Friday, 6 May 2011

Harley-Davidson expands Sportster line with new Forty-Eight

Harley-Davidson has just announced a new addition to its entry-level Sportster family, and it’s seemingly again drawing on its years of heritage in both the bike’s design and name. Called the Forty-Eight, the new machine is the latest motorcycle to slot into HD’s Dark Custom series, which also includes the Nightster 1200, Iron 883, Cross Bones, Fat Bob and Street Bob.
So, what makes this model different from the other Sportster models? It’s all in the styling details, naturally. Included in the kit are bobbed fenders front and rear, fat front tire, blacked-out and polished 1200cc Evolution V-twin, solo seat that measures 26 inches from the ground, under-mounted mirrors, side mount license plate and tiny 2.1-gallon peanut fuel tank. No matter, with what we bet is less than two inches of rear suspension travel, this bike seems destined to be a short-distance mount anyway.
So, to recap, there’s nothing new here at all (which we surmise is kind of the point), but the overall effect still makes the Forty-Eight arguably the most attractive bike in the Sportster line, barring the much sportier XR1200, of course. Pricing begins at $10,499 MSRP in Vivid Black with Brilliant Silver and Mirage Orange Pearl also available. Click past the break for the complete press release and check out our high-res image gallery below.

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