A new year means a new exciting lineup of highly-anticipated Harley-Davidson motorcycles. That means more new models, new exciting features, new paint jobs, and new roads to embark on. For Harley-Davidson’s 2024 lineup, the manufacturer is ushering in a new era with a strong focus on touring performance, technology, and design.
That means dealerships will be more packed with touring bikes than usual, and the Year of the Dragon appears to be hyper-focused on the highway. In addition, 2024 marks the 25th anniversary of Harley-Davidson’s Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO). CVOs are generally known for being the most unique and specialized motorcycles to leave the factory. So, in celebration of this milestone, Harley-Davidson has announced the most CVO models from its touring and adventure touring families than any previous model year.
“These exciting new models represent a new era for Harley-Davidson, elevating every aspect of performance, technology, comfort, and style.”
Says Jochen Zeitz, Chairman, President, and CEO of Harley-Davidson in a press release.
“Without question, these are the most enticing touring motorcycles ever offered by Harley-Davidson.”
Watch The Official 2024 Harley-Davidson Reveal Below
10 It’s The Year For Touring
Generally, Harley-Davidson has always been one of the world’s biggest providers of large touring bikes, with motorcycles like the Road King, Road Glide, and Street Glide being some of the most popular models. But with the addition of adventure touring motorcycles like the Pan America 1250 in 2021, there are now even more ways to go the distance in speed, comfort, and style.
In previous years, models in the Softail cruiser and revamped Sportster categories have been hogging the limelight, like the Low Rider ST and the Sportster S. But for 2024, the big focus for new Harley-Davidson models is to conquer the highway and go the distance. That big cross-country road trip you’ve been dreaming about is in your grasp. All you have to do now is saddle up and hit the road.
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9 The Revolutionized Street Glide
In recent years, Harley-Davidson’s touring family was overflowing with models and sub-models of the Road Glide and Street Glide. In 2024, H-D trimmed the fat by doing away with the Street Glide as we know it, and giving it a fresh facelift based on the alluring Street Glide CVO design of 2023. From front to back, the 2024 Street Glide is more powerful, lighter, dynamic, tech-heavy, and stylish than previous standard Street Glides, all while retaining that classic Harley-Davidson DNA that makes this bike so recognizable.
Some of the biggest changes coming to the 2024 Street Glide include an upgraded Milwaukee-Eight 117 V-Twin engine, Selectable Ride Modes (Road, Sport, Rain, and 2 Custom Modes), Infotainment powered by Skyline OS on a 12.3-inch TFT color touch screen with analog instrumentation, LED headlamp and lighting, 200-watt audio amplifiers powering its fairing-mounted speakers, improved aerodynamics, and more. Certainly, a welcoming refresh that will be setting the standard for the Street Glide going forward.
8 The Revamped Road Glide
The Street Glide isn’t the only Harley-Davidson touring model with a new standard. The very popular Road Glide is also receiving the same treatment with the 2024 model basing its new standard on the design of the 2023 CVO Road Glide. It also has the same tech specs and features as the 2024 Street Glide, including the Milwaukee-Eight 117 V-Twin, 12.3-inch TFT touchscreen, multiple ride modes, lighter composition, etc.
Another significant change to this bike can be seen at the very front. Rather than use the same two headlamps in its Sharknose fairing as previous Road Glides, the 2024 Road Glide uses a gigantic LED headlamp spanning the entire width of the fairing. So if you’ve been dreaming of securing yourself a Road Glide or a Street Glide, but never really got around to it, these new-generations are a clear sign for you to pull the trigger.
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7 The CVO Pan America
With 2024 being the 25th year of the Custom Vehicle Options program with Harley-Davidson, it seemed appropriate that the manufacturer has a few special CVOs in mind for the year. While CVOs have been traditionally reserved for models of the Grand American Touring family, any big reveal should have at least one big surprise. For 2024, that big surprise was the announcement of the CVO Pan America, Harley-Davidson’s first CVO on an adventure touring (ADV) motorcycle.
This bike comes equipped with all the features found on the Pan America 1250 Special like the Revolution Max 1250 engine, semi-active front and rear suspension, touch screen display, selectable ride modes, and Daymaker Adaptive Headlamp technology. But with the CVO Pan America, this bike comes with a collection of special accessories and features specifically made for it, such as Adaptive Ride Height suspension, rugged aluminum top, and side cases, a Screamin’ Eagle quick-shifter, tubeless laced wheels, auxiliary LED forward lighting, and an aluminum skid plate. If you’re a hardcore ADV rider who wants it all, this may be the bike for you.
