Harley-Davidson 120th anniversary bikes unveiled as the Motor Company kicks off its birthday celebrations

 A year-long celebration of 120 years of Harley-Davidson has begun with the release of new models in the 2023 Harley-Davidson motorcycle line-up, including a CVO Road Glide Limited Anniversary model and six additional limited-edition motorcycles featuring exclusive 120th Anniversary commemorative paint, finishes and details. The 2023 offering includes a refreshed Harley-Davidson Breakout performance cruiser model, a cool-looking Road Glide 3 trike model, the new Nightster Special, and a restyled and blacked-out Freewheeler trike model. 

The complete line of 2023 Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Genuine Harley accessories, and H-D gear and apparel are now available at authorised Harley-Davidson dealerships and can be viewed here on the Harley website.

“Since 1903, Harley-Davidson has pioneered American motorcycle design, technology, and performance, and today marks the beginning of a year-long celebration of Harley-Davidson’s 120th Anniversary.” said Jochen Zeitz, Chairman, President and CEO of Harley-Davidson. “We’re excited to share the first release of 2023 Harley-Davidson motorcycles, with more to come later in the year. 2023 is going to be an unforgettable milestone for the Company, celebrating the history, culture and community of Harley-Davidson – we hope you can join us.” 


120th Anniversary Models 

The CVO Road Glide Limited Anniversary model celebrates 120 years of craftsmanship with one of the most intricate paint schemes ever offered by Harley-Davidson. According to Harley-Davidson, the panels of Heirloom Red are applied over a base coat of Anniversary Black, each outlined with a bright red pinstripe and a hand-applied gold paint scallop. Subtle details added within the panels portray the head and wings of a soaring eagle. The gold-plated tank medallion depicts an Art Deco rendition of the eagle, an iconic Harley-Davidson design element. Additional details include Alcantara seat surfaces with gold and red contrast stitching accents, gold-tone powertrain inserts and bright red rocker boxes and pushrod tube collars. Only 1,500 examples of this fabulous motorcycle will be produced globally, each serialised with a laser-etched panel on the fuel tank console. 


Special 120th Anniversary paint in a different scheme will be offered on six additional limited-production Harley-Davidson models, with colour and design combinations inspired by early Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Each features a classic panelled paint scheme with Heirloom Red as the base colour. Panels are outlined with a bright-red pinstripe and filled with a darker Midnight Crimson fade. Additional details include an Art Deco eagle tank medallion, seat covers with red side panels and gold embroidered Harley-Davidson logo, and red fade powertrain inserts. 


This commemorative design will be offered on the following serialised models: 

• Ultra Limited Anniversary (production limited to 1,300 examples globally) 

• Tri Glide® Ultra Anniversary (1,100 examples) 

• Street Glide® Special Anniversary (1,600 examples) 

• Road Glide® Special Anniversary (1,600 examples) 

• Fat Boy® 114 Anniversary (3,000 examples) 

• Heritage Classic 114 Anniversary (1,700 examples) 


New Breakout 

The Breakout model flexes more muscle and flashing bright new styling over its long-and-lean chopper profile. The muscle is provided by the Milwaukee-Eight 117 V-Twin engine, the pinnacle of torque and displacement in a factory-installed, regular-production Harley-Davidson powertrain. 


Other new features include: 

• An 18.9 litre fuel tank topped with a low-profile chrome console shaped to lengthen the motorcycle profile and extend riding range. 

• A new handlebar riser and polished stainless-steel handlebar is ¾-inch (19mm) taller than previous model for improved rider reach to controls. 

• A dazzling chrome finish is applied to the rear fender supports, side covers, muffler shields, turn signals, mirrors, and Heavy Breather intake. 

• New 26-spoke cast-aluminium wheels are finished in gloss black with machined details. 

A Harley-Davidson Softail chassis maintains classic hard tail lines without sacrificing ride and handling performance.


More Cruise Control 

Electronic cruise control will now be a standard feature for the Fat Boy, Fat Bob, Breakout, Low Rider S models, and remains standard on Low Rider ST, Heritage Classic and Sport Glide models.


New Road Glide 3 Trike 

The all-new Road Glide 3 model combines the advantages of three wheels and a load of hot rod attitude with the comfort, convenience, and style of the frame-mounted Road Glide fairing which provides wind-and-weather protection for the long haul plus Harley’s BOOM! Box GTS infotainment.


Key Road Glide 3 features include: 

• A frame mounted aerodynamic fairing features triple splitstream vents to help reduce rider helmet buffeting for improved comfort at highway speeds, dual Daymaker LED headlamps for outstanding style and performance, and a low-profile windscreen for hot rod style. 

• The Boom! Box GTS 6.5-inch colour TFT touch screen navigation/infotainment system powers two 5.25-inch fairing speakers, and supports standard Bluetooth connectivity to a mobile device that enables hands-free calling (requires Bluetooth headset). 

• Gloss Black cast aluminium wheels with machined details with exposed lug nuts on rear wheels and bobtail rear fenders. Choose menacing black or brilliant chrome finish in each colour. 

• Weather-proof rear trunk with a top-mounted door.

• Electric reverse gear.

• Trike-specific Rider Safety Enhancements: Cornering Enhanced Electronic Linked Braking, Cornering Enhanced Antilock Braking System (ABS), Cornering Enhanced Traction Control System and Cornering Enhanced Drag-Torque Slip Control System. 


Exhilarating New Nightster Special Model 

The new Nightster Special sports a host of style, convenience, and technology upgrades for 2023. The Revolution Max 975T liquid-cooled V-Twin engine remains and is tuned to boost torque at low RPM. To minimise overall motorcycle weight the engine is integrated into the vehicle as the central member of the chassis. 


Key Nightster Special model features include: 

• Passenger pillion and foot pegs enable two-up adventure. 

• Cast aluminium wheels with Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). 

• Handlebar and 5-inch handlebar riser move hand controls two inches (51.8mm) up and one inch (25.4mm) back to put the rider in a commanding position on the motorcycle. 

• Four-inch round TFT screen displays all instrumentation and infotainment functions managed using buttons on the hand control array. 

  • The display supports infotainment generated by the rider’s Bluetooth-equipped mobile device. Most infotainment functions also require a Bluetooth headset and speakers worn within a helmet. 
  • Using voice commands through the headset, the rider can receive or place calls through a mobile device. 
  • Navigation is supplied by the Harley-Davidson App for iOS or Android downloaded into the rider’s mobile device. When navigation is enabled, the rider may select a moving map display or turn-by-turn map displayed on the screen, assisted by audio instructions through the headset. 


• Premium Brembo braking components provide outstanding braking feel and performance for added rider confidence. Single front brake with axial-mount four-piston calliper and 320mm rotor. The single rear brake features a floating single-piston calliper and 260mm rotor. 

• An 11.7 litre fuel cell located below the seat moves the weight of fuel low in the chassis, which lowers the centre of gravity for improved handling and easier lift off the side stand. The fuel fill is reached by lifting the hinged locking seat. 

• Selectable Ride Modes: Road, Sport, Rain or create a set of custom modes 

• Rider Safety Enhancements by Harley-Davidson: Antilock Braking System (ABS), Traction Control System, and Drag-Torque Slip Control System. 

• All-LED lighting 

• Standard cruise control and USB charging port. 


Nightster Special

Freewheeler model goes dark 

The Freewheeler model gets a blacked-out restyle for 2023. The front end, headlamp nacelle, tank console, hand and foot controls, powertrain and exhaust all have black finishes in place of previous bright finishes.

New Gloss Black cast aluminium wheels feature exposed rear-wheel lug nuts, while 18-inch wheels replace the 15-inch wheels of the previous model to give the Freewheeler model a phat new stance.

Other features include: 

• Milwaukee-Eight 114 powertrain for on-demand power. 

• Electric reverse gear. 

• Mini-ape handlebar. 

• Classic custom bobtail rear fenders. 

• Weather-proof rear trunk with top-mounted door for easy loading; capacity is 2 cubic feet (0.06 m3). 

• Dual mufflers with slash-down tips 

• Trike-specific Rider Safety Enhancements by Harley-Davidson: Cornering Enhanced Electronic Linked Braking, Cornering Enhanced Antilock Braking System (ABS), Cornering Enhanced Traction Control System and Cornering Enhanced Drag-Torque Slip Control System. 


H-D.com to learn more about the complete line of 2023 Harley-Davidson® Grand American Touring, Sport, Adventure Touring, Cruiser and Trike motorcycles, Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories, Harley-Davidson® MotorClothes® gear, and Harley-Davidson Financial Services. 


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