Having just posted a fourth quarter loss of 218 million dollars, its first in 16 years, Harley-Davidson has decided it’s a good idea to build another unaffordable limited edition machine. Priced at $43,359 the newest 2010 CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide is Harley-Davidson’s most expensive 2010 model, and as with their new Sportster 48, the main innovation is black paint.
The 2010 CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide was already a limited production model, with only 3,500 units manufactured. Now comes the news of an even more exclusive, darker, version of the CVO Ultra, with Harley-Davidson building only 999 uniquely numbered units. The serialized edition dark CVO Ultra comes with the same flame graphics as the rest of its family, but is finished in a new colour scheme called crimson mist black / dark slate, and trades most of its chrome for blacked-out components.
The new version also gets a lower, 6.5-inch smoked windscreen, a handlebar-mounted Garmin Zumo 660 GPS system, and an integrated automatic lock system including the ignition knob. The bike is also equipped with the “Gloss Black Rumble Collection”, featuring rider and passenger footboard inserts and pans, shifter pegs, brake pedal, highway pegs, mirrors, windshield trim, saddlebag latch covers and heated hand grips.The usual CVO Ultra amenities such as anti-lock brakes, audio system and LED saddlebag lights, remain.
As with all CVO models this one is powered by a twin cam 1,803cc 110 engine paired to a six-speed Cruise drive transmission with a helical-cut fifth gear, both of which also get the blackened treatment.
Who knows, maybe painting their motorcycles black will get H-D out of the red.