48 Sportster Review
Harley Davidson’s new 48 Sportster is perhaps the coolest stock motorcycle. Even the name 48 is somewhat cool. It was inspired from it’s “peanut” shape fuel tank that was first introduced in 1948.
This small fuel tank helped provide the model with its streamlined look. The peanut fuel tank is attitude and looks all balled up into one. A minimal style and design with a low powerful bulldog look that showcasing more engine. It is Steve McQueen or James Dean cool.
Unfortunately the handsome tank is of a peanut sized capacity. Only a mere eight liters of unleaded can be squeezed into the tank. The HD 48 is predominantly a city bike. Punting hard around the city could drain the 48 dry in less than 100km.
The slammed drag style handlebar and under-mounted mirrors enhanced the aggressive look. It provides the 48 with a forward aggressive riding position.
A beefy Dunlop front end with a tall, fat MT90 tire gives the Forty-Eight model a slammed hot rot visual of a 1950 Mercury.
The minimal look extend back to it’s stop-Turn-Tail lights. The retro-style bullet taillights combined the stop signal and running light plus turn signal in two low profile rear ends. Additionally, the side-mounted license plate leaves the rear fender surface smooth and uncluttered providing the tail end with a clean minimalist look and feel.
The heart of the Forty-Eight is an air-cooled and durable 1200cc Evolution engine with electronic fuel injection commonly known as the Blockhead. A popular engine Harley Davidson introduced in 1984. Black powder-coated cylinders and cylinder heads are topped off with chrome rocker covers, while chrome push rods highlight the iconic V-twin. This rubber-mounted Evolution still vibrates like all hell at a standstill but on the road no unwanted sensations reach the rider and the whole drive train package is a class act. New technology boasts increased reliability and less routine maintenance.
Ground clearance is limited due to the low stance, the combination of a lowered front and rear suspension together with a low solo seat – just 26 inches high – provides confidence for all riders. The steering, the maneuverability is simply awesome. However, the low slung cruisers with short rear suspension travel resulting a punishing ride on poor surfaces.
The brakes work reasonably well but the lack of ABS is notably absent. Otherwise it is a responsive ride perfect for whipping through town or busting out onto the interstate. Just don’t expect to be picking up any passengers
Harley Davidson’s have been putting a lot of work in on this Sportster 48 and improvements is evident. This is a truly beautiful machine. Despite its limited practicality, it is still one of the coolest new motorcycles on the market.
Harley Davidson’s Sportster 48
Blacked out rubber-mounted Evolution 1200 cc V-Twin engine with ESPFI ( Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection ).
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
Chrome, shorty dual exhaust with slash-cut mufflers
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
Forward foot controls
Side-mounted license plate
Combination stop/turn/tail lights