A new title from Motorbooks reveals the story of H-D’s CVO models
Since the inception of the CVO line, which began in 1999 on an FXR platform, one fact has become crystal clear: CVO models are not for the timid. Indeed, these motorcycles have absolutely no place at all among the meek. A survey of CVO owners, those individuals who recognize the intrinsic value of top notch performance and knock-out good looks, reveals that while CVO owners are people from varying walks of life, they share similar outlooks: they enjoy making an entrance, they push the limit, they know quality.
Consistent in media reviews of CVO models over the years is a pointed remark about the premium price tag. Equally consistent however, is the follow-up by most reviewers that the particular CVO model in the spotlight is a good value! Counterintuitive? Perhaps, but comments such as these make it clear that there’s more going on with CVOs than first meets the eye. And these bikes always bring a veritable vision assault at first glance so that’s saying something! Sure, value is found in the limited production numbers but there’s an intangible element here that checkbook math simply can’t explain.
The opportunity to dig into the ephemeral rationale floating in the mist of the CVO aura drew me to accept an offer from Motorbooks to author this book. Here is their press release:
Motorbooks is excited to announce the arrival of a new Harley-Davidson book, licensed by Harley-Davidson. Chronicled here for the first time, Harley-Davidson’s CVO motorcycles are pure eye candy. Harley-Davidson CVO Motorcycles:The Motor Company’s Custom Vehicle Operations by Marilyn Stemp will be arriving in stores in mid-March.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The pinnacle of Harley-Davidson customization–that’s exactly what the Motor Company’s Custom Vehicle Operations(R) motorcycles are: custom-shop details that push the boundaries of style and performance with high-impact paint, killer wheels, big engines, and exclusive technology. Designed in-house since 1999 at Harley-Davidson’s world-class Willie G Product Development Center, built by the factory, and available through Harley-Davidson’s dealer network, these machines set themselves apart from the pack. Harley-Davidson(R) CVO(tm) Motorcycles: the Motor Company’s Custom Vehicle Operations is the first book to showcase these works of two-wheeled art and the story behind them.
Produced in limited numbers, and always in high demand, CVO(tm) motorcycles are defined by the riders committed to riding the best. Whether you have one of these high-performance motorcycles in your garage or have one in your sightline, Harley-Davidson(R) CVO(tm) Motorcycles provides a close look into the Motor Company’s ultimate custom motorcycles.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marilyn Stemp is the current editor of Iron Trader News online and was founding editor in 1989 of the well-respected consumer magazine IronWorks with her late husband Dennis Stemp. Marilyn freelances for motorcycle industry and consumer publications and edits the Sturgis Rider Daily during the Sturgis Rally. When she’s not promoting and inventorying the world’s largest Evel Knievel collection she rides a mid-‘90s Sportster and is restoring a 1954 Flathead.
Motorbooks is excited to announce the arrival of a new Harley-Davidson book – licensed by Harley – that I think your audience is going to love. Chronicled here for the first time, Harley-Davidson’s CVO motorcycles are pure eye candy.
Harley-Davidson CVO Motorcycles:The Motor Company’s Custom Vehicle Operations by Marilyn Stemp will be arriving in stores in mid-March.
Learn more here: http://www.quartoknows.com/books/9780760346044/Harley-Davidson-R-CVO-tm-Motorcycles.html
View a pdf of the book here: https://quayside.app.box.com/s/ggjccz54ce9ex4uxtidpdhobuxts3zo9