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 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.