Harley-Davidson (H-D) adds performance and factory-custom style to its 2022 motorcycle line with the reveal of new models, each powered by the Milwaukee-Eight 117, the most-powerful factory-installed engine offered by H-D. New models include the Street Glide ST and Road Glide ST in the Grand American Touring line, the more powerful Low Rider S, the new Low Rider ST Cruiser models, and four super-premium models from H-D Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO).
“As part of our focus on stronghold segments, including Grand American Touring and Cruisier, the 2022 product line is designed for power and performance. Each of these new models features the unrivaled power of the Milwaukee-Eight 117, for those riders who want nothing but the biggest and the best, building on our position as the most desirable motorcycle brand in the world,” said Jochen Zeitz, Chairman, President, and CEO of Harley-Davidson.
Street Glide ST & Road Glide ST
H-D elevates bagger performance and brings the purposeful style of the championship-winning Moto America King of the Baggers race bikes to the street with the introduction of the Street Glide ST and Road Glide ST models. These hot rod baggers combine the V-Twin muscle of the Milwaukee-Eight 117 powertrain with new dark and bronze finishes. For riders who want to strafe corners in comfort, the STs feature the complete suite of Harley-Davidson Grand American Touring features including a Reflex linked braking system from Brembo with ABS, Boom! Box GTS infotainment system with color touch screen and navigation, cruise control, and Daymaker LED headlamps.
The Street Glide ST features the iconic Harley-Davidson batwing fairing, while the Road Glide ST rolls with an aerodynamic frame-mounted shark-nose fairing with dual headlamps.
Low Rider S and Low Rider ST Models
The Low Rider S and new Low Rider ST models offer the taut handling performance of the Harley-Davidson Softail chassis and the V-Twin muscle of a Milwaukee-Eight 117 powertrain.
“Our customers truly inspire us and the Low Rider ST was born from seeing the incredible builds at motorcycle shows around the world,” said Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson Vice President of Design. “We took the iconic Motor Company design from the Eighties and gave it a new identity with a modern echo. Add the Milwaukee-Eight 117 engine, a taller suspension, and raised saddlebags and the Low Rider ST delivers both a dynamic visual package as well as a dramatic performance punch.”
The Low Rider S model is a performance cruiser kingpin designed for the rider seeking unapologetic power. The new Low Rider ST model offers the versatility of hard bags and a new frame-mounted fairing, plus an available Harley-Davidson Audio system powered by Rockford Fosgate.
Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO)
Premium limited-production factory custom models from Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) offer the most-discerning rider a very special motorcycle designed to represent the pinnacle of style and design from the world’s most-desirable motorcycle brand. Exclusive and hand-crafted paint and designs are executed to a level of intricate quality that is unmatched in the motorcycle and automotive categories. Each is powered by a Milwaukee-Eight 117 powertrain. Other standard features include a premium Harley-Davidson Audio powered by Rockford Fosgate system, a Boom! Audio 30K Bluetooth Helmet Headset, and Cornering Rider Safety Enhancements by Harley-Davidson – technology designed to enhance rider confidence during unexpected situations or poor road conditions.
These new CVO models from H-D include the CVO Street Glide Model (top of the line), CVO Road Glide, and CVO Road Glide Limited. Each CVO model offers all-new paint options for 2022.
Rider Safety Enhancements by Harley-Davidson
To give the rider a better riding experience by enhancing safety, H-D has added a collection of technologies designed to assist the rider in maintaining the rider’s intended path through a curve. This technology package provides the following enhancements: electronically-linked brakes with features enhanced for cornering, cornering ABS, cornering traction control with different modes, Drag Torque Slip Control, hold control (uphill), and tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS).
These features are standard on CVO models and an option for all Grand American Touring models, including the Street Glide ST and Road Glide ST models.
With all these new features which were almost non-existent in Grand American Touring and cruiser motorcycles in the previous years, the boys from Milwaukee are really stepping up the game in terms of open road enjoyment and most especially, rider safety. But are they enough to warrant Harley-Davidson to bring it here, and will there be enough demand for them to even consider it? Harley fans in the PH will just have to wait and see.