it was an old error code apparently unless it   was to do with the light not working i don't know  um but the system is as a rider kind of intuitive   but not completely so there's a few things i  couldn't work out while i was on the move and   i could read the manual but i think sometimes you  need to just use it and see and that's a better   experience of real life because not everyone  picks up the manual and reads it for two days   before they get on the bike so it's 50 intuitive  50 need to read the manual to work out what to do the cvo comes with a 24-month unlimited  mileage warranty which is very reassuring   and your service intervals are first service  a thousand miles and then it's every five   thousand after that which is the same as all  the harleys really one thing that's true of   all our videos we give you the essence of the  bike what it feels like to ride how it handles   etcetera and not rattle off too many specs  because you can get all that from reading the   harley davidson website in your country so they  do vary from country to country a little bit um   but the point of our video is that you can't tell  from a spec sheet what this will feel like but you   can now because our videos are very much about  that and we want to give the experience of the   bike to you because in some places you can't go  and test ride them especially cvo's they i've   never seen a demonstrator cvo in any dealer  how would you know what it's like unless you   watch a few videos so by watching this you  can tell that this is a fabulous motorcycle i got back yesterday from my journey back  from england to wales and during that journey   my opinion about this bike changed i don't think  it's very good anymore it's outstanding it really   is absolutely fantastic the journey was made up  mainly of motorways this time because on the way   there i sort of took different routes including  motorways but a bit of a sort of windy route as   well on the motorway this is a wonderful mile  cruncher and you can just keep going and it   cruises beautifully at 60 70 80 miles an hour  and the cruise control started working i don't   know why it wasn't before but that was much much  better so i didn't get the tingly hands because   you're still i did get a bit of a numb ass after  a while but i just slowed down to 50 miles an hour   and uh wiggled about a bit for five minutes and  then carried on so that's a really great way of   alleviating that problem if you're on  a long journey you don't want to stop   so what a fantastic bike so if you're out  there for a top-class touring motorcycle the   harley-davidson cvo limited has got to be the  number one bike on the planet what do you think   if you enjoyed the video make sure you like and  subscribe it helps the channel out massively and   leave your comments below what you think of the  cvo have you ridden one and what did you think oh

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