6 The New Street Glide CVO
In 2023, Harley-Davidson introduced a new take on the CVO Street Glide that many would describe as borderline futuristic. Lo and behold, that same approach continues into 2024 both as the new standard Street Glide, and with the CVO. Because the 2024 CVO Street Glide demands the best of the best features, style, and gear, it comes equipped with the extraordinary performance of the Milwaukee-Eight VVT 121 powertrain and advanced suspension, sophisticated infotainment technology, four stereo speakers, lighter weight, a more aerodynamic shape, and two exciting custom color options: Copperhead and Legendary Orange.
This motorcycle also has a unique CVO 25th-anniversary badge located right above the improved LED headlamp. For a CVO to celebrate Harley’s 25th anniversary of the Custom Vehicle Option, this Street Glide is one exciting model that meets and exceeds expectations.
5 The New CVO Road Glide
Just like how the 2023 CVO Road Glide paved the way for Harley-Davidson’s future line of Road Glides, the 2024 CVO Road Glide carries on the new DNA into the new year. Similar to the CVO Street Glide, the 2024 CVO Road Glide also comes equipped with the mighty Milwaukee-Eight VVT 121 engine, touchscreen infotainment system powered by Skyline OS, a bigger and brighter LED headlamp in the Sharknose fairing, an improved windshield shape, improved visual flow and aerodynamics, multiple ride modes, and much more.
It is also available in both the Copperhead and Legendary Orange finishes, and comes complete with more refined safety features like chassis control, electronic brake control, and powertrain technology to enhance the rider’s confidence while riding on any type of road condition.
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4 The CVO Road Glide ST
Just when you thought that the CVO Road Glide was packed with enough power for a touring bike, here comes the race-ready and performance-packed CVO Road Glide ST! This bike is the quickest, fastest, and most sophisticated bagger ever produced, and it is equipped with all the necessary gear to impress even the most performance-minded riders. This CVO was actually inspired by the motorcycles ridden by Harley-Davidson’s racing team in the King of the Baggers series.
The Milwaukee-Eight 121 V-Twin engine featured in the CVO Road Glide ST is tuned to generate 127 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque, which is the most horsepower and torque ever produced by a factory-installed engine in a production Harley-Davidson. In addition, a lower final drive ratio is selected to enhance acceleration performance in every gear. The fully adjustable front and rear suspension comes with SHOWA rear shock absorbers with remote reservoirs and inverted 47mm SHOWA 1×1 forks, along with premium Brembo brakes. With as much throttle power as this bike has, it also features equally powerful stopping power.
3 The Road Glide Limited & Ultra Limited Still Use The Previous Design
While both the Road Glide and Street Glide are taking on new standard designs in 2024, some may have noticed that their full-dresser counterparts, the Road Glide Limited, and the Ultra Limited, remain unchanged from the 2023 versions. However, because Harley-Davidson aims to appeal to the next generation of riders and tastes, both the 2024 Road Glide Limited and Ultra Limited are fully blacked out with five different color options each.
That’s right, no chrome. Other than that, both bikes are equipped with the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine and fairing designs of previous years. One might assume that the updates to the 2024 Road Glide and Street Glide will eventually make their way to the Road Glide Limited and the Ultra Limited. But for 2024, they haven’t crossed over… yet.
2 Only The Road King Special and Pan America 1250 Special Remain
Some Harley-Davidson fans may have noticed that the company has been trimming some extra fat off this year’s lineup. Some noticeable changes include the ceased production of the base models for the Road King and Pan America 1250. For 2024, only the Road King Special and Pan America 1250 Special models are left in production. Just like the Road Glide Limited and Ultra Limited, the Road King Special retains its same base model as 2023, and the chromed-out base model that was equipped with the Milwaukee-Eight 107 appears to be no longer.
Whether we’ll see an updated version of the Road King similar to the new Road Glide and Street Glide remains to be seen. The same can be said for the Pan America 1250 Special, as the standard Pan America 1250 is no longer an option for 2024. Meaning if you are in the market for an ADV bike by Harley-Davidson in 2024, your only options are the Pan America 1250 Special and the CVO. The Pan America 1250 Special is the more affordable option, but if you’ve got the cash, the CVO could be in your future.
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1 No New Cruisers
Because Harley-Davidson’s main focus for 2024 appears to jolt new life into its touring line, the Softail cruiser family remains relatively unchanged. Aside from a new selection of color options, the production models have stayed consistent with the 2023 line. That means that favorites like the Low Rider ST, Breakout 117, Fat Boy 114, and Street Bob 114 are here to stay for another round.
Of course, because this is only the beginning of the year, we can expect some special limited-edition models from the Sportster, Cruiser, and Touring lines to arrive throughout 2024. If you are a little disappointed that the cruisers didn’t receive the same kind of treatment as the touring bike, there’s always a possibility that we may see some unique limited-edition cruisers later this year.