Riding High on a 2012 CVO Electra Glide Ultra Classic
By Gary ‘Koz’ Mraz, Photos by Ron Sinoy
The last several years have proved tough for everyone. I even felt sorry for Warren Buffett – supposedly that dude took a 9.6 billion dollar hit on one stock. What’s a guy to do? Well…if you’re Warren Buffett you take a $300 million dollar motorcycle ride on a Harley-Davidson. (The amount he invested in HD in 2009). A billionaire I am not but I can play wealthy media mogul for a weekend and take a $37,264 dollar ride on Harley-Davidson’s most expensive motorcycle: the 2012 CVO Electra Glide Ultra Classic.
This 2012 CVO Electra Glide Ultra Classic with Wicked Sapphire/Stardust Silver with Big City Lights graphics paint trumpets “I have arrived,” and in style and comfort. Both rider and passenger are in control of the independently adjustable heated seats while lumbar support will help those long miles pass by comfortably. Heated hand grips, cruise control that’s easily operable via controls on the right handlebar, and ABS contribute to its list of touring luxuries. Another luxury item is its one button power locking system. Owners can lock or unlock the ignition, saddlebags and Tour-Pak luggage using the key fob. The fob is an important device to the CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide as it also activates the Smart Security System and the bike won’t start unless the key fob is within range.
Launching onto the freeway this motorcycling media mogul is quickly reminded why we love Harley-Davidson so much. The TC110 engine is immediately palatable taking this salacious 900 lb. bike (1400 lbs. with two riders and luggage) into the fast lane with unbridled fury. Damn this bike sounds good stock; how the hell do they do that? I need to see how well behaved this behemoth is on the twisties and to the mountains we go. I am thoroughly impressed by the ferocious TC110 power plant. Girlfriend seems more impressed with lumbar support and extremely comfy seating. Charging Hwy. 74, the Ortega Highway through the Santa Ana Mountains, this beast corners aggressively; even fully laden the TC110 pulls ferociously up mountains grades. I’m certainly riding high now at the famous Lookout Café. The view is spectacular but we are anxious to luxuriate at our destination and forge onto Del Mar via the Hwy 15 south.
The 2012 Ultra Classic also pumps up the volume via the premium Harman Kardon audio system that has it all: 4 speakers (2 up front and 2 in back) with an amplifier that distributes 40 watts per channel, an AM/FM receiver, CD and MP3 player even an intercom and CB, “this one goes to 11.” The system Audio Bass Booster Ports in the bottom liner of the Tour-Pak and the 8GB iPod Nano which comes as part of the package and is now accessible via the hand controls. A Road Tech Zumo 660 GPS, standard gear on the CVO Ultra Classic, will keep riders on the desired path. Harley mounts it on the upper left corner of the fairing so they didn’t have to rearrange the layout of the Ultra Classic’s gauges. It also makes it easy to see when in motion.
More on this amazing motorcycle – ABS comes standard with the components tastefully hidden within the wheel hub providing a clean, streamlined design. High-performance dual disc Brembo brakes offer consistent stopping power. The 4-piston front and rear calipers with dual front rotor brake system is state of the art and top of the line. A high output charging system provides an electrical capacity robust enough for your add-ons: heated vests, lights to showcase the engine, you name it. There is an additional 12 Volt supply in the Tour Pak providing 15 amps of power.
As always, Harley-Davidson takes CVO very seriously and any one lucky enough to be an owner of such luxury is always riding high.
NEW Three exclusive paint schemes:
• Electric Orange/Black Diamond with Big City Lights graphics
• Crystal Citron/Diamond Dust with Big City Lights graphics
• Wicked Sapphire/Stardust Silver with Big City Lights graphics
• NEW Mirror Chrome Chisel Custom wheels, 17-inch front and 16-inch rear
• NEW Chisel rotors, front
• NEW BOOM!™ Audio High Performance BOOM!™ Bagger front and rear speakers, (40W per channel), Harman/Kardon® Advanced Audio system, SiriusXM® satellite radio (U.S. & Canadian models only), CB/Intercom (excluding Japan) and NEW Amplifier with customized equalization for BOOM! Audio
• NEW Plush Tour-Pak® bottom liner with BOOM!™ Audio Bass Booster Ports NEW 8GB Apple® iPod® nano with integrated iPod® holder connects to the audio system through an iPod® Interface
• NEW Diamond-cut, Charcoal CB pod insert on Chrome tank console with custom CB pod
• NEW Navigation Interface Module
• NEW Chrome LED King Tour-Pak® luggage
Brake/Tail Lamp on deluxe injection-molded
GTX® Tour-Pak® features 2.26 cu.ft.
volume, • Air-wing Tour-Pak® rack and NEW
Diamond-cut, Charcoal Tour-Pak® insert.
• Twin Cam 110™ granite powder-coated
powertrain with 110 Screamin’ Eagle®
identifiers on cylinder heads
• Rumble Collection rider and passenger
footboard inserts, shifter pegs, brake pedal,
highway pegs, mirrors, and heated hand grips
with chrome end cap