2018 H-D® Forty-Eight®

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2018 Harley-Davidson® Sportster Forty-Eight

If Dark Custom™ style is what you're after, you've found it in the brand Harley-Davidson® Sportster Forty-Eight model. This motorcycle combines the nostalgia of yesteryear with modern amenities that will have you looking forward to your next adventure, drop by Appalachian Harley-Davidson® in Mechanicsburg, PA to get a hands-on experience of this unique ride. Our staff is knowledgeable on the entire Harley-Davidson lineup, and we look forward to walking you through the warranties, safety features and amenities that come standard on this impressive ride so don't put off your motorcycle search any longer, visit us today!

The Sportster Forty-Eight features a competitive price that makes it accessible to a wide range of riders and we encourage you to explore all of your financing options for some help with your payments! Our Harley-Davidson dealership offers an on-site finance department that can help you secure a comprehensive loan! Don't let your less than perfect credit score stop you from hitting the road on top of a Sportster Forty-Eight, fill out our credit application online right now to shop with confidence! The Sportster Forty-Eight has brought back the 2.1-gallon gas tank that originally hit the market back in 1948 and has attached it to this cutting-edge piece of technology. This Harley-Davidson® has what can only be described as a "bulldog stance" that makes it easy to ride in comfort. After you get a feel for the floating rotors, large front forks, and adjustable rear suspension, you'll be wondering how you ever hit the streets without this bike! The 2018 Sportster Forty-Eight is a heavy hitter thanks to the powerful 1200cc Evolution® engine that is capable of traversing the open road but is more at home on the city streets. Allow Appalachian Harley-Davidson® to get you set up with a test ride and talk to us about the customization work you'd like to get started on! We have an array of genuine parts and accessories that come at affordable prices, so it's easy to give your bike a personal touch! Head over to see us at your earliest convenience, we'll be waiting for you!

Description

  • The redesigned 2018 Forty-Eight® motorcycle comes at you with more low-slung Dark Custom™ attitude than ever, from its fat front end to its new cast aluminum wheels.

PRICING 6

  • Vivid Black $11,299
  • Color $11,649
  • Hard Candy Custom $11,749
  • Anniversary Color $11,999

DIMENSIONS

  • Length 85.2 in.
  • Seat Height, Laden 7 26.2 in.
  • Seat Height, Unladen 28 in.
  • Ground Clearance 4.3 in.
  • Rake (steering head) (deg) 30.2
  • Trail 5.3 in.
  • Wheelbase 58.9 in.
  • Tires, Front Specification 130/90B16 73H
  • Tires, Rear Specification 150/80B16 77H
  • Fuel Capacity 2.1 gal.
  • Oil Capacity (w/filter) 2.8 qt.
  • Weight, As Shipped 545 lb.
  • Weight, In Running Order 556 lb.

ENGINE

  • Engine 1 Air-cooled, Evolution®
  • Bore 3.5 in.
  • Stroke 3.8 in.
  • Displacement 73.4 cu in
  • Compression Ratio 10:01
  • Fuel System 3 Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
  • Exhaust Black, staggered exhaust with slash-cut mufflers

DRIVETRAIN

  • Primary Drive Chain, 38/57 ratio
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 1st 9.315
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 2nd 6.653
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 3rd 4.948
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 4th 4.102
  • Gear Ratios (overall) 5th 3.517

CHASSIS

  • Wheels, Front Type 9 Black, Split 9-Spoke Cast Aluminum w/ Machined Highlights
  • Wheels, Rear Type Black, Split 9-Spoke Cast Aluminum w/ Machined Highlights
  • Brakes, Caliper Type Dual-piston front, Dual-piston rear

PERFORMANCE

  • Engine Torque Testing Method J1349
  • Engine Torque 2 73 ft-lb
  • Engine Torque (rpm) 3,500
  • Lean Angle, Right (deg.) 27.1
  • Lean Angle, Left (deg.) 27.1
  • Fuel Economy: Estimated City/Hwy 5 48 mpg

ELECTRIC

  • Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator Lamps
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    High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, low fuel warning, low battery, security system (optional)
  • Gauges


    Handlebar-mounted electronic speedometer with odometer, time-of-day clock, dual tripmeter, low fuel warning light, low oil pressure light, engine diagnostics readout, LED indicator lights
  1. Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.
  2. Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.
  3. Standard and optional fuel systems may vary by country.
  4. See motorcycle owner’s manual for complete details.
  5. Estimated from fuel economy tests on a sample motorcycle from the corresponding family conducted by Harley-Davidson under ideal laboratory conditions. Not all motorcycle models undergo fuel economy testing. Fuel economy and mileage may vary among motorcycle models within a family. Your mileage may vary depending on your personal riding habits, weather conditions, trip length, vehicle condition and vehicle configuration and other conditions. Break-in mileage may vary.
  6. Prices listed are the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices for base models. Options such as color are available at additional cost. Prices exclude tax, title, licensing, registration fees, destination charges, added accessories, and additional dealer charges, if any, and are subject to change. Harley-Davidson reimburses dealers for performing manufacturer-specified pre-delivery inspection and setup tasks. Dealer prices may vary.
  7. Measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.
  8. North America security system includes immobilizer; outside North America the security system includes immobilizer and siren.
  9. Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.

