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February 22, 2018 2 min read

Harley-Davidson adds to the legacy of its Sportster® motorcycle series with the launch of the Iron 1200™ and Forty-Eight® Special models.

Riding on powerful Evolution® 1200 V-Twin engines, new fuel tank graphics distinguish both the Iron 1200 and the Forty-Eight Special motorcycles, but the excitement doesn’t end there:

The Iron 1200is an urban brawler with more power and new styling to set it apart from the past:

  • New powertrain styling highlights the V-Twin engine shape with black upper and lower rocker boxes, exhaust and muffler shields, timer, primary and derby cover and chrome pushrod tubes and tappet covers.
  • Fresh garage-built chopper styling includes:
    • Gloss black speed screen
    • Satin-black Mini Ape handle bar
    • Café Solo Seat
    • Black 9-Spoke wheels with no highlights for more home-built look
    • Chopped rear fender, mid-mount controls, round stamped-steel air cleaner cover, and fork gaiters carried
  • Classic 3.3-gallon fuel tank with rediscovered throw-back graphics

The Forty-Eight Special is a unique celebration of chrome and retro graphics on two wheels and also includes:

  • Powertrain styling features fitting the retro throw-back vibe with:
    • Black upper and chrome lower rocker boxes
    • Chrome exhaust shields
    • Chrome solid muffler shields (no slots) over black mufflers
    • Chrome primary, inspection and derby covers
    • Chrome pushrod tubes and tappet covers highlighting the V-Twin engine shape
  • Fresh styling and improved rider posture:
    • Gloss-black Tallboy® handlebars for a “fist in the wind” attitude adjustment*
    • Black split 9-Spoke Cast Aluminium wheels with no highlights make big tyres look even bigger
    • Massive 130mm front tyre, solo seat, chopped rear fender, forward controls, round stamped-steel air cleaner cover carries over from Forty-Eight model.
  • Peanut 2.2-gallon fuel tank with throwback horizontal stripe graphics

Give us a call today if you are interested in either of these exciting new models.

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