Harley-Davidson unveiled its 2020 lineup of motorcycles at its annual dealer meeting yesterday. The meeting touted the launch of the first electric motorcycle produced by a major manufacturer, the 2020 LiveWire, along with the return of the Low Rider S, this time as a Softail. Other headlines include the first CVO trike, the 2020 CVO Tri Glide, which is outfitted with the full complement of rider aids in Harley’s Reflex Defensive Rider Systems. The Motor Company also announced its subscription-based H-D Connect service which allows owners to connect remotely to their motorcycle and keep tabs on key data in addition to monitoring its security. Model-wise, the 2020 Heritage Classic gets a chrome makeover, the 2020 Road Glide Limited replaces the Road Glide Ultra, and the Sportster line gets trimmed down a tad as neither the SuperLow, Forty-Eight Special or 1200 Custom return from 2019. While Harley-Davidson had styling prototypes of the 1250cc Pan America adventure-tourer, the Bareknuckle Streetfighter with the new 975cc engine, and both an electric scooter and mountain bike on display at the meeting, when these models will be in production has yet to be announced.

2020 Harley LiveWire 

The 2020 Harley LiveWire is powered by the H-D Revelation motor, an internal permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor with water jacket cooling. The coolant circulates through a small radiator. The electric motor is positioned longitudinally and low in the chassis to keep the motorcycle’s center of gravity down and to keep it agile and maneuverable. Harley claims it puts out 105 horsepower (78 kW) and 86 lb-ft torque. The LiveWire is powered by a 15.5kWh high-voltage lithium ion battery positioned in the center of the motorcycle and surrounded by the motorcycle’s cast-aluminum frame. It’s also equipped with a 12-volt lithium-ion accessory battery that provides power for start-up and key fob recognition. The LiveWire has an on-board Level 1 charger that plugs into a standard 120-volt (or 240-volt) household outlet with a special power cord that stores below the motorcycle seat. Harley’s electric motorcycle is performance-minded as a fully-adjustable mono-shock anchors the rear while the front sees a Showa Separate Function Big Piston Fork. Up-spec Brembos round out the package. The 2020 LiveWire has an MSRP of $29,799.

2020 Harley Softails 

The big news in the 2020 Harley Softail line is the addition of the 2020 Low Rider S. The model was previously a Dyna but was discontinued in 2017. (Be sure to check out our 2020 Low Rider S First Look article for a complete breakdown of the new addition) Other highlights of the 2020 Softail line is the restyling of the 2020 Heritage Classic. Just about everything that was previously blacked-out is now dressed up in chrome. The list is lengthy – air cleaner, covers, steel laced wheels, headlamp bucket, auxiliary light buckets, fork legs, fork covers, rear fender struts and side covers, console, and a chrome riser and top clamp for the polished stainless steel handlebar. Meanwhile, the 2020 Heritage Classic 114, powered by the Milwaukee-Eight 114, will still have blacked-out components.

On the touring front, the 2020 Road Glide Limited is in and the Road Glide Ultra is out. Differences between the two are subtle, the Limited version receiving some fresh pinstripes, a gloss-finish on its inner fairing, heated rider hand grips, Slicer II Contrast Bright wheels and new tank, front and rear fender medallions. Dynamically, the long-range touring version of the Road Glide is still powered by a Milwaukee-Eight 114, has Reflex Electronic Linked Brakes and Harley’s improved touch-screen Boom! Box GTS infotainment system. Harley does offer one noteworthy new wrinkle for the 2020 Road Glide Limited. It can be outfitted with Harley’s new Reflex Defensive Rider Systems, an upgraded electronics package with cornering ABS, linked brakes and traction control, as well as a drag-torque slip control system that functions when cornering as well in addition to Harley’s new “Vehicle Hold Control” which keeps bikes from rolling backwards on hills. (For more details, be sure to check out the Harley Launches Reflex Defensive Rider Systems on 2020 CVO, LiveWire and Trike Models article)

The 2020 CVO Tri Glide is the first trike to sneak into the CVO lineup. 

And while the focus of Harley’s Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) line has been on its touring models recently, 2020 is the first time a three-wheeler has crept into the CVO lineup. The 2020 CVO Tri Glide is powered by a Milwaukee-Eight 117, the largest engine Harley offers in a production motorcycle. The 1923cc powerplant puts out a reported 125 lb-ft of torque, numbers bolstered by a high-performance intake and camshaft. It has a dual-bending valve fork and emulsion rear. The CVO Tri Glide has both a built-in, power locking trunk with 50 pounds of storage capacity in addition to a Tour-Pak. The list of high-end goodies is impressive, from its Tomahawk Contrast Cut cast aluminum wheels to heated grips, pegs, floorboards and muffler tips from Harley’s Kahuna Collection. The aforementioned Reflex Defensive Rider Systems adapted specifically for three-wheelers comes standard. Premium paint is always part of the CVO package, and the 2020 CVO Tri Glide is offered in either Blizzard White with a three-stripe graphic pattern, Gray Contrast Cut wheels and Bright Chrome finishes or Black Stardust with a three-stripe graphic pattern, Gloss Black Contrast Cut wheels and Bright Chrome finishes. It also comes with a premium price tag of $48,999.

The final storyline coming out of the Harley camp for 2020 is the introduction of the H-D Connect service. It is a subscription-based service utilized through a smartphone via the updated Harley-Davidson App. One of its most appealing features is its security function which allows riders to remotely monitor whether someone is tampering with their bike. It can help owners track down a stolen motorcycle, too. The H-D Connect service also allows riders to remotely check a wide range of data including high-voltage battery charge status or fuel level, available range, tire pressure (on Tire Pressure Monitoring System-equipped models), ride mode (on equipped models), odometer, infotainment software updates where applicable, and riding statistics. The service is particularly beneficial to LiveWire owners who can use the H-D App “to search for, and navigate to, compatible charge station locations, and while charging, view time to completion and receive charging alerts without having to physically be near the motorcycle.” Another useful feature is the ability to send Harley owners service reminders.

The H-D Connect service is a standard feature on 2020 Touring models (except the Road King/S and Electra Glide Standard), Tri Glide Ultra, CVOs, and the LiveWire. Harley-Davidson motorcycles equipped with H-D Connect service include a cellular telematics control unit (TCU). The H-D Connect service will be offered for a one-year free trial period with the purchase of a new, untitled 2020 model year Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the U.S. that is equipped with the H-D Connect service and will be available with a subscription charge following the initial period.