Harley’s 2020 Lineup Adds Low Rider S and LiveWire Models

CVO Tri Glide, Road Glide Limited are other highlights for new model year.

LiveWire
Long time no see. The all-electric LiveWire leads the lineup for Harley’s 2020 model year.Harley-Davidson

Harley-Davidson has announced the first wave of new bikes for the 2020 model year. Among them is the now familiar LiveWire electric motorcycle, a new Low Rider S model, and a new CVO Tri Glide billed as the "ultimate" three-wheeler. A fully appointed Road Glide Limited touring rig also takes its place in the Touring line, replacing the Road Glide Ultra. The Motor Company has also officially launched or expanded several new electronic rider aids including the new Reflex Defensive Rider Systems (RDRS), previously seen only on the LiveWire, and H-D Connect, a cell-based connectivity service, both of which will migrate to select other models.

LiveWire
Skip the clutch: the LiveWire’s Revelation all-electric powertrain gives you right-now acceleration with just a twist of the throttle.Harley-Davidson

How many times do you have to introduce a bike to make it stick? Apparently it’s like five or so, if you’re Harley and you’re introducing the company’s very first electric model. By our count The Motor Company has “launched” the Live Wire nearly half a dozen times (give or take an event or two) in the last 18 months. So if you don’t know anything about Harley’s all-electric standard, you’re either too lazy or you really just don’t care.

What makes the LiveWire different is that it's a full-formed motorcycle, a clean-sheet design built with the specificity of an electric powertrain in mind. With none of the heavy weight of traditional form factors to consider, the LiveWire brings a fresh design as well as eye-opening and arm-stretching performance and new tech to match, managing to interpret Harley's brand language for a new customer without getting bogged down in the past. It's been a delicate balance to strike for Milwaukee—attracting the new and curious urban rider without alienating the core customer—but with the Live Wire, we'd say mission accomplished. Read our First Ride impressions here.

Low Rider S
The new Low Rider S bulls its way into the 2020 Softail lineup, bringing a West Coast attitude and aggressive style with enhanced performance to match.Harley-Davidson

The new Low Rider S slots into Harley’s cruiser lineup, where it combines a performance-first approach that emphasizes power, handling, and enhanced control with traditional Harley-Davidson character. A rigid-mounted Milwaukee-Eight 114 powerplant serves as the heart and soul, while the Softail chassis rides on up-spec suspension components made to handle a harder-edged riding style with a 43mm inverted fork (and a steeper rake: 28 degrees compared with the 30-degree angle on the standard Low Rider) holding single-cartridge internal technology for improved handling. A single coil-over shock with emulsion technology offers easy hydraulic preload adjustment and you also get dual front brakes with 300mm discs on the S model rather than the single disc on the standard Low Rider. ABS is also standard.

Milwaukee-Eight 114
High bars, inverted fork, and dual discs join the Milwaukee-Eight 114 mill on the new Low Rider S.Harley-Davidson

The blacked-out performance cruiser takes its styling cues from popular West Coast elements with a hint of club style, à la the motocross-style 1-inch bars with 4-inch risers, a mini speed screen, and a high-back solo seat to complete the aggressive vibe. “The look of the new Low Rider S is really rooted in the legacy of the Low Rider models of the 1980s, that has a devoted following which has spread worldwide from origins in Southern California, and in the recent Dyna-based Low Rider S model,” said Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson vice president of styling and design. The 19-inch front and 16-inch rear cast-aluminum wheels get finished in Matte Dark Bronze for a unique contrast to the motorcycle’s other black components. You can get the Low Rider S in either Vivid Black or Barracuda Silver, with MSRP starting at $17,999.

H-D Connect
H-D Connect is standard on 2020 Touring bikes (except Road King and Electra Glide Standard), the Tri Glide Ultra, CVO, and LiveWire.Harley-Davidson

H-D is also pushing its Connect service, which allows riders to stay connected to their bikes via their smartphone, using the Harley-Davidson app. The H-D Connect service offers subscription-based cellular connectivity on some Harley-Davidson models so owners can check out key vehicle health info like battery charge and fuel levels, range, software updates, and riding stats, and even monitor their bike’s security by getting tamper alerts on the app.

LiveWire owners can also find compatible charging stations and receive charging alerts while they’re topping off the electrons. FYI, H-D Connect will cost you after the first free year of service expires.

