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Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Specs

Engine 1202 cc
Power 60 hp
Start Option Electric
Pass Switch Yes
Ignition System CDI
Odometer Digital

Forty-Eight Pros & Cons

Things We Like in Forty-Eight

Drool-worthy timeless styling

Torquey engine

Things We Dont Like in Forty-Eight

Tiny fuel tank

Hard ride

Eye-watering price

Recent Updates of Forty-Eight

The Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight is a legendary cruiser bike that was last updated in 2020. The bike is known for its distinctive features like a low solo seat, under-mounted mirrors, side-mounted license plate, clean rear fender, front fork sliders, fat front tire, and slammed rear suspension. The Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight is hauled by a 2-cylinder, air-cooled, 1.2-liter engine which produces 96Nm peak torque at 3,500rpm. The motor is mated to a 5-speed transmission. Other features of the motorcycle include disc brakes on both wheels, dual-channel antilock braking, multiple ride modes, a digital instrument cluster, and an 8-liter fuel tank. The Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight is priced at RM 80,900.

Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Price

The Forty-Eight is priced at RM 92,800 .

Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Variants

There are 1 variants available of Forty-Eight: Standard.

Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Power-trains

The Forty-Eight is powered by a Air Cooled EFI 1202 cc 2 Cylinder engine that gives 60hp of power and 96 Nm Torque at 3500 rpm. It comes with the option of a 5-Speed transmission gearbox. The Forty-Eight has a seat height of 710 mm. The Front Tyre size is 130/90 R16 & Rear Tyre size is 150/80 R16.

Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Features

Features Chassis, Suspension & Brake include Disc Front Brake, Disc Rear Brake, Steel Body Frame Material and Single Seat Seat Type.
Features for Console include Digital Odometer, Oil Change Indicator, Side Stand Indicator, Tripmeter, Display Screen and Analog Speedometer.

Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Competitors

The Forty-Eight Competitors are: Harley-Davidson Iron 883, Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom, Harley-Davidson Fat Bob and Harley-Davidson Roadster.

Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight 2022 Price List

Variant Price Specifications  
Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Standard RM 92,800 *
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1202 cc, 60 hp, Electric, Petrol

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Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Colors

Forty-Eight is available in 5 different colors - Vivid Black, Twisted Cherry, Red Iron Denim, Legend Blue and Hard Candy Quicksilver Flake.

Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Review

  • Forty-Eight Overview
  • Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Design
  • Forty-Eight Ride & Handling
  • Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Engine & Fuel Consumption
  • Forty-Eight Braking & Safety
  • Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Verdict

Forty-Eight Overview

Harley Davidson has come a long way from their rebel roots. Much like handbags, they are now expensive style statements. Anyone hoping to buy one could make case for the low down grunt, the mile-munching ability and the heritage, but deep down they know that it’s all about the aesthetic. And no other bike in Harleys’ current catalogue achieves this more shamelessly than the Sportster Forty-Eight. Launched in 2010, it comes with butch looks, the smallest fuel tank and a single seat. But it is oozing with style like nothing else. It is also very expensive – not just for Malaysia but everywhere. You can make this toy your own, for an eye watering RM 92,800. And that’s for the basic Forty Eight. You would then like to customize the bike to your own liking which can easily shoot up the price much higher.  For comparison we have the Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster and the Bobber. Both of these are the very much the same sort of bike and arguably better looking than the Forty Eight. Yet they can be bought for just under RM 75,000. But decisions like these are made by the heart. And if your heart is set on this, then here is everything that you can expect from it.

Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Design

Yes, it is indeed an attractive motorcycle. Every single bit of kit on it comes together to make a rolling work of art. The biggest impact comes from the very size of the bike itself. It is a bit long and very low. The 2165 mm long bike has a compact wheelbase of 1506 mm. The seat height is a very low 710 mm. While this is good news for short Asian riders like ourselves, taller riders will have trouble even looking at the underslung rear view mirrors. And this is where the compromises in the name of styling will start to appear. Next is the exquisite peanut shaped tank that although beautiful holds a scant 7.9 litres of fuel. But the tank is really the focal point of the bike and is the defining factor of the entire concept as it will be later revealed. Next, come the fat 130/90B16 73H front and 150/80B16 77H rear Michelin tyres on the 16-inch black 9 spoke machined wheels. The exquisite V-Twin resides beneath the fuel tank with two fat low slung pipes jutting out of it. Finally there are the five color options for the tank - Hard Candy Shattered Flake, Legend Blue Denim, Red Iron Denim, Twisted Cherry, Vivid Black – that each give this bike a timeless finish.

