The Forty-Eight from Harley-Davidson's Sportster stable has that signature bulldog stance with beefy front forks and fat tires on a narrow frame.
The 1,202 cc Evo engine comes blacked out with chrome blings, fed by a 'peanut tank' that appeared on Sporty's throughout its history.
Low, low seat height and Dark Custom attitude give the Forty-Eight that low-slung, lean, mean look.
Slammed handlebars and forward foot controls put the rider in an aggressive, forward-leaning, windsock position that shifts your weight forward over the bike's center-of-mass for surprisingly nimble cornering.
Robust 49 mm front forks reinforce the beefiness afforded by the fat front tire, and the rear shock comes with a screw-adjuster for easy preload adjustment.
Suspension at both ends comes slammed to the max for a low, 26.2-inch laden seat height and 3.9 inches of ground clearance.
Of course, not only does this lower the overall center-of-gravity, but it also looks really Boss with the fat, 16-inch wheels.
Disc brakes bind the hoops, but the front wheel only has a single caliper.
At 551 pounds soaking wet, it is almost heavy enough to justify going with dual front brakes.
Harley used its time-tested, 1,202 cc Evolution engine to power the Forty-Eight.
Love it or hate it, the Evolution engine has paid its dues and shown itself to be a mill with staying power.
The engine comes blacked out with chrome accents at the rocker boxes and pushrod tubes, and the small, round air cleaner can falls under the '70s custom category.
The air-cooled- fuel-injected, long-stroke engine cranks out 73 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm for plenty of grunt out of the hole and brisk acceleration once you get into the powerband.
Power funneled through the five-speed, constant-mesh transmission goes to the rear wheel
via a fiber-reinforced belt drive.
Overall gearing leaves the rider with fairly comfortable revs on the highway.
MSRP starts at $12.3k for basic black and $12.7k if you want the tank shot in
Reef Blue or White Sand Pearl for 2022.