Whenever you're a major OEM it's a time-honored apply to interact in somewhat little bit of product shuffling each every now and then to maintain the lineup wanting recent. Add some paint and equipment, name it a new model, and rotate out an older bike to placate the trustworthy. Everyone does it. The Motor Firm's latest exercise includes the brand new Road Glide Limited, which is billed as a "premium luxury tourer" and makes its debut in Harley-Davidson's Touring line for 2020.
It started with the Road Glide Ultra, another luxury long-hauler, which received booted from the Touring group this yr in favor of the Limited, presumably as a result of both bikes have been very equally configured, featured, and priced. In reality the one variations we might find between the 2—and this is straight off the spec sheet—are wheel sizes, new paint and finishes, slightly taller handlebars with heated grips, and recent badges on the new 2020 Limited. Harley says the gasoline tank is "new" too, but we could not really inform from a quick glance. In any other case, you've got the shark nostril fairing with dual Daymaker LEDs carved into the front face and a Growth! Field GTS infotainment unit on the bottom, the Milwaukee-Eight 114 Twin-Cooled engine, the Tour-Pak, the 13.5-inch defend—you already know the drill.
From a distance, the Restricted is a lifeless doppelganger for the Ultra, and up shut is not any totally different, revealing the same 49mm fork with Showa Twin Bending Valve tech inside and a hand-adjustable rear monoshock that allows you to dial in preload (it is the Premium model, which nets you 3 inches of journey). But let's speak concerning the differentiation: Clients get a greater variety of paint colors, finishes, and other options to select from, and the 2020 Street Glide Restricted rides on new wheels. You will see a pair of 18-inchers on the Limited whereas the Extremely rode on a 17-inch wheel up front with a 16-inch hoop locking down the rear. And whereas the Extremely wore Impeller wheels, the Limited gets the Slicer II type. Reflex Linked Brakes with ABS make a return as nicely on the usual Street Glide Restricted model, but the excellent news is that you've the option to upgrade—all Harley Touring models (except the Electra Glide Commonplace) now supply an non-compulsory suite of electronic rider aids called RDRS. That is something the Ultra by no means had and we will inform you straight up, it makes a world of distinction.
RDRS stands for Reflex Defensive Rider Methods and, in easy phrases, constitutes a classy electronics package deal designed to match the bike’s performance to obtainable traction during acceleration, deceleration, and braking—even while cornering. It consists of:
Cornering Enhanced ABS (C-ABS), which balances front and rear braking, even when leaned over; Cornering Enhanced Traction Management System (C-TCS), which is meant to stop the rear wheel from spinning out underneath acceleration; Drag-Torque Slip Management System (DSCS) that’s meant to manage rear wheel slip and lock during engine-braking (upon deceleration on slippery roads); and Car Hold Control (VHC), which you'll be able to interact to use brake strain to keep the bike from rolling, say, backward down a hill whereas stopped. A Tire Strain Monitoring System (TPMS) can also be part of the RDRS suite, however you will get it as a stand-alone accessory on select 2020 Touring models for those who choose.
The Street Glide Restricted we whipped round San Diego County got here outfitted with the RDRS suite, a $995 choice on Touring models however normal on all CVOs this yr, and we will inform you it’s value every penny, especially in the event you’re susceptible to getting in means too scorching in corners (ahem) or anticipating sketchy climate and even sketchier roads along your travels. It saved our bacon multiple occasions, the traction management coming in particularly useful within the often-sandy twisties we tackled in San Diego’s excessive desert, and the cornering ABS and linked brakes… Let’s simply say that heaving a 900-plus-pound motorbike round a long term of sinuous curler coasters while always toggling between throttle and binders might be an eye-opening exercise even with the good thing about digital rider aids. Straight-line ABS is one thing, however cornering ABS? In the V-twin touring cruiser world that’s tantamount to sorcery. Not that I’m complaining.
