Road Glide Limited 2020 test
DRIVING REPORT - ROAD GLIDE LIMITED 2020

DRIVING REPORT – HARLEY-DAVIDSON ROAD GLIDE LIMITED 2020

The Harley-Davidson upper class tourer should show its strengths and weaknesses in the Harleysite test!

Chasing the setting sun on it, these are the unforgettable moments that you can experience Road Gilde Limited 2020 (FLTRK)

Thanks to its fairing that is firmly mounted on the frame, you experience a very special driving experience, which is actually the biggest difference to the Ultra Limited 2020 with the traditional Bat Wing fairing.

Road Glide Limited and Ultra Limited 2020
Road Glide Limited and Ultra Limited 2020

Road Glide Limited is available in the “Chrome Option” or “Black Option” design package. In the “Chrome Option” package, the wheels and numerous add-on parts are chrome-plated, while the “Black Option” package stands for the black design.

2020 Road Glide Limited
2020 Road Glide Limited

The Tahitian Teal paint is a strikingly beautiful color

The Road Glide Limited that I'm riding here has to prove itself in a wide variety of conditions. A lot of country roads and long motorway stages are on the program, where everything is demanded of the Road Glide Limited.

Schönberger Strand Museum Station 2020 Road Glide Limited
Schönberger Strand Museum Station 2020 Road Glide Limited

When I drive on the motorway, the tachometer stays in the upper range for a little longer and you will find out in this report whether a Harley can handle that.

Whether a Harley-Davidson is actually intended for this is another matter, because things are usually really quiet and relaxed on them.

The 114cui engine is required on long motorway tours, or so you think. But let's take it easy for a moment, I've been out and about at home on the Baltic Sea, always just short day trips through Holstein Switzerland and along the sea.

2020 Road Glide Limited
2020 Road Glide Limited

We have fantastic routes here and the sunsets in August in particular are indescribably beautiful. If you can drive along the coast on a long straight with the sun setting on the horizon in front of you, then you're in the right movie!

Sunset at the Baltic Sea Road Glide Limited 2020
Sunset at the Baltic Sea Road Glide Limited 2020

When day turns into night and the Daymaker turns night into day!

When day turns into night, the Daymaker LED reflector headlights replace sunlight. These dual headlights are among the best light makers you can find installed on a motorcycle.

If you now compare it to the Ultra Limited or even Heritage Softail , these two models only reach their full potential when you switch on the standard fog lamps. To their credit, they are fairly glare-free, but they shouldn't be on by default like the Road Glide's dual headlights.

In the photo is the Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic in the mountains of Picos de Europa National Park
With the Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic in the mountains of the Picos de Europa National Park in Spain

The fairing is always an issue with the Road Glide; it is firmly installed on the frame and gives the machine more torsional rigidity. In addition, a stable handlebar that is directed slightly backwards gives the driver a relaxed yet sporty seating position.

The Road Glide Limited can also be sporty

You shouldn't think so, but a Road Glide Limited can certainly be sporty. I have had this experience very often. Despite its total weight of approx. 423 kg, it can be pushed through the curves with great vigor. The 114cui engine has enough torque to give it the power it needs to pull out of the curve powerfully.

2020 Road Glide Limited
2020 Road Glide Limited

The traction control

The new complex RDRS system is a real asset. All-weather drivers will enjoy the new traction control. In normal mode it switches on with a slight delay and in rain mode it regulates the slip so perfectly that the driver does not notice the active traction control being adjusted.

Traction control

The traction control switch is located in the left dashboard.

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The Road Glide stays on track and there is no noticeable loss of performance. Even on the highway at higher speeds, the Road Glide Limited does not lose any performance with active TC. I wouldn't have expected the traction control to work so perfectly.

The cockpit of the Road Glide Limited 2020
The cockpit of the Road Glide Limited 2020

It was about time that a little helper like this was installed, because the engines are becoming more and more powerful and should be able to transfer their power to the asphalt without slipping if possible.

The mountain hold assistant

I never missed this feature before, but now that it's installed I've used it countless times. It's rare that you're actually standing on the mountain when you're about to start your journey again; there are slightly sloping parking lots and driveways where I've often needed it to quickly pull up my gloves again or to safely stow my cell phone. You pull the brake lever briefly to brake temporarily. You will experience it yourself once you have it in practice.