Forty-Eight Ride & Handling

The seat is low and the handlebars are short. With front-mounted foot pegs, the bike has relaxed ergonomics. But the 49 mm non-adjustable front forks and preload adjustable emulsion shocks in the rear provide so little travel, that the ride can only be described as stiff. Weighing over 250 kg, this bike is best suited for city driving on smooth roads. Thankfully at least, the seat is plush and luxurious. But don’t rely on the stylish underslung mirrors while carving through traffic. The small tank also ensures that you stay away from highways as high speed highway driving is also not recommended due to riding ergonomics. Hard cornering on mountain roads is doable but only while the cornering clearance permits.

Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Engine & Fuel Consumption

Like all Harley Davidsons, this too is powered by a V-twin engine. It is an air cooled but fuel injected 1200 cc Evolution motor. It uses long stroke cylinders, a belt drive and a five-speed transmission. Harleys are all about torque – they don’t even display the power figures on the website – and the Forty Eight is no exception. The engine make 96 Nm of torque at just 3500 rpm. Twist the throttle and the fat silencer will bark into life. The engine pulls hard from low down the rev range and there is enough power across the power band. The bike easily reaches speeds of up to 150 kmph. The only flaw is that tiny fuel tank that does not last even 200 km. This limits the bike to small trips around town which is it natural habitat. The throttle response has the appropriate mannerisms in that it is neither too slow nor too fast.  

Forty-Eight Braking & Safety

There is a 300 mm floating disc on the front and another on the rear. Braking performance is good but the levers are a bit awkward to reach. ABS is provided as an optional extra and should definitely be taken.

Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Verdict

Form over function is the name of the game here. The bike may not be very useful as a tool or even a vehicle, but as a toy or a style statement it is very much a success. People will not just look at you but stare at you with hungry eyes. You yourself will ogle at the bike even after owning it for some time. You will fashion your look so that it fits that of your bike. This is the kind of impact it will have on you. And for that, the price and all the compromises will seem like a bargain.

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    Kiyoraka Feb 07, 2022 for Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight

    I had always been a fan of the Harley Davidson Forty-Eight ever since I once saw it on the streets a few years ago. I recently bought the latest version of the bike and I think it is one of the finest cruisers from the American motorcycle brand. I love a few styling features that add a distinctive appeal to Read More

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    Iyaan Nov 29, 2021 for Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight

    The Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight is a legendary cruiser bike from the brand and it was my dream to buy this bike. I recently bought the latest 2020 model of the bike and I am really happy to have bought it. The bike has a very distinctive design that is a perfect blend of a classic cruiser with modern convenience. The key Read More

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    Kiyoraka Sep 21, 2021 for Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight

    Almost six months ago, my brother upgraded to a Harley Davidson Deluxe, and I took over ownership of his Harley Davidson Forty Eight. Even though the bike is over a year old, it is in perfect working order. The entire performance has been great - spectacular, manly and rugged aesthetics with a strong 1202 cc engine offer me the ideal Read More

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    Muzakir Jun 07, 2021 for Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight

    I inherited my brother’s Harley Davidson Forty Eight when he bought the Harley Davidson Deluxe almost 6 months ago. Even if the bike is almost a year old, there have been no problems and it works absolutely like a new one. The overall performance has been excellent - stellar, masculine, and rugged looks with a powerful 1202 cc engine gives Read More

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    Greggy Apr 26, 2021 for Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight

    I have been riding this bike for more than three years now. This bike by Harley Davidson has been my top choice ever since I got acquainted with the bike. Its heavy masculine body gives it a rebel look that never fails to grab attention, whether you are casually driving it on roads or driving it to a party. Although Read More

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    Faizin Nov 26, 2020 for Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight

    I was looking to buy a Harley Davidson for a long time and after I visited their showroom, the Forty Eight stood to be the best option in my opinion. The bike has a really superb design with a more retro or traditional bobber look blended with modern features. Along with that, the riding posture is comfortable and the 1202 Read More

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    Cantona Nov 20, 2019 for Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight

    Harley Davidson motorcycle had always been on my wish list ever since I first saw it on the streets. I always wanted to own one such motorcycle when I grew up and finally that time came a few months back when I collected enough money to purchase a Harley. I selected the Forty Eight for myself because I felt that Read More

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