A close relative of the Harley-Davidson Iron 1200, the Harley-Davidson Forty Eight is one of the newer models to roll off Harley’s Sportster production line. Since first availing itself to the public, the Forty Eight has out-performed and exceeded every benchmark set against it.
Crushing the Competition
The Harley-Davidson Motor Company has been dominating the motorcycle industry in the United States since 1903 when William S. Harley first sketched his ideas for the design an engine that could be attached to a bicycle frame.
More than a hundred years and thousands upon thousands of motorcycles, superbikes, and scooters have passed and Harley is still up and kicking, having survived countless wars, recessions, and regulations.
A Modern Sportster
Much like the Iron 1200 before it and the Iron 883 before that, the Harley-Davidson Forty Eight was designed to be a cruiser based on the designs of the Sportster line-up.
The aesthetics of the Forty-Eight’s design are reminiscent of Harley’s “Nightster” style but with obvious inspiration being taken from the Iron series. The general shape of the frame is quite visibly one of Harley’s Sportsters, but it’s what’s under the frame and fairing that really marks the differences.
Aside from years of edits and alterations to the forks, suspensions, brakes, lighting, displays, and whatever else the picky designers over at Harley could get their hands on, the general shape and style of the Forty-Eight never changed.
In fact, this model could be considered the Sportster generation in between the Iron 1200 and the Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two, as all of these use variations on the XL1200 engine.
- Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight (2010-present)
The original designs for the Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight included the XL1200X “Forty-Eight” engine, which was a four-stroke, 45-degree, V-Twin, OHV engine with two valves per cylinder, 79 pounds per foot of torque at 3,500 rpm, and a primary drive train with a 38/57 ratio to provide riders with that Harley-Davidson smooth for which the company has become so famous.
The 2019 version of the Forty-Eight offers a wide array of additional customization options, with possibilities ranging from alterations to the mechanics to changes in the minor cosmetics.
Announcements Regarding the Forty-Eight
It looks like production of the Forty-Eight is somewhat slowing down as production capacities gradually shift more and more toward the other high-performance bikes in Harley’s repertoire, such as the XL1200CX “Roadster” first produced in 2016.
The Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight has risen to incredible heights of popularity in the United States, as can be expected of any Harley-Davidson motorcycle, but it has also garnered a surprising amount of international TV and film credits.
It’s been said time and time before, “If you want a motorcycle clique, buy a Harley.” The size and scope of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle cult following cannot be overstated. It is simply massive! For example, the Facebook page entitled Harley-Davidson People has more than 1,000,000 people following it.
Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight – another Great Cruiser
Harley consistently hits the ball right out of the part when it comes to cruising, a legacy that began for the Sportster series with the original XL Sportsters in 1957 and that likely hasn’t even begun to see so much as an inkling of the end.