Harley-Davidson just announced its 2020 model year lineup, and there are no major shakeups to report. Director Jason already told you his thoughts on the 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire, which is Harley’s first stab at an electric bike. While we all have our favorites, there are also four other new models headed to H-D showrooms across the land. Which I am tickled pink to say that my hometown H-D showroom is getting a set of the 2020 models. AMERiders lets you know a bit of information about them and gives you some sweet pictures courtesy of H-D.
However, we need to also let you know something else before we start showing these beauties. You tech-savvy people will like to know that Harley’s Reflex Brembo ABS system, which was previously an available option on some touring models, is now standard across all 2020 touring models. That’s good news for you if you’re buying one, because as we’ve discussed before, ABS is totally worth having. Now on to the 2020 Models.
The Sportster line is getting a tad of a trim down as neither the SuperLow, Forty-Eight Special or 1200 Custom return from 2019. Below are the 2020 Sporster Lineup pictures.
2020 Harley Softails
The big news in the 2020 Harley Softail line is the addition of the 2020 Low Rider S. The model was previously a Dyna but was discontinued in 2017. Other highlights of the 2020 Softail line is the restyling of the 2020 Heritage Classic. Just about everything that was previously blacked-out is now dressed up in chrome.
The list is lengthy on theses 2020 models– air cleaner, covers, steel laced wheels, headlamp bucket, auxiliary light buckets, fork legs, fork covers, rear fender struts, and side covers, console, and a chrome riser and top clamp for the polished stainless steel handlebar. Meanwhile, the 2020 Heritage Classic 114, powered by the Milwaukee-Eight 114, will still have blacked-out components.
2020 Touring Models
On the touring front, the 2020 Road Glide Limited is in and the Road Glide Ultra is out. Differences between the two are subtle, the Limited version receiving some fresh pinstripes, a gloss-finish on its inner fairing, heated rider hand grips, Slicer II Contrast Bright wheels and new tank, front and rear fender medallions. Dynamically, the long-range touring version of the Road Glide is still powered by a Milwaukee-Eight 114, has Reflex Electronic Linked Brakes and Harley’s improved touch-screen Boom! Box GTS infotainment system. Harley does offer one noteworthy new wrinkle for the 2020 Road Glide Limited. It can be outfitted with Harley’s new Reflex Defensive Rider Systems, an upgraded electronics package with cornering ABS, linked brakes and traction control, as well as a drag-torque slip control system that functions when cornering as well in addition to Harley’s new “Vehicle Hold Control” which keeps bikes from rolling backwards on hills.
Welcome to the CVO Club ……
And while the focus of Harley’s Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) line has been on its touring models recently, 2020 is the first time a three-wheeler has crept into the CVO lineup. The 2020 CVO Tri Glide is powered by a Milwaukee-Eight 117, the largest engine Harley offers in a production motorcycle. The 1923cc powerplant puts out a reported 125 lb-ft of torque, numbers bolstered by a high-performance intake and camshaft. It has a dual-bending valve fork and emulsion rear.
The CVO Tri Glide has both a built-in, power locking trunk with 50 pounds of storage capacity in addition to a Tour-Pak. The list of high-end goodies is impressive, from its Tomahawk Contrast Cut cast aluminum wheels to heated grips, pegs, floorboards and muffler tips from Harley’s Kahuna Collection. The aforementioned Reflex Defensive Rider Systems adapted specifically for three-wheelers comes standard. Premium paint is always part of the CVO package, and the 2020 CVO Tri Glide is offered in either Blizzard White with a three-stripe graphic pattern, Gray Contrast Cut wheels and Bright Chrome finishes or Black Stardust with a three-stripe graphic pattern, Gloss Black Contrast Cut wheels and Bright Chrome finishes.
The final storyline coming out of the Harley camp for 2020 is the introduction of the H-D Connect service. It is a subscription-based service utilized through a smartphone via the updated Harley-Davidson App. One of its most appealing features is its security function which allows riders to remotely monitor whether someone is tampering with their bike. It can help owners track down a stolen motorcycle, too. The H-D Connect service also allows riders to remotely check a wide range of data including high-voltage battery charge status or fuel level, available range, tire pressure (on Tire Pressure Monitoring System-equipped models), ride mode (on equipped models), odometer, infotainment software updates where applicable, and riding statistics.
The service is particularly beneficial to LiveWire owners who can use the H-D App “to search for, and navigate to, compatible charge station locations, and while charging, view time to completion and receive charging alerts without having to physically be near the motorcycle.” Another useful feature is the ability to send Harley owners service reminders.
The H-D Connect service is a standard feature on 2020 Touring models (except the Road King/S and Electra Glide Standard), Tri Glide Ultra, CVOs, and the LiveWire. Harley-Davidson motorcycles equipped with H-D Connect service include a cellular telematics control unit (TCU). The H-D Connect service will be offered for a one-year free trial period with the purchase of a new, untitled 2020 model year Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the U.S. that is equipped with the H-D Connect service and will be available with a subscription charge following the initial period.
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