Well that didn’t take long. Yesterday, we reported on 2020 Harley-Davidson models receiving certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and today, Harley-Davidson has officially announced its 2020 lineup. As the certification documents suggested, Harley-Davidson announced a new Road Glide Limited, Low Rider S and a CVO Tri Glide for 2020. Also announced was a “re-styled” Heritage Classic.
Not mentioned in Harley-Davidson’s press kits are the models we previously reported are not returning for 2020: the Superlow, 1200 Custom and Forty-Eight Special, the Electra Glide Ultra Classic, the Ultra Limited Low and the CVO Road Glide. Also gone is the Road Glide Ultra, which is officially being replaced by the Road Glide Limited.
For 2020, all CVO models and Trikes plus the LiveWire will come standard with Harley-Davidson’s Reflex Defensive Rider System (RDRS), which includes a cornering linked braking system, cornering ABS, cornering traction control, drag-torque slip control, a tire pressure monitoring system and vehicle hold control (i.e. hill start control). RDRS will be available as an optional add-on for 2020 touring models except for the Electra Glide Standard.
Harley-Davidson also announced a new subscription-based cellular connectivity option for select models. First announced on the LiveWire, the H-D Connect system allows users to access important information about their bikes through a smart phone app. The app monitors fuel level (or battery charge status in the case of the LiveWire), available range, tire pressure, ride mode, odometer and riding statistics. The app can also serve as a tracker, marking the bike’s location and alerting owners if their bikes are being tampered with.
The Road Glide Limited replaces the Road Glide Ultra for 2020. The Limited offers premium features such as painted pin striping, a gloss-finish inner fairing, heated grips, Slicer II Contrast Bright wheels, plus new medallians on the tank and front and rear fenders.
Like the model it replaces, the Road Glide Limited features a frame-mounted shark-nose fairing, dual DaymakerLED headlights, a 13.5-inch windscreen and the Twin-Cooled Milwaukee-Eight engine. The Limited’s seat height is 27.2 inches, which is nearly two inches shorter than the Ultra, and its claimed dry weight of 897 pounds is slightly lighter than its 899-pound predecessor. Pricing starts at $28,299.
The 114ci Low Rider S joins the 107ci non-S model in Harley-Davidson’s 2020 Softail lineup. The larger 1868cc engine produces more thump, with Harley claiming a peak torque output of 119 lb-ft. at 3000 rpm.
The engine isn’t the only difference between the two bikes. Low Rider S comes with a one-inch diameter motocross-style handlebar with a four-inch riser, which Harley-Davidson says creates an aggressive and active riding position. Other changes include a mini fairing surrounding the headlight, a high-back solo seat, black engine finishes and 43mm inverted forks.
At 26.5 inches, the seat height is even lower than the Low Rider’s 27.2 inches, though the Low Rider S’ claimed 650 pound dry weight is much heftier than the non-S model’s claimed 633 pounds.
“The look of the new Low Rider S is really rooted in the legacy of the Low Rider models of the 1980s, that has a devoted following which has spread world-wide from origins in Southern California, and in the recent Dyna-based Low Rider S model,” says Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson Vice President of Styling & Design. “We’ve applied that coastal style and performance-first attitude to the Softail chassis to create a Low Rider S that’s more powerful and agile than ever, with a heavy dose of tough-as-nails attitude.”
Pricing for the 2020 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S starts at $17,999, compared to $14,899 for the Low Rider.
Harley-Davidson says the Heritage Classic has been re-styled for 2020, though the only changes entail swapping out the previous model’s blacked-out look for shiny chrome. These chromed components include the powertrain’s air cleaner and covers, steel laced wheels, lighting, forks, rear fender struts and side covers, instrument console, and handlebar riser and top clamp. The Heritage Classic 114, however, keeps the previous blacked-out styling.
The 2020 Heritage Classic’s price starts at $18,999, but if you want the un-re-styled Heritage Classic 114, the price tag begins at $20,449.
Harley-Davidson’s Custom Vehicle Operations lineup is dropping the CVO Road Glide, replacing it with the CVO Tri Glide. According to Harley-Davidson, the Tri Glide is the most requested model to receive the premium CVO treatment. The package includes the 117ci Milwaukee-Eight engine, Tomahawk Contrast Cut cast aluminum wheels, all LED lighting, a color-matched fairing duct, low-profile windshield, a trimmed front fender, power locking runk with interior lighting, heated seat covers, ventilator air cleaner and insert, lighted hand controls and a CB radio.
Other features include pegs, rider and passenger floorboards, heated grips and muffler tips from the Kahuna Collection of accessories, a carrier rack and dome light for the Tour-Pak, and a custom-fit luggage and trunk organizers.
The 2020 CVO Tri Glide is priced at $48,999 and up, with a choice of two premium paint options: Blizzard White with gray wheels, or Black Stardust with gloss black wheels, both with special three-stripe graphic patterns.