The Sportster Forty-Eight is all about a little rascal. Shady, stocky, stripped down, the machine only asks to jostle but not necessarily to be jostled. However, it is not on the side of the suspensions that Harley has built a reputation. This revisited opus of the 1200 Forty-Eight should improve handling.
A little touch of design allows you to set off for a few rounds of the calendar. New spoked wheels, a redesigned and more comfortable saddle, heat shields on the exhausts, a more compact camembert-style air filter, different recesses on the belt guard and a new decoration identify this evolution of the Sportster 48. In 2018, a special Legend Blue Denim color "115th anniversary" is proposed for 1000 € more
Since 2014, the Sportster 48 has been equipped with the HD Smart security system allowing keyless starting and ABS as standard. A lot of braking changes were also made this year. Calipers bite a larger disc at the front (300 mm) but unchanged at the rear (260 mm). The aluminum master cylinder has been changed, for less friction and more feeling. The Sportster also received a new electrical system, redesigned controls with a switch on the left to navigate the new speedometer screen. Note also the evolution for the exhaust and the oil tank.
Genesis: What a strange name for a Sportster? Just two words that sound like an old Elvis record, with delicate scents of gum, a little taste of rebellion and the fumes of a bad Chicago awakening. Like its little cousin 883 Iron, the 1200 Sportster Forty Eight doesn’t like to be disturbed when it comes to giving the streets a thrill. Vintage and bobber in style, chewing on a quid of the past with a dark gaze on the horizon, this HD production would kick your crutch in the shins if you looked at it askance. For now, she seems to be quietly waiting for her coffee, thinking back to 1948..
Here is the explanation of its name. Everything is held in its reservoir, the model "peanut", with a capacity of 7.95 liters created in 1948, just after the end of the war. Low, dark, both long and crisp, this Harley is especially suited to young bad boys, those who swear by the essentials. For them, the 48 will put down its cup of coffee and let the rebel approach.
This front tire is confusing. It appears to be crushing asphalt, tightly held on a 16-inch rim. With its 130 mm hip circumference, it is almost as plump as the rear flange. Convinced by the dark, the Sportster 48 invaded it. Fork sleeves, gearbox housings, engine, wheels, mudguards, frame, oil tank, handlebars, controls…. they are all as dark as the night. Suddenly, exhausts, cylinder head covers and rocker rods light up. Attention to detail winds from the handlebars to the stern. The menacing front end can be distinguished by its shortened mudguard held by a lacquered support, the ego rearïste (the saddle is single-seater) is remarkably clean with the headlight-indicator combination integrated into the end of the fender, as on the Iron and the Nightster. Being authentic but different – you can feel it right down to the mirrors, mounted in an inverted position, and making the silhouette even more unique.
The presentations are made? The 48 has unsoldered its coffee, its big tumbled twin can take care of you. For him, it’s all about big torque and carefully balanced vibrations. He won’t sleep, neither will you !
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XL 1200 X SPORTSTER Forty Eight 2017
Model marketed in
medium: 5.20 l
about 170 km / h
The technical aspect
Harley-Davidson XL 1200 X SPORTSTER Forty Eight 2018
- Tank: 7.9 liters
- Width: 845 mm
- Wheelbase: 1495 mm
- Dry weight: 247 kg
- Weight in running order: 252 kg
- Train before
- Secondary toothed belt transmission.
- Rear axle
(88.9 x 96.8 mm)
at 6,000 rpm
at 3,500 rpm
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