Buyers Guide 2020 Harley-Davidson Roadster Buyer’s Guide: Specs & Prices

2020 Harley-Davidson Roadster Buyer’s Guide: Specs & Prices

If you’re looking for a Sportster with more ‘sport’ in it, the 2020 Harley-Davidson Roadster delivers. The Motor Company gives the Roadster a bit more power from the Evolution V-twin, longer-travel suspension, taller tires, additional lean angle, and double-disc front braking. The result is a motorcycle that is quite happy in the twisties.

The front of the Roadster telegraphs its intentions. The 43mm fork is a performance-oriented inverted design, and the narrow handlebar has a low bend. Moving to the seat, the Roadster has a secure cockpit for the pilot, and the mid controls round out the sporting ergonomics.

Although the 2020 Harley-Davidson Roadster might feel unusual to a sport rider on a first ride, once the rider understands the ergonomics, handling, and power, the Roadster is quite a capable motorcycle on back roads. With 76 ft-lbs of torque produced at just 3750 rpm, the Evolution motor has pulling power at any engine speed, and that translates to real-world performance. Dunlop tires with Harley-Davidson branding do an excellent job of putting the power to the ground and providing traction well past the lean limit.

2020 Harley-Davidson Roadster Specs


  • Type: Evolution V-twin
  • Displacement: 73.4ci (1202cc)
  • Bore x stroke: 3.5 x 3.8”
  • Maximum torque: 76 ft-lbs @ 3750 rpm
  • Compression ratio: 10:1
  • Valvetrain: Pushrods, 2vpc
  • Cooling: Air
  • Lubrication: Dry sump
  • Transmission: 5-speed
  • Primary drive: Chain
  • Final drive: Belt


  • Frame: Tubular mild steel
  • Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable 43mm inverted fork; 4.5 inches
  • Rear suspension; travel: Adjustable-preload variable rate spring w/ nitrogen-charged emulsion-style shock; 3.2 inches
  • Wheels: 5-spoke cast aluminum
  • Front wheel: 19 x 3.00
  • Rear wheel: 18 x 4.30
  • Tires: Dunlop Harley-Davidson Series
  • Front tire: 120/70 x 19
  • Rear tire: 150/70 x 18
  • Front brake: 300mm discs w/ dual-piston caliper
  • Rear brake: 260mm disc w/ dual-piston caliper
  • ABS: Optional ($795)


  • Wheelbase: 59.3 inches
  • Rake: 28.9 degrees
  • Trail: 5.5 inches
  • Lean angle (r/l): 30.8/31.1 degrees
  • Seat height: 30.9 inches
  • Fuel capacity: 3.3 gallons
  • Estimated fuel economy: 48 mpg
  • Curb weight: 571 pounds

2020 Harley-Davidson Roadster Colors/Prices

  • Vivid Black: $11,499 MSRP
  • Black Denim; Stone Washed White Pearl; Performance Orange: $11,849 MSRP

Don Williams
Don Williams
With 50 years of riding experience, Don Williams is a fan of all kinds of motorcycles. He enjoys sport bikes, cruisers, dirt bikes, touring bikes, adventure bikes, dual sport bikes, and rideable customs. Ask Don what his favorite bike is and he will tell you, "Whatever bike I'm on."

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