Harley just announced the first wave of new entries for its 2020 lineup, and between the electric LiveWire and cool new Low Rider S, you may not have noticed that there's also a fresh Touring model this year. Making the scene for 2020 is the new Road Glide Limited, which replaces the Road Glide Ultra. Not surprisingly, it soldiers on in the same Grand Touring tradition as its dearly departed brother, with a host of premium luxury features to accentuate its two-up, long-haul bona fides. In fact, it's almost splitting hairs to find the differences between the outgoing Ultra and the new Limited model, so we'll try to sum them up here.
First let’s scan the RG Limited’s style sheet, which brings newfound bling in the form of painted pinstripes, a high gloss inner fairing, and premium Slicer II Contrast Bright 18-inch wheels. And there’s more slick paint options than you can shake a stick at, with a choice of Vivid Black; Vivid Black with a Black Finish; Midnight Blue; River Rock Gray/Vivid Black; Silver Pine/Spruce; Stiletto Red; Tahitian Teal; River Rock Gray; Barracuda Silver Denim/Black Denim; Billiard Red/Vivid Black; Scorched Orange/Silver Flux; or Zephyr Blue/Black Sunglo. Whew. Oh yeah, Harley says there’s also a new tank though fuel capacity remains at 6 gallons, so we’re not quite sure exactly what’s changed about it other than the new tank medallions.
Down below though is the same unmistakable Road Glide platform riding on a 64-inch wheelbase with 49mm fork legs with Dual Bending Valve tech and a frame-mounted shark-nose fairing carrying a touring screen and super-handy triple split-stream venting. You get those wickedly efficient dual Daymaker LED headlamps just like on the Ultra, while an easily adjustable rear shock below the seat lets you fine-tune your preload for a more compliant ride. The Reflex electronically linked four-piston Brembo brakes with 300mm discs carry over as well as standard-issue equipment.
Warm your digits with the included heated grips (which offer six settings), and stash all your crap in the roomy Tour-Pak luggage carrier for those long multiday jaunts. You’ll see the same super-smooth Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine on the Limited, also Twin-Cooled for maximum efficiency. The Boom! Box GTS infotainment system with full-color TFT touchscreen (upgraded last year) gives you super-fine clarity and easy access to tunes, navigation, and phone ops, as well as vehicle data.
The 2020 RG Limited also comes with cruise control, factory security, and, as we mentioned, ABS as standard features, and also comes with H-D’s Connect service (which works with the Harley-Davidson app) free for the first year, should you want to stay tethered to your bike even from a remote location to access key vehicle info as well as monitoring its security. The RG Limited’s wheelbase, rake, and seat height are all the same as the outgoing RG Ultra’s but somehow the Limited rings in 5 pounds lighter.
There are now three Road Glide-based models in Harley’s Touring line, comprised of the Road Glide, the Road Glide Special, and now the Road Glide Limited.
The 2020 Road Glide Limited clocks in at a starting MSRP of $28,299, with the top-of-the-line two-tone custom paint option costing $30,499. The optional Reflex Defensive Rider Systems (with electronic powertrain and chassis control features) costs an additional $995, taking the price tag of a fully equipped, optional two-tone custom paint Road Glide Limited to $31,494.