2014 Harley-Davidson CVO™ Road King

1-14_FLHRSE_RThe 2014 premium bagger has been refined by Project RUSHMORE, a customer-driven effort by Harley-Davidson to enhance the riding experience in a number of areas. The 2014 CVO™ Road King®, receives a host of new blacked-out components, including the handlebar, controls, mirrors, powertrain and covers. New extended saddlebags wrap around the mufflers, and a new low-profile two-piece seat has an easy-to-remove passenger pillion. The high-performance Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110™ V-Twin engine is fitted with a new tuned Heavy Breather air cleaner and intake runner. Enhancements slot into four categories: Control, Infotainment, Feel and Style.


• Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS: Reflex Linked Brakes combine ABS with electronically linked brakes that dynamically optimize front/rear brake balance. Linked braking is activated when the motorcycle is above 20 to 25 mph. If braking is initiated at slower speeds the front and rear brakes function independently. When linked braking is active, applying the front, rear or both brake controls will apply braking force to both the front and rear brakes in a proportion determined by the Reflex Linked Brakes system to optimize performance. The braking will stay linked as speed drops below the 20-25 mph threshold. Reflex Linked Brakes incorporates ABS to further help the rider maintain control during braking events, especially those that happen in less-than-optimal conditions.

• Daymaker™ LED Lighting: The Daymaker LED headlight delivers a lighting pattern that is highly focused with outstanding “punch” into the darkness. The light quality closely mimics that of natural daylight to further enhance visibility, and its bright-white color is conspicuous in traffic. The Daymaker headlamp has two D-shaped lenses: one that focuses light into a pool directly in front of the bike for outstanding low-beam illumination, and another separate high-beam projector that delivers a super-bright, focused beam to penetrate deep into the darkness.

• Improved Front Suspension: New front suspension components, including larger fork sliders and stiffer triple clamps, provide improved steering response. Fork diameter is increased from 43.1mm to 49mm (14 percent). The steering stem is supported by larger bearings. Suspension damping has been re-tuned for a smoother ride over minor pavement irregularities like tar strips.


• One-Touch Design: A functional element applied to the saddlebags and fuel tank door permits latching and unlatching with a press or pull of a finger.
• New Saddlebag Luggage: The new hard saddlebags have a sleeker shape and offer about 1 percent more capacity. New One Touch latch handles are located between the seat and the saddlebag. A new hinge design makes it possible to open the lid with one hand. The new saddlebag supports are made of cast aluminum and are cleaner looking, lighter in weight, comprise fewer parts, and provide better bag alignment than the steel supports they replace.
• New Hand Controls: The shape, feel, position and function of all hand controls have been improved. Hand control buttons have a dished shape and angle that better fits the thumb or finger and provides positive engagement. Switch texture and keystroke was designed to provide better feel and feedback. The cruise control button is moved to the left hand control so the right hand no longer has to maintain the throttle and engage the control. A new Trip switch trigger on the back of the left hand control cycles the LCD screen on the speedometer through odometer, trip, range to empty, clock and gear displays.
• New Fenders: The steel fender has a streamlined shape, and the skirt has been cut slightly higher to expose more of the front wheel. The fender is also tilted forward slightly to level it with the ground.

3-14_FLHRSE_FOther features.

