I think there's some truth to the notion of CVO owners being a bit constrained by the idea of spending more money into their bikes (mods) while possibly harming its later value. On the other hand, for many CVO owners the bike is undoubtedly perfect as purchased and never needs a mod...or at least few. That's not a good fit for me.
I much prefer the path of selecting a majority of the hardware, paint, engine work, nuances and comfort/ergonomic things that make a bike 'custom' to the owner. It's my CVO-Plus in reality. To 'buy & ride' is quite nice for many, but that's leaving a lot of knowledge and enjoyment on the table for me. I've said it before in regards to the 120th RGL CVO: I'd rather be riding my #1 of 1, versus 1 of 1500. I suspect a lot of riders who put countless hours of sweat, effort and thoughtful dollars into their bikes would say they feel the same way.
And for the record, I have felt lust for several CVOs....but for me lust is often fleeting and unsustainable.
Love this articulation
Absolutely agree some CVO owners will modify their bikes because that is what float their boat…the differentiator, the research and knowledge experience, etc… while others like myself like the idea of buy and ride.
I personally tried the modified approach, not with the CVO but with a road glide special and a road glide limited. During that time I was always chasing for the grip changes, the cam, the seats, the speakers and amps, etc…it was fun but eventually I got tired.
For me, I found the value of just buy and ride..AND absolutely respect the other thinking of customization…
I do find interesting when I see people talking against CVOs because I was one of them, and wanted to justify my choices…I am sure not all think the way I did, but I am also sure many do….til I found the enlightenment
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