Harley-Davidson gears up for 2020 with new models, new tech and new paint
After last year’s announcement of expanding the company’s portfolio, Harley-Davidson has been on a roll. The American cruiser giant has showcased its first electric bike, LiveWire and now the company has updated its existing lineup as well. A new Low Rider S, an updated CVO Road Glide and an all-new CVO Tri Glide trike are all set for 2020 along with updated tech for the bikes.
Low Rider S
Harley-Davidson has decided to spruce up the Low Rider S with a Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine which is now plonked in a softail chassis. The 1868cc V-Twin motor belts out 161.3Nm at 3,000rpm. Other changes include premium suspension components, raised handlebars and a cowl for the headlight. The American cruiser giant has also ditched the chrome treatment in favour of blacked-out components.
New CVO Road Glide
Harley-Davidson’s CVO range has received an update too. The Road Glide Limited gets new features like heated grips, Slicer II wheels, a new fuel tank along with medallions for the front and rear mudguards. The bike also gets an updated colour touchscreen infotainment system offering navigation, communication and entertainment options.
The 2020 Ultra Limited and Road Glide Limited models now also get a black finish option that gives everything from the engine to the saddlebag guards a stealthy black treatment. The brand’s new ABS as standard for all the touring models.
New CVO Tri Glide
Joining the league of the super-premium CVO models is the CVO Tri Glide, a trike that is powered by a Milwaukee-Eight 117, 1,923cc engine producing 170Nm. This is the biggest and most powerful engine from Harley-Davidson and is exclusive to the CVO models only.
Harley-Davidson is introducing new tech for 2020. A subscription-based smartphone system, christened as H-D Connect allows Harley owners to remotely access their motorcycles. The owners can monitor the bike’s security by receiving tamper alerts and even stolen-vehicle assistance. H-D Connect was first introduced in the LiveWire.
Another LiveWire-derived tech is the new Reflex Defensive Rider System (RDRS). The RDRS monitors the available traction during acceleration, braking and deceleration by utilising the chassis control, electronic brake control (ABS?) and powertrain technology.
Though the company has not announced the plans for the India launch for the new CVO models, the LiveWire will be showcased in India later this month. So stay tuned!