Friday, June 9

Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight: The Raw Ride

The Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight motorcycle is a factory custom that carries the legendary tradition of the hot rod Sportster. No doubt, the Harley Forty-Eight is a mix of madness and beauty. A classic hot rod design integrated with new age technologies like fuel injection, disc brakes and fat rubbers make the 48 one of the exceptional Harleys out there.

Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight
Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight

At a glance

Make: Harley-Davidson

Model: Forty-Eight

Bike courtesy:  Abhinav Pharande

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What is Forty-Eight 48?

The 48 is based on the 1200 Sportster –with a small tank, called a “Peanut” tank by Harley people which was introduced in 1948, so called the Forty-Eight  48. It has the classic 1948 style small peanut tank, wire wheels, forward-controls, a wider front tire with a fat front end and chopped front fender, a slammed speedo with under mount mirrors, low solo single seat, and low suspension.

Harley Davidson Forty-Eight (37)

Tech specs:

  • Engine: Air-cooled, Evolution®
  • Bore:  88.9 mm Stroke 96.8 mm
  • Displacement: 1,202 cc
  • Engine Torque: 96 Nm@ 3500rpm
  • Compression Ratio : 10:01
  • Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
  • Brakes: Caliper Type Dual-piston front, Dual-piston rear

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Ride Quality

  • The drag style handlebar is an old-school feature, demands a forward, aggressive riding position.
  • Lowered solo seat provides confidence for riders of all sizes and experience.
  • Michelin tyres provide superior performance and excellent handling.
  • Outsized rubber may hamper steering.
  • Wanna have ride with your girl friend? Pay extra* for pillion seat kit which is available as an option.
  • The low seat height will accommodate even the shortest riders.
  • Ride quality is stiff.

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The Powertrain

  • Air-cooled, 1202cc engine is durable.
  • Electronic fuel injection boasts increased reliability and less routine maintenance.
  • Aluminum heads and cylinders lighten the load of the bike.
  • A responsive ride for zipping through city or opening out onto the highways.
Harley Davidson Forty-Eight
Harley Davidson Forty-Eight

Build Quality

  • Superior and detailed build quality.
  • Carefully crafted the rear end with retro-styled Stop-Turn-Tail lights.
  • Superior chrome finish on exhaust.
  • Attention paid to finest details.
Harley Davidson Forty-Eight headllamp
Harley Davidson Forty-Eight headllamp

How much to pay:

  • For a new bike: Rs 8,82,000 (Ex Showroom)*
  • For a used bike: NA*
  • Insurance: NA*
  • Servicing: Rs 8000/- *
  • Pillion seat and footrest: Rs 17,000/-*

(* The prices are indicative)

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Technical Specifications


  • Length: 2,210 mm
  • Seat Height, Unladen : 6 710 mm
  • Ground Clearance: 110 mm
  • Rake (steering head) (deg) : 30.2
  • Trail: 132 mm
  • Wheelbase: 1,495 mm


  • Front Specification: 130/90B16 73H
  • Rear Specification: 150/80B16 77H

Fuel Capacity: 7.9 l

Oil Capacity (w/filter) :2.6 l



  • As Shipped: 247 Kg
  • Weight, In Running Order: 252 Kg



  • Engine: Air-cooled, Evolution®
  • Bore: 88.9 mm Stroke 96.8 mm
  • Displacement: 1,202 cc
  • Compression Ratio – 10:01
  • Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)



  • Primary Drive Chain, 38/57 ratio
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 1st: 9.004
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 2nd: 6.432
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 3rd: 4.783
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 4th: 3.965
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 5th: 3.4



  • Caliper Type: Dual-piston front, Dual-piston rear


  • Engine Torque: 2 96 Nm @ 3,500rpm
  • Lean Angle, Right (deg.) : 27.1
  • Lean Angle, Left (deg.) :27.1




High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, low fuel warning, low battery, security system (optional)


Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Image Gallery

Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Official images


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