Harley-Davidson CVO Tri-Glide
Harley’s Tri-Glide took a long time to arrive in Australia for various reasons, but for model year 2020 H-D have given the Tri-Glide the full Custom Vehicle Operations treatment with the release of a new CVO Tri-Glide for those that love the Tri-Glide concept.
Harley stated that they have had more requests for a CVO variant of the Tri-Glide than any other model in the two-decades since Harley’s Custom Vehicles Operations department first came into being.
Starting from $73,250 in Australia it is one expensive take on tripedalism but it might fit the bill nicely for riders that seek an open-air motorcycling type of thrill, but are no longer able to enjoy riding a conventional motorcycle.
Tipping the scales at 563 kg (dry), the CVO Tri-Glide is motivated by the special CVO version of the Milwaukee-Eight dubbed the 117. Shifting is carried out by conventional six-speed Cruise Drive gearbox.
The front hoop is a relatively narrow 130/60-19 while the 18″ rears are shod with car-like 215/45-18 rubber. The premium touring suspension package controls the ride with rear pre-load adjustable via a hand-wheel.
The CVO variant of the Tri-Glide scores ‘Tomahawk’ contrast cut alloy rims along with what Harley dub the ‘Kahuna Collection’ acccessories that include special pegs, rider/passenger floorboards, muffler tips and heated grips/seats.
All lighting is LED with a ‘Daymaker’ headlamp, fog lamps, trail/brake lights and turn signals. The dome lit Tour-Pak carrier rack is standard on the CVO Tri-Glide which also scores CVO custom-fit luggage along with a trunk organiser.
The CVO Tri-Glide also sports a lower profile windshield while the front fender is cut more aggressively to better showcase the 19″ ‘Tomahawk’ rim.
A CB radio accompanies the premium Boom Box GTS infotainment system complete with bluetooth headset. The Tri-Glide does not get the 600-watt system seen on the CVO Street Glide (Link) but gets the 300-watt set-up that is also fitted to the CVO Limited model.
Harley’s new for 2020 lean-angle reactive traction control and ABS systems are also now standard on all Tri-Glide models along with Hill Hold Control and an electronic engine braking control system Harley have dubbed their ‘Cornering Enhanced Drag-Torque Slip Control System’. Tyre pressure monitoring completes the safety suite of electronics systems.