Of course, the big deal for CVO owners is performance, and neither the Street Glide nor the CVO Limited disappointed. Harley says torque is up 10 percent over the 110ci engine from 2016, which would be about 127 pound-feet. The acceleration says the power is there, but the engine’s newfound sophistication effectively masks the rawness that comes through the Twin Cam 110. I won’t say the new bike doesn’t feel faster, but it’s sneakier in the way it gathers speed. I predict owners will be surprised by how easily the new CVOs gather velocity. All told, the Milwaukee-Eight is much smoother at idle, has better throttle response, a much lighter clutch, and kicks off noticeably less heat. As with the 107ci version, it holds power well up the rev band. Once or twice, I hit the rev limiter hard in the lower gears, and thankfully the system is incredibly smooth. (It first retards spark, then starts to reduce fuel, and then, if you’re still WOT, will begin to close the throttle plate for you.) The M8’s gearbox is typical Harley in that you can tell the gears are large but the shifter throw is relatively short; finding neutral was a challenge on these almost-new bikes.