The third or fourth nook out of Julian is where it really hit residence, on a decreasing-radius soiled left-hander, white-knuckling it with a bunch of different dunderheaded journos. No shoulder, the turn closing quick, leaned method over, an excessive amount of throttle—all that was left to do was mash as much brake as I might muster. The RDRS adjusted, balanced, reapplied, and bailed me out, massive time. Sandy spots with uneven surfaces examined the system many times, but even if I used to be standing the large luxo-tourer up with all 4 fingers on the lever, the brakes—and the traction control too, frankly—never failed to offer me a strong contact patch in those tight soiled esses (even when lever effort is a bit on the excessive aspect). Credit the incredibly clever Bosch six-axis IMU (inertial measurement unit) for sending all the correct pitch, roll, and acceleration alerts to the Limited’s ECU and holding my keister out of the bushes.
But the RDRS just isn't normal gear, and the foundational stuff we’ve come to take as a right needs a shout-out too; the M-8 114 engine is a dream in this chassis, feeling completely as much as the duty of pushing a 900-pound bike with out respiration onerous. The 122 pound-feet of torque is obtainable proper if you want it, and we would have liked it at every turn; 20-mph corners meant all the time having to crank the throttle upon exit and the 114 was by no means snappy, by no means pushy, just able to roll on with authority. The pullback tiller-type bar was also right up my alley, allowing for a relaxed driving place and giving shorter pilots like this guy great leverage for back-roads hustling. A comfortable, large touring seat was cozy and supportive enough for at the very least a few hours, however that touring defend’s a nonstarter for riders beneath 5-foot-Eight—the top edge hits right via your line of sight, so wanting by means of corners turns into a chore. A slight curvature slightly below the top also makes for a distorted view of the street, though your outcomes might range.
It was made clear to us that the opposite major function of the brand new Street Glide Restricted is the dizzying array of paint choices, and that’s about right for this phase. It’s full-boat grand touring and, as outfitted, the Restricted is probably as shut as you'll be able to come to a CVO in the primary line.
The 2020 Street Glide Restricted will ding you $28,299 to start out, a tick pricier than last yr’s Extremely, however the RDRS provides $995 to the entire. It’s out there now.
Talking of CVOs, we stored swapping between the 117-equipped 2020 CVO Limited (seen final yr as a mainline 2019 Touring model) and the 114-outfitted Limited, and to be perfectly trustworthy, both bikes have been amazingly composed and impressively competent for the winding roads we tackled. With either machine tipping the scales at nicely over 900 kilos, we didn’t even really feel the added displacement of the 117 engine in the CVO that much, apart from a barely greater punch (125 pound-feet of torque) out of low-speed corners. As with all CVOs for 2020, the CVO Limited comes with RDRS commonplace too, in addition to the H-D Connect service, which links your bike to your telephone (but was not enabled on our bike at the time).
There were a few different options we really dug on the CVO bike, specifically the super-plush seat with rider again help that frankly made the Street Glide Restricted’s saddle really feel like a piano bench. The CVO Restricted also rocked the Daymaker Adaptive LED Headlight, probably the most superior such lighting provided by Harley presently. Our experience was in the full mild of day so we didn’t get to see the extra LED lights in the best setting; these lights sense lean angle and activate to throw illumination into corners you wouldn’t normally see with commonplace LEDs.
The CVOs are all about premium touches, tech, and finishes and the Restricted has all that in spades, however beneath all of it can also be a superb touring motorbike. It is a fairly expensive one too: MSRP is $44,039.
2020 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Limited Specs
|Worth||$28,299–$30,499 (RDRS provides $995)|
|Engine||1,868cc Milwaukee-Eight 114 V-twin; 8 valves|
|Transmission/remaining drive||6-speed Cruise Drive/belt|
|Claimed torque||122 lb.-ft. @ three,000 rpm|
|Front suspension||49mm fork w/ Twin Bending Valve; 4.6-in. travel|
|Rear suspension||Monoshock w/ hand-adjustable spring preload; 3.0-in. journey|
|Front brake||Four-piston calipers, 300mm twin discs w/ ABS|
|Rear brake||4-piston caliper, 300mm disc w/ ABS|
|Seat peak||27.2 in. (laden)|
|Gasoline capacity||6.0 gal.|
|Claimed moist weight||932 lb.|