Harley Releases 2010 Sportster Forty-Eight

January 22, 2010
Bryan Harley
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The 2010 Forty-Eight has lowered rear suspension  a low  26-inch seat height  and bars that are slung low and back.
The 2010 Forty-Eight has lowered rear suspension, a low, 26-inch seat height, and bars that are slung back. It also brings about the return of the signature ‘peanut’ tank. 
The Forty-Eight is the newest member of Harleys Dark Custom line.

Harley-Davidson introduced the newest member of its Sportster line, the 2010 Forty-Eight, today at the New York IMS. Sportster loyalists will be happy to see the return of the ‘peanut’ tank after The Motor Company discontinued using the iconic tank in 2007. The 2010 Sportster Forty-Eight is the latest in H-D’s Dark Custom line, with bobbed fenders, a blacked-out engine, burly wheels and a 2.1 gallon ‘peanut’ tank.

“With its classic bulldog shoulders stance, the Forty-Eight strikes a distinctive look and low profile that could only come from Harley-Davidson,” said Ray Drea, Harley-Davidson Senior Director of Styling. “The Forty-Eight model has a collective past life experience and broken-in look that is raw and authentic.”
The XL Sportster Forty-Eight features a solo seat slung low at 26 inches to go along with lowered rear suspension. The handlebars bend back, not quite café racer but definitely hot rod-style, and the mirrors are under-mounted to complement the styling. The blacked-out treatment extends to the air cleaner and engine covers, chain guard, frame and fenders, so the only real chrome on the bike is the shorty dual exhaust. The meaty 16-inch black, laced steel front wheel looks straight off the Fat Bob and sits in a new fork with wider triple clamps.

Here’s a quip from the Harley PR team about the new Forty-Eight:

The iconic peanut tank returns in the Forty-Eight.
The iconic ‘peanut’ tank is back! 

“The Forty-Eight embraces the street up front with forward foot controls, low profile custom handlebar, under-mounted mirrors, fork-mounted turn signals, slammed speedometer mounting bracket and fork brace with lightening holes. A unique dual texture solo seat with a height of 26 inches fits the lone rider, while a passenger pillion, footpegs and backrest are some of the many accessories that can be added.”

The 2010 Sportster Forty-Eight will be available in Vivid Black, Brilliant Silver and Mirage Orange Pearl colors. Look for it soon at Harley-Davidson dealers. The Forty-Eight joins the Nightster, Cross Bones, Fat Bob, Street Bob, and Iron 883 in Harley’s Dark Custom line.

2010 Forty-Eight Features and Highlights:

2010 XL Sportster Forty-Eight Specs
Good to see you  old friend.
Engine – Air-cooled Evolution
Displacement – 73.40 cubic-inch,  1200cc
Valves – Pushrod-operated, overhead valves w/hydraulic, self-adjusting lifters, two valves per cylineder
Bore/Stroke – 3.5 X 3.81 in.
Compression Ratio – 9.7:1
Fueling – Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection 
Primary Drive – Chain
Final Drive – Belt
Clutch – Multi-plate, wet
Transmission – 5-speed
Start – Electric
Front fork – 39mm, 3.62 in. travel
Rear Shocks – Coil over, preload dual-adjustable, 1.63 in. travel
Wheels – Front 16 in. X 3 in., Rear 16 in. X 3 in.
Tires – Front MT90B16 Rear – 150/80B16
Brakes – Dual-piston front, single-piston rear
Length – 88.60 in.
Overall Width – 32.70 in.
Overall Height – 42.0 in.
Seat Height – 26 in.
Ground Clearance – 3.90 in.
Rake/Trail – 29.9-degree/4.70 in.
Fuel Capacity – 2.1 gal.
Oil Capacity – 2.8 quarts
Weight – 545 lbs (dry), 567 lbs (running order)
MSRP: $10,499

Blacked out rubber-mounted Evolution 1200 cc V-Twin engine with polished covers
Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Steel 2.1-gallon peanut fuel tank with lightening hole mounting bracket
One-piece, solo Sportster classic seat
26-inch seat height
Tall and fat 130 mm Dunlop MT90 front tire
16-inch Black Steel Laced wheels
Low profile custom handlebar
Under-mounted mirrors
New front forks with wide triple clamps
Chopped front fender mounted on fork brace with lightening holes
Blacked components including air cleaner cover, clutch and brake levers and turn signals
Chopped rear fender
Stop-turn-tail lights
Side-mounted license plate
Two-year factory warranty
Optional Harley-Davidson Smart Security System
MSRP: $10,499

The 2010 Sportster Forty-Eight is the latest in H-Ds Dark Custom line  with bobbed fenders  a blacked-out engine  burly wheels and the return of the signature peanut tank.
2010 Sportster Forty-Eight

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