The comfort for the passenger!

Well, the looks from the passengers on other motorcycles that don't have this level of comfort are unique. It's pure luxury for the passenger, even the headset can be configured explicitly for the passenger. Depending on how you are connected, you can either connect via Bluetooth or cable.

Passenger seat Road Glide Limited
Passenger seat Road Glide Limited

An additional switch below the right backrest controls the volume separately. It's really very comfortable and the folding running boards for the passenger provide more support when braking, for example, than if they were just footrests.

Front passenger controls Road Glide Limited 2020
Front passenger controls Road Glide Limited 2020

However, you have to be careful when loading, the Road Glide Limited has a permissible total weight of 617 kg and a payload of 194 kg. With a storage space of 132 L, you could quickly become a bit cocky when packing.

A luggage rack is mounted as standard on the Tour-Pak, which can accommodate another 4.5 kilos. It's really a problem. Anyone who has ever owned such a large Harley and was used to this storage space will never be able to cope with less again.

Running board passenger Road Glide Limited 2020
Running board passenger Road Glide Limited 2020

And the other way around, you will rediscover every day how flexible you have suddenly become when you can stow all your motorcycle clothing in the Road Glide Limited before an external appointment and it is not really obvious that you have arrived on the Harley.

After these experiences you will realize how flexible you are and that there are suddenly many more opportunities for motorcycling than you may have experienced before.

Continuously variable grip and seat heating

When it's cold and wet, the heated grips are always welcome; unlike the heated seats, they don't have to be ordered separately. The seat heating can be adjusted to two levels, which is very pleasant in wet and cold conditions. Those who travel anywhere in the world on their Harley will appreciate these two pleasant heaters. With this extra warmth, you can last a little longer than expected in bad weather conditions.

Heated grips 2020 Road Glide Limited
Heated grips 2020 Road Glide Limited

The Boom! Box GTS infotainment system

That's really great, the system's response speed has noticeably improved compared to its predecessor. I would like to say that I also got along quite well with the previous infotainment system. Navigation has always taken me well through many countries. However, the new GTS version has become noticeably better and smoother.

Navigating the Road Glide Limited 2020
Navigating the Road Glide Limited 2020

Once you have entered your destination, navigation will help you find the right route; if there is a traffic jam, it will redirect you if necessary. The entire system can be expanded very flexibly. There is an additional Bluetooth Whim module, for the Bluetooth headset and even Apple Car Play, which can be ordered separately as an extension in combination with the Bluetooth Whim in the module, which is then required because of the required headset. Google Auto won't be available for the Boom! Box GTS expected.

What was noticed less positively.

What really bothers me is that the air ducts next to the headlights can no longer be closed. I can only recommend that every all-weather driver order this extra from the dealer. When the sun is shining, it's no question that you'll be happy to take any breeze with you, but the Road Glide Limited is otherwise a tourer that can be used to protect you even in the most adverse weather conditions.

His strength is actually being able to travel in wind and weather. And anyone who has ever sought shelter behind the paneling when it is 5 degrees cold will understand how valuable the flaps are.

Sunset at the Baltic Sea Road Glide Limited 2020
Sunset at the Baltic Sea Road Glide Limited 2020

And basically the fairing and wind protection is very good. However, it is only really good when the air duct flaps can be closed. As soon as it gets cold, the cold air presses hard on the upper body. So be sure to order it too.

As part of the cost-cutting measures, the standard second FOB (key) was eliminated in 2020, which is perhaps even bearable; most people have it lying around in the drawer anyway and when you took it out, the battery empty.

The rocker switch has been eliminated. I have almost never used them when changing gears, but that doesn't mean anything, although this saving measure could be quickly remedied at your trusted dealer if you don't want to do without it.

What happens next with HD-Connect remains to be seen. The only important thing is to provide the correct information to the insurance company, otherwise they will assume that the Road Glide Limited is GPS monitored as standard.

The conclusion

For me the Road Glide Limited is one of the best tourers ever, it can be sporty, it is very comfortable and all the storage space can be addictive.

I don't really know how many tens of thousands of kilometers I've driven on a Road Glide (Special, Limited and CVO ) in the last four years. I don't want to miss a single kilometer of it because it has always been a very reliable companion and has taken me to various European countries.

