Harley-Davidson® Forty-Eight™ is a Raw and Radical Ride
OXFORD UK (January 21, 2010) - The new Harley-Davidson® Forty-Eight™ motorcycle is a new factory custom in the legendary tradition of the hot rod Sportster® line with the raw, elemental appeal of a Custom.
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
The Forty-Eight™ is available in Vivid Black, Brilliant Silver
and Mirage Orange Pearl colours.
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
- 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.
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