While the headline for 2020 is certainly the new Low Rider S – a distinct model set apart from the regular Low Rider, giving Sport Glide owners hope of a 114-inch twin disc Sport Glide S in the future – it’s not the only change in the line-up, which features more omissions than arrivals.
Sportsters: Business as usual, with even colour changes kept to a minimum. Is this the model’s twilight years before the new water-cooled middleweight is released? Only if the tooling is worn out: you’d be mad to bet against Harley running the XL alongside the new customs that are due in 2022, at least until they are confident that the market is ready to embrace the new models.
Softails: The 107-inch Breakout and 107-inch Heritage Classic have been dropped, leaving only the Fat Bob and Fat Boy will continue to be available in both capacities, and frankly you’ve got to wonder why. This is now moving from a two tier family – former Dyna and former Softails models – into three tiers: 107, 114 and 107/114 and you can’t help wondering how long the excellent 107-inch has got.
The five 107 models are the FXBB Street Bob, FXLR Low Rider, FLSB Sport Glide, FLSL Slim and FLDE Deluxe; the four 114 models are the FXLRS Low Rider S, FXBR Breakout, FLHCS Heritage Classic and FXDRS while the FXFB/FXFBS Fat Bob andFLFB/FLFBS Fat Boy have a foot in both camps – the only visual differences between the different capacities being an air cleaner and a few accents.
There has been a price adjustment for the FXDR, which is now down to £17,995 and closer to where it should have been in the first place as a top end ‘Dyna’, and with thirteen bikes from the Street Bob at £12,295 to the £20,135 2-Tone Custom Heritage Softail, there’s a lot of choice to suit many wallets.
Touring: We’ve lost the soft-bag Road King Classic for 2020, which is something of a surprise with the Heritage Classic having reduced luggage capacity, as well as the regular 107-inch Street Glide and Road Glide, while the Road Glide Ultra has been replaced by the Road Glide Limited. The Ultra Limited Low seems to have been dropped for next year too, but maybe they’re listing it differently. So, ten bikes are down to seven with only the base Road King and Electra Glide Standard sticking with the 107-inch motor.
Disappointingly, it would appear that the Boom! 6.5GTS still doesn’t communicate with Bluetooth headsets without additional hardware.
Trike: No major changes.
CVO: A revised Street Glide and revised Limited – both available in chrome or black styling – are joined for the first time by a CVO Trike: the most expensive production vehicle (unless you include the Ford trucks) to roll out of a catalogue, with prices starting from £44,995. If you’ve got it, there are few easier ways to flaunt it.
Electric: The Livewire is live but nothing we don’t already know. With 0-60 in three seconds, 145 mile range in the city / 95 highway miles and £28,995, it is a future that will co-exist with combustion engines for the rest of our lifetimes: you pays your money and takes your choice.