Harley Adds A Luxury Tourer To The Lineup For 2020

Harley-Davidson kicked its Road Glide Ultra to the curb from its touring lineup ahead of MY2020 in favor of its new FLTRK Road Glide Limited. The Road Glide Limited takes touring comfort and safety up a notch with a host of new electronic features to go with its already-fabulous Infotainment system, and it all comes wrapped in a premium paint along with special bits of bling to finish off the package. Best of all, Harley powers the Road Glide Limited with its second largest production engine, the 1,868 cc Milwaukee-Eight 114 that brings over 100 pounds o’ grunt to the table for your touring enjoyment.

  • 2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited
  • Year:
    2020
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    Milwaukee-Eight 114
  • Displacement:
    114 cubic inches
  • Top Speed:
    105 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    28299
  • Price:

2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited Design

2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited
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2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited
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2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited
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The new Black-Finish option adds dark and snarly to your color choices.

While the sharknose fairing isn’t exactly a classic feature, the factory touched on a number of other historical high points throughout the rest of the Road Glide Limited. It starts with the front fender that maintains the same full-length outer dimension, but with sides that are cut back to reveal more of the Slicer II rim.

Right-way-up forks rock the classic beer-can fork skirts that hail all the way back to the middle of the previous century, and on half of the dozen different paint packages, the blackout treatment begins in earnest at this point. Forks, skirts, engine guards, engine, tank console and exhaust system all come with a monochromatic finish that is, instead, bright chrome on the other six color schemes. I’m not a fan of the chrome tank console and fuel door myself because of the blinding effect it can have, but I concede that not everyone is in that particular boat. To each his or her own, I guess.

To that list I would add the fixed Sharknose fairing, but it does achieve the goal of protecting the rider from the oncoming wind and weather, and comes complete with a vented windshield that reduces the head buffet effect. A set of fairing lowers complete the coverage to protect your legs and they add to the dry storage capacity with a couple of little glove boxes in their tops, plus they hide the little radiators that make the Twin-Cooling work.

Inside the fairing, there’s a quartet of round gauges and a color TFT touchscreen display for the Boom!™ Box GTS feature that, collectively, delivers all the pertinent metrics and serves as an interface for the higher electronics to include music, communications, navigation, and other critical metrics.

The comfortable saddle comes with a deep scoop that slings your butt at 27.2 inches off the ground if you weigh at least 180 pounds to compress the suspension, that is. The rise to the lofted pillion pad serves as a lumbar support for the pilot, and of course, your passenger is pampered with a wide, comfortable seat complete with a full-width backrest, armrest and footboards. Below the padded armrests you’ll find the other two speakers to finish off the music delivery with 25 Watts per channel so you can hear your tunes even at highway speeds.

Hard side cases and a Tourpak combine to deliver 4.7 cubic-feet of dry and secure storage capacity, enough for a long weekend or a serious grocery-getting run. Plus, there’s a chrome luggage rack for some extra open-air cargo capacity. An LED taillight and full-width lightbar ensure that you remain visible from the rear under any light conditions for a final bit of safety.

2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited Chassis

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2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited
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Straight-line stability is rock solid and comfort for both you and your passenger is paramount.

Welded mild-steel tubing makes up the main structure on the Road Glide Limited with a yoke-style swingarm that rocks a rectangular cross-section for strength. The steering head is set for low-stress tracking at speed with a 26-degree rake angle and 6.7 inches of trail over a 64-inch wheelbase. Those are just the kind of numbers you want on the interstate or in a crosswind.

Showa Dual Bending Valve forks lead the way and deliver a superior ride compared to vanilla stems in spite of the fact that they’re non-adjustable. The magic comes from the stroke speed-based variable damping that responds to demand in real time due to the flexible damping washers contained within.

Out back, a pair of emulsion shocks take care of business with an easy-to-reach handwheel that lets you quickly dial in the preload in response to changing passenger and cargo loads. Cast-aluminum Slicer II Contrast Bright wheels round out the rolling chassis with Dunlop hoops in a 130/80-17 up front opposite a 180/65-16 to put the power to the pavement.

Dual front discs and four-piston anchors slow the front wheel with a third four-pot caliper out back for the braking hardware, and the MoCo chucks on its Reflex Linked Brakes and ABS feature for some extra safety.

Rake (Steering Head): 26°
Trail: 6.7 in.
Lean Angle, Right/Left: 31.9°/ 31.8°
Wheel, Front: Slicer II cast aluminum with clear coat
Wheel, Rear: Slicer II cast aluminum with clear coat
Wheels, Optional Style: Gloss Black Slicer II
Tire, Front: BW 130/70B18 63H
Tire, Rear: BW 180/55B18 80H
Brakes, Caliper: 32 mm, 4-piston fixed front and rear

2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited Drivetrain

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2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited
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Optional equipment includes the Reflex Defensive Rider System bundle that brings the MoCo into the 21st century with an electronics package that includes cornering-enhanced features.

