2011 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Ultra

B-b-bling for the alpha tourer

By Jamie Elvidge, Photography by Riles & Nelson

The CVO Convertible Softail also receives an iPod-integrated audio system, with dual speakers tucked beneath the bike's small windshield. Rider and passenger seats, passenger backrest and lockable leather saddlebags all receive simulated alligator-skin inserts, and new mini-ape hangers add to the Softail's plumage. First-time performance enhancements such as ABS, ETC, cruise control and keyless ignition add tangible value to the Convertible package.

Because the luxury CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide is first choice among long-distance Alpha Customers, great detail went into construction of a new heated touring saddle and adjustable rider and passenger backrests. The Electra Glide receives a new navigation system and the same handy remote-control power-lock system as the Road Glide.

The stereo on the hot-rod Street Glide, with its 100-watt-per-channel amp, is by far the most potent for in-the-wind listening, but the BOOM! (yes) speakers on the Road Glide also offer impressive sound quality. The Softail's two-speaker stereo is less than stellar, but that's not its only downfall. A knee-high-to-a-grasshopper seat height of 24.4-inches and baby apes make the bike feel cramped for a full-size rider, and looks-wise there are much prettier ways to spend nearly $30,000.

Purchasing a new Harley will set you back a few stacks, and joining the exclusive CVO ranks even more so. The ever-popular CVO Electra Glide has a base price of $36,500, and the swaggering CVO Street Glide starts at $32,500. The newly-initiated CVO Road Glide Ultra nearly doubles in price compared to the base model, with a starting point of $36,000. But even at these prices, these bikes will inevitably find their way into the temperature-controlled man-caves of the Alpha Customer. Exclusivity does wonders for desirability.

By Jamie Elvidge
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