2019 Forty-Eight™ Special
Sportster Forty-Eight Special engine

1200cc at your command to deliver tons of torque for an unforgettably fun ride.

Sportster Forty-Eight Special Dark Custom Style

A balance of blacked-out and chrome finishes give it that authentic custom attitude.

Sportster Forty-Eight Special fueltank

The brawny 49mm front fork is accentuated by massive triple clamps and fork brace. We’ve also added cartridge dampening technology to keep the handling crisp and confident, no matter how rough or winding the road ahead.

Sportster Forty-Eight Special muscular attitude

A bulldog stance with a slammed speedometer and peanut tank, massive triple clamps, and 49mm front forks.

Sportster Forty-Eight Special Handlebars

Ride with your fists in the wind with the black Tallboy® handlebars. Shaped to provide the ideal balance of rise and width.

Sportster Forty-Eight spoke

A ribbed, solo-style seat for all-day cruising comfort while maintaining the bike’s minimalist style.

Sportster Forty-Eight brake

Features an Emulsion rear shock with a screw pre-load adjuster that soaks up every bump the street throws your way, and easily adjusts to fit your riding style.

Sportster Forty-Eight fuel tank

Split nine-spoke wheels that are black as night from rim to rubber to compliment the Dark Custom look.

Engine Air-cooled, Evolution
Bore 3.5 in.
Stroke 3.8 in.
Displacement 1,202 cc (73.4 cu in)
Compression Ratio 10:01
Fuel System Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Exhaust Black, staggered exhaust with slash-cut mufflers
Length 85.2 in.
Seat Height, Laden 26.2 in.
Seat Height, Unladen 27.8 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 547 lb.
Weight, In Running Order 564 lb.
Engine Torque Testing Method J1349
Engine Torque 73 ft-lb
Engine Torque (RPM) 3,500
Lean Angle, Right (deg.)27.1
Lean Angle, Left (deg.) 27.1
Fuel Economy Testing Method Estimated City/Hwy
Fuel Economy 48 mpg
Primary Drive Chain, 38/57 ratio
Gear Ratios (overall) 1st9.315
Gear Ratios (overall) 2nd6.653
Gear Ratios (overall) 3rd4.948
Gear Ratios (overall) 4th4.102
Gear Ratios (overall) 5th3.517
Wheels, Front Type Black, Split 9-Spoke Cast Aluminum
Wheels, Rear Type Black, Split 9-Spoke Cast Aluminum
Brakes, Caliper Type Dual-piston front, Dual-piston rear
Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator Lamps High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, low fuel warning, low battery, security system (if equipped), ABS (if equipped)
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


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