Power on the Road Glide Limited comes from the Twin-Cooled Milwaukee-Eight 114 powerplant to the tune of 122 pound-feet of torque at a low 3,000 rpm. A 102 mm bore and 114 mm stroke give the lump a total displacement of 1,868 cc, or 114 cubic-inches, hence the name, and it runs with a 10.5-to-1 compression ratio that’ll put you at the premium pump in order to prevent knock and ping.

The Road Glide Limited is pretty hefty at 932 pounds wet, and it’s pushing quite a bit of windage with its broad fairing and baggage, so it turns in a combined mileage rating average of 43 mpg. Since the factory abandoned the Twin Cam engine and returned to a single-cam valvetrain, the nosecone area has returned to a more classic design and the pushrod tubes display the old-school geometry which makes for a much more aesthetically pleasing presentation.

While the stock build comes with a fairly vanilla electronics suite, the optional equipment list includes the Reflex Defensive Rider Systems bundle that brings the MoCo into the 21st century with corner-sensitive Linked Brakes and ABS features along with a traction control feature that also benefits from the observations of the inertial measurement unit to keep you stable in the corners. A Drag-Torque Slip Control System prevents excessive backtorque from breaking the rear wheel loose to finish off the dynamic features, and for a final bit of convenience, the Vehicle Hold Control feature holds the brakes for you so you can put both feet down for stability on a grade.

A six-speed transmission sends power to the rear wheel via a carbon-reinforced belt drive, and the gear ratios deliver something around 105 mph top speed, though individual results may vary.

Engine: Twin-Cooled™ Milwaukee-Eight® 114
Bore x Stroke: 4.016 in. x 4.5 in.
Displacement: 114 cu in.
Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
Engine Torque (J1349): 122 ft-lb. @ 3,000 rpm
Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Exhaust: Chrome dual exhaust with 4 in. touring mufflers and touring muffler shields
Primary Drive: Chain, 34/46 ratio
Gear Ratios (Overall): 1st: 9.593, 2nd: 6.65, 3rd: 4.938, 4th:4, 5th: 3.407, 6th: 2.875

2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited Pricing

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MSRP on the Road Glide Limited starts at $28.3k for Vivid Black in the chrome finish and runs up to $32.4k for two-tone custom colors in the black-out finish.

H-D offers its 2020 Road Glide Limited in no less than a dozen different paint packages, and as usual, the prices break down along those lines. As usual, the Vivid Black with chrome components is at the bottom of the range at $28,299. The “Color” packages roll for $28,899 with a $29,349 sticker on the Two-Tone combos and $29,599 tag on the “Custom” color packages. If you want the blackout treatment, you can add $1,900 to the first three tiers and $2,800 to the top paint bracket.

Standard Equipped: ABS Option, Security System Option, Cruise Control Option, Premium Radio Option
Colors:
└ Chrome Finish: Vivid Black, Midnight Blue, River Rock Gray/Vivid Black, Silver Pine/Spruce, Stiletto Red, Tahitian Teal
└ Black Finish: Vivid Black, River Rock Gray, Barracuda Silver Denim/Black Denim, Billiard Red/Vivid Black, Scorched Orange/Silver Flux, Zephyr Blue/Black Sunglo
Price:
└ Chrome Finish: Vivid Black: $28,299, Color: $28,899, Two-Tone: $29,349, Custom Color: $29,599
└ Black Finish: Vivid Black: $30,199, Color: $30,799, Two-Tone: $31,249, Two-Tone Custom Color:$32,399
Reflex™ Defensive Rider System (RDRS): +$995

2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited Competitors

2015 - 2019 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero / Vulcan 1700 Voyager
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2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited
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As expected, Kawasaki gets a win at the checkout counter with its $17.5k sticker, though it doesn't bring the same level of electronics and entertainment.

Fixed-fairing models tend to appeal to a different buyer base than the fork-mount fairing models, so I wanted to find another similar tour bike to the Road Glide Limited, and Kawasaki was my Huckleberry with its Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS.

At a glance, it’s clear that Kawi is looking to grab riders with the same kind of taste in tourbikes. The broad front fairing is similar to Harley’s sharknose, both in its shape and its frame-mounted nature. If there’s any benefit to this arrangement, it’s in the fact that the fairing’s windage doesn’t affect steering quite as much as a fork-mount fairing, but let’s be honest; it’s really all about the looks here.

A two-tone colorway and the liberal application of chrome wraps up the package beautifully in classic American style, so credit to Kawi where it’s due, and the Vulcan hits some other major high points with a topcase-style trunk and hard bags to deliver a similar touring capacity to the Road Glide Limited.

Kawi’s front forks are plain vanilla, but the rear end is pretty plush with air-adjustable shocks and a quartet of rebound-damping profiles, so we can call the suspension a wash. Same with the stock brakes since the Vulcan rocks Kawi’s K-ACT II ABS to deliver some extra traction security. I specified “stock” because Harley’s optional RDRS pack takes it up a notch, but let’s just focus on the standard equipment for now.

The Vulcan 1700’s power comes from a big V-twin as well with a 1,700 cc displacement and 107.6 pound-feet of torque on tap at a remarkably low 2,750 rpm. While that falls short of the Mil-8’s numbers, it’s fair to say that anything over 100 pound-feet is impressive.

