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Harley's new Forty-Eight revealed

2010-01-27 07:00
Meet the new Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight – a factory custom with some of the elemental coolness of a hot-rod thrown into the mix.

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 customisation. 

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.

Some 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.

“With 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.


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