Motorcycles2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited First Look
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With all the hubbub about the high-profile LiveWire electric, Harley doesn't want you to forget about its range of big V-twin offerings. We just covered the, and now we bring news about this newly uprated Road Glide Limited.
This new Limited replaces the RG Ultra in the MoCo’s lineup (though an Ultra Limited is also available) and follows the fixed-fairing and shark-nosed Road Glide formula, adding premium finishes and some high-tech options. The MoCo calls it a fully loaded grand-touring machine.
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Features making this Glide “Limited” are a gloss-finish inner fairing, heated handgrips, painted pinstriping (stickers are so low-rent…), and new medallions on the tank and front and rear fenders. New wheels too, dubbed Slicer II Contrast Bright wheels. We’re told the Limited is equipped with “premium touring suspension,” with rear-shock preload being easy to adjust.
An interesting new package is the Reflex Defensive Rider Systems, a $995 option first seen on the LiveWire. RDRS is a collection of rider safety aids that includes traction control, lean-angle-sensitive and electronically linked Brembo brakes with cornering ABS, and an electronic version of a slipper clutch that bumps engine revs when it senses slip at the rear tire under deceleration. RDRS also includes a hill-holder function and a tire-pressure monitor. This new feature set is an option on all 2020 Touring models in the US (except the Electra Glide Standard), and it’s standard equipment on the 2020 CVOs, Trike, and LIveWire models.
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Another new feature is the availability of H-D Connect, a subscription-based service that connects the Glide to a smartphone and uses built-in cellular connectivity and GPS to view vehicle information (fuel level, range, tire pressures, etc.) and remotely monitor your motorcycle’s security via tamper alerts on the Harley-Davidson app. One potential caveat: H-D Connect service is not available in all markets. Check your local listings…
If you really, really like black finishes, you’ll want to pony up for the Black Finish package. Warning: all this delicious blackness will extract an extra $1,900 from your wallet. It includes (take a deep breath!) a Gloss Black powdercoat powertrain, covers, and exhaust, a black console, footboards, handlebar, gauge trim rings, hand levers, mirrors, and foot controls.
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But, wait, there’s more! The fuel tank and fender medallions have a Gloss Black fill surrounded by a Charcoal border, and then there’s the black Tour-Pak luggage carrier hinges, latches, and rack, the black LED Daymaker headlamp trim ring, and the black fork lowers, fork covers, engine guards, and saddlebag guards. And, finally, its Slicer II wheels are finished in Gloss Black.
The task of pulling around 932 pounds (plus rider) is Harley’s impressive Twin-Cooled Milwaukee-Eight 114 V-twin engine. In this application, Harley says it produces a peak of 122 pound-feet of torque at 3,000 rpm.
Pricing begins at $28,299 for the Vivid Black version, but there are 10 other options if you’d like your Limited to be extra limited. A color other than black costs an extra $600, while a two-tone retails for $29,349. Then there are custom color options for $29,599, and if you’d like to spend more than $30K, check out the two-tone custom color for $30,499.
2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited Specifications
|ENGINE||1,868cc Milwaukee-Eight 114 V-twin|
|BORE x STROKE||4.0 x 4.5 in.|
|FUEL DELIVERY||Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)|
|WHEELS, FRONT/REAR||Slicer ll cast aluminum|
|TIRES, FRONT/REAR||130/70B-18 / 180/55B-18|
|SEAT HEIGHT||27.2 in. (laden)|
|FUEL CAPACITY||6.0 gal.|
|CLAIMED WEIGHT||897 lb. (dry) / 932 lb. (curb)|
2020 Harley Road Glide Limited First Ride .
The new Road Glide Limited is billed as a "premium luxury tourer" and makes its debut in Harley's Touring line for 2020.It began with the Road Glide Ultra, another luxury long-hauler, which got booted from the Touring group this year in favor of the Limited, presumably because both bikes were very similarly configured, featured, and priced. In fact the only differences we could find between the two—and this is straight off the spec sheet—are wheel sizes, new paint and finishes, slightly taller handlebars with heated grips, and fresh badges on the new 2020 Limited. Harley says the fuel tank is “new” too, but we couldn’t really tell from a quick glance.
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