2010 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight

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Harley-Davidson has today revealed their latest “all-new” motorcycle that they add to the 2010 Sportster 1200 lineup, the Forty-Eight. While the bike gets the consecrated H-D air-cooled Evolution 1200 engine and five-speed transmission, Sportster fans will most likely be attracted by the radical new stylistic approach, meaning low profile custom handlebar with under-mounted mirrors, a shorty-style front mudguard and a cut-down rear one, both being wrapped around 16” fat, 150-section tires. The solo seat is positioned at only 26 inches from the ground and we also like the fact that the ’48 features a multitude of blacked-out components. Starting at $10,499 in black, the latest Sportster 1200 qualifies as an entry-level H-D with high-end finishing touches. Also, there’s an abundance of options, including a pillion seat kit, but find out more in the press release after the jump.

Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight

New Sportster Model Brings Brawn as Chiseled Custom with Power and Performance

MILWAUKEE (January 22, 2010) – The new Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight motorcycle is a factory custom in the legendary tradition of the hot rod Sportster line with the raw, elemental appeal of the Dark Custom™ bikes.

Riding low with a slammed suspension and featuring the classic 2.1-gallon "peanut" fuel tank, the Forty-Eight backs up its bulldog appearance with the performance of its blacked out and polished rubber-mounted Evolution® 1200 cc V-Twin engine. The low solo seat, under-mounted mirrors, side mount license plate, clean rear fender and tall and fat front tire emphasize the Forty Eight’s focus on chiseled customization.

And while the Forty-Eight model may break bad when it comes to radical attitude and straight-on style, it won’t break the bank starting at just $10,499 MSRP in Vivid Black.

"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 model has a collective past life experience and broken-in look that is raw and authentic."

Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight

As a Harley-Davidson Dark Custom motorcycle, the Forty-Eight is ready to ride as a radical custom and also primed to take on its rider’s character and personality. Dark Custom accomplices of the Forty-Eight include the Nightster®, Iron 883™, Cross Bones®, Fat Bob® and Street Bob®. Check out more on Dark Custom motorcycles at www.harley-davidson.com/darkcustom.

Harley-Davidson Sportster models like the Forty-Eight have retained an aura of rebellion since their introduction in 1957, when the foundation of custom culture was being formed by hot rod gear heads hanging out on city street corners, in gritty garages or at dusty dragstrips. Sportster motorcycles became an iron canvas for many legendary choppers of that hot rod era and beyond.

Lying low from tire-to-tire, the Forty-Eight model 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 tall and fat front tire and slammed rear suspension.

With Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) and performance tuning with a broad torque curve, the Forty-Eight motorcycle delivers a powerfully responsive ride with smooth clutch effort. The pipes on the chrome, shorty dual exhaust pound out the distinctive Harley-Davidson American V-Twin sound.

Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight

The Forty-Eight embraces the street up front with forward foot controls, low profile custom handlebar, under-mounted mirrors, fork-mounted turn signals, slammed speedometer mounting bracket and fork brace with lightening holes. A unique dual texture solo seat with a height of 26 inches 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 and a side mounted license plate help show-off the 150 mm rear tire and 16-inch Black Steel Laced wheels. The front tire also rides on a wide black wheel.

The Forty-Eight model comes in Vivid Black, Brilliant Silver and Mirage Orange Pearl colors and will be available soon at Harley-Davidson dealers.


Forty-Eight features and highlights:

Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight


  • Blacked out rubber-mounted Evolution 1200 cc 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


I own this bike.. did some modifications to it.. got mini apes and back high bar... I have to say, people who worry about being "Wild-Hoggish" are just stupid... This bike is killer fun to ride, but for ONLY 10.5k, what do you expect? It’s fast, great handling with the fat front tire and just overall a great experience for people under 6ft that don’t want to look like a midget on Heritage... Get a grip people, forget about what the Hell’s Angels might think of you.. Chances are they could care less if you rode up on a tricylcle. If you want a nice bike under 15k, this is it. I rode the Nightser and this.. This was much more fun.

Everything bad you have ever heard about HD is because of the douches like Caddy-V that ride the bikes offered between the Sporties and the Vrod.

There are almost as many variants of the H.D. Sportster as there are variants of the Ford Mustang.

Nice bike. I would LOVE to own one, however, I’d look like a biker-wannabe-"Wild Hogs" inspired yuppie on that thing.

there’s a reason for those " " don’t you think? it is called irony

Give me a break "All New". Come on, HD has not had anything new in years. This is the same old crap with a different paint job, single seat and a small "cruise around the block" gas tank. When are you people going to get serious and start reporting this HD stuff for what it really is? HD spends more R&D money on there new belt buckle line than they do trying to improve there bikes.

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