Vehicles depicted may differ from vehicles manufactured and delivered. Specifications and prices listed may differ from specifications and prices of vehicles manufactured and delivered. All product descriptions (including depictions, specifications, dimensions, measurements, ratings and competitive comparisons) are based on available information at the time of publication.Although such descriptions are believed correct, errors and changes can occur and complete accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Harley-Davidson® may make changes at any time to prices and specifications, and may change or discontinue models, without notice and without incurring any obligation.Attention: Vehicles in the configurations shown and many of the accessories described in this catalog may not be available for sale or use in some locations. Please check with your dealer for complete product details and the latest information.All models feature 6-speed transmission (V-Rod models and Sportster® models are 5-speed) and carbon fiber belt final drive; multi-plate clutch with diaphragm spring in oil bath; and 2-year unlimited mileage warranty.

 

Standard Features

Overview
 We didn’t rebuild it. We reloaded it. The first time the world saw this gas tank was 1948. But the world has never seen that iconic tank sitting atop anything quite like this. The Forty-Eight® motorcycle has been reborn. Everything that was great about it has been cranked up to a more intense level. Better seat. Better suspension. New lightweight mag wheels. Awesome brakes. And now the tank is sporting ‘70s inspired graphics. Welcome to the next page of history written in Dark Custom™ iron.  
Authentic Styling
 Classic Peanut Fuel Tank with New Badge: 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. It adds to the machine's low, powerful bulldog look, showing off the solid mass of the engine and the rawboned style of the lean Sportster® frame. We mount it on a metal strip drilled with old-school “lightening” holes. Then top the works with vivid graphics and a 3D metal badge rooted deep in the bike’s retro modern culture. The peanut fuel tank is attitude and looks all balled up into one.  
 Fat Front Wheel: A beefy front end with a tall, fat MT90 tire 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.  
 Slammed Handlebar, Speedometer and Under Mount Mirrors: The slammed black drag-style handlebar with speedometer 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.  
 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 and a side-mounted license plate 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.  
 New Exhaust with Laser Cut Exhaust Shields: The staggered shorty-dual exhaust has been around almost as long as the Sportster family itself. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take the time-honored pipes to a place that’s brand new. To achieve the stunning dark-breaking-through-bright look on the Forty-Eight exhaust, we blacked-out the mufflers. Then topped them with chrome exhaust shields adorned with laser-cut groves.  
Iconic Engine
 Pure Harley-Davidson Styling: Feast your eyes on the 1200 cc Evolution® engine and there's no mistaking its roots. This is authentic Harley-Davidson style through and through with an attention to detail you won't find from any other motorcycle company. Right in the center: a round air cleaner cover, covered in gloss black and loaded with retro style. Surrounding it you have black powder-coating on the cases and cylinders, polished rocker covers, and a final touch of chrome pushrods to highlight the iconic V-twin shape. It's a jewel machined out of metal. Pure. Dripping with power. The 1200 cc Evolution engine makes an ironclad statement about holding on to what's right and staying true to what satisfies the rider.  
 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 1200 cc Evolution engine is yet another nod to the unwavering work ethic that drives advancements in motor technology at Harley-Davidson. Aluminum 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.  
Technology
 Ergonomic Hand Controls: If your hands feel good on the controls you’ll feel good on the bike. Which is why when you twist the throttle of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, you just know. You feel more dialed in, comfortable and attuned to the road and everything around you. In designing these hand controls we went the extra mile to make sure every operation is as intuitive, fluid and effortless as possible. So you can keep your eyes on what’s around the next corner and not what’s under your thumb. Things like self-canceling turn signals that are right where you want them to be and brake levers that are easy for all riders to reach. We’ve added other features, too, like a trip switch and vehicle “start” switch as all Sportster models are keyless. Details that may seem small but make a huge difference on the road. Because it’s tiny things like these that make a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.  
 Foundation Brake System: Like riding itself, you can never go too far when it comes to a bike’s brakes. This is why we went the distance to make the brake system of each Sportster model a shining example of performance, fit and finish. You have 300 mm brake rotors and a powerful, stylized front caliper with 34 mm pistons and stylized rear caliper to match. Other system features include an improved all-aluminum integrated rear master cylinder with reservoir, all-aluminum front master cylinder with reduced friction and higher efficiency, and stainless steel braided lines. It all adds up to more confidence on the road and more power and predictability when you squeeze the brakes.  
 Tachometer and Gear Indicator Readout: Even though none of us would want to admit it, from time to time, we've all had to kick our shift lever back down to 1 to figure out what gear we were in. The Sportster models get a speedometer with a gear indicator readout and a tachometer you can activate with your trip switch. Now you've got all the information you need to keep it in the power band at the touch of a finger.  
 Closed Loop Exhaust System: Designed to meet future worldwide emissions standards and the standards of future generations of Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders. This closed loop exhaust system delivers heart-pounding performance in the key of the trademark Harley-Davidson rumble. With its robust, soul-stirring big twin design, durable mufflers with exhaust shields, a catalyst and mini heated oxygen sensors that improve emissions and drivability, this system is not only better for the environment, it makes riding better.  
Handling
 Michelin ® Scorcher™ Tires: Michelin Scorcher tires 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 tire's rubber compounds, which use the latest generation of Michelin synthetic polymers.  
 New Emulsion Rear Shock with Screw Adjuster: The urban infrastructure isn’t getting any smoother, so we upgraded the rear suspension throughout the Sportster family. We went with an Emulsion rear shock with a screw pre-load adjuster. It not only works overtime to soak up every bump the street throws your way, it also adjusts to fit your riding style. Simply use the tool mounted under the seat to turn the screw and you have a rear suspension set up to ride as aggressively as you want to take it.  
 New 49 mm Fork with Cartridge Dampening: The front end of the Forty-Eight motorcycle comes at you like a left hook from a bareknuckle boxer, loaded with raw power and bruising style. The eye starts at the big balloon front tire, then immediately lands on the brawny 49 mm front fork, accentuated by massive triple clamps and fork brace. There’s nothing else like it on the street. The one thing that isn’t rough and tumble is the way it all feels. We’ve been busy upgrading the ride of every Sportster model, adding cartridge dampening technology to that brawny front fork. It keeps the handling crisp and confident, no matter how rough or winding the road ahead.  
 New Split 9-Spoke Cast Aluminum Wheels: The plentitude of fat black rubber rolling underneath the Forty-Eight motorcycle calls for a set of equally hardcore rims, so we came up with a special split 9-Spoke design, covered it all in black, then added machined highlights to set off the design. The belt sprocket and floating front brake rotor get a similar treatment for good measure. The wheels are lightweight cast aluminum, so even with all that rubber the ride feels light and nimble.  
Comfort
 Forward-Mount Controls: With the custom forward-mount 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 on the town the way you were meant to – on a two-wheeled machine that's built to outdo the rest.  
 Low Profile Drag Style Bars: The iconic look of flat, minimalist drag bars was born of a time when riders spent weekends in the garage dialing up the speed of their machines, then spent the hot summer nights at a local back alley or track showing it off. The look is right, and sets up the perfect riding posture for roaring around town. There couldn’t be a more appropriate way to top the menacing bulldog stance of the Forty-Eight motorcycle.  
 Low Seat with New Minimalist Styling: When a bike looks this tough, the idea is to keep the soft stuff to a minimum. So the seat is solo style, with just enough ribbed detail to give the eyes something to notice. But here’s the thing only the rider needs to know: modern materials let us build loads of all-day comfort into that barely-there seat. Your backside will feel like it can go forever. Also key – the seat sits just 26 inches off the pavement thanks to a lowered front and rear suspension. That equals confidence for riders of all sizes and experience. A responsive ride for whipping through town or busting out onto the interstate.  
 New Optimized Steering Geometry: One look tells you the Forty-Eight motorcycle is filled to the brim with dark, street-fighting style, but that's just part of the story. We also went to work on the ride, optimizing the way the steering geometry works with all that fat rubber. The handling is light, agile and confidence-inspiring despite the burly bulldog stance.  

