Ride On: 2020 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited

THE heavyweight in the 2020 Harley-Davidson touring range, the Ultra Limited continues to impress as it evolves. With a host of new tech and rider features, and some nice styling cues, there’s a whole lot to like about this top of the line touring bike.

Weighing in at just a tad under 400kg (399kg to be exact) and with a seat height of 740mm, you can be forgiven for thinking that the 2020 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited is going to be a whole lot of bike to ride and maneuver around.

In truth though, it’s anything but. On the open road, the bike is well mannered, and in the twisty stuff it leans into corners beautifully, almost daring you to scrape the floorboards at every opportunity to prove itself worthy.

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The 2020 Ultra Limited features the new Harley-Davidson Reflex Defensive Rider System, known more commonly as RDRS, which adds advanced chassis control, electronic brake control and power train technology to assist with acceleration and braking.

In simpler terms, Harley-Davidson have developed some cool aids to help enhance the rider experience. The best part is that they don’t interfere with your style of piloting the bike, making them a good addition to the Ultra Limited’s overall package.

Technology is not only confined to rider aids though, and since this is the premium touring bike in the range, it comes with all the latest bells and whistles, including the Boom Box GTS which features quicker loading times, and a touchscreen that’s simple to use.

Featuring navigation, tyre pressure readings and Bluetooth connectivity, with a 4-speaker stereo, we were impressed as we rode along with our tunes sounding phat. Heated grips come standard too and will be great for riding in winter.

Pillions will fall in love with the comfortable wrap around seat too.

Power is provided by the 114ci (1868cc) Milwaukee Eight motor, delivering 164Nm of torque. It’s matched to a six-speed transmission and offers a smooth, relaxed and effortless ride for you and your passenger, if you’ve got one.

Daymaker headlights add to the aesthetic appeal of the 2020 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited, as well as providing great night vision. The Slicer II aluminum wheels are a new feature and we must say, look much better.

They really lift the appearance of the 2020 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited. Perhaps one of the best updates though is the new black finish option for all of the bike’s components, bringing it in line with the Street Glide, Road Glide and Road King Special.

Available as a custom factory option, the new black finish look ultra-modern and gives the bike a fresh appeal. Our test bike was supplied with it and matched to a Barracuda Silver Denim/Black Denim paint scheme, and the overall effect looking magic.

In total, there are 13 colour schemes to choose from, including six solid colours and seven two-tone options. And if the black finish look is not for you, the traditional chrome choice is still available.

Pricing starts from $41,495 ride away in Australia, and while that may make some people balk, this may just be one of the best ways to tour our great country in comfort and style. It’s well worth considering if you’re keen to get on the open road.

Our test bike was supplied by Harley-Davidson Australia. To find out more about the 2020 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited, contact your local Harley-Davidson dealer. Pictures courtesy of Cameron Cooke Photography.


Ride experience
Style and comfort
Braking and handling
Technology and connectivity
Overall bike performance


Pros - good power; audio system; extensive colour range; handling; available with traditional chrome or black finish.
Cons - $40K plus purchase price; bulky size makes lane filtering complicated.
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.


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<strong>Pros -</strong> good power; audio system; extensive colour range; handling; available with traditional chrome or black finish.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong> $40K plus purchase price; bulky size makes lane filtering complicated.Ride On: 2020 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited