Keyless ignition means never having to fumble for the keys. Leave the fob in your pocket and forget about it. Harley is also famous for torque, and the 110 cubic inch powerplant churns out 110 ft-lbs at 3,000 rpm. Certainly nothing to scoff at, however its running weight tips the scales at a portly 354.3 kg (781 lbs), so don’t expect to pass to many gas stations on a long journey if your hand is enthusiastic on the throttle.
While the removable fairing isn’t nearly as heavy and cumbersome as that of a Street Glide, it does add weight to the front end and also does more to disrupt oncoming air rather than make friends with it once reaching highway speeds. The ape hanger handlebars are more comfortable than they look and definitely add to the custom look, but aren’t ideal for carving corners, nor are the floorboards that I scuffed after about 10 minutes on the bike.
Thanks to the booming air-cooled, fuel-injected 45-degree V-Twin and six-speed transmission, the CVO Convertible is a blast to ride but definitely isn’t purpose-built for speed. But then again, that isn’t really the point, is it? Like most Hogs, it feels most at home when cruising boulevards or smooth two-lane blacktop.
|Thanks to the booming air-cooled, fuel-injected 45-degree V-Twin and six-speed transmission, the CVO Convertible is a blast to ride. (Photo: Dustin A. Woods/Moto123.com)
Visually similar to the "hardtail" choppers of years gone by, this Softail features a hidden shock under the chassis to soften the frost heaves and potholes of our sadly neglected roadways. Reeling in that power wasn’t a revelation, but braking was actually better than expected, thanks to the four-piston calipers grabbing up front, two piston calipers in the rear and ABS as standard equipment. Another set of discs could be added, but it would be a shame to overshadow the 18-inch chrome Stinger custom cast aluminum wheels.
Tipping the register at $32,739, the CVO Softail Convertible certainly isn’t cheap, but those who were previously considering the possibility of adding another steed to their stable can take solace in the fact that it is essentially two motorcycles in one.
Torquey Screamin’ Eagle 110CI V-Twin
Custom tourer or custom cruiser? Buy one, get both.
Paint scheme worthy of a show bike
Prepare to scuff the floorboards
Not exactly a fuel miser