Options

Colors
  • Vivid Black Request a Quote
  • Billet SilverRequest a Quote
  • Velocity Red Sunglo Request a Quote
  • Olive GoldRequest a Quote
  • Hard Candy Gold FlakeRequest a Quote
  • Hard Candy Cancun Blue Flake Request a Quote
  • Hard Candy Custom Paint: Hard Candy Custom paint is a large metal flake finish that’s more than just a paint job, it’s a shining declaration of independence – bright, bold and unique. The Sportster® Seventy-Two is available in Hard Candy Custom Gold Flake and Hard Candy Custom Black Gold Flake. 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. Request a Quote
Equipment
  • Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS): When the burrito exit comes out of nowhere, you’ll need a little extra braking power. That’s why optional anti-lock brakes are on all Sportster® models. ABS improves overall braking performance, and keeps you from locking up under heavy braking. Plus, the entire system is smartly integrated into the design of the bike, so nothing gets in the way of your steel work of art. Because what’s the point of stopping if you can’t make a few heads turn? Request a Quote
  • H-D® Smart Security System: The factory-installed next-generation security system features a hands-free fob that automatically arms and disarms the vehicle's 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 detail and security that make Harley-Davidson® motorcycles unique. Request a Quote
Colors
  • Vivid BlackRequest a Quote
  • Billet SilverRequest a Quote
  • Velocity Red SungloRequest a Quote
  • Olive GoldRequest a Quote
  • Hard Candy Gold FlakeRequest a Quote
  • Hard Candy Cancun Blue FlakeRequest a Quote
  • Hard Candy Custom Paint: Hard Candy Custom paint is a large metal flake finish that’s more than just a paint job, it’s a shining declaration of independence – bright, bold and unique. The Sportster® Seventy-Two is available in Hard Candy Custom Gold Flake and Hard Candy Custom Black Gold Flake. 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. Request a Quote
Dealer Information
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