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Harley-Davidson’s Dual-Personality Hot Rod

Basem Wasef

Is it a cruiser, a tourer, or both? The 2010 Harley-Davidson CVO Softail Convertible doesn’t comply with strictly ordered motorcycle taxonomy. Rather, it alternates facets of its personality through easily swapped-out body parts.

Unlatch the smoked windscreen, for example, and it becomes sleek and low-slung. Undo the buffalo hide-trimmed passenger seat and backrest, and the bike becomes even friendlier for around-town riding. On the road, the Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110B engine produces prodigious torque and tush-tickling vibrations, but at speed this steed is all about cushy cruising—even if the wide tank interferes with restful foot positioning on the floorboards. As with all limited-edition Custom Vehicle Operations bikes, the Softail Convertible is graced with ornate paint and seemingly endless chrome, but it’s low-effort changeability that makes this motorcycle one of a kind. (www.harley-davidson.com)

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