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2019 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special image gallery

Abhay Verma  /
09 Apr 2019 18:08:28 IST

The Forty-Eight Special is one of the newest launches from Harley-Davidson and is a member of the Sportster family which also includes the Iron 883, standard Forty-Eight, 1200 Custom and Roadster in India. While the Special is identical to the standard Forty-Eight mechanically, it gets a few significant changes that help in distinguishing it. Here's a detailed look at the motorcycle.

The Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special looks a lot like the standard Forty-Eight, but gets taller handlebars that Harley calls the mini-ape and are the biggest visual change

Its fat, 16-inch tyres (130/90 front and 150/80 rear) add a lot of mass to the motorcycle visually and make it look more appealing

The engine powering the Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special is the same 1,200cc air-cooled engine as the standard Forty-Eight which offers 97Nm of peak torque, delivered at just 3,500rpm. The engine is mated to a five-speed gearbox

A single disc takes care of braking duties at the front on the Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special and offers ample stopping power in a progressive manner

The Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special uses the same single-pod instrument cluster, as the other Sportsters, which incorporates a tiny digital display and offers information like the time, trip distance as also the gear that the bike is in and a digital tachometer

Switchgear on the Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special is identical to other members of the Sportster family. The top left switch lets you change information displayed by the digital readout in the instrument cluster and the switches work well overall, though we still find having individual turn indicator switches on either side of the handlebar to be quirky

The Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special comes equipped with only a single seat which has always been a design trait. Of course, you can go in for a pillion seat should you wish to. The gap between the fuel tank and the seat and the metal strip that connects the three, is another notable design trait

Stop lights on the Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special are integrated into the rear turn indicators, like the standard version in keeping with the bike's 'bare minimum' design theme

The paint scheme on the Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special's fuel tank is meant to remind of the pop culture of the 1970s and looks very attractive

The taller handlebars make the Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special far more comfortable to ride as compared to the standard Forty-Eight, and the bike feels more apt for longer rides now

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