Electra Glide Ultra Classic and Other Models Missing From 2020 Harley-Davidson EPA Certifications

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

A couple of weeks ago, we reported that a couple of Harley-Davidson Sportster models were missing from model year 2020 certification documents released by the California Air Resources Board. Today, we can confirm that the Harley-Davidson Superlow, 1200 Custom, and Forty-Eight Special were also omitted from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency‘s latest 2020 certification data. And they’re not alone. Motorcycle.com can confirm that the Electra Glide Ultra Classic, Ultra Limited Low, Road Glide Ultra, and CVO Road Glide are among the models that were not re-certified for 2020. (UPDATE: shortly after this post was published, CARB released executive orders confirming the EPA’s information.)

Also missing are the 107ci versions of the Breakout and Fat Bob, though both models were certified for 2020 with the 114ci Milwaukee-Eight engine. New for 2020 is a 114ci Low Rider S in addition to the regular 107ci version. There are two other new models certified that were not in the 2019 lineup: the Road Glide Limited and the 2020 CVO Tri Glide Ultra.

But first, the necessary caveats: vehicle certification is an ongoing process and documents can be updated at any time. If a vehicle is listed in these documents, that means it’s been certified; if it doesn’t, then that means it hasn’t been certified… yet. Harley-Davidson can still certify the missing models, and their omission may not mean anything more than a clerical error. On the other hand, re-certifying returning models is a pretty simple process, with manufacturers submitting last year’s list of models sharing the same engine as carry-over models. Forgetting to include a returning model is unusual, so these omissions suggest to us that these models are either a) dropped for 2020, or b) will be certified later with significant changes.

The Road Glide Ultra was not among the models re-certified for 2020, but it may have a potential replacement in the Road Glide Limited.

The Electra Glide Ultra Classic may be the most notable of the missing models. The Ultra Classic was the last 107ci model to come with a Tour-Pak rear case. If the 114ci Ultra Limited Low and Road Glide Ultra are also gone, that leaves the Ultra Limited and the Tri Glide Ultra (plus their CVO versions) as the only returning models to come with a Tour-Pak. The new Road Glide Limited will likely come with the passenger backrest/rear luggage, replacing the Road Glide Ultra.

The list of certified CVO models include the returning CVO Street Glide and the CVO Ultra Limited, with the new CVO Tri Glide replacing the CVO Road Glide, pictured above.

Harley-Davidson typically announces its lineup in early September, so we should expect to hear official confirmation on which models are returning fairly soon. We’ll have the latest on that, and other 2020 model announcements here on Motorcycle.com.

Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Eddie Eddie on Aug 21, 2019

    Euro 5 for 2020 is very tough to pass. The 32 year old sportster will have trouble passing. Emissions have made it necessary for throttle by wire for better fuel management with electronics. Once Harley’s all have TBW hopefully they can offer TC, stability control, driving modes, and cornering ABS for safety. Premium bikes should have all the electronic like their cheaper competition. Still waiting for electronic suspension, Harley.

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    • Scott Campbell Scott Campbell on Aug 29, 2019

      2020 is Euro 7 for cars. Bikes are still behind on emissions. More complexity around the corner. Actually Throttle by wire for emissions made it possible to add rider aids. As more emission regulations occur more proprietary scanners, tools, and diagnostics. Dealerships will be the only mechanics that have access to this equipment. Gas motors are making out on emissions so electric is the future. One million people die a year from air pollution. Taxpayers pay for fossil fuel pollution by increased healthcare premiums.

  • Rich Rich on Aug 22, 2019

    Kalifornia is about to enter a massive recession; why waste time and money certifying bikes that no one will buy? ;-)