With the new features it has now become even safer, its design is a bit divisive, but technically and in terms of driving behavior it is always at the forefront!

The features of the Road Glide Limited 2020

The standard equipment includes the Daymaker LED double reflector headlight, the Boom! Box GTS infotainment system with 6.5-inch color touchscreen, voice recognition, navigation system, intercom, high-quality audio section with 25 watts per channel, front and rear speakers and control joysticks on the handlebar controls. The comfortable seat, running boards for driver and passenger, six-stage heated handlebar grips and the Cruise Control speed control system and a self-activating immobilizer promise a high level of comfort.

the price for the Road Glide Limited 2020 starts at €28,455 (as of September 2020),

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Technical data Road Gilde Limited Type FL3 model (FLTRK) 2020

Manufacturer information

  • V2 Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine, with 1868 cm3
  • air-cooled V-twin and liquid-cooled exhaust area
  • Power 66 kW (90 HP)
  • Torque at 3000 rpm of 164 Nm
  • Hydraulically assisted clutch
  • Cruise Drive six-speed transmission
  • Two spring struts at the rear that can be adjusted hydraulically using a rotary control
  • Reflex Defensive Rider Systems (RDRS) anti-lock braking system, cornering anti-lock braking system, electronic brake force distribution, cornering-optimized electronic brake force distribution, traction control, cornering traction control, traction control and vehicle hold assistant.
  • Tire air pressure monitoring system
  • Tour-Pak (top case) with 12-volt socket, integrated backrest.
  • Luggage volume totaling 132 l
  • Cruise Control cruise control system
  • Boom! Box GTS infotainment system
  • Bluetooth connectivity, voice recognition, navigation system, intercom, audio section with 25 watts per channel, front and rear speakers.
  • Self-activating immobilizer
  • Suspension travel: Front 117mm – Rear 76mm
  • Rim size: Front T18 x 3.5 7-twin-spoke cast light alloy wheel, black or partially polished. Rear T18x5 7-twin-spoke cast light alloy wheel, black or partially polished.
  • Standard tires: Front DunlopHarley-Davidson D408 F 130/70 B18 63H Rear: D407 T 180/55 B18 80H
  • Tire pressure: front: 2.5 bar, rear: 2.8 bar
  • Dimensions and weights: Empty weight including fuel: 423 kg - Permitted total weight: 617 kg Payload: 194 kg Tank capacity (reserve): 22.7 l (3.8 l) Seat height, without driver: 735 mm
  • Colors: “Chrome Option”: Vivid Black , Midnight Blue; River Rock Gray & Vivid Black, Silver Pine & Spruce, Stiletto Red, Tahitian Teal “Black Option”: Vivid Black, River Rock Gray; Barracuda Silver Denim & Black Denim, Billiard Red & Vivid Black, Scorched Orange & Silver Flux, Zephyr Blue & Black Sunglo

Engine: Twin Cooled Milwaukee-Eight 114

Air and liquid-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke 45-degree V-twin, transverse crankshaft, a gear-driven balance shaft, an underlying camshaft driven by a toothed chain, four valves per cylinder operated via forked rocker arms (ohv), liquid-cooled outlet area, hydraulic tappet, dry sump lubrication, Fuel injection, intake manifold Ø 55 mm, Electronic Throttle Control (ETC), contactless transistor ignition, electric starter, 48 A three-phase alternator with 600 W at 2000 rpm and max. 625 W, maintenance-free battery 12 V/28 Ah , regulated catalyst

Service data:

Guarantee:four years with no mileage limit
Initial inspection:after 1600 km
Service intervals:Once a year or every 8000 km
Engine oil change:every 8000 km
with filter:every 8000 km
Engine oil:Harley Davidson HD 360
Capacity:Oil tank with filter: 4.7 l
Coolant filling quantity:1.04L
Spark plugs:6R10
Air filter:Fiberglass filter element
Idle speed:850 rpm
Fuel:Super unleaded
Technical data according to manufacturer information / 09-2020

Assistance systems:

Anti-lock braking system and cornering anti-lock braking system, electronic brake force distribution and cornering-optimized electronic brake force distribution, traction control and cornering traction control, traction control, vehicle hold assistant and tire air pressure monitoring system.


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