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2018 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special

Harley’s newest retro-styled Sporty brings more attitude with a modern twist

If you got it, why not flaunt it? So we took our new 2018 Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight Special to iconic Cook’s Corner in Southern California to snap some shots of the newest Sportster for you folks. Back in 2010, Harley-Davidson introduced the XL1200X Forty-Eight model , and eight years later the newest version still retains that tiny 2.2-gallon peanut tank. This year, it does gain a more muscular front end with forged aluminum triple clamps and a 49mm fork, all topped off with 7.25-inch-high Tallboy bars.


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The 2018 Forty-Eight Special arrives in three color options: Vivid Black, Wicked Red, and Billiard White, with ours rolling in Billiard White. The new Forty-Eight Special comes equipped with the reliable 1,200cc Evolution motor, paired with a five-speed transmission. Starting price is $11,299 for Vivid Black, with color options starting at $11,649.

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Jordan (6 feet tall) fits comfortably behind the Tallboy bars and forward controls.

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chrome heat shields and engine covers

The Forty-Eight Special is equipped with chrome heat shields and engine covers.

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1,200cc Evolution engine

The 1,200cc Evolution engine looks sharp with all that chrome!

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Split nine-spoke cast aluminum wheels

The Forty-Eight Special is rocking Split nine-spoke cast aluminum wheels in Gloss Black.

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2018 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special Rider

Jordan heading toward some twisties out past Cook’s Corner in sunny Southern Cal.

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70s-inspired tank graphic

The authentic bold ’70s-inspired tank graphic and badge take us back to yesteryear.

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2018 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special Rider

Jordan heading into the twisties grinding down those feelers!

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“Authentic bold ’70s-inspired tank graphic and badge shows the bike’s retro roots.”

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Specifications

ENGINE: Air-cooled Evolution
BORE: 3.5 in.
STROKE: 3.8 in.
DISPLACEMENT: 1202cc (73.4ci)
COMPRESSION RATIO: 10:01
FUEL SYSTEM: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
EXHAUST: Black staggered exhaust w/ slash-cut mufflers

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