Editor’s Note: Ryan Schwahl has been a part of the J&P Cycles team since January of 2011. As a chat tech in our Destination Daytona location, Ryan answers customers questions via phone, chats and e-mails. A graduate of MMI, his previous experience included working in custom motorcycle shops. He’s always been a motorcycle and hot rod enthusiast, and has a vast knowledge of high performance action and drag racing. His daily ride is a 2010 Road Glide, and when not working at J&P enjoys riding with his wife and friends.
2013 is the 110th anniversary year for the Motor Company. To commemorate this event no fewer than seven Harley-Davidson® models, along with three CVO versions, are available in the special anniversary trim. Special solid bronze tank badges with distressed black nickel plating, a serialized badge, and bronze/black paint schemes highlight the low production bikes (which will sell in addition to standard model offerings.) Some anniversary bikes will also feature ABS, a security system, special wheels, and other features. Production will be limited to the following numbers: 1200 Custom (1,500), Dyna® Super Glide Custom (1,450), Fat Boy® Lo (1,750), Heritage Softail® Classic (1,900), Road King® (1,750), Electra Glide® Ultra Limited (3,750), Tri-Glide® Ultra Classic (1,450), CVO™ Ultra Classic Electra Glide® (1,100), CVO Road King (900), CVO Road Glide® Custom (900).
Though the CVO Breakout is the only all-new model to join the 2013 Harley lineup, the Motor Company has made a bunch of smaller updates to this year’s offerings. The big news in the 2013 Harley-Davidson lineup may not be the new Street Bob®, CVO Breakout or CVO Road King, but the Hard Candy Custom™ colors (Lucky Green Flake, Coloma Gold Flake and Big Red Flake) you can now order as original equipment paint.
The CVO Breakout is equipped with the Twin Cam 110B engine, a 110-cid V-Twin that pumps out 112 ft. lbs. of peak torque to give the CVO Breakout the best power-to-weight ratio of any current CVO model. The CVO Breakout takes production motorcycle paint to a new level of true customization. Two paint schemes feature hand-polished steel sections on the fuel tank and fenders. A third paint option incorporates hand-laid lace stenciling. The CVO Road King combines the largest displacement V-Twin engine offered by Harley-Davidson (Twin Cam 110″) with the innovative vented wind splitter windshield and the first audio system offered on a Road King model, for unmatched touring performance, comfort and custom exclusivity. The first factory-installed Road King audio system includes a 200-watt amplifier and an interface module for an included 8GB Apple® iPod® controlled by buttons on the handlebar. The system drives two 5×7-inch speakers with bridged tweeters located on the saddlebag lids, and two 5.25-inch speakers with bridged tweeters mounted in the fairing lowers.
Other CVO Road King features include a chrome billet-style extended reach heel shifter, mirror chrome agitator custom wheels, extended saddlebag bottoms with a custom fascia and LED lighting, a new chromed handlebar with an ergonomic bend, and slipstream collection hand and foot controls. A new solo touring seat and the removable passenger pillion and backrest have a tuck-and-roll leather insert. A new painting process features hand-finished graphics created with textures and solvents in a multi-step process that results in unique detailing on each motorcycle. Three color options are available, including the special 110th anniversary scheme.
Based on the Harley-Davidson Dyna platform, the 2013 Street Bob is a stripped down, and restyled bobber meant to express the pure essence of motorcycling. The Street Bob also serves as a great starting point for the rider intent on personal customization, which is now why it can also be personalized through H-D1™ factory customization. This web-based program allows customers to select factory-installed options that personalize fit, function and style in more than 2,000 combinations.
The trike is back! Thanks to market demands, Harley is once again offering its Tri Glide Ultra Classic, but nothing has really changed with this bike. Harley has simply re-released it.
So, if you find yourself looking for a new ride, the 2013 HDs are definitely worth checking out.