The biggest news to come out of Milwaukee for the 2020 model year is the all-new LiveWire electric motorcycle, which we’ve already ridden and reviewed. Harley-Davidson has announced the wider availability of technological features that debuted on the LiveWire, as well as several new or updated models, including the Low Rider S, Road Glide Limited, Heritage Classic and three CVO models.
First seen on the LiveWire, H-D Connect is a subscription-based cellular service that allows riders to connect with their motorcycle using their smartphone and the Harley-Davidson app. H-D Connect provides key vehicle information (e.g., battery voltage, fuel level, available range, riding statistics and more) as well as remote security monitoring, including tamper alerts and stolen vehicle assistance. H-D Connect is a standard feature on 2020 Touring (except Road King/S and Electra Glide Standard models), Tri Glide Ultra, CVO models and LiveWire, and it includes free service for one year.
Reflex Defensive Rider Systems (RDRS)
Also seen on the LiveWire, Reflex Defensive Rider Systems (RDRS) is a suite of electronic riding assistance features, including cornering enhanced linked braking, ABS, traction control and drag-torque slip control; hill hold control; and tire-pressure monitoring. All RDRS features are standard on CVO models (though on the CVO Tri Glide, nothing is “cornering enhanced”), and they are available as options on all Touring models except the Electra Glide Standard.
2020 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S
Chopper-style, Dyna-chassis Low Rider models have been in Harley-Davidson’s lineup since the late ’70s. The Low Rider S, a dark, bare-knuckled version that entered the ring for 2016, was built around a 110-cubic-inch Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam V-twin. When Dyna models were rolled into the Softail family for 2018, the standard Low Rider got a new chassis and the Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-twin while the S took early retirement.
The Low Rider S is throwing punches again for 2020, and it packs a wallop with a Milwaukee-Eight 114 V-twin good for 119 lb-ft of torque at 3,000 rpm (claimed), up from 114 lb-ft at 3,750 rpm on the previous model. Its Gloss Black Ventilator air intake with exposed filter is said to improve airflow and its 2-into-2 offset shotgun mufflers look menacing in black but their sound is family friendly. Now rolling on the updated Softail chassis, the LRS has a shorter wheelbase, less rake and more trail, and claimed curb weight is 679 pounds, seven more than its predecessor. Its premium Showa suspension includes a 43mm USD single-cartridge fork and a coil-over, free-piston rear shock with adjustable preload; front travel is unchanged at 5.1 inches, but rear travel has more than doubled at 4.4 inches. Radiate cast wheels, with a 19-inch front and a 16-inch rear, are finished in Matte Dark Bronze and they carry triple-disc brakes with standard ABS.
Inspired by the West Coast style, the Low Rider S has a 1-inch diameter motocross-style handlebar perched atop 4-inch straight risers, a color-matched mini fairing, a high-back solo seat and black finishes on nearly every surface. At 6 feet tall with long limbs, I had some trouble folding myself into the LRS’ cockpit. The pegs are high and set back, which put my knees well above my hips. Fortunately the seat is well padded, but an hour of riding was about all I could handle before needing to stop and stretch. Such a locked-in seating position can leave a rider’s lower back vulnerable to bumps, but the rear shock did an excellent job of softening hard impacts with no bottoming-out or jolts to the spine. With serious grunt, a responsive chassis and 30 degrees of cornering clearance, the Low Rider S is just as happy on a back road as it is cruising around town. It’s available in Vivid Black and Barracuda Silver; pricing starts at $17,999.
2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited
Replacing the Road Glide Ultra for 2020 is the new Road Glide Limited, which is mechanically identical but offers premium features such as painted pinstriping, a gloss-finish inner fairing, heated grips, Slicer II Contrast Bright wheels and new tank, front and rear fender medallions. With its frame-mounted shark-nose fairing contributing to light steering feel, we’ve always been impressed by the handling of Road Glides, and its triple Splitstream vents create smooth airflow around the rider with minimal buffeting.
