The 2013 Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight XL1200X is another custom looking bike developed by the famous American manufacturer.
The bike features a unique design and you’ll especially like the classic peanut fuel tank with its powerful bulldog look. The custom appearance of the motorcycle is also enhanced by the slammed black drag-style handlebar with speedo and under mount mirror.
This new custom Harley rides on 16 inch wheels wrapped in 130/90B16 73H front and 150/80B16 77H rear tires. Its classic design is combined with a modern air-cooled, Evolution, 1,202 cc engine which cranks out 98 Nm of torque at 3200 rpm, with a combined fuel consumption of 4.9 liters / 100 km. For maximum performance the engine features aluminum heads and cylinders, electronic fuel injection and is also rubber-mounted so is able to ride smooth for thousands of miles.
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The 2013 Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight XL1200X is one of the garage custom motorcycles in the Harley Dark Custom line. This bike cruises down the road with a 1200 cc Evolution engine – an engine with a true Harley-Davidson soul. New for 2013, the Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight comes with optional Hard Candy Custom, a large metal flake paint finish that recalls the iconic styling of 1970s custom bikes, and offers blazing color showing through a deep, rich finish. The Forty-Eight also has an authentic peanut tank which first appeared on Harley-Davidson back in 1948 (its name origin) and has been a defining Sportster feature ever since. The front end of the bike looks beefy with its fat MT90 tyre. The Harley Sportster Forty-Eight look is enhanced with the lowered front and rear suspension. Add a low seat height, and you have a serious looking motorcycle with an approachable riding stance. Take sometime and look over the features of this Harley Dark Custom, including the unique under mount motorcycle mirrors. The Harley Forty-Eight is one of the many Harley Sportster bikes, each with a different style. Check out the Sportster XL883L, and all the other Sportster custom bikes including the Iron 883.
Classic Peanut Fuel Tank
First appearing on a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle back in 1948—and providing the inspiration for the Forty-Eight model name—the small 2.1 gallon tapered peanut fuel tank holds strong today with its traditional styling and modern attitude. A low, powerful bulldog look that gives way for showcasing more engine, the peanut fuel tank is attitude and looks all balled up into one.
Hard Candy Custom Color (Optional)
New for 2013, Hard Candy Custom™ paint is a large metal flake finish that’s more than just paint job, it’s a shining declaration of independence—bright, bold and unique. The Sportster® Forty-Eight® is available in Hard Candy Coloma Gold. Recalling the iconic rebel styling of ‘70s custom bikes, Hard Candy Custom™ paint marks another milestone in The Motor Company’s legacy of innovation. We start with several passes of 200 micron flake over a black base, then clear coat it, hand-lay the graphics, and apply the many layers of clear coat to allow the flake to shine through. It’s a painstaking process that delivers a premium custom look straight from the factory, so you can start flying your colors with no waiting or extra effort.
Slammed Handlebar, Speedo and Under Mount Mirrors
The slammed black drag-style handlebar with speedo and under mount mirrors adds to the stripped down, minimal look of the Forty-Eight motorcycle. Inspired by the way hot rod pioneers used to slam their rides, the drag style handlebar is an old school garage feature that demands a forward, aggressive riding position.
Fat Front Wheel
A beefy front end with a tall, fat MT90 tyre gives the Forty-Eight model a grounding visual equal to that of a 1950 Mercury. Custom rubber reminiscent of the lead-sled culture. A dominating presence up front that provides a smooth ride and solid handling.
Clean Rear End Styling
When the look is fast and smooth, details count and clutter doesn’t make the cut. We carefully crafted the rear end with retro-styled Stop-Turn-Tail lights to leave the fender surface clean and uncluttered for an authentically raw, custom look. And while the lamps may look old-school, it’s their new-school engineering that keeps things clean, packing stop, turn and running beams into each bullet.
Up to two times thicker than the competition, custom quality paint comes standard on all Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. Clearcoat layering up to five miles deep. Bigger metal flakes. Unique effects. Skimping simply is not in our vocabulary.
Evolution® Engine Heritage
The Evolution® engine—known in certain crowds as the Blockhead—was first bolted to the frame of a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle back in 1984. Born from legendary Shovelhead and Ironhead engines, the Evolution® engine broke new ground in displacement innovation while maintaining the hunger for power, durability and proven reliability that The Motor Company was built on.