RDRS electronics
RDRS electronics are included on the 2020 LiveWire, Trike, and CVO models, and optional on Touring models.Harley-Davidson

Select models in the 2020 lineup are also equipped (or have the option to be) with H-D’s Reflex Defensive Rider Systems (RDRS) which is a collection of electronic systems (some new, some not so new) designed to match your motorcycle’s performance to its available traction while you’re accelerating, decelerating, and braking. The systems utilize the latest chassis control, electronic brake control, and powertrain technology, and as RDRS, are bundled together, except where noted.

One of the key features within RDRS is Cornering Enhanced Electronic Linked Braking (C-ELB), which applies braking to both wheels when either the hand lever or foot pedal brake unit is applied for better stopping performance. Other accompanying features include Cornering Enhanced ABS (C-ABS), Cornering Enhanced Traction Control System (C-TCS), and the Drag-Torque Slip Control System (DSCS). The Vehicle Hold Control (VHC) system and the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) are also included in some RDRS bundles; the RDRS features are standard on the 2020 LiveWire, Trike, and CVO models, and optional on all 2020 Touring models in the US (except Electra Glide Standard models).

2020 Road Glide Limited
Replacing the Road Glide Ultra is the 2020 Road Glide Limited, which also continues the luxury touring experience with heated grips, Tour-Pak, ABS, infotainment, and more.Harley-Davidson

Also making the scene for 2020 is the new Road Glide Limited which replaces the Road Glide Ultra but continues in the same Grand Touring tradition with a host of premium luxury features.

As you might guess, that includes top-shelf details like painted pinstripes, a high gloss inner fairing, heated rider handgrips, premium Slicer II Contrast Bright wheels, and a new tank. Put it all atop the unmistakable shark-nosed Road Glide platform, and you have a two-up touring specialist with agreeable aerodynamics, superior triple split-stream venting, and a smooth powerful Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine to propel you down the highway. Dual Daymaker LED headlamps are there to punch a huge hole in the darkness, while an easily adjustable rear shock lets you fine-tune the preload and the ride. Reflex Linked Brakes with ABS come standard, as does the Boom! Box GTS infotainment system with color touchscreen for navigation, communication, and entertainment options. It starts at $28,299, in basic black.

Heritage Classic
The Heritage Classic (107 model) gets brighter finishes and new color options for 2020.Harley-Davidson

The Heritage Classic also gets a bit of a cosmetic refresh for the 2020 model year, but remains mechanically unchanged from the 2019 model. Harley says it’s “restyled” to be brighter than the previous Classic but all that basically means is some more chrome and other finishes as well as a couple of new paint options. The most visible fresh bits include a chrome air cleaner and covers, chrome headlamp and auxiliary light buckets, chrome fork covers, and a polished stainless steel handlebar with a chrome riser, along with a clear windscreen and chrome hardware. The new hues are Billiard Burgundy, two-tone Silver Pine/Spruce, and Billiard Red/Vivid Black. Meanwhile, the Heritage Classic 114 model keeps last year’s original, blacked-out look.

CVO Tri Glide
H-D tells us the CVO Tri Glide was the most-requested model in the entire series’ history.Harley-Davidson

For 2020, the new CVO Tri Glide model joins the Limited and Street Glide models in the high-end, limited-production, super-premium CVO category. Harley says this is the most-requested model in the history of Custom Vehicle Operations so it figures The Motor Company would pack it with all kinds of premium components and up-spec tech, like a new Daymaker Adaptive LED Headlamp, a top-of-the-line Boom! Box GTS infotainment with a premium sound system to match and the Boom! Audio 30K Bluetooth headset to augment all that. The CVO Tri Glide ups its touring game with additions like heated rider and passenger seats, a touring rack, lighted bar controls, a CB radio, and it’s also wired for the smartphone-linked H-D Connect system. Let’s also not forget all CVO bikes exclusively get the Milwaukee-Eight 117 powertrain, which has the most displacement and power offered from the H-D factory. This three-wheeler rides on new 19-inch front and 18-inch rear Tomahawk contrast cut wheels, and you have a choice of two premium custom paint finishes. RDRS is standard but the CVO Tri Glide will set you back a whopping $48,999.

CVO Limited
The CVO Limited is back for 2020, bringing new colorways and some other enhancements for the new year.Harley-Davidson
Harley’s Softail lineup
Harley’s Softail lineup for 2020 adds a new face and gets a few minor tweaks but remains largely unchanged.Harley-Davidson

As a final note, the Reflex Brembo electronic linked Antilock Braking System (ABS) that was was only available as an option on some Touring models will now be included on all 2020 Touring motorcycles.