As expected, Kawasaki gets its biggest win at the checkout counter with its $17,499 sticker, and though it doesn’t bring the same level of electronics and entertainment, it does deliver the essentials, and it does it for a significantly lower price.

He Said

“Personally not a huge fan of the sharknose, but aside from that, I think this is a great new machine from the MoCo. Oh, and don’t worry about the bulk and weight; I assure you that the Mil-8 has something to give when you roll on, regardless of rpm or gear. Of course, the biggest news lies with the RDRS options that button up some of the holes in Harley-Davidson’s tech coverage and put it on equal footing with the other big-name manufacturers around the world.”

She Said

My wife and fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, “From a features standpoint, the new Road Glide Limited took over from the Electra Glide Limited as far as things like heated grips and the luggage rack. It comes available in black-out or chrome finishes but not all colorways come in both finishes so you’ll have to pick accordingly. This is a grand tourer for folks who are serious about touring bikes. Straight-line stability is rock solid and comfort for both you and your passenger is paramount. The RDRS option is a nice electronics package that adds systems like Cornering Enhanced Traction Control, Cornering Enhanced Drag Torque Slip Control, Cornering Enhanced Linked Brakes, Enhanced ABS, and a few other goodies that started in the CVO and trikes and are trickling their way down into the tourbikes.”

2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited Specifications

Engine & Drivetrain:
Engine: Twin-Cooled™ Milwaukee-Eight® 114
Bore x Stroke: 4.016 in. x 4.5 in.
Displacement: 114 cu in.
Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
Engine Torque (J1349): 122 ft-lb. @ 3,000 rpm
Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Exhaust: Chrome dual exhaust with 4 in. touring mufflers and touring muffler shields
Primary Drive: Chain, 34/46 ratio
Gear Ratios (Overall): 1st: 9.593, 2nd: 6.65, 3rd: 4.938, 4th:4, 5th: 3.407, 6th: 2.875
Chassis:
Rake (Steering Head): 26°
Trail: 6.7 in.
Lean Angle, Right/Left: 31.9°/ 31.8°
Wheel, Front: Slicer II cast aluminum with clear coat
Wheel, Rear: Slicer II cast aluminum with clear coat
Wheels, Optional Style: Gloss Black Slicer II
Tire, Front: BW 130/70B18 63H
Tire, Rear: BW 180/55B18 80H
Brakes, Caliper: 32 mm, 4-piston fixed front and rear
Dimensions & Capacities:
Length: 102.1 in.
Seat Height, Laden: 27.2 in.
Ground Clearance: 5.1 in.
Wheelbase: 64 in.
Fuel Capacity: 6 gal.
Fuel Economy: 43 mpg
Oil Capacity (w/Filter): 5 qt.
Dry Weight: 897 lb.
Curb Weight: 932 lb.
Luggage Capacity -Volume: 4.7 cu ft
Top Speed: 105 mph (est)
Electric:
Lights (As Per Country Regulation), Indicator Lamps: High beam, neutral, running lights, turn signals, low oil pressure, engine diagnostics, cruise control, speakers, accessory, security system, 6-speed, low fuel warning, ABS.
Gauges: Gauges styled to complement each vehicle. Display features odometer, trip A, trip B, range to empty and gear indicator; and larger tell-tale indicators.
Infotainment:
Infotainment System: Boom!™ Box GTS
Type: Full Color TFT
Watts Per Channel: 25
Speakers: 4, 5.25 inch
Headset Specifications (If Equipped)Boom Audio Wireless Headset 16-64 ohms
FM: Standard
SD Card, Flash Drive And MP3 - Via USB Connection: Supported
Languages: English (US/UK), German, Spanish (Mexico/Spain), French (Canada/France), Italian, Portuguese (Portugal/Brazil), Russian, Czech, Polish, Dutch, Turkish, Japanese
Hands-Free Mobile Phone - Via Bluetooth: Standard
Vehicle Information Screen (Air Temperature, Oil Pressure And EITMS): Standard
USB Bluetooth: Phone/Media Supported
Details:
Standard Equipped: ABS Option, Security System Option, Cruise Control Option, Premium Radio Option
Colors:
└ Chrome Finish: Vivid Black, Midnight Blue, River Rock Gray/Vivid Black, Silver Pine/Spruce, Stiletto Red, Tahitian Teal
└ Black Finish: Vivid Black, River Rock Gray, Barracuda Silver Denim/Black Denim, Billiard Red/Vivid Black, Scorched Orange/Silver Flux, Zephyr Blue/Black Sunglo
Price:
└ Chrome Finish: Vivid Black: $28,299, Color: $28,899, Two-Tone: $29,349, Custom Color: $29,599
└ Black Finish: Vivid Black: $30,199, Color: $30,799, Two-Tone: $31,249, Two-Tone Custom Color:$32,399
Reflex™ Defensive Rider System (RDRS): +$995

Further Reading

Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero / Vulcan 1700 Voyager

2015 - 2019 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero / Vulcan 1700 Voyager
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See our review of the Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero / Vulcan 1700 Voyager.

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