Custom – Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide 117 Test: Really Ostentatious Custom! – Street Glide CVO 117 test page 2: Details in captioned photos

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Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide 117 Test: Really Ostentatious Custom !

Custom - Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide 117 Test: Really Ostentatious Custom! - Street Glide CVO 117 test page 2: Details in captioned photos

The latest generation of the Harley-Davidson V-twin achieves the impressive displacement of 1923 cc (117 "cubic inches" across the Atlantic). The very high-end Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) Touring bikes are as usual the first to enjoy: test drive of the spectacular Street Glide CVO 117 on MNC !

Street Glide CVO 117 test page 2: Details in captioned photos

 Custom - Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide 117 Test: Really Ostentatious Custom! - Street Glide CVO 117 test page 2: Details in captioned photos
Very big Twin. The Milwaukee-Eight 117 is the largest twin-cylinder built by Harley-Davidson, with its 1923 cc against 1868 cc for the 114. This tumbled engine has been partially water-cooled since 2014, thanks to radiators hidden in the top of the cylinder guards. . The absence of visible hoses and the polished fins maintain the illusion.

 

 Custom - Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide 117 Test: Really Ostentatious Custom! - Street Glide CVO 117 test page 2: Details in captioned photos
The last one for the road ? This twin is more modern than it looks with its two spark plugs and four valves per cylinder. A "ride-by-wire" accelerator even manages the opening of the four injectors! Still, Euro 5 planned for 2020 risks putting a brake on such mills: Harley, like Indian, are working on to improve performance and reduce their noise level (important aspect in Euro5). 

 

 Custom - Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide 117 Test: Really Ostentatious Custom! - Street Glide CVO 117 test page 2: Details in captioned photos
Good vibes. Milwaukee engine manufacturers are magicians: the twin 117 delivers significant vibrations at idle, but very little when driving! The manufacturer knew how to "tune" its engine to enhance its most melodious vibratory frequencies, pledges of sensations when accelerating, and to mute its "bad vibes": a success !

 

 Custom - Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide 117 Test: Really Ostentatious Custom! - Street Glide CVO 117 test page 2: Details in captioned photos
It’s beautiful… In addition to their stunning surface treatment, CVO motorcycles receive nice parts like plush steps and grips. Also check out the 4-piston Brembo calipers with Harley-Davidson logo and the nice heated grip control, on the left end: classy and practical at the same time !

 

 Custom - Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide 117 Test: Really Ostentatious Custom! - Street Glide CVO 117 test page 2: Details in captioned photos
Boom box ! The Harley instrumentation is really the strong point of its road bikes: the touch screen works wonderfully with gloves (to say that the new Goldwing does not have them!), The GPS is obvious to read and the sound installation is exceptional in this stage 2 version, which includes six speakers instead of two on the standard Street Glide.

 

 Custom - Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide 117 Test: Really Ostentatious Custom! - Street Glide CVO 117 test page 2: Details in captioned photos
Wrist casual. The long branches spread apart from the handlebars offer a very relaxed position. The pilot is seated very low, legs spread by the voluminous tank and semi stretched towards the platforms. The well-designed saddle tilts the pelvis backwards and gently wedges the loins. Too bad that the discomfort of suspension spoils this picture …

 

 Custom - Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide 117 Test: Really Ostentatious Custom! - Street Glide CVO 117 test page 2: Details in captioned photos
And the duo, then ? The guest is not accommodated in the same boat: his saddle is ridiculously short compared to the dimensions of the motorcycle, in addition to being tilted to the rear and without grab handles. Obligation to hang on to the pilot so as not to slip on the mudguard! The dryness of the shock absorber does not help, just like the edges of the suitcases which rub on his calves…

 

 Custom - Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide 117 Test: Really Ostentatious Custom! - Street Glide CVO 117 test page 2: Details in captioned photos
Close protection. Protection is excellent on the bust and shoulders, while the head is well insulated by the short smoked windshield: only the top of the helmet of a 1.75 m pilot is exposed at high speed. Up to 90 km / h, driving the open screen is possible without "tearing". On the other hand, if the feet and shins are sheltered by the cylinder guards, this is not the case for the knees and the top of the thighs which are exposed to cold and rain..

 

 Custom - Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide 117 Test: Really Ostentatious Custom! - Street Glide CVO 117 test page 2: Details in captioned photos
Convenient. Keyless start, remote control that activates the locks of the suitcases, very practical "commodos-joysticks" to handle, Bluetooth connection, standard GPS, small storage compartment on the dashboard, powerful LED lighting, 12V and USB socket: the Street Glide CVO has no shortage of practicalities. Also note the removable flaps in front of the legs to bring air into the caps.

 

 Custom - Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide 117 Test: Really Ostentatious Custom! - Street Glide CVO 117 test page 2: Details in captioned photos
Not practical… Several equipment is missing on a motorcycle of this price, in particular a reverse gear, a second glove box (the sound system takes up all the space in the cockpit!), Adjustable levers or an electric windshield. A hinged fuel cap would also not be a luxury !

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