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Harley-Davidson CVO Softail Convertible
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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

A bike for the kind of people who want to customise their Harley but want someone to do all the thinking and work for them. Ride it down any street and you can see people’s heads turning and mouthing the word Harley as you chug past, legs wide astride, hunkered down low in the custom seat watching passers by look at their own reflections as it rolls past. If you’re shy, this isn’t the bike for you.


MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 0

Our particular test bike suffered from a fuelling problem unfortunately, though we know of other bikes without problems. On our test bike just where you want the power, winding it on gently at 2000rpm, feeling it potato-potato and vibrate gently the bike then sinks into a torque and power black hole. On a dyno the power curve would look like a rollercoaster. The power dips, like it can’t breath properly and then comes back again at 3200rpm. When it comes in the delivery is noticeably stronger than the standard bike, revs harder and faster, but then it’s all over by 5500rpm.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

It’s a massive hunk of metal and where some Japanese cruisers are kitted out with plated plastic, the incredible 340kg dry weight of this bike gives a real sense of owning the road. It’s incredibly heavy to move around out of the garage but get it going and the low-slung weight makes you feel like you’re ploughing through the road, and riding some real American Iron with a comfortable seat and a 180-mile tank range.
And once on the move it’s very easy to manoeuvre, but just watch the footboards as they will touch down leaving the car park at work.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

In Harley’s world Convertible means you can have a full dress tourer and ten minutes later whip off the screen, leather saddlebags and pillion seat and have an aggressive looking cruiser for town posing.
As well as those removable parts there’s also lashings of chrome, retro style full-wrap mudguards, custom style chrome ‘Stinger’ wheels, a 200-section rear tyre, a digital speedo and analogue tacho using the trademark CVO aluminium background, special custom paint that’s hand-painted at factory. Compare and buy parts for the Harley in the MCN Shop.

Harley-Davidson CVO Softail Convertible (2010-2012)

Detail Value
New price £23,490
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Engine size 1803 cc
Power 75 bhp
Top speed 105 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
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Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

There’s so few of these big-bore CVO bikes on the road that there’s no reported problems, and as we said, this bike had a unique problem with its power delivery, some time in the workshop would sort that out we’re in no doubt of that.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

It’s £23,490. So whether or not that’s value depends on if you have £24,000 to spend on a motorcycle, we don’t, but if you want something truly unique then this certainly is special. With resale values of Harleys so high and this bike being so rare you’re unlikely to lose much money on it in the first couple of years of ownership. Find a Harley-Davidson Softail for sale.


Insurance group: 17 of 17

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Model History

New for 2010

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Top speed 105 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 75 bhp
Max torque 96.6 ft-lb
Weight 342 kg
Seat height 619 mm
Fuel capacity 19.7 litres
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 1803 cc
Engine specification Air-cooled V-twin, five gears
Frame Steel double cradle
Front suspension adjustment n/a
Rear suspension adjustment Preload only
Front brakes Dual four piston calipers
Rear brake Dual piston caliper
Front tyre size 130/70 x 18
Rear tyre size 200/50 x 18

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