2012 Harley-Davidson XL1200X Sportster Forty-Eight

The all-new Harley-Davidson XL1200X Sportster Forty-Eight is a bike that drips power and attitude, something that its builder, Harley-Davidson , wasted the bike to exude.

Can we blame them? If you see this bike prowling the streets, then you best get out of its way. The Forty-Eight is the personification of an urban brawler; from the fat, balloon tires to the all-steel peanut tank to the solo seat and all the custom touches in-between, the Forty-Eight is a mighty two-wheeled trampler that owns the concrete road.

In terms of design, Harley-Davidson wanted to build a bike that not only performs like a beast, but looks like one too. The 26" seat height offers a low profile, while the peanut tank and big 16" wheels combine for a menacing look that could only come from Harley-Davidson. Custom touches have also been added, including a chopped front fender mounted on fork brace with lightening holes, a slammed speedometer, under bar mounted mirrors, a low profile custom handlebar, a side-mounted license plate, and a pair of 16" black, laced steel wheels.

For all of its imposing aesthetic characteristics, the heart of the Forty-Eight is still its rubber-mounted 1,200cc Evolution V-Twin powertrain, one that comes with an Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI), a chrome, shorty dual exhaust with slash-cut mufflers, and a five-speed transmission.

Any which way you look at the Harley Davidson XL1200X Sportster Forty-Eight, you’ll go back to the same conclusion: it’s the kind of meaty cruiser that you’d love to have in your garage.

Find out more about the Harley-Davidson XL1200X Sportster Forty-Eight after the jump.

Model Highlights

Harley-Davidson XL1200X Sportster Forty-Eight

NEW Black side covers to match bodywork finish
NEW Michelin Scorcher “31” front and
rear tires
NEW Paint color options and graphics:

  • Blacked out rubber-mounted Evolution 1200 cc V-Twin engine with polished covers
  • Muscular bulldog front stance and slammed rear suspension
  • Classic 2.1-gallon peanut fuel tank with lightening hole mounting bracket
  • 16-inch Black, laced steel wheels
  • Chopped front fender mounted on fork brace with lightening holes
  • Chopped rear fender
  • Tall and fat 130 mm Dunlop MT90 front tire
  • Blacked-out components including air cleaner cover, clutch and brake levers and turn signals
  • One-piece, Sportster classic solo seat
  • 26-inch seat height
  • Low profile custom handlebar
  • Under-mounted mirrors
  • Side-mounted license plate
  • Combination stop/turn/tail lights

Key Features

Harley-Davidson XL1200X Sportster Forty-Eight
  • Evolution V-Twin powertrain with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
  • Rubber-mounted powertrain to reduce vibration
  • 5-Speed Transmission
  • Chrome, shorty dual exhaust with slash-cut mufflers
  • Forward foot controls
  • Optional Harley-Davidson Smart Security System with hands-free security fob


Harley-Davidson XL1200X Sportster Forty-Eight
EngineAir-cooled, Evolution
Displacement (in./cc)73.3/1200
Fuel SystemElectronic Sequential Port
Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Miles Per Gallon48 MPG combined City/Hwy
Length (in./mm)88.6/2250
Seat Height (laden) (in./mm)26/660
Wheelbase (in./mm)59.8/1519
TireMichelin Scorcher “31”
front and rear
• FrontScorcher “31”
130/90B16 73H
• RearScorcher “31”
150/80B16 77H
• FrontBlack Laced Steel
16 in. x 3 in.
(406.4 mm x 76.2 mm)
• RearBlack Laced Steel
16 in. x 3 in.
(406.4 mm x 76.2 mm)
Fuel Capacity (U.S. gals/liters)2.1/7.9
Weight as Shipped (lbs./kg)545/247.2
FrameMild steel, tubular frame; circular
sections; cast junctions
SwingarmMild steel, rectangular tube section,
stamped junctions; MIG welded
Front Forks39 mm
Rear ShocksCoil-over; preload dual-adjustable
Wheels:Black Steel Laced
• Front16 in. x 3 in. (406 mm x 76 mm)
• Rear16 in. x 3 in. (406 mm x 76 mm)
• Caliper TypeDual-piston front, single-piston rear
• Rotor TypePatented, uniform expansion rotors
Suspension Travel:
• Front Wheel3.62 in. (92 mm)
• Rear Wheel1.63 in. (41 mm)
Color:Vivid Black, Big Blue Pearl, Chrome Yellow, H-D Orange


Infosport Bike----"Go back to your first full year of production is the Sportster 1200 Custom motorcycle, the bike that introduced the H-Web Builder bicycle factory D1TM customization process. The support of the bicycle generator, customers can customize their bike with custom 1,200-seat, handlebars, pedals, wheels, safety, painting and finishing options the engine of your choice, which are installed right at the factory. Accessories retailer-installed even more can be added and see the bike site builder. "


This is amazing! I love the angst of this motorcycle. Imagine riding this and driving across the streets. Every person will surely gets out of your way.

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