New York IMS: Harley-Davidson Unveils Forty-Eight Sportster

Publish Date: 
Jan 22, 2010

Harley-Davidson today unveiled the Forty-Eight, described by it as “a factory custom in the legendary tradition of the hot rod Sportster line with the raw, elemental appeal of the Dark Custom bikes.”

The bike rides low with a slammed suspension and has the classic 2.1-gallon “peanut” fuel tank. It’s powered by a rubber-mounted Evolution 1200cc V-twin that’s blacked out and polished. Other features include a low solo seat, under-mounted mirrors, a side-mount license plate, a clean rear fender and a tall-and-fat front tire.

Its MSRP will start at $10,499 in Vivid Black. It will also come in Brilliant Silver and Mirage Orange Pearl, and will be in dealerships soon (Harley’s winter dealer meeting takes place this weekend).

“With its classic bulldog shoulders stance, the Forty-Eight strikes a distinctive look and low profile that could only come from Harley-Davidson,” Ray Drea, Harley-Davidson senior director of styling, stated in a press release. “The Forty-Eight model has a collective past life experience and broken-in look that is raw and authentic.”

Forty-Eight features and highlights:

  • Blacked-out rubber-mounted Evolution 1200cc V-twin engine with polished covers
  • Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
  • Steel 2.1-gallon peanut fuel tank with lightening hole mounting bracket
  • One-piece solo Sportster classic seat
  • 26-inch seat height
  • Tall-and-fat 130 mm Dunlop MT90 front tire
  • 16-inch Black Steel Laced wheels
  • Low-profile custom handlebar
  • Under-mounted mirrors
  • New front forks with wide triple clamps
  • Chopped front fender mounted on fork brace with lightening holes
  • Blacked components including air cleaner cover, clutch and brake levers and turn signals
  • Chopped rear fender
  • Stop-turn-tail lights
  • Side-mounted license plate
  • Two-year factory warranty
  • Optional Harley-Davidson Smart Security System

Other Dark Custom bikes include the Nightster, Iron 883, Cross Bones, Fat Bob and Street Bob.