I spent the better part of a day ensconced in the RG Limited’s cocoon of comfort, enjoying high-speed highways and tight turns without a care in the world. Powered by the Twin-Cooled Milwaukee-Eight 114, which belted out 101 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheel at 3,000 rpm in the RG Ultra we strapped to Jett Tuning’s dyno last year, I cruised along with minimal vibration and heat, always plenty of grunt available to make a pass or pull me out of a deep bend. The Road Glide Limited has premium suspension, linked Brembo brakes with ABS, a Boom! Box GTS infotainment system with color touchscreen, H-D Connect and dual Daymaker LED headlamps. Big, well-appointed touring bikes like these really do spoil you.
Pricing for the Road Glide Limited starts at $28,299. Options include RDRS ($995) as well as a new Black Finish Option ($1,900; also available for the 2020 Ultra Limited), which includes Slicer II cast wheels finished in Gloss Black; fuel tank, front and rear fender medallions with a Gloss Black fill surrounded by a Charcoal border; Gloss Black powdercoat powertrain, covers and exhaust; black Tour-Pak luggage carrier hinges, latches and rack, console, footboards, handlebar, gauge trim rings, hand control levers, mirrors and foot controls; black LED Daymaker headlamp and trim ring; and black fork lowers, fork covers, engine guard and saddlebag guards. So, yeah, lots of black.
2020 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic
The Softail-chassis Heritage Classic has been re-styled for 2020, swapping the previous model’s blacked-out look for a generous helping of chrome. (The Heritage Classic 114 model powered by the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine will retain the model’s original, blacked-out look.) The updated Heritage Classic has a bright powertrain with chrome air cleaner and covers; chrome steel laced wheels; chrome headlamp bucket and auxiliary light buckets, bright fork legs and chrome fork covers and nacelle; chrome rear fender struts and side covers; a chrome console; a polished stainless steel handlebar with a chrome riser and top clamp; and a full clear windscreen with chrome support hardware.
The Heritage Classic is powered by the Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-twin and is mechanically identical to the 2019 model. This touring-ready Softail features lockable hard saddlebags, a detachable windscreen, a two-piece skirted seat and pillion with black studs, and standard cruise control and ABS. Color options include: Vivid Black, Billiard Burgundy, two-tone Silver Pine/Spruce and Billiard Red/Vivid Black. Pricing starts at $18,999.
2020 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide
Returning for 2020 with a new look and new premium features, the CVO Street Glide is one of Harley-Davidson’s most popular limited-edition Custom Vehicle Operations models. Powered by the Milwaukee-Eight 117 V-Twin with red rocker covers, it gets premium custom paint, premium Talon wheels, custom controls and an all-new BOOM! Box GTS infotainment system with three separate amplifiers, 75 watts per channel and 900 watts of audio performance. It also includes the Reflex Defensive Rider Systems (RDRS), smartphone-linked H-D Connect and a wireless Bluetooth headset interface.
Pricing for the 2020 CVO Street Glide starts at $40,539.
2020 Harley-Davidson CVO Limited
For the ultimate in two-up V-twin touring, the 2020 CVO Limited offers the rider and passenger plenty of comfort, luggage capacity, style and performance. Its Twin-Cooled Milwaukee-Eight 117 grunts out 125 lb-ft of torque. Premium suspension, premium paint and finishes, premium audio, RDRS, H-D Connect, wireless Bluetooth—the CVO Limited gets it all.
Pricing for the 2020 CVO Limited starts at $44,039.
2020 Harley-Davidson CVO Tri Glide
Harley’s 2020 Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) lineup includes three models, all powered by the Twin-Cooled Milwaukee-Eight 117 that churns out 125 lb-ft of torque (claimed). Returning with new paint, finishes, details and features, including H-D Connect and RDRS, are the CVO Street Glide ($40,539) and CVO Limited ($44,039). New to the family is the CVO Tri Glide ($48,999), the first-ever CVO trike and said to be the most-requested model in Milwaukee’s ultra premium segment. In addition to its big power, it gets big sound from the Boom! Box GTS infotainment system, big luggage capacity (193 liters!) thanks to its Tour-Pak and lower trunk and big style courtesy of premium paint and finishes, the Kahuna collection of grips, levers, pegs and footboards and Tomahawk contrast-cut wheels. RDRS, H-D Connect, wireless Bluetooth, Daymaker LED headlamps and the choice of two custom paint finishes round out the wish list.
For complete pricing, colors, options and accessories for Harley-Davidson’s 2020 lineup, visit harley-davidson.com.