Meet the new Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight – a factory
custom with some of the elemental coolness of a hot-rod thrown into the
The Forty-Eight (as in 1948, the first
year in which the company used the legendary “peanut” fuel tank) is
based on the running gear of a Sportster 1200 but gets new fork
sliders, a low solo seat, under-bar mounted mirrors, fat balloon tyres
and slammed rear suspensions to help emphasise its chiselled
A chopped rear fender with
combination stop/turn/tail lights help show-off the fat 150 mm rear
tyre and 16-inch black steel laced wheels. The front tyre also rides on
a wide black wheel. Power comes courtesy of a blacked and polished
rubber-mounted Evolution 1200 cc V-Twin engine with Electronic
Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) and a broad torque curve.
other stuff to look forward to include: forward foot controls, low
profile custom handlebar, under-bar mounted mirrors, fork-mounted turn
signals, slammed speedometer mounting bracket and lightened fork brace.
its classic bulldog shoulders stance, the Forty-Eight strikes a
distinctive look and low profile that could only come from
Harley-Davidson,” says Ray Drea, Harley-Davidson Senior Director of
Styling. “The Forty-Eight has a collective past life experience and
broken-in look that is raw and authentic.”
The Forty-Eight is available in Vivid Black, Brilliant Silver and Mirage Orange Pearl colours.