• Rubber-mounted, air-cooled Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110™ engine with Automatic Compression Release; rated at 116.5 ft. lbs. peak torque at 3750 rpm. The engine is equipped with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) and Electronic Throttle Control (ETC), and is mated to a 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission.
• NEW Custom two-piece seat and matching passenger pillion finished in black “tuck and roll” leather.
• NEW Keyless ignition features hands-free operation with a proximity-based security fob.
• NEW Heavy Breather high-performance air cleaner features a Screamin’ Eagle 110 insert, washable media filter and rain sock.
• NEW LED stop/tail/turn rear lighting is integrated in the fender filler panels.
• NEW Extended saddlebags with a chrome One-Touch latch.
• NEW Plush carryout saddlebag liners.
• NEW Internally wired, black 1.25-inch diameter handlebar with a revised ergonomic bend.
• NEW color-matched upper fork covers and nacelle, saddlebag hinges, rear fender strut covers, license plate light cover and rear fascia.
• Detachable Vented Wind Splitter windshield with an adjustable vane to match air flow to the rider’s height.
• Low-profile chrome console holds a combination speedometer/tachometer with programmable back-light colors.
• Chrome billet-style extended reach heel shifter.
• Assist & Slip Clutch Pack provides a slip feature on downshifts to reduce loading of the driveline and improve shift feel. Hydraulic clutch actuation reduces lever effort.
• Slipstream Collection hand grips, rider floorboard inserts, shifter pegs, brake pedal pad and passenger footpegs.
• Mirror Chrome Agitator Custom wheels with matching Agitator floating front brake rotors.
• Chrome billet muffler end caps with black spears.
• Electronic Cruise Control.
• Harley-Davidson® Smart Security System.
• Indoor/outdoor motorcycle storage cover; Customer Care Package: tool kit, microfiber detailing cloth, H-D® jiffy stand coaster
• Harley-Davidson Museum® Gold Package

Custom Colors.
• Tribal Orange and Galactic Black with Aztec Shadow graphics
• Titanium Dust and Galactic Black with Aztec Shadow graphics
• Deep Sherwood Pearl and Galactic Black with Aztec Shadow grpahics

U.S. MSRP. $28,499

27 Responses to “2014 Harley-Davidson CVO™ Road King”

  1. 1 BobS Sep 18th, 2013 at 8:55 am

    That just might be the ugliest Harley yet. Front end looks like it was ripped strait off a Honda Dream.

  2. 2 Shifter Sep 18th, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Nice but too expensive.

  3. 3 Boss Hawg Sep 18th, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Sure beats HD chrome.

    Boss Hawg

  4. 4 Terence Tory Sep 18th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    The overall layout is good.The fairing and headlight arrangement looks just plain strange and weird,it enters a new category of ugly.I think 28K is nearly twice what its worth.Most of these improvements should be on base models.All that said,I think it would be good to ride fast.

  5. 5 1550tc Sep 18th, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Front end looks like it was ripped strait off a Honda Dream. lol and get rid of the crash bars

    otherwise nice clean lines and nice bike

  6. 6 Fritz Sep 18th, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Holy Crapola! The front end does look like it came off a Honda Dream!

    The front wheel looks a lot better in real life although I hate big (diameter) and skinny tires on a supposed long distance runner. The new bikes have a lot of nice features that I hope stand up to the test of time. All bikes are hard on electrical/electronic stuff. At least for me.

  7. 7 Slow Ride Sep 18th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Last year’s 2013 CVO Road King was $29,999 vs. this year’s 2014 MSRP of $28,499. A price reduction of $1500. But the 2013 had a 4 speaker sound system.

  8. 8 Mack Sep 18th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Not sure you want the green one….why push their luck on a CVO?
    guess the old timers are fading away

  9. 9 Rodent Sep 18th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Even Indian is better looking

  10. 10 ian Sep 18th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Nice bike – but I would hate to be seen on one – all those people pointing at you saying “he could have got a nice car for that and a sporster”

  11. 11 James just another crazy Kiwi Sep 18th, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Split screen looks odd from the front.
    Hope they did not lower it, they have lowered the CVO Road King in the past and
    it seems silly to reduce the otherwise very good handling.
    There will be a waiting list, but not me thats for sure

  12. 12 BobS Sep 18th, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    OMG now I get it! They beefed up the forks from 43.1mm to 49mm. No wonder it looks like a Honda, it’s metric! Lol. Kidding aside I do like the Rushmore upgrades. But chrome the front end like a real Harley, make this motor standard, and price this bike in the 18k range. Assuming the bags and shield are easily removed…that would get me to take a second look at harley.

  13. 13 Tobby Sep 18th, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Not sure there will be a waiting list. There always seemed to be a RK CVO or two at the dealer last year. It was never as hot as the other CVOs.

    I notice they did away with the lower fairings this year. The only real upgrade are the lights. Everything else this year are just newer versions of what was standard last year.

  14. 14 A 1 MIKE Sep 18th, 2013 at 5:04 pm


  15. 15 mk Sep 18th, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Does mail go through that slot?

  16. 16 Blackmax Sep 18th, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    This is a bike the “Faithful” will buy
    I was talking to my local dealer the other day, he said that he had 3 people fighting
    over one of the few CVO models they were going to get .
    Me, yes it’s nice & all but why am I paying extra for the upgrades that should be
    standard on a H-D anyway. I don’t understand it & I never will?
    But what I think does not matter one bit as like my dealer said,
    they sell out of any & all CVO models every year ….
    I agree with Rodent, just my personal opinion, the Indian does look better …..

  17. 17 Sharrack Sep 18th, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Dont drink the kool aid !
    Go to the largest HD dealer in America……… CRAIGSLIST !

  18. 18 Duke Sep 18th, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Big fan of the Road King but that windshield is hideous.

  19. 19 Woody's Sep 18th, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Like Duke said. Man, I HAD a CB77 “305 Honda” back in the day and sadly, I really CAN see the similarities from the painted headlamp & forks. At least my CB77 was black 🙂

  20. 20 KD Sep 19th, 2013 at 6:36 am

    Salesman: Hey Willie G, I have an idea! Let’s save money by blacking out everything that used to be chrome, don’t add in anything the Indian doesn’t have as standard, put a smaller engine than the Indian AND put a goofy windshield on it. That way, the customers HAVE to buy add on chrome from us AFTER we charge them $6k more than the Indian. What do you think???

    Willie G: DO IT!!

    Personally, I think it looks like crap with that goofy windshield and for that much money, it ought to come with a fairing, radio and all the other goodys.

  21. 21 Industry Guy Sep 19th, 2013 at 7:40 am

    I like it but way too little way too late for way too much. I’ll take a Victory Cross Country instead. Way more motorcycle for way less money.

  22. 22 Matt W. Sep 19th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    My theory as to why somebody would pay almost $29,000 for this bike is because of the fact that it costs almost $29,000. The higher mark up gives the owner a felling of exclusivity and the flamboyant paint job helps to ensure that his Harley won’t be mistaken for a cheaper model. In fact if Harley were to badge the price on the tank and fenders in chrome I think they would probably sell even more.

  23. 23 Nitschke Sep 19th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Good Lord. The replies related to Harley blogs are so predictable.

  24. 24 Doc Robinson Sep 19th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Nitschke you nailed it perfectly!

  25. 25 Mr Dick Sep 19th, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Woow, so much negativity towards this bike. Put a batwing fairing on it, call it the CVO Street Glide, and all you guys would go nuts over it.

  26. 26 bartybert Sep 20th, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    I like them. I like the more conservative paint jobs and the beefed up front end. I could do without all the electronics and stereo stuff…don’t like it, makes the bike way more expensive yet more to go wrong. Rubber too skinny on the front wheel.
    I like the Indian but wouldn’t kick these RKs outta bed.

  27. 27 Fish Sep 23rd, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    I think they had it right last year, they even had lowers on it with a full 4 speaker system and all the chrome. Noe you don’t even get lowers. I think if it’s a CVO it should be all chromed out. If it’s black make it a night train CVO for less money for sure, but keep the 110. But I think it’s too much money for less product also. They dropped the ball in 2011 on the CVO FLTRUSE with the paint in a big way also. That bike was almost perfect, it had everything but it was ugly as hell. Oh well I’ll wait for the 2015 FLTRU… NEXT!!

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