2010 Harley-Davidson Forty Eight is a raw and radical ride
New Sportster Model Brings Brawn as Chiseled Custom with Power and Performance
Riding low and featuring the classic 2.1-gallon (7.95 litre) “peanut” fuel tank, the Forty-Eight backs up its bulldog appearance with the performance of its blacked and polished rubber-mounted Evolution 1200 cc V-Twin engine. The low solo seat, under-bar mounted mirrors, clean rear fender and fat balloon tires emphasise the Forty Eight’s focus on chiseled customisation.
“With its classic bulldog shoulders stance, the Forty-Eight strikes a distinctive look and low profile that could only come from Harley-Davidson,” said 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.”
As a Harley-Davidson Custom, the Forty-Eight is ready to ride as a radical custom and also primed to take on its rider’s character and personality.
Harley-Davidson Sportsters like the Forty-Eight have retained an aura of rebellion since their introduction in 1957, when the foundation of custom culture was being laid by military veterans, swaggering greasers and anyone else with a gritty garage. Sportsters became an iron canvas for many legendary choppers of that hot rod era and beyond.
Lying low from tyre-to-tyre, the Forty-Eight showcases more of its black 1200 Evolution V-Twin engine with polished accents and other components with a clean look highlighted by the traditional peanut fuel tank, small solo seat and lightening holes in the backbone mounting bracket. The Forty-Eight has more than just custom cool styling with the smooth ride on new front fork sliders, a fat and wide 150 mm front tyre and slammed rear suspension.
With Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) and a broad torque curve, the Forty-Eight delivers a powerfully responsive ride with smooth clutch effort. The chrome, staggered shorty dual muffler pounds out the distinctive Harley-Davidson American V-Twin sound.
The Forty-Eight embraces the street up front with forward foot controls, low profile custom handlebar, under-bar mounted mirrors, fork-mounted turn signals, slammed speedometer mounting bracket and lightened fork brace. A unique dual texture solo seat fits the lone rider, while a passenger pillion, footpegs and backrest are some of the many accessories that can be added.
The black 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.
The Forty-Eight is available in Vivid Black, Brilliant Silver and Mirage Orange Pearl colours.
Harley Davidson Forty-Eight features and highlights:
- Blacked and polished rubber-mounted Evolution 1200 cc V-Twin engine with chrome accents
- Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
- Steel 2.1-gallon (7.95 litre) peanut fuel tank with lightening hole mounting bracket
- One-piece, solo Sportster classic seat
- 710mm seat height
- Fat balloon tyres
- 16-inch Black Steel Laced wheels
- Low profile custom handlebar
- Under-bar mounted mirrors
- New front forks with wide triple clamps
- Chopped front fender mounted on fork brace with lightening holes
- Fork brace mounted chopped front fender
- Blacked components including air cleaner cover, clutch and brake levers and turn signals
- Chopped rear fender
- Stop-turn-tail lights
- Two-year factory warranty
- Harley-Davidson Smart Security System