Evolution® Engine Innovation
Air-cooled and durable as hell, the Evolution® engine is yet another nod to the unwavering work ethic that drives advancements in motor technology at Harley-Davidson. Aluminium heads and cylinders lighten the load of the bike and improve air-cooling efficiency. Electronic fuel injection says goodbye to carburetors and boasts increased reliability and less routine maintenance. Bottom line: the rubber-mounted Evolution® engine runs hard and rides smooth for thousands of miles so you can just worry about taking in the freedom of the open road.
Pure Harley-Davidson Styling
Feast your eyes on the 1200cc Evolution® engine and there’s no mistaking its roots. This is authentic Harley-Davidson styling through and through with an attention to detail you won’t find from any other motorcycle company. Black powder-coated cylinders and cylinder heads are topped off with chrome rocker covers, while chrome pushrods highlight the iconic V-Twin. It’s a jewel machined out of metal. Pure. Dripping with power. From the classic edge of the cooling fins to the clean lines of cases and covers—the 1200c Evolution® engine makes an ironclad statement to holding on to what’s right and staying true to what satisfies the rider.
H-D® Smart Security System
The factory installed next-generation security system features a hands-free fob that automatically arms and disarms the vehicle electronic security functions as you approach and walk away from the bike. Stick the fob on your ignition key ring and let it do all the work. It’s this attention to details and security that make Harley-Davidson® motorcycles unique.
Hand controls on a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle are incredibly intuitive. The turn signals are self-canceling and, based on the speed and angle of the motorcycle, they know how long to stay on. Engaging the controls quickly becomes second nature so you can focus less on turning off your signal and more on basking in the freedom of the ride.
Artfully Hidden Technology
Harley-Davidson leverages the latest in technology without compromising style and function. That means we hide electronics. The whole wiring harness is skillfully routed behind the jewels of the bike—the tank, engine and all the other eye-popping features you want to see. It’s just another way The Motor Company goes the extra mile to give its bikes that premium, top-of-the-line fit and finish.
Low Seat & Slammed Suspension
The combination of a lowered front and rear suspension together with a low solo seat provides confidence for riders of all sizes and experience. A responsive ride for whipping through town or busting out onto the interstate.
Michelin® Scorcher™ Tyres
New Michelin® Scorcher™Tyres provide the superior performance, sensational grip, impressive durability and excellent handling expected on a race-bred bike. The exclusive deep-cut tread design improves grip and water evacuation capability. Grip performance and durability is also enhanced by the tyre’s rubber compounds, which use the latest generation of Michelin synthetic polymers. Under the rear rubber, aramid belts are used to stabilize your ride, which helps inspire confidence in handling.
Tuned to Be Ridden
Harley-Davidson® motorcycles are different from any other bike out on the road. There’s a balance to them. The steering, the maneuverability—it’s all in concert. And each Harley-Davidson® model is tuned differently to create a unique riding experience for each individual no matter which bike they swing their leg over. Let’s face it, we didn’t get to where we are by being like everyone else.
With the custom forward-mounted controls on the Forty-Eight model, you can kick back a little and stretch your legs for the ultimate cruise through town or across the state line. It’s time to take in the open road the way you were meant to—on a two-wheeled machine that’s built to outdo the rest.
Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Seat Height, Unladen
Rake (steering head) (deg)
Tyres, Front Specification
Tyres, Rear Specification
Oil Capacity (w/filter)
Weight, As Shipped
Weight, In Running Order
Primary Drive Chain,
Gear Ratios (ov erall) 1st
Gear Ratios (ov erall) 2nd
Gear Ratios (ov erall) 3rd
Gear Ratios (ov erall) 4th
Gear Ratios (ov erall) 5th
Gear Ratios (ov erall) 6th
Chrome, staggered shorty exhaust with dual slash-cut mufflers
Wheels, Optional Style Type
Wheels, Front Type Black
Wheels, Rear Type Black
Caliper Type Dual-piston front, single-piston rear
Engine Torque Testing Method
Engine Torque (rpm)
Lean Angle, Right (deg.)
Lean Angle, Left (deg.)
Fuel Economy: Combined City/Hwy
4.9 l/100 km
Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator Lamps
High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, low fuel warning, low battery, security system (optional)
4-inch Speedometer mounted low and integrated into handlebar clamp electronic speedometer