Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight | First Ride

Less is more, more or less

By Roland Brown, Photography by Tom Riles
Price $10,499
Engine type a-c 45-deg. V-twin
Valve train OHV, 4v
Displacement 1200cc
Transmission 5-speed
Claimed horsepower na
Claimed torque 79 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm
Frame Steel double-cradle
Front suspension 39mm Showa fork
Rear suspension Dual Showa shocks with adjustable spring preload
Front brake Nissin two-piston caliper, 292mm disc
Rear brake Nissin single-piston caliper, 292mm disc
Front tire MT90-16 Dunlop D402
Rear tire 150/80-16 Dunlop D402
Seat height 26.8 in.
Wheelbase 59.8 in.
Fuel capacity 2.1 gal.
Claimed dry weight 545 lbs.
Contact www.harley-davidson.com

Verdict 3 stars out of 5
A welcome--if somewhat impractical--addition to the Sportster family.

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