The Road Glide aesthetic is popular in the Harley-Davidson pantheon, so instead of completely axing a Road Glide dresser model for 2020, The Motor Company simply replaced the Road Glide Ultra with the Road Glide Limited, positioning it in the “premium luxury tourer” category.
You’ll see all the signature elements of the Road Glide, but the Limited is filled to the gills with touring amenities like a 13.5-inch-tall windshield, fairing lowers, two-passenger touring seat, and that Tour-Pak top trunk, resulting in a handy 4.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity. Other practical features include a pair of 18-inch wheels, a “Twin-Cooled” Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine, and a standard Boom! Box GTS infotainment system. Customers get a wider variety of premium paint, finishes, and other options too.
When we rode it at the introduction several months ago, we liked the power and planted feel of the Limited, saying, “the M-8 114 engine is a dream in this chassis, feeling totally up to the task of pushing a 900-pound bike without breathing hard. The claimed 122 pound-feet of torque is available right when you need it, and…the pullback tiller-type bar allow[s] for a relaxed riding position…giving great leverage for back-roads hustling.” It’s full-boat grand touring and, as equipped, the Limited is probably as close as you can come to H-D’s ultra-premium CVO bikes in the Touring lineup, with a $28,299 starting price that goes $995 higher when you tack on the optional Reflex Defensive Rider Systems (RDRS) electronics suite. That makes the almost-similarly-equipped Yamaha Star Venture seem like a bargain, but really you’d have to look at Harley’s own Ultra Limited for a true apples-to-apples comparison.
The Road Glide Ultra was swapped for the Road Glide Limited this year, and “the only differences we could find between the two…wheel sizes, new paint and finishes, slightly taller handlebars with heated grips, and fresh badges on the 2020 Limited. Harley says the fuel tank is ‘new’ too.