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I want to start with the statement that I absolutely LOVE the CVO, who doesn't? When I was shopping for my RG this year I was super close to get the CVO, but a thought behind my mind that I could build my own CVO with the specs I wanted kept me from pulling the trigger....

Here were my thoughts/desires/decisions:

1) I am a sucker for black and chrome, which to my advantage is one of the least expensive options for the RGS.
2) I want a higher displacement than the 114, so the 117 was appealing but the the 122ci is even more appealing.
3) Need a better sound on the RGS, the CVO comes out of the box with what I wanted.
4) I love the Rinehart sound, so I would need an upgrade here.
5) Need a bit higher windshield.

With that in mind I took the plunge into making my own on a RGS black and chrome. So far I have purchased the following for upgrades:

1) Ohlins 159 shocks
2) Memphis Shades 8.5" black smoke
3) Rinhehart DBX45 (all chrome)

For the winter I am working with the dealer for:

1) 122ci stage 3 kit
2) Rockford Fosgate stage 3
3) Lid speakers

I believe this will be it, maybe upgrade the seats...not sure yet....All in all, I am looking into less than $10k into upgrades (according to my calculations) which makes me really really happy as to ME it will have the upgrades I think I want (at least for now) for about the same price as a factory CVO...

Note: I am not trying to justify not getting the CVO, it is an awesome machine for sure.... I am sharing because I wanted to do my own CVO.
 

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That works. Along as YOUR and your WALLET are on speaking terms and not at odds- go for it!

Keeps us in the loop with the progress.

You know full well it will evolve and one more thing will be added, then another, then another.... by then the budget that was set out will be blown out of portion and you will look back and say, what the hell happened?! With a huge grin on your face. And if people ask you of you will do again, and you will happily say yes!

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no doubts… my budget was for the CVO so my goal is to do my upgrades up to the amount I would’ve spent on the stock CVO. I got the bike for $12k less than the CVO, so if I can get on the $10k less all that I want (which I am pretty sure I can) I will be satisfied with my choice.

I understand with the CVO I would not have todo any upgrades except for maybe windshield….
 

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To duplicate a CVO completely Will cost more than 12,000 if only using the highlights of one that you are interested in then you’re probably doing the right thing I’m not too impressed with the paint on the CVOs in the last few years I really like the way they painted them in 2010 and 13. The biggest attraction for me is the CVO rear fender and tail lights which I have done with several other mods but good luck should be fun
definitely not looking to duplicate, looking at my own as far as performance and confort.
 

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There are those that ride stage bikes, and those that make them their own as is constantly referenced here.I have done stage kits on every bike I have owned.And at trade in no dealer loved me any more because of what I did.But they did notice how they were cared for.These current CVOs going forward are gong to become more limited In production make them more wanted and more valuable.We purchased a 2021 Bronze armor RoadGlide this is our 7th Harley and the little details fit finish,21” front wheel even the fobs and cover are thought out.I applaud your can do attitude but when it’s time to trade that badge means something.Good luck with your bike and send pics.Good Luck
Agree with the trade comparison, but not as bad when you look at numbers…I did consider and thought about it quite a bit…thinking that 30% of 30k is $9k, while 30% of 42k is $12.6k that is $3.6k extra loss on a trade of the CVO if done within a year or so… with the exception of the SE 122 kit everything can me replaced back with stock and sold separately if needed…

Agree 1000% with the observations on attention to details on the CVO….truly amazing and took me a lot to resist .


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Interesting lots of people mention the colors…. I think they are beautiful BUT not for my bike….same with the Snake Venom- beautiful but not for me….


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If I were buying, I'd rather buy a standard or Special and roll my own from there. For my taste, the wheels on the new CVOs are fugly as hell. Beyond that CVOs are terrific, although I agree with the post above that most of the paint schemes aren't what they used to be.
The main reasons I wanted the special was for the RDRS and 114ci. The standard was very appealing to me thinking of adding the performance kit.


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Some of my upgrades this week - total spending thus far $1600
  • Ohlins 159
  • Shades 8.5"
  • Rinehart DBX45

Really loving every bit of the three upgrades. No power loss on the DBX45 whatsoever (at least on my pants dyno). Really love the sound! I cannot speak high enough of the ohlins shocks, and the shades just completed the package for now.

Edit: Striked the no power loss... I found a bit of hesitation pulling back on 5th gear from hovering around 2K RPM or so, BUT nothing that bothered me so far. The sound of the DBX45 really changed the riding experience, I am enjoying it very much. I am sure the "hesitation" will get addressed with performance upgrades - stage 2 or 3... BUT, if not, as I said it is nothing that bothers me and you really really have to be OCD to notice.

The shades helped a lot with being able to hear my stock speakers without having to be blasting them all the way.





 

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Running at 2k rpm will make most bikes feel sluggish - every cam has their optimal zone and 2k is usually below that zone; so I wouldn't go blaming the pipe just yet.

@StoneTrekker went down this road a while ago, by making his bike into his own vision versus buying a CVO. In my opinion, he built a beautiful bike.
You are spot on sir, I think the feeling was more on my ears having the bigger roar...if it makes sense.

I have done close to 400 miles this weekend on this bike since the upgrades, and I am completely in love with everything, no regrets or doubts or questioning myself - the pipes have a great sound, the windshield lets me hear my music better, and shocks are ice on the cake.

I am looking forward to other upgrades for sure.
 

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you're entitled to your opinion. i'm also happy with a 'mostly' stock bike (stage 1) and have no plans to build it out any further. my stock bike will go from 0 to speeding ticket plenty fast enough for me.

but, to add to your last quote, 'it's more fun to ride a slow bike fast, than it is to ride a fast bike slow'.
I think the fun is on the bike's attitude and character - not the fast or the slow.... I actually don't push too hard but it does feel good to feel it once in a while... it changes the bike itself - it has a distinctive sound and attitude, and character. I personally like the attitude change of the bike, not because it is faster.
 

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CVO bikes are nice. The MOCO does a good job of putting together a premium package that usually appeals to a fairly large group. You can add all the goodies and options you want to a RGS but it still will never be a CVO bike. It's just a bike that you have customized to your liking. Much like everyone else here on this great forum. The amount you choose to spend on upgrades doesn't make it "your own CVO". By just adding shocks, a windshield and slip ons It makes it your own custom bike. Add a larger displacement motor and upgrade your stereo...whatever makes you happy, you are still customizing a Roadglide Special. Spend your hard earned dollars the way you want and make your bike whatever your dreams and budget will allow.
What does CVO stand for?
 

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A custom build bike will not hold the "value" compared to the same CVO. That is the only thing that sucks. People looking for a true CVO will not want the copy.
Agree, however a custom bike is NOT a CVO copy (sold by H-D) - it is a custom bike. Same thing for the people who customize a stock CVO, the custom additions will not hold the value and may not even interest the new buyer.

It is not about copying the CVO, it is about building my own custom and comparing the upgrades I would get from a stock CVO pushed from factory vs. doing the upgrades with the parts I have chosen....The "holding value" is not a factor to my decision, BUT I do recon lots of people do value "holding value" factor...ok in my book too, "different strokes